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These events for MCA member and their significant others. Scroll down to read about each event and click for additional information and to register.
These events for MCA member and their significant others.
Scroll down to read about each event and click for additional information and to register.
MCA Travelogue Series
Travel the world through the exquisite photography of MCA member Jim Sernovitz.
Your itinerary is:
So get your passport ready and register today.
Please Note: You only have to register once for all sessions. You will receive reminders (with the zoom link) one week and 1 day before each session.
MCA Movie Group
Join with other MCA film buffs (and their significant others) to screen and discuss current films and, occasionally, film classics. For now, we will continue to select films that are available through Amazon Prime or Netflix.
NOTE: If you register, you will be registering for the entire 'summer' series (June, July, August and September). This does not mean you have to commit to attending every meeting of the group. What it does mean is that you will receive all communication regarding the films we will discuss. You may then decide if you want to participate that month.
Bess Myerson: the One and Only
Jewish Miss America
Trailer: The One & Only Jewish Miss America
There will be a Zoom discussion on December 7 at 7:00 PM with the Director and Producer of the film, David Arond.
Description of the Film
In September 1945, Bess Myerson, Miss New York City, made history at the most famous beauty pageant in the world. In spite of anonymous phone calls to judges, threats from sponsors, and growing anti-Semitism, the daughter of struggling immigrants from Russia became the first Jewish Miss America. The judges could not change the point count: the beauty queen from the Bronx won the swimsuit competition, tied for first place in talent, and was top-ranked in interviews and evening wear.
But was the country ready for a Jewish Miss America?
“The One and Only Jewish Miss America” is the surprising story of Bess, her parents and sisters, and the Sholom Aleichem housing project that shaped so many Jewish families starting out in the United States.
This 51-minute documentary follows Bess from her improbable entrance in her local Miss New York City pageant through her heartbreak after winning when sponsors withdrew their support and tour stops closed their doors on Jews. Then discover how Bess partnered with the national Anti-Defamation League on an educational speaking tour promoting tolerance at high schools and other groups. The tour launched Bess Myerson’s lifelong mission to promote social justice and tear down the walls of discrimination and bigotry. Directed by award-winning documentarian David Arond, the “The One and Only Jewish Miss America” features historic footage from Bess Myerson’s life and recent interviews with Barra Grant, Bess Myerson’s only daughter; Abraham Foxman, former ADL executive director; and Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University - San Bernardino. Released in 2020, the documentary marks the 75th anniversary of the triumphant coronation of the one and only Jewish Miss America.
The MCA Birding Group
Lead by Alan Gordon
Led by MCA member Alan Gordon, MCA Birding will involve field trips to local parks including Sugden Regional Park, Eagle Lakes Community Park and Freedom Park in Collier County and Lakes Park in Lee County. The April 11 birding will take place at J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, considered by many to be the best birding site in southwest Florida. Carpooling will be available for the trips to Lakes Park and to Ding Darling.
This birding group is open to all MCA members who are interested in bird watching or nature photography or who just want to go to interesting natural habitats for an outdoor stroll. Birding sites are chosen for convenience and for number of bird species available for viewing and hearing. With the exception of the trip to Ding Darling, expect easy 1 1/2 hour walks of approximately one mile. In the case of Ding Darling, we will travel through the Refuge by car, stopping to get out at various observation points.
Binoculars are necessary to see many of the birds, so you should be sure to bring a decent pair with you.
Any questions? Please reply to this email.
MCA Great Decisions
Facilitated by Harvey Oriel and Gene Goldenzeil
Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs.
The program involves reading a chapter from the Great Decisions briefing book, listening to a member of the group introduce the topic in a fifteen minute summary, discussing issues related to that topic and then answering questions suggested in the book.
The program lasts for 8 weeks and the group may decide to continue year round with issues of that time.
This is a COED program. MCA members may register a significant other.
You must only register once for this series of programs. You will receive reminders one week and one day before each session.
A Crime on the Bayou
Trailer: A Crime On The Bayou
A Crime on the Bayou is the story of Gary Duncan, a Black teenager from Plaquemines Parish, a swampy strip of land south of New Orleans. In 1966, Duncan tries to break up an argument between white and Black teenagers outside a newly integrated school. He gently lays his hand on a white boy's arm. The boy recoils like a snake. That night, police burst into Duncan's trailer and arrest him for assault on a minor. A young Jewish attorney, Richard Sobol, leaves his prestigious D.C. firm to volunteer in New Orleans. With his help, Duncan bravely stands up to a racist legal system powered by a white supremacist boss to challenge his unfair arrest. Their fight goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and their lifelong friendship is forged.
CPR Training Program
Wednesday, January 5
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Fire Station 45
1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples
MCA/WCA Couples Canasta Night
Join with your MCA/WCA friends for an evening of dinner and canasta.
Please sign up as a foursome with a designated Captain.
Please bring cards and a tray.
Each participant must be a member of MCA or WCA.
No shorts or jeans.
Contact Arlene or Michael Sobol....email@example.com
Donna or Avie Goldstein...firstname.lastname@example.org
Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter
Trailer: Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter
In Determined: The Story of Holocaust Survivor Avraham Perlmutter, a documentary film based on the book of the same name, Keren Perlmutter, Avraham Perlmutter’s daughter, tells his harrowing story of hiding, capture, escape, and pursuing a Princeton education and life in the United States.
Avraham is ten years old when his life changes forever. After Nazis arrive in his hometown of Vienna, Austria, his parents send him to the Netherlands. But the invading German army soon follows.
This inspirational award-winning documentary follows Avraham as he outwits the Nazis and overcomes every obstacle standing in his way. But more than just a remarkable story of survival, his tale is a testament to human kindness, even in the darkest of hours, and to the achievements made possible through relentless perseverance.
The Windermere Children
Trailer: The Windemere Children
The harrowing and ultimately life-affirming story of Holocaust children who were relocated and rehabilitated in the UK after World War II. It began with uncertainty and fear in the new land, however it eventually led to the triumph of hope and goodwill and life-long friendship and happiness that they all cherish.
MCA Sweetheart's Dinner Dance
Join us for the 6th annual Sweetheart's Dinner Dance. Spend time with old and new friends, with lots of time to schmooze. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a top notch dinner, great music provided by the Girls of Motown Band, lots of dancing and surprises galore to spark your interest and participation. Everyone is sure to have a rockin' good time.
The last five Sweetheart's Dances sold out, so make your reservation early.
Reservations will available soon.
Watch the eBlast for further information.
We travel by boat to Keewaydin Island – a beautiful barrier island between Naples and Marco Island – accessible only by boat. You will be able to take that long romantic walk on the beach you’ve dreamed about, lounge in the sun, play beach games, or even bring your fishing gear. Or simply relax under a beach umbrella with a refreshing beverage and watch the waves. Our route takes us past the inlets of Port Royal, so this could be a side trip if desired.
We get to Keewaydin Island by rental boats or private boats. In prior years, several dozen MCA members and spouses participated, so it's a real beachapalooza! It’s a terrific outing! Boating experience is not required, nor is beach experience.
The price and departure point are TBD. For those who do not have access to a private boat, we’ll rent boats at a local Naples marina. We have enough MCA members with boat captain experience, so you can relax as a passenger and just enjoy the trip. We’ll share the cost of boat rentals, so the final cost will be determined by sign-up numbers. In the past, this amounted to approximately $40-45 per person.
For more information, contact Don Belmont.
Israel Between the Wars
Last April, Steve made several predictions regarding the political and economic condition in Israel, and in the Middle East in general. He looked back at events since the last war with an eye toward understanding their implications, and projecting forward through 2022 How did those predictions turn out and what will the next 6 months look like?
Steve Schreier, a resident of Massachusetts since 2008 and now Southwest Florida, and the president of the Schreier Group, which provides consulting to non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations. Prior to that, Steve served as consultant and Senior Vice President of the American Technion Society from 1986-2007, during which he was responsible for the conceptualization, creation and implementation of a comprehensive development structure and program throughout the United States. He has also served in executive positions in Jewish Federations and as a community and campaign consultant for the Council of Jewish Federations
Steve's personal ties to Israel are deep-rooted. He has lived on a kibbutz for a year of work-study in 1962, and moved to Israel in 1970 to conduct research on his doctorate.
Trailer: Plan A
Germany 1945, Max, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, meets a radical group of Jewish resistance fighters, who, like him, lost all hope for their future after they were robbed of their existence and their entire families were killed by the Nazis. They dream of retaliation on an epic scale for the Jewish people. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Max starts identifying with the group's monstrous plans...
The post-World War II drama, based on a true story, stars “A Hidden Life” actor August Diehl alongside “Blade Runner 2049”‘s Sylvia Hoeks. Another of the lead actors in Plan A is Michael Aloni who many of our viewers will recognize as the character Akiva in the hit Netflix series Shtisel.
The film addresses profound questions about justice, revenge and morality, dealing with the primal feelings of human nature after surviving unimaginable cruelties. PLAN A is an important and different kind of Holocaust film. Revenge is a strong primary feeling that releases a lot of destructive power and dangerous potential, even in people with a moral conscience. This conflict is the dramatic engine of that story.
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