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Discussion Groups

These groups meet weekly or monthly throughout the year. 

Scroll down to read about each group and click for additional information and to register. 

Discussion Groups

    • August 10, 2021
    • June 14, 2022
    • 11 sessions
    • Zoom

    Jewish Genealogy Special Interest Group

    Lead by Arthur Sissman

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM EST on Zoom

    Grandpa, who are the people in that Passover family picture? Is that Great-grandma Ethel? Is that Great-grandpa Max? Who are the other 12 people in the picture? Where did these people come from and why? Have you been asked these questions by your children or grandchildren? Why should you or they care? Researching your family genealogy can help you find the answers to all the above questions. And the answers to questions you don’t even know to ask yet.

    You will need a notebook and pen for this program.

    For additional information or to register contact Arthur Sissman .

    The meetings of the Jewish Genealogy SIG are always on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (12 months) from 10-11:00 am ET on Zoom.

    • August 11, 2021
    • December 08, 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom

    Lifestyle-Health Discussion Group

    Lead by Jerry Kumin MD and Arthur Sissman

    Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 PM on Zoom

    The purpose of this group is to discuss the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. The group will discuss and be educated in, but not limited to the following:

    • What is the Blue Zone & do I want to do it?
    • What is a Telomere? How long are your telomeres?
    • Eating healthy - how much meat, poultry, fish, white food, dairy, eggs or should I go plant-based?
    • Supplements - should I take them, what kind, where to buy?
    • Exercise - how much, what kind?
    • Health focused DNA - Promethease, 23&me, MyHeritage, J-Test - why take, what to learn, genetic counseling
    • Cooking & recipes - what tastes good that is also healthy?
    • Have you got: sugar, fat, and diabetes - what do I do now?
    • The science, art, and philosophy of all the above

    and other topics of interest to the group.

    Click HERE to email the group leader.

    • September 09, 2021
    • April 14, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom

    MCA Book Group

    Lead by Stan Farb

    Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2:30 PM EST,
    usually, though not always, after the MCA Luncheon. 

    The books we discuss which are recommended by group members may be on any subject, whether fiction or non-fiction. The discussions, led by a group member, will focus on the theme, character development and quality of writing.

    If you enjoy reading books of substance and discussing with peers, you will definitely enjoy this group.

    For additional information, contact Stan Farb.

    Books Selections

    August 12 - Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

    In this sequel ( you don’t need to have read the original ) to her 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning novel “ Olive Kitteridge “ , the author visits the uncertainty and ambivalence that stubborn, no longer young people experience .  Steve Yussen will moderate.

    September  9 - Ageless : the Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old by Andrew Steele

    A science writer , Steele argues that getting on in years doesn’t have to mean becoming elderly as he anticipates “ radical “ extension of the human lifespan .  Steve Yussen will moderate.

    October 14 -  The Septembers of Shiraz by Dalia Sopher

    The Septembers of Shiraz is a debut novel by Iranian American author Dalia Sofer. It narrates the lives of a well-to-do Iranian family during and after the Iranian revolution which additionally overthrew the Shah and ushered in the Islamic republic. 

    November 11 - “ The Paris Library “ by Janet Charles

    Based on  the people who kept the American Library of Paris open during WW II, this novel is a story of romance, friendship, family and the power of literature.

    December 9 - Killing the Mob by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

    This book traces the history of crime in the U.S. in the 20th century beginning with Depression era bank robbers ( Dillinger , Bonnie & Clyde ,etc. ); then focusing on the Mafia in NY , Cuba and Las Vegas ; with interesting insights into the personal war between Bobby Kennedy and Jimmy Hoffa.

    • September 23, 2021
    • April 21, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom

    Men's Discussion Group

    Lead by Ron Mutchnik

    Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM EST on Zoom 

    Each month, an expert leads a discussion about an interesting, relevant and, often, controversial topic, supported by readings that are distributed prior to the session. 

    If you enjoy stimulating discussions about topics of the day, you will enjoy this group. 

    Here the topics for our discussions for the remainder of 2021:

    September 23

    From Guns to Gay Marriage: How Did Rights Take Over Politics

    October 21

    The Last Battle Over Big Business

     November 18

    What We Get Wrong about America's Crisis of Democracy

    December 23

    When Constitutions Took Over the World

    For additional information, contact Ron Mutchnik .

    Please Note:  You only need to register once for all sessions of this program. You will receive monthly communication about the subject of next session, the readings for that session and the Zoom link. 

    • November 08, 2021
    • April 11, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • TBD
    • 25

    Israel Discussion Group

    Lead by Harvey Cohen and Colin Lewis

    Meets on the second Monday of the month at 10:30 AM EST

    Hardly a day goes by without some news coming from Israel, be it political, economic, military-related or social.

    This new discussion group will be devoted to these current events. With a limited audience, participants will have an opportunity to dig into these pressing issues of the day and share opinions with fellow MCA members. 

    A decision regarding the use of Zoom for meetings of the Israel Discussion Group has not yet been made. We will keep you posted.

    You must only register once for this series of programs. You will receive reminders one week and one day before each session. 

    • November 09, 2021
    • April 12, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 59

    Science Discussion Group

    Lead by Bob Davidson

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM

    The group is designed to introduce MCA members to ideas in science and its history and to have interesting discussions. Our group is not for presenting highly technical, peer reviewed papers. It is to introduce one another to ideas in science and its history and to have interesting discussions.

    Click HERE for detailed program descriptions

    A decision regarding the use of Zoom for meetings of the Science Discussion Group has not yet been made. We will keep you posted.

    You only have to register once for all sessions. 

    You will receive two reminder emails - one 2 to 3 weeks before each session and the other 1 day before a session. 

    To register for these programs, click HERE. 

    • November 12, 2021
    • April 08, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • JFGN Community Room
    • 59

    Men's Financial Health Discussion Group

    Moderated by Michael Feldman, J.D, CFP®

    Meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at 9:30 AM

    Stocks and bonds, estate planning, savings, long term care and other health insurance issues, real estate, and more will be discussed during this monthly series. Listen to experts discuss financial issues facing all of us at this point in our lives. You will have the opportunity to listen and ask questions of these special speakers.

    Here is the schedule of speaker and topics:

    11/12/2021 - Edward Wollman  

    Legacy Building BlocksExperienced Trusts & Estates attorney will discuss how to design and build a lasting legacy.

    12/10/2021- Bruce Rosenblatt

    Should I Stay or Should I Go? - Bruce, an expert on senior housing. will discuss the right time to consider a senior living community, the costs and types of senior housing in southwest Florida, the pros and cons of hiring help, and how one can safely age-in-place in one’s own home.

    1/14/2022 - Howard Sosnik
    Estate Planning - Experienced Trusts & Estates attorney will discuss the basic set of estate planning documents everyone should have in place; probate, and the reasons to avoid it; estate tax considerations; basic asset protection considerations for heirs; and some state residency considerations.
    2/11/2022 - Christopher Vernon
    Detecting and Avoiding Investment Fraud Expert investor rights attorney will provide tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud and what to do if you may be a victim.
     3/11/2022 - Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

    Naples Senior Center - CEO will discuss the senior center’s programs and services including dementia respite support, geriatric case management, emotional support services and food pantry.

    4/8/2022 - TBD

    A decision regarding the use of Zoom for meetings of the Men's Financial Health Discussion Group has not yet been made. We will keep you posted.

    You must only register once for this series of programs. You will receive reminders one week and one day before each session. 

    • December 29, 2021
    • February 16, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 10

    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. 

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