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Discussion Groups

These groups meet monthly throughout the year. 

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

Discussion Groups

    • August 10, 2023
    • March 14, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom (for now)

    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

    September 14  “ The Heat Will Kill You First : Life and Death on a Scorched Planet “ by Jeff Goodall -  A well researched examination of the impact heat will have on our lives and what we can do to stop it .
    October 12  - “ A Rip in Heaven “ by Jeanine Cummings - This memoir recounts a horrible event in the author’s life .

    November 9 - “ Small Mercies “ by Dennis Lehane - A novel  that takes place in Boston as that city is undergoing school desegregation .
    December 14 - “ Trust “ by Herman Diaz - This  Pulitzer Prize winner is an ingeniously constructed historical novel with the world of finance playing a major role .

    All sessions listed are in Zoom only mode.

    Questions? Email Stan Farb at

    • September 21, 2023
    • April 18, 2024
    • 8 sessions
    • Zoom

    Current Issues Discussion Group

    Lead by Ron Mutchnik

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

    Each month the group engages in an interesting, relevant and often controversial discussion.  A shared magazine article is used as a spur for the interaction.  If you enjoy stimulating conversations about current issues with a group of critical thinkers, please join us.

    For additional information, contact Ron Mutchnik .


    September 21 - How Christian is Christian Nationalism

    October 19 - 

    November 16 -

    December 21 -

    .January 18 -

    February 15 -

    March 21 -

    April 18 -

    • October 09, 2023
    • April 08, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Hybrid (in-person and on Zoom)

    Israel Discussion Group

    Lead by Harvey Cohen and Colin Lewis

    Meets on the second Monday of the month at 10AM

    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.  

    • November 08, 2023
    • April 10, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Zoom or the Iser Center Board Room
    • 17

    Lifestyle-Health Discussion Group

    Lead by Jerry Kumin MD

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

    The purpose of this group is to discuss the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. The monthly discussions about a living a healthy lifestyle will focus on the following:

    • November 8 - Heart disease, Alzheimer, diabetes result from poor dental health
    • December 13 -  New improved drugs for diabetes
    • January 10  - Are you at risk for colon cancer?
    • February 14 - Updated clinical studies of adequate blood Vitamin D levels and disease prevention
    • March 13  - Disease reversals with plant based diets
    • April 10 - Do you have non alcoholic liver disease?
    • November 14, 2023
    • April 09, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Iser Center and on Zoom
    • 193

    Science Discussion Group

    Lead by Bob Davidson and Mel Kaplan

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

    This group will meet in the Iser Center Board Room and on Zoom.

    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.

    This Season's Topics 

    November 14:  Liquefied Natural Gas Technology and the 1944 Incident - Ted Lemoff

    December 12:  Jewish Genetics - Hilliary Regelman (in partnership with Temple Shalom's Men's Club)

    January 9:  Product Liability - Richard Hertzberg

    February 13:  The Hubble Telescope - Wayne Kargher

    March 12:  Chemical Exposure: Making Safety Decisions - Alan Leibowitz

    April 9:  The Science Behind mRNA Vaccines - Ron Yasbin

    • January 16, 2024
    • March 26, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center
    • 24

    Talmud Study

    Lead by Sid Freund

    Meets "biweekly'ish" on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM EST (January - March)

    Talmud Study Group will focus on ancient Jewish civil laws, many of which formed the foundation of our modern laws. Below is a description of this year's focus: 

    Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?” 

    We will learn how to apply the Talmud’s sages methodology and use of psychology in ancient courts to determine the veracity of witnesses and parties in legal cases.

    Participants will sit as judges and lawyers and engage in spirited debate on the merit of cases, and unravel the thinking of our sages. Knowledge of Hebrew is not a prerequisite to experience the challenges and satisfaction of these discussions.

    Facilitator Sid Freund has been Superintendent of Schools in New York and Connecticut. He attended eight years of Yeshiva studies in New York City, and has had a longtime interest in Hebrew texts.

    Questions? Email Sid Freund at

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