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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

    • September 09, 2021
    • April 14, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • JFGN Board Room/Conference Call
    Register

    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. 

    You can attend 'live' or via conference call. 

    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

    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.

    January 13 -  People Love Dead Jews  by Dara Horn

    This prize-winning novelist  , “ often asked to write on Jewish culture in response to antisemitic events “ , realizes that these assignments have one thing in common -they relate to dead Jews.  Barrett Burka will moderate .

    Our February 10 - Checkmate in Berlin by Giles Martin

    A gripping account of hostility among former Allies when Germany and Berlin were carved up after WW II .  Larry Harris will moderate.
    • September 23, 2021
    • April 21, 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • JFGN Board Room/Conference Call
    Register

    Men's Discussion Group

    Lead by Ron Mutchnik

    Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 PM EST in the JFGN Board Room or via conference call

    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 09, 2021
    • April 12, 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • JFGN Community Room/Zoom
    • 26
    Register

    Science Discussion Group

    Lead by Bob Davidson and Mel Kaplan

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM. 
    Until further notice, this group will meet 'live or through 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.

    Click HERE for detailed program descriptions


    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 Conference Room/Conference Call
    • 34
    Register

    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.

    You can attend this event 'live' in the JFGN Conference Room or via conference call.

    The conference call dial-in number is: (805) 706-5835. 

    No access code is required.

    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 - Casey Wolf

    Florida Domicile - Naples attorney has specialized in immigration law for decades. He will discuss the steps required for the resident of another state or nation to establish domicile in Florida, which has tax advantages.

    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 08, 2021
    • April 13, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • Zoom
    Register

    Lifestyle-Health Discussion Group

    Lead by Jerry Kumin MD

    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 monthly discussions about a living a healthy lifestyle will focus on the following:

    • December - How to Prevent Cancers, 
    • January - New Treatments for Diabetics
    • February - How to Make your Blood Vessels Healthy 
    • March - How to Improve Mental Faculties
    • April - How to Reduce Stress 


    • December 13, 2021
    • April 11, 2022
    • 5 sessions
    • The JFGN
    • 11
    Register

    Israel Discussion Group

    Lead by Harvey Cohen and Colin Lewis

    Meets on the second Monday of the month at 10:00 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. 

    You can attend this event 'live' in the JFGN Conference Room or via conference call.

    The conference call dial-in number is: (805) 706-5835. 

    No access code is required.

    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
    Register

    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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