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Learn and Discuss

These events occur throughout the year. Some meet weekly and others on a periodic basis. 

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

Learn and Discuss - Special

    • September 29, 2023
    • March 29, 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center
    • 14

    Photography Discussion Group

    The Last Friday of Each Month

    The Photography Discussion Group offers members The opportunity to share their enthusiasm for photography in a casual way.

    While the facilitator (Neil Stein) guides each monthly meeting, it’s the participants who encourage learning by suggesting topics and sharing their related images, knowledge, creativity and support.

    Friendly discussion always energizes these very positive gatherings. Interactive and welcoming, the group also provide a comfortable social atmosphere.

    Bring your best photos to share with the group.

    • November 08, 2023
    • April 10, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Iser Center Board Room
    • 8

    Lifestyle-Health Discussion Group

    Lead by Jerry Kumin MD

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

    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 10, 2023
    • April 12, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center and Zoom
    • 71

    Financial Health Discussion Group

    Moderated by Michael Feldman, J.D, CFP®

    Meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at 11AM

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

    2023 - 2024 Topics

    11/10/2023: Living Beyond 100 Years - Allen Weiss, M.D.

    The Chief Medical Officer of Blue Zones, and former CEO of Naples Community Hospital, will discuss the causes of longevity, and the places where the most people live beyond 100 years. Michael Feldman will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    12/8/2023: Detecting and Avoiding Investment Fraud - Chris Vernon, Esq. & Michael Cohen, Esq.

    Expert investor rights attorney in Naples will provide tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of investment fraud and what to do if you may be a victim.

    1/12/2024: Strategies for Buying and Selling your Home - Catherine McAvoy, PA and Gary Sanders, CPA

    Catherine McAvoy, PA is a realtor with decades of experience in Naples. She previously practiced law. Cathy will discuss steps to get your home ready to maximize its sales price, and the provisions and negotiations of real estate contracts.

    Gary Sanders, CPA has decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant. Gary will discuss tax implications of selling your residence, including how to calculate gains, your tax basis, and the optimal use of the primary residential exclusion with actual examples. Gary also will review the tax implications of selling a home when one or both spouses pass away.

    Michael Feldman, J.D., CFP®, will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    2/9/2024: Protecting Your Wealth for Your Heirs - George Wilson, Esq. & Kyle Bacchus, Esq.

    Trusts & Estates attorneys with decades of experience practicing law in Naples will discuss legal strategies to protect your wealth and convey it efficiently to your heirs. Michael Feldman will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    3/8/2024: Should I Stay or Should I Go? -  Bruce Rosenblatt, CDP


    Expert having decades of experience with senior housing in Naples 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. Michael Feldman will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    4/12/2024:  Using Trusts to Save Taxes - Andy Krause, Esq. & J.P. Bratcher, Esq.

    Trusts & Estates attorneys, having decades of experience practicing law in Naples, will discuss using trusts to manage taxation and estate planning. Michael Feldman will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    5/10/2024: Developments at the Senior Center - Dr. Jaclynn Faffer

    President/CEO of Baker Senior Center Naples has grown it since it was founded. and will discuss its services for people over 60 to socialize, stay active and learn, and its recent developments. Michael Feldman will discuss news relevant to investors and share timely charts illustrating the current status of the economy and capital markets.

    • November 14, 2023
    • April 09, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Iser Center and on Zoom
    • 157

    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 ( at Temple Shalom, in partnership with Temple Shalom's Men's Club) Click HERE to register. 

    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

    • November 16, 2023
    • April 04, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Iser Center and on Zoom
    • 40

    Men's Medical Seminar Series

    Hosted by Chuck Siegel, Mel Kaplan and Larry Goodman

     Mostly on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 AM

    The Medical Seminar series was formulated to help our membership understand the various presentations, diagnoses and treatments of a variety of medical conditions primarily affecting adult males. Our knowledgeable speakers (usually physicians) have addressed aliments from literally head to toe in a concise and understandable lecture format geared toward a generally non-medical audience. 

    Session Topics

    • 11/16:  Taking Care of your Heart - Doug Zipes, Cardiologist
    • 12/21:  Cancer Screening in the Adult Male - 
      Peter Sherer, Internist/Oncologist
    • 1/18:  Osteoarthritis: Common Errors in Activities As We Age -
      Teo Buzas Physical - Therapist
    • 2/15:  Sleep Apnea: What’s New. Common Adult Male Throat Concerns - Robert Maisel, Otolaryngologist
    • 3/21: What’s my neighbor’s name? Real vs Concerning Memory Changes as We Age - Marc Dichter, Neurologist
    • 4/4:  Urology Concerns as We Age - 
      Neil Stein/Jeff Morgenstern. Urologists

    • January 08, 2024
    • April 08, 2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center 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.  

    • January 11, 2024
    • March 14, 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center and on Zoom

    MCA Book Group

    Meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 3:00 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.

    Books Selections

    March 14Giannis -- The improbable rise of an NBA champion --by Mirin Fader

    April 11 - The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride. This is a 2023 novel about Black and Jewish residents of a neighborhood in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in the 1920s and 1930s.

    May 9American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. A very well regarded book that became controversial because the subject was a Latina but the author was not. 

    All sessions listed are both 'in person' in on Zoom.

    • January 16, 2024
    • March 26, 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • Nina Iser Center
    • 3

    Talmud Study
    Lead by Sid Freund

    "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 methodology of the Talmud's sages, through their use of psychology and logic, 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

    • January 18, 2024
    • May 16, 2024
    • 5 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 .


    January 18:  Falling Behind: What's the matter with Men

    February 15:  On The Line: The future of American Labor Politics

    March 21:  In The Cities of Killing: The Hamas Massacre, the Air Strikes in Gaza, and What Comes After

    April 18:  Abolish The Poor: Matthew Desmond Argues that Poverty Persists Because We Let It

    May 16:  Home Fires: Why the Flames Kindled at Waco are Still Burning

    • March 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nina Iser Center or on Zoom

    COVID Update and Unravelling Long COVID

    presented by

    Dr. Marc Dichter, Professor of Neurology University of Pennsylvania

    COVID has not gone away. Marc will update us on the current best practices for dealing with this virus and dealing with Long COVID.

    Weeks or months after recovering from a Covid-19 illness, between 7% and 20% of people develop new disabling symptoms which have been called "Long Covid" or "the Long Haulers' Syndrome." The symptoms may consist of excessive fatigue, mild to moderate cognitive symptoms ("brain fog"), a sense of difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, sleep problems, unexplained pain, depression, anxiety, and a number of other feelings of not being well. Often extensive medical tests appear normal, but the symptoms may be very disabling, interfering with work, school, and one's general lifestyle. The cause for all these problems remains unknown. Doctors and patients are often very confused and frustrated because there has been no effective treatment nor a clear explanation of what is causing the illness.

    Dr. Marc Dichter, Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, , has recently co-authored a book entitled "Unravelling Long Covid" that represents more than 2 years of their research into this new syndrome. Dr. Dichter will present the most recent findings about this very troubling illness and current research into its origins and possible future treatment strategies.

    This is a COED event.

    • April 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nina Iser Center or on Zoom

    If Everyone Says I Look So Good, 

    Then Why Do I Feel So Terrible?

    A Discussion about Fatigue and Health 

    Countless individuals grapple with an elusive syndrome characterized by profound fatigue, cognitive impairment, and relentless pain, often with perplexingly normal test results. This enigmatic condition surfaces post-illness, surgery, trauma, or infections like the Flu or COVID, leaving patients and caregivers in frustrating uncertainty.

    'IF EVERYONE SAYS I LOOK SO GOOD, THEN WHY DO I FEEL SO TERRIBLE?' describes unique health insights and concepts from my 41 years as a primary care physician, encountering numerous patients plagued by this baffling ailment.

    Those grappling with this syndrome will gain new understanding and be rewarded by the wisdom. Additionally, it provides valuable ideas for maintaining lifelong wellness, appealing to both those affected and to any individual keen on safeguarding their health.

    This event is COED.

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