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Signature Events appeal to a large segment of MCA population. 
They represent the best programming that MCA has to offer.
   

    • November 01, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Temple Shalom
    • 296
    Register

    Registration open October 8

    The Levys of Monticello

    Click HERE to view the trailer.





    When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, which forced his heirs to sell his beloved Monticello home and all of its possessions. The Levys of Monticello is a documentary film that tells the little-known story of the Levy family, which owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century – far longer than Jefferson or his descendants. The remarkable story of the Levy family also intersects with the rise of antisemitism that runs throughout the course of American history.



    • November 10, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 111
    Register

    “Why Me”?

    MCA member Mel Zahn tells his
    incredible kidnapping story for the first time


    The FBI never found the answer; however, Mel has his own answer as to his kidnapping and the threat of imminent death.  He will tell you his theory along with his planned escape after three days in captivity.  He will tell you why he turned down appearances on the Dick Cavett show, the Wally Phillips Show, and Late Night with Ted Koppel and more.

    You will hear the evidence he left at each place he was taken and why the thugs pleaded guilty.  

    Join Mel for a return to the scene he has not visited since 1973.

    • December 06, 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Temple Shalom and NIJCC
    • 300
    Registration is closed

    Registration open November 2

    The Sturgeon Queens

    Click HERE to view the trailer.




    Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named -- 100 and 92 years old at the time they were interviewed -- and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal,  and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.

    This film is directed by Julie Cohen. WCA & MCA members will likely remember her film RBG, which we presented a few seasons ago. She also co-directed the (recently streamed on NPR) film Julia, the story of legendary cookbook author and TV superstar Julia Child.


    • December 08, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DeRomas - 26795 S Bay Dr #170, Bonita Springs
    • 109
    Register


    How an Antique NYC Fire Helmet Brought Jerry Sanford to NYC the Day Before 9/11

    In 2021 Jerry co-authored a best seller novel, “It Started With a Helmet”. The story recounts him finding an antique FDNY helmet in Naples, Florida. The journey includes him attending an event in the South Bronx on behalf of North Collier Fire District, Jerry flew out of New York City the morning of September 11th, 2001 mere hours before the attack on the World Trade Center. He returned to New York City five days later and spent one month in the FDNY Press Office coordinating press with the major network news affiliates which published and broadcast the accounts around the world.

    In 2003, Jerry was asked by Collier County officials to join a movement to build a lasting Freedom Memorial in Naples, Florida to remember the innocent people killed on September 11th and all the members of the armed forces who have fought and died for our freedom. A Collier County Freedom Memorial task force was formed and the fundraising began. After many years, the Freedom Memorial was finally funded and dedicated on September 9th, 2016.

    About the Speaker - Jerry Sanford

    Born and raised on Staten Island in New York City, Jerry joined the United States Navy and served from 1956 to 1962. He joined the New York City Police Department in 1965 and transferred to the New York City Fire Department in 1968, where he worked in various fire companies throughout his 29 year career. During his tenure at FDNY, he transferred into the Fire Department Press Office in 1991 and was appointed Press Secretary to the Fire Commissioner one year later. He retired from the FDNY in 1997 and relocated to Naples Florida in January 2000. He failed at retirement and was hired by the North Naples Fire District as their Public Information Officer in the spring of 2000.

    Attending an event in the South Bronx on behalf of North Collier Fire District, Jerry flew out of New York City the morning of September 11th, 2001, mere hours before the attack on the World Trade Center. He returned to New York City five days later and spent one month in the FDNY Press Office coordinating press with the major network news affiliates which published and broadcast the accounts around the world.

    In March of 2001, Jerry formed the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association and was President for six years.

    In 2003, Jerry was asked by Collier County officials to join a movement to build a lasting Freedom Memorial in Naples, Florida to remember the innocent people killed on September 11th and all the members of the armed forces who have fought and died for our freedom. A Collier County Freedom Memorial task force was formed and the fundraising began. After many years, the Freedom Memorial was finally funded and dedicated on September 9th, 2016. It stands, surrounded by commemorative bricks, in the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park at Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette Frank Road.

    • December 20, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Temple Shalom
    • 138
    Register

    Menorah Lighting 

    and 

    Comedy Night 

    featuring 

    Keith Barany


    Who is Keith Barany?  The New York Post called him “The wittiest comic working today.”  His show is a mix of Jewish themed and mainstream routines. 

    Who is Keith Barany? Here is what his audience members said: 

    "Keith Barany is absolutely one of the best stand-up comedians I have ever seen. He does NOT use vulgar language. Your mother would approve!"  - Arizona show attendee


    "I miss you already!  Thanks for a terrific evening. Everyone loved it. So that's a great compliment to you, because you know how tough our tribe can be." -Event Co-chair, Houston

    "You were phenomenal! People are still talking about you. Never have they laughed so much and so hard. All the husbands who didn't want to come out on Valentine's day, are raving! You are hysterical and it was our best event ever." -  Event chairs, Wilmington 

    Join your MCA friends and family for a Hanukkah celebration, great comedy and, of course, food (dessert).  

    • January 03, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Temple Shalom
    • 300
    Registration is closed

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    Joyce Carol Oates:
    A Body in the Service of Mind

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    Lauded as “America’s foremost woman of letters,” Joyce Carol Oates has penned over 100 novels across a variety of genres throughout her award winning career. In this illuminating documentary, Oates discusses the societal events that informed her writing. Raised nominally as Catholic, she discovered later in life that her grandmother was a Jew who fled Germany and kept her identity hidden. We follow her to Israel as she accepts the Jerusalem Prize, lamenting her lost cultural heritage and acknowledging that her respect for culture and art was inherited from her grandmother. Fans of  Oates will not want to miss this comprehensive examination of her life and art. Those not yet acquainted with her work will want to quickly correct that problem.

    • January 12, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 116
    Register

    2023: Climbing Walls of Worry:

    Economic and Market Forecasts

    presented by

    Michael Farr - President and Founder of Farr, Miller, and Washington and MSNBC

    2022 was a year unlike any other, with a lingering global pandemic producing economic uncertainty, threats abound as labor dislocations continue, supply chains still adjust, and inflation on the rise. Michael Farr will deliver his insights into current market conditions and a forecast of the probable, plausible, and possible paths forward. The economy has changed dramatically, and investors are presented with new opportunities as well as new threats. Michael's message is that Discipline, Diversification, and Patience are the watchwords as you forge your investment future.

    About the Presenter

    Michael K. Farr is President and founder of Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm. Prior to founding FMW, he spent six years with Alex. Brown & Sons where he was a Principal, and previously worked at Wheat First Securities. He is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

    Mr. Farr is the longest Contributor to CNBC. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC’s Nightly News, CNN, BloombergTV, Reuters and the Nightly Business Report, is heard on Associated Press Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Washington Post and USA Today. His market blogs can be found on CNBC.com, HuffingtonPost.com and Politico.com. He is the author of A Million Is Not Enough, The Arrogance Cycle, and Restoring Our American Dream: The Best Investment.

    Mr. Farr is founding Chairman of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, a Trustee of Sibley Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Board of HEROES, Inc., a former Trustee of Sewanee, The University of the South; a former Vice Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army; former member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theatre; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nation’s Capitol Progress Foundation; former Chairman of the Board of the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation, as well as a former member of the Board of the Neediest Kids.


    • February 07, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Temple Shalom
    • 300
    Registration is closed

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    The Law 

    Click HERE to view the trailer. 



    Born in France in the 1920s, Simone Veil studied politics at Paris' prestigious Sciences Po until she and her family were deported to extermination camps during World War II. Though she lost her parents and a brother, Veil managed to survive both Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, an experience that taught her to fight and which would prepare her for her battles for women's rights in the decades ahead. After the war, she rose in the national government, becoming Chirac's minister of health in 1974 and the driving force behind a then controversial law to legalize abortion in France in the 1970s.

     The Law is an impressive, well paced exploration of the continued need for survival and resilience in the shadows of anti-Semitism and sexism, that infected post-war French society.
    • February 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 117
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    State of the Art Research into Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

    Arthur Levine, MD 

    100 million Americans have a neurological disease or disorder; the annual cost of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias, stroke, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS ( Lou Gehrig’s disease ), and traumatic brain injury totals $800 billion in care. Lost productivity, both for the patient and the family care-giver , makes this cost at least a trillion. The psychological cost, of course, is immeasurable. Many of these illnesses have their origin in our genes and the genetic blueprint is present at birth, even if symptoms do not emerge for decades. Moreover, twice during life (infancy and adolescence) the brain demonstrates extraordinary plasticity - including rapid cellular proliferation, network expansion, and network contraction, and these are critical periods in which our environment and experiences carry out the blueprint’s construction.

    The most prevalent and worst of these illnesses may be Alzheimer’s, given its lengthy chronicity and deterioration - robbing the patient of cognition and memory -  and the greatest risk factor for this disease is age. As we live longer, the risk increases dramatically; almost six million Americans have AD currently (1 in 10 people over 65).  It is typically diagnosed at 65+ years, but we now know that AD starts 10-20 years before the earliest symptoms.

    Dr. Levine, along with a large group of researchers, is studying all possible causes of AD: genetics, hypertension, latent diabetes, sleep deprivation, systemic inflammation, environmental factors, defects in vision and hearing, and viruses. They are also focused on Covid “long haulers”, speculating that some may eventuate with AD, given the presence of this virus in the brain. He will share the latest findings with us.


    • February 15, 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • JFGN - Community Hall
    Register

    Seeking Justice - National Litigation of the Opioid Crisis

    presented by 

    Special Master David R. Cohen and a Panel of Attorneys

    Who Have Litigated and Settled Opioid Cases

    Every MCA member has been touched by the National Opioid Epidemic.  Many of you know someone – perhaps in your own family, or a friend’s family – who has suffered or dealt directly with opioid addiction.  And as overdose deaths skyrocket, more and more of your tax dollars are being used to address the resulting social ills.

    In 2017, cities and counties across the country started to file lawsuits against opioid-related companies, claiming their actions caused the Epidemic and created a “public nuisance.” The defendants are some of the largest companies in the world and include: (1) opioid manufacturers, like Purdue Pharma and Johnson & Johnson; (2) opioid distributors, like Cardinal Health; and (3) opioid dispensers, like Walmart and Walgreens.  

    Every opioid lawsuit in federal court (over 3,000 cases) was transferred into a single “Multi-District Litigation (MDL),” overseen by Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland, Ohio.  Judge Polster appointed MCA Member David R. Cohen as Special Master to oversee the MDL.  David also oversees the national settlements – so far totaling over $30 Billion – that some of the parties have reached.

    David will present the history of the litigation and describe his role as Special Master.  In addition, David will be joined by a who’s who of attorneys who have actually litigated and settled the Opioid cases: Sheila Birnbaum, Counsel for Purdue and the Sackler Family; Enu Mainigi, Trial Counsel for Cardinal Health; Peter Weinberger, Plaintiffs’ MDL Liaison and Trial Counsel; and Mark Lanier, Plaintiffs’ Lead Trial Counsel.  Each of these attorneys has a stellar national reputation and has spoken at legal seminars across the country.  Interestingly, David, Sheila, Enu, and Peter are all part-time Naples residents. You can read more about these attorneys here.

    If you watched Dopesick, or read Dreamland or Empire of Pain, you won’t want to miss this presentation.




    • March 07, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Hall
    • 300
    Registration is closed

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    Registration open February 8

    The Adventures of
    Saul Bellow

    Click HERE to view the trailer. 


    The film traces Bellow's rise to eminence and examines his many identities: reluctant public intellectual, 'serial husband', father, Chicagoan, Jew and American. Interviews with the novelist's family and friends will shed new light on Bellow's personality and the way he turned life into art. He was also known for ant-social behavior.

    "The main accusations about Bellow are that he was a womanizer, narcissist, racist and misogynist. Those aren’t difficult claims to make about a man who married five times, is known to have had numerous affairs, and shifted his political convictions from Trotskyist to right-wing conservative over a long lifetime. His sons from three marriages, Adam, Daniel and Gregory, seem more than a bit chagrined to really dish the dirt about their famous father, but they do stick up for their mothers, who were clearly intelligent and attractive women but eventually broke up with Bellow as his life moved in different directions. " 

    Marc Glassman -- review in Joy Magazine


    • March 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DeRomo’s Banquet Hall
    • 117
    Register

    Overview and Update of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

    Steven Hennigan

    Executive Director of the Aviation Division

    and Chief Operating Officer for the Lee County Port Authority


    RSW served more than 10.3 million passengers in 2021 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. RSW is expanding its terminal to improve on airport efficiency and provide passengers with more amenities and options.

    Plans for the $331 million dollar Terminal Expansion Project include consolidating the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints into a new 16-lane configuration and providing additional seating, concession spaces and a business lounge. In total, more than 164,000 square feet of space will be remodeled, and 117,000 square feet of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal. Mr. Hennigan will update us on this project and its impact on the travel experience at RSW. Included will be future expansion projects to handle the anticipated growth and the Skyplex development land at RSW. 

    Steven Hennigan is the deputy executive director of the Aviation Division and chief operating officer for the Lee County Port Authority, operator of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. Hennigan is responsible for the fiscal, administrative and operational oversight of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Department, Airport Police Department, aviation security & technology, contract management, maintenance, operations & safety, as well as Base Operations at Page Field.

    Hennigan joined the Lee County Port Authority in May of 2021 bringing more than 20 years of experience in aviation and leadership. Prior to joining LCPA, he was chief of operations for the Houston Airport System (HAS), where he managed operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), along with oversight of operational processes and procedures for both airports.

    • April 04, 2023
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • JFGN Community Hall
    • 300

    This  film title is being finalized

    Please check back later in the season.



    • April 20, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 117
    Register

    WGCU’s 5 Year Plan of Growth

    presented by

    Corey Lewis

    General Manager of WGCU


    Corey Lewis joined WGCU as general manager in May of 2021. WGCU has embarked on a five-year plan to grow the NPR and PBS portfolio of programs with a new emphasis on locally originated content.  Corey will describe why this strategy runs counter to that of commercial media, which are under tremendous pressure to deliver value to shareholders while scaling back under a changing advertising economy.  As a non-profit public broadcaster, WGCU’s only mission is to serve this community while being sustained by the audience. WGCU’s expansion starts with the local radio newsroom, investigative reporting, and in-depth reporting on the website and through podcasts.  Their TV services are expanding through local news and more of the beloved Untold Stories local series that reveals the deep and rich history of Southwest Florida. Corey will discuss the progress they are making to meet this plan.

    About the Presenter

    Lewis spent the first 18 years of his career in commercial TV in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 2002 he joined WBUR, the public radio station on the Boston University campus, as director of corporate support and development and then served as station manager for 15 years.

     On joining WGCU, he settled in North Naples with his wife, two sons, and everyone’s favorite member of the family, Emmy the Australian Labradoodle.             

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