Financial turbulence in Europe, the regime confrontation in Moscow and the toppling of leaders in the Middle East have created challenging scenarios for diplomats worldwide. Is the United Nations a valuable tool in helping to stabilize matters or is it an expensive waste of time? The Delray Beach Public Library will attempt to answer that question during an upcoming program beginning January 30th. Rabbi Elli Kavon will be leading a discussion called “The United Nations: Global Force or Global Farce?” He is on the faculty of Nova Southwest University and teaches Jewish history for the Central Agency of Jewish Education of Broward County. As part of the same series, former Ambassador Asher Naim will discuss “Diplomacy Past and Present.” The series con- cludes with an explanation of “The Mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” by Hilda Naim who served as a docent at Smithsonian in Washington and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The lectures will be on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6, 13 from 10:30 am to noon. The sessions on foreign affairs will be among 14 programs offered during the spring semester at the library’s Lifelong Learning Community Institute. Turning to a different topic, Dr. Ruth Kalish will be discussing “The Play’s the Thing,” on those same dates in January and February from 2 to 3:30 pm.
Barbara Klau will speak about “Memory Matters,” on Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 from 2 to 3:30 pm. Also in February, docents from Nova Southeastern University Museum will present an Art class and discuss Matisse, Jewish artists and the American Art Colony in Giverny, France. Those programs will take place Feb. 1, 8, 15 from 6 to7:30 pm. The fascinating topic of Genealogy will be explored by four experts: Gerald Naditch, Dennis Rice, Mona Freedman Morris and facil- itated by Sylvia Nusinov. The programs will take place from 2 to 3:30 pm on Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23. Dr. Jeff Morgan will present “The Life & Works of Hemingway,” on Feb. 7, 14, 21 from 2 to 3:30 pm. A second evening program will concern social networks and the implications led by Robert Swaine from 6 to 7:30 on Feb. 7, 13, 21. The lead-off program in March will dis- cuss humor in personal relationships. The program will be directed by Dr. Joyce Saltman from 10:30 am to noon on March 5,12, 26.
Judith Klau will talk about Short Stories in the New Yorker magazine from to 2 to 3:30 pm on March 5, 12, 19, 26.
Different people have varying Reactions to Success and Failure. Those responses will be discussed from 2 to 3:30 p.m. by Dr. Renato Bellu on March 13, 20, 27. Rabbi Randall Konigsburg will raise “Seven Questions for Living Our Lives,” from 6 to 7:30 pm on March 13, 20, 27. The intriguing topic of “Spies in American History,” will be explored on March 7, 14, 21 from 2 to 3:30 pm by Myrna Goldberger. The Music of Irving Berlin, the tunes from movies and the songs from Broadway shows will be discussed by David Novek and Harry Shapiro from 2 to 3:30 pm on March 8,15, 22. The final spring offering turns back to for- eign affairs and will be an exploration of “China: The Emerging Superpower.” The programs will be presented from 6 to 7:30 pm on March 14, 21, 28 by Jerry Cooke. The three and four course sessions cost $45 with no registration fee. They all take place at the library, 100 Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 33483. For further information, please call 561-266-9490 or go to www.delraylibrary.org