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SPRINGFIELD, MA (February 19, 2021) – Life Lessons: The William and Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC) announces upcoming Adult programs for Winter/Spring, 2021. In-person programs will observe proper social distancing at the JCC (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA) and online programs will be held over Zoom. Parking is available in our parking lot on Converse Street, Longmeadow. More details and a larger list of offerings can be found on our website: www.springfieldjcc.org.

There are three upcoming in-person classes at the Springfield JCC:
● The book How to be an Antiracist will be the basis of this class with Instructor Tim Oppenheimer who will explore and analyze both racist and antiracist ideas and policies. This class will meet on Mondays, March 8 & 15 (2 weeks), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Required reading: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi.

● The present day Supreme Court is becoming a Scalia Court in matters of Constitutional interpretation. Join instructor Tim Oppenheimer, in How the Supreme Court Decides Cases, as he analyzes the methods of interpretation used on major cases such as Roe v. Wade (abortion rights), Lawrence v. Texas (homosexual conduct), Heller (right to bear arms), and much more. This class will meet on Wednesdays, March 10 – 31 (4 weeks), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

● If you are a history junkie, don’t miss Stuart Greene’s class Vietnam: The Hot War within the Cold War. As one of the most controversial wars in American history, you’ll cover several topics: WWII in Southeast Asia, which led to the Cold War; the fall of French Indonesia and the formation of North and South Vietnam; the three phases of the Hot War; the alternatives that existed to the American strategies; and the draft system and its damage to American society and morale. Please watch Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War (PBS and Netflix) prior to the class which runs on Mondays, April 5 – May 3 (5 weeks), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Lastly, we know COVID is taking its toll on everyone. Please join us on Zoom to learn new coping skills and strategies to get through these unprecedented times. Sign up for Coping with COVID: Seeing the Light at the End of the Tunnel on Zoom. Susan Goldman, MSW, LICSW will provide you with tips and tools to manage stress and build resilience until better days are here. The discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for all of these programs. If you would like to enroll or need additional information stop by the Springfield JCC or call (413) 739-4715.