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Lunch and Learn: We Are Going to Be Lucky

This new book from first-time local author Liz Fox contains excerpts from over 2,500 letters her parents wrote daily to each other during WWII from 1943-1946. Join Liz as she describes her amazing 6-year journey to share her parents' story.

Our lunch is Kosher sensitive. A Kosher meal maybe available upon request 48 hours prior to the program. Contact Jodi Zicklin at 720-749-2531

Co-sponsored by Hadassah

Thursday, September 13 | Noon | $15 in advance | $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE 


Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note

The definitive Bernstein documentary traces the life of the composer, shaped by his Jewish heritage, his morality, his musical brilliance, and his playful sense of humor.

Thursday, September 20 | 2:30 pm | $10 in advance | $12 at the door | REGISTER HERE


Life Story Writing: Getting Started

Rarely do we reflect on our life journey in a meaningful way, let alone organize personal and family stories for the benefit of grandchildren and beyond.

This class will give you the motivation and structure to do that. We’ll provide a theme and prompts that you’ll use to write a two-page story at home each week. 

Then you’ll read your stories in class, where you’ll find a supportive group of listeners. We’ll also do exercises to stir memories and creativity. 

The emphasis is on the stories, not writing technique, but you will get tips to improve your skills. The class is based on a program developed by former USC Professor, James Birren, who found that writing and sharing our life stories improves self worth and creates powerful bonds between participants. This class will remind you of the richness of your life and reveal connections we share with one another.

Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm | $180 | Advance registration only | REGISTER HERE


Lunch and Learn: What's so Funny? My Favorite Jewish Jokes

With Kathryn Bernheimer

Hear some of the best classic Jewish jokes and discuss what they reveal about the Jewish experience. Gain insight into how Jews have expressed their modern identity through humor at ACE’s Laugh and Learn!

Our lunch is Kosher sensitive. A Kosher meal maybe available upon request 48 hours prior to the program. Contact Jodi Zicklin at 720-749-2531

Wednesday, October 3 | Noon | $15 in advance | $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE


Abstract and Layered Watercolor

Would you like to paint with watercolor, get more comfortable with what you have done or begin for the first time? This is not a Bob Ross class! We’ll be letting go, taking risks, and trusting the process. Instructor Alix Christian will introduce you to various water media (water color, water soluble crayons, graphite, and water soluble pencils) used with basic drawing techniques to push and pull your imagery and layer content. Alix will teach with examples and demos to lead you through a fun process for creating colorful, playful imagery, using pattern and color. Bring an open mind, your willingness to learn, and references of what inspires you (photos, magazine pictures, sketchbook, memories, etc.). Join Alix to learn the process she uses to make her work and tap into your own inner artist with this fun process and experimental method of painting, patterning, and drawing.

All supplies are included.

Wednesdays | October 10 - October 31 | 10 am - 12:30 pm | $175 for the series | REGISTER HERE


Special Screening: "From Shtetl to Swing"                                                                                                                   

This fascinating tale of musical metamorphosis takes us on a journey from synagogue choirs to Harlem hotspots, from Yiddish theater to musical extravaganza, from klezmer to ragtime, from symphonic jazz to swing – all the way from the Bowery to Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood. Presented in anticipation of the October 28 music@theJ concert “If It Ain’t Got That Swing”.

Monday, October 22 | 2 pm | $10 in advance | $12 at the door | REGISTER HERE


Life Story Writing: "Keep Going"             

You’re on a roll! Now keep it going with new themes and prompts! This is for people who’ve taken a Life Story Writing class with us and want to keep the momentum going. You’ll get more sophisticated writing techniques and fresh ideas on how to collect and tell your stories. If you enjoyed rediscovering your unique life experiences, loved the connection between participants and still need that weekly nudge, this class is for you!

Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11 | 1:30 - 3:30 pm | $180 | Advance registration only | REGISTER HERE


Lunch and Learn: Bruce Borowsky: A Lens Focused on Adventure 

The award-winning photographer and filmmaker will share a sampling of spectacular images and talk about the evolution of his artistic career from being the Chief Photographer of the City of Miami Beach in the mid-1980s, to working for well-known outdoor adventure and National Geographic photographer Galen Rowell in the 1990s, to learning to sail on the Boulder Reservoir and then racing a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean!

Our lunch is Kosher sensitive. A Kosher meal maybe available upon request 48 hours prior to the program. Contact Jodi Zicklin at 720-749-2531

Thursday, November 8 | Noon | $15 in advance | $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE


Special Sunday Symposium: "What's New at Tel Dan and the Bigger Archaeological Picture in Israel"        
With David Ilan and Guests

Join ACE for an update from returning Israeli archaeologist David Ilan, Director of Excavations at Tel Dan, one of the most important sites in Near Eastern archaeology, in general, and in biblical archaeology, in particular. In addition to discussing the exciting recent excavations in northern Israel, Professor Ilan will provide context for his project with a talk, “Follow the Artifacts (and the Money): The Politics and Economics of Archaeological Excavation in Israel.”

Sunday, November 11 | 3 pm | $18 in advance | $20 at the door | REGISTER HERE


Lunch and Learn: "Surviving Skokie"           

With Director Eli Adler and his father Jack Adler in person

Denver Holocaust survivor Jack Adler is the subject of his filmmaking son’s documentary, which covers Jack’s traumatic wartime experience, then moves to late-1970s Chicago, when Nazis planning a march through a community filled with survivors were met with furious resistance. The relationship between father and son deepens as they return to Poland, where Eli learns more about the extended family that perished during the Shoah.

Our lunch is Kosher sensitive. A Kosher meal maybe available upon request 48 hours prior to the program. Contact Jodi Zicklin at 720-749-2531

Thursday, December 6 | Noon | $15 in advance | $18 at the door | REGISTER HERE