Speaker Series:


April 6th -  Why Eating Anti-Inflammatory Foods May Improve Your Health


Inflammation can be a major predictor of heart disease and heart disease is a leading cause of death for men and women in the US.  Learn which foods can cause inflammation in your body and how that inflammation can affect your heart health.  The presentation will also include suggestions for easy ways to increase anti-inflammatory foods in your diet which may help reduce inflammation risks.  The speaker, Judee Algazi, is a health educator, nutritional consultant, and author who publishes a popular food blog for whole food plant-based eating and living.  Her mission is to help others find easier ways to eat a healthier, yet delicious diet.


This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Please seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any aspect of this presentation.  The views and opinions to be expressed will be those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Sharon Men’s Club or any of its members.


April 20th - The Art of Deep Relaxation


The topic of relaxation is usually relegated to a discussion about recreation or healing.  What is seldom explored is how it is foundational to living a vibrant life that can contribute to well-being, peak performance and spiritual realization.  By deliberately engaging in the practice of relaxation we may be able to cultivate a state of being that sets the table for experiencing life more fully.  This presentation's primary goal is to demonstrate how relaxation can be present in everything we do and does not require the learning of any particular skill.  Rather, it is built into the basic nature of how we are designed.   The presenter is Jeffrey Kelton who received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Georgia where he did groundbreaking research on the nature of meditation practice.  


This program is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Please seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding any aspect of this presentation.  The views and opinions to be expressed will be those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Sharon Men’s Club or any of its members.




March 9: How Does a Person Choose a Hobby? 

Steve Underberg received a stained glass kaleidoscope as a gift more than 30 years ago. He needed to know how it worked and eventually learned that the mirrors in a kaleidoscope produce those wonderful images.


This led him to embrace a new hobby -- working with glass. Eventually he became a glass artist making wall hangings, picture frames and other objects that he will describe during his presentation. 


March 23: The Benefits of Connecting With Grandchildren 

There are important benefits of children’s relationships with their grandparents -- for both grandparents and grandchildren. 

According to researchers, for grandparents, relationships with grandchildren provide connections with a much younger generation and exposure to different ideas, which might otherwise be limited. 

For grandchildren, grandparents can offer life wisdom that they can put into practice as they navigate young adulthood. 

This presentation will focus on these dynamics and provide suggestions on how to foster satisfying cross-generational relationships in families.


The speaker will be Dr. Stuart Jacoby, a licensed psychologist from Sharon.


Feb. 23, 9 a.m. via Zoom: Cuba to United States,


My flight to independence and how I realized the American dream.

Marcos Kerbel came to the United States

from Cuba in 1961 at age 14. Professor Kerbel will talk about how he not only survived but thrived in his adopted country.



Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. via Zoom: ACT

A World War Two Family Story

Stories add "color" to family trees and this program will be a good example of how a story can be used to enhance a family's history.  Ernie Krieger, from Newton, MA, will be describing his father-in-law Isadore Wolinsky's World War Two experiences as an American soldier and as a POW.



JANUARY 12th - Modern Day Slavery

This January's lecture to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be given by Charles Jacobs and he will talk about 21st century slavery.  Mr. Jacobs is eminently qualified to discuss this subject as he has been a modern day abolitionist and his work has been nationally recognized.  This includes receiving the Boston Freedom Award which was presented to him by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


JANUARY 26th - Acting 101

How do actors learn all of those lines, something that seems like a huge task!?  That is a question that often is asked, but there is so much more to good acting.  For example, other questions are - What do you do first when you get a role?  How do you build a character?  How do you know what to do on stage?  What matters most when you’re performing?  Please join actor, director and acting coach, Beth Goldman, for answers to these and other questions about acting.  Also, if you have a short piece you would like to present at the meeting, please contact Bob Soffer (781-784-7673) to see if arrangements can be made for Beth to offer some coaching as part of her presentation.  



DECEMBER 22nd - 


Teenagers Talk About the Holocaust and Hate

In August 2019, 16 teens stood on the grounds of the Treblenka, Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps in Poland on an educational trip with funders and co-directors Jody Kipnis and Todd Ruderman of the Holocaust Legacy Foundation.  The things they saw made the stories of abuse, antisemitism and genocide suddenly very real.  In December, with International Holocaust Remembrance Day only a month away (January 27, 2021), our speakers will be three Holocaust Legacy Fellows who will share their reflections and answer questions on their experiences.   The Holocaust Legacy Fellows program was not only created to prepare teens to be the conduit for the memory and lessons of the Holocaust for future generations, but to empower them to be critical thinkers who will illuminate the world with hope, respect and responsibility.  This sets this Holocaust education program apart from any other.   



Developing A Family History Including The Surprising And Important Things That Can Be Learned

This program will begin with a very brief presentation about the free genealogy resources available at many of the libraries in the Old Colony Library Network which includes the public libraries in Canton, Randolph, Sharon and Stoughton.   The other part of the program will be about some of the interesting and important things that can be learned when doing a family search, things that can go well beyond just developing a list of one's ancestors.  The information provided during this presentation may prove helpful to individuals as they develop their own family histories, a good stay-at-home project for the cold winter months that lie ahead.  This includes some creative ways to develop family stories even if only very limited family information is available.  The speakers will be Miki Wolfe, Assistant Director of the Sharon Public Library and club member, Bob Soffer.



November 24th 9 a.m. (via Zoom):- The Club That No Man Wants to Join - Prostate Cancer

One in six men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and it is the second leading cause of death in men.  This presentation will address: (i) how prostate cancer is diagnosed, (ii) the current three major avenues of treatment - surgery, radiation and/or hormone therapy, (iii) quality of life issues after treatment and (iv) other related issues.  Our speaker will be Gary Halvorsen.  Gary is a prostate cancer victim and victor.   Gary is not a doctor, but his own experience with prostate cancer has led him to devote much of his time to helping others who have this disease.  This includes leading the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Boston Prostate Cancer Support Group which now meets online the first Monday of the month and he also leads the Beth Israel Lahey Health, Winchester Hospital Prostate Cancer Support Group which now meets online the first Wednesday of the month.   These support groups are open to anyone.   

November 10th 9 a.m. (via Zoom): - A Veteran's Story

Over the years, numerous veterans, including some club members, have talked about their military experiences at Sharon Men's Club meetings.   In November, in honor of Veterans Day, our speaker will be Harvey Weiner, the immediate past National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA (the "JWV").  Founded in 1896, the JWV is America's oldest active veterans' association.   Harvey's presentation will include his own personal journey from the Vietnam War to head of the JVW as well as some observations about the importance of military service.

Oct. 27, 9 a.m. (via ZOOM): CABLE CORD CUTTING and MORE Looking for new ways to watch TV? Club member Andy Klassman can help. First, Andy will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of "cutting the cable TV cord" -- in other words, eliminating a cable TV box and instead streaming TV programs. But wait, there’s more. Andy will also look at different ways to connect your computer, smartphone or tablet to your TV so you can watch programs, lectures or events such as religious services on big screen TVs.

Oct. 13, 9 a.m. (via Zoom): A MUSICAL TRIBUTE Sit back, relax and enjoy the music and the background of some of America's best known lyricists and composers -- Irving Berlin, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen. The presentation will be made by club member Marty Agulnek.


September 8th.  (via Zoom): Understanding the nature of college based debt and the role of preplanning college selection as part of the decision.

Considering that the expenses at most colleges are not showing much in the way of tuition reduction this year and the rapidly increasing rate of student debt we have reached the point of families needing to plan more carefully over the next few years. A big factor in college expenses is the reduction this year in the number of foreign students who comprise the largest group paying full tuition as well as room & board. We all need to ask ourselves if the cost particularly at the most sought-after schools is worth it or what is the expected return on our investment. Todd Weaver Sr. Vice President of Strategies for College Inc.