Join us every Wednesday for a few hours of mind, body and spirit enrichment. Community Wednesdays feature two, one-hour lecture/classes, along with our fitness class offerings at Marvin Lustbader Health Club, powered by Midtown.
9:30-10:30am & 10:45-11:45am
- FREE for Marvin Lustbader Health Club members
- $10/day non-member
- $45/5 session punch card
Once Upon A Bagel “Grab ‘N Go” lunches will be available to purchase.
Community Wednesdays is on a drop-in basis and for Adults; no reservation needed.
Zionism and Israeli History with Mark Gelfeld | 9:30-10:30am
Mark Gelfeld is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University College of Law. He was a Tax Partner at what is now PriceWaterhouseCoopers and then became the CFO of a family owned holding company and ran the family office. His primary association after retirement has been with the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, where he is a docent, a member of the advisory board, trains other docents and also teaches. In addition, Mark teaches the Holocaust at North Shore Congregation Israel and teaches Israeli history at the Northbrook Public Library. He has also made presentations at the North Shore Senior Center. He was a Board Member of Common Ground, a center for inquiry, study, and dialogue, Mark lives in Northbrook with his wife. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Film Discussion with Zbigniew Banas | 10:45-11:45am
Zbigniew Banas is a film critic, teacher, and a radio and television journalist. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and Sc.M degree from Brown University. Over the years, his reviews have appeared in Chicago Reader, Boston Phoenix, New City and other publications. He is affiliated with WPNA (1490 AM) and WNVR (1030 AM) radio stations in Chicago, as well as Polvision TV (Ch. 24.4).
He is currently an Instructor in International Film at Loyola University in Chicago and in the past has lectured at Columbia College. He has also moderated discussions for Talk Cinema and taught film-related classes for the Road Scholar program. Mr. Banas has been accredited as a journalist at over 20 film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Sundance. He is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association.