The Writers Group meets every month and embraces all genres, memoirs, fiction, essays and poetry. While some have never tried their hand before joining the group, others have been writing for years, and some are published authors. Participants frequently express their appreciation for the constructive, useful and supportive nature of the group's comments when critiquing one another’s work. The group’s work culminates in an annual anthology, Quadrant, which includes each writer's best writing.
Letta Schatz is the Chair.
The Poetry Committee exposes and informs residents about good poetry and poets with monthly readings based on a theme. Past themes have included: “Poetry Goes to the Movies”, “Poetry of the Americas”, “Poems for Children”, “Journeys & Quests”, “Food & Drink”, and “What is a Poem?” A brochure is produced each month that includes the poems to be read and short biographies of the poets.
Ceil Frey, Rosalie August and Ruth Gottlieb are Co-Chairs.
The Readers Group is made up of committed book-lovers who come together once a month for a spirited conversation about a chosen book. Many are regulars, but all residents are cordially invited to attend. Some topics chosen include, “First Books by Famous Authors”, “Women-Centered Novels”, “Asian Novels”, “The Short Story”, “Latin-American Novels”, “Nobel Prize Winners”, “Villains and Scoundrels”, “East and West”, “Utopias and Dystopias” and “Biographies and Memoirs.”
Julie and Pete Stern are Co-Chairs.
Our enthusiastic Drama Club’s members perform improvisations, monologues, short scenes or dialogues and learn acting fundamentals in an informal setting. They work from scripts from a variety of sources – Shakespeare to Neil Simon.
Lee Sharpe and Judy Bardes, who founded the Club in 2012, are Co-Chairs.
Religion Study Group
The Religion Study Group meets for study and discussion for an hour each week. Over the years, its members have drawn upon the expertise of distinguished scholars in the field, by reading their books or listening to them via recorded lectures. Recent lectures include: “Why Evil Exists”, “The Dead Sea Scrolls”, “Islam,” and “Comparative Religion.” Among the significant books studied are: “Quaker Spirituality”, “Black Elk Speaks,” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” “What the Buddha Taught,” and “Psychology of Religion.”
Judy Bardes is Chair.
Fun with Yiddish
The Fun with Yiddish group meets twice a month to read (in transliteration) and discuss various stories. At times, participants compose short essays in Yiddish.
Marvin Macnow is Chair.