MEET THE PRESENTERS
Riva Ginsburg has taught Yiddish Language and Culture at both the State University of New York (SUNY) Binghamton and Florida Atlantic University. While at Binghamton, she was credited as having the largest Yiddish program in the country with over 100 students each semester. She presents lectures and courses through Lifelong Learning at FAU as well as synagogues, country clubs and various organizations. Riva was born in a displaced person camp in Fahrenvald, Germany after World War II and Yiddish was her native tongue. As a daughter of Holocaust Resistance fighters, she lectures on Jewish Resistance and the Generation After the Holocaust. She received an undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University and completed graduate work in the field of education and conflict management.
Rabbi Michael Gold, Ph.D. serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Boca Raton, FL. He earned his doctoral degree from Florida Atlantic University with a dissertation on process philosophy and Jewish mysticism. He is an adjunct professor of philosophy and religion at Broward and Miami-Dade Colleges.
Jerrold Goldstein was born and raised in N.J.. He earned his B.A. in History and Political Science at Monmouth University (N.J.) and his Juris Doctorate at American University (Washington College of Law). He was a Civil Trial lawyer in New Jersey from 1967 through 2000 and is the current owner of a consulting company that assists attorneys before trial. He was an Adjunct Professor of history at Kean University in Union, NJ, from 2000 until 2021. He moved to Florida in 2023. His vast experience in lecturing on American History topics at the university level and adult education courses, along with his trial experience, provides a unique experiential opportunity to educate and entertain.
Harvey Granat leads an exciting life as a performer and music historian. He performs at various supper clubs, resorts, and other cultural venues, including Lincoln Center, Norton Museum, Feinstein's at the Regency, Metropolitan Room, Birdland, and Canyon Ranch, where he has performed more than 250 shows. He presents a very popular series on “The American Songbook” at The 92nd St Y in NYC, now in its 7th year. His shows are unique in that they focus on a composer or lyricist, combining the performance of their songs with fascinating inside stories from their lives. Granat produced four-time Academy Award winner Sammy Cahn on Broadway in the very successful “Words and Music”. His friendship with Cahn led to his serving on the Board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame with Cahn. He is a major collector of original letters and manuscripts of some of the greats and there is a "Harvey Granat George and Ira Gershwin Collection" at The Library of Congress
Martin Green, D.C. has been an avid car collector and enthusiast for 42 years and has lectured on cruise ships on the history of the automobile industry and the evolution of the car hobby. He has extensively studied how the U.S. economy continues to be influenced by the automobile industry, particularly fuel prices and the socioeconomic implications thereof.
Bennett Evans Greene graduated from Middlebury College in 1963 as a psychology major. He graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1966 and then served as a law clerk to a United States District Judge. He became a prosecuting attorney, entered private practice, and then was appointed a state Assistant Attorney General in 1978. Following three years in that post, he re-entered private practice in 1981, focusing his practice on business, labor and employment, and public utility law, retiring in 2009. Since retirement from the practice of law, he served as an arbitrator and mediator.