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Rx for Survival: An Evening with Motivational Speaker Joyce Saltman

SPRINGFIELD – Motivational speaker Dr. Joyce Saltman will bring her show “Rx for Survival” to Temple Beth El on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. This program, sponsored by the Adult Education Committee of the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center and Temple Beth El’s Sisterhood, is open to the community.

Dr. Saltman is a professor of Special Education at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. She says she chose to receive her doctoral degree from Columbia because she loved the color of their doctoral gown. She holds four graduate degrees in the fields of Special Education and Counseling.

Her innovative teaching style has led to the development of a graduate course entitled “The Enhancement of Learning Through Humor,” as well as a summer institute called “Healing, Education, Laughter and Play (HELP).” In her previous life, she appeared as a stand-up comedienne for dozens of organizations and clubs, including Dangerfield’s and Good Times in New York City.

Since 1983, when Dr. Saltman began lecturing on the topic of laughter, she has been interviewed by national radio and TV personalities, including Regis Philbin and ABC News. Her dynamic seminars and articles, always peppered with humor, address such topics as dealing with difficult people, laughter as therapy, parenting, and relationships.

She is the author of the book I’m Changing the Locks and Cementing the Windows: How to Keep the Kids from Coming Back to Live, as well as a story in the book Thin Threads entitled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library.”

Dr. Joyce Saltman will appear at TBE, 979 Dickinson St., on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, which includes a dessert reception. RSVP by Nov. 25 to Marie at (413) 737-0170 or

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