Arts & Culture

Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life

Be sure to check out some of our dynamic Spring programs in our NEW Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life Brochure!   










The J’s Arts & Culture program offers a wide array of dynamic recreational, social and educational programs.

Upcoming Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life Events

Visual Arts

Art exhibition by Mimi Becker
Enjoy Mimi's vibrant paintings and drawings that reflect form and movement.

March 3 - May 4
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Doodle-Art with Mimi Becker

Discover and express your unique creativity through Doodle-Art. By the end of class you will have created a
personalized “card” for a wedding, graduation, birthday etc. A small supply list will be mailed to you when you

When: Wed, April 2, 9 & 23 • 3 sessions • 7-9 pm or
Thur, April 10-24 • Noon-2 pm • 3 sessions

Fee: $15 Members / $25 Community
Codes: Wednesday 8230 • Thursday 8248
To register: Contact Mimi at 

Theater & Film

‘Night Mother Theater Experience

‘Night Mother is an eloquent, enthralling
and shattering play that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Join theater reviewer Dr. Roy Berko on May 4th at noon at The J to learn about the plot and the playwright. Together we will attend the Beck Center’s 3 pm matinée performance and afterwards talk with the cast including Dorothy Silver. Fee includes class session, theater ticket and transportation from The J.

When: Sun, May 4 • Noon-6 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Community
Code: 8241
To register: Contact Mimi at (216) 593-0448(216)
Registration deadline: April 15.

Superb Film Composers

Did you ever wonder why certain scenes in movies appear bigger than life? It could be the music created for that scene by the composer. This program will review several of the best film composers – from Bernard Hermann to Jerry Goldsmith and John Williams. We will view memorable film clips and discuss how the composer painted a picture with music.

When: Tue, May 6-27 • 11-Noon • 4 sessions
Fee: $40 Members / $55 Community
Code : 8240
To register: Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700(216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

Literary Arts

Jewish Book Club

Gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment from the books you read, while making new friends. Join this monthly book club, led by seasoned moderator and librarian Andrea Davidson. Come to the April meeting having read Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love, by Lara Vapnyar. This book is full of unforgettable characters and abundant humor.

When: Fri, April 4, May 2, & June 6 • 1-2 pm • 3 sessions
Fee: FREE for Members – Registration required / $10 Community (includes all 3 sessions)
Code : 8265
To register: 
Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700(216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

Health and Wellness

Cooking Adventures with Chef Robin Blair, Chef for the America Ski Team

Discover how Chef Blair fed up to 30 US Alpine ski team athletes and coaches, keeping them lean and healthy, both at their home base in Austria, and on the road for pre-and-post Olympic meets. Learn healthy and delicious recipes you can make for yourself or your home team.

When: Tuesday, May 6 • 7 - 8:30 pm
Fee: FREE for members / $10 Community
To Register: Contact Mimi at (216) 831-0700(216) 831-0700 ext 1383 •
Registration required
Code: 8241

Games & Fun

Havdalah Café

The quarterly gathering will nurture the connections between art, creativity, spirituality and Judaism. We will bring together art, music, story, and teachings in a social atmosphere. Open to everyone ranging in age from young adult through seniors, and from across the denominational spectrum. Each event will feature an artist, and have an “open mike” for others to share their unique, creative blend of art and Jewish life.

When: Sat, March 22 and May 24 • 8 pm
Negative Space Gallery – 38th and Superior – Asia Town Center, upstairs
Codes: March 7930 • May  7932
Fee: $10 in advance / $12 at the door
To register: Contact Nancy at (216) 831-0700(216) 831-0700 ext 1314 •

Our World

Are We Still a Nation at Risk?

Join educator and historian Terry Pollack as we look at issues, challenges and progress in education today. Some of the topics we will discuss include charter schools, career readiness, funding, testing, guns in schools, teacher quality and performance, inequality and poverty, federal policies, bullying, and
accountability. The last half hour of each class will be an informal time for class members to continue the conversation and socialize.

When: Thur, April 24-May 29 • 10:15-11:45 am • 6 sessions
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $45 Members / $55 Community
To register: Contact Mimi at (216) 831-0700 ext 1383 •

Jewish Life

iEngage: The Engaging Israel Project

The goal of the iEngage Project is to probe beyond the political controversies
of the day in order to reframe the relationship between the State of Israel
and Jews worldwide. Rabbi Zach Truboff will look to change the conversation
about Israel from one of crisis to one rooted in Jewish values and ideas. Topics covered include: religion & peoplehood, power & powerlessness, morality on the battlefield, and religious pluralism.

When: Wed, April 30-May 28 • 7-9 pm • 5 sessions
Fee: $40 Members / $60 Community
Code: 8261
To register:
Contact Nancy at (216) 831-0700(216) 831-0700 ext 1314 •

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Accommodation for the Mandel JCC Arts and Culture Program provided by:
Marriott Cleveland East