Happy Thanksgiving! The J is open today from 5:30am to noon. Special Turkey Burn fitness classes are shown in the box below. Questions- please call 216.831.0700. Ext 1302 or ext 0.
26001 S. Woodland Rd.
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(216) 831-0700
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Art, Ideas & Jewish Life

Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life

The J’s Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life  program offers a wide array of dynamic recreational, social and educational programs; all designed to help you engage with the arts, Jewish life and contemporary issues. Click on the links below to see our full slate of programming. 

Upcoming Programs

Hummus, Tahina and the Tastes of Israel
Join us for Hummus! The Movie, an eclectic and touching film about hummus and the men and women worldwide who love it. Followed by a demonstration of the wonders of making your own hummus, the ways to enhance it with your own flavors and the hummus stories of Israelis in Cleveland.
When: Sunday, February 4 • 10am - 12pm

Fee: $10 Members / $12 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
Between the Lines Women's Book Club
Connect with book lovers in this lively monthly book group for women in their 30s, 40s & 50s. 
When: Tuesday, Dec. 5
Book: TBD
Location varies

For Info: Contact Julie at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1316 • jfrayman@mandeljcc.org
Free & open to the community


Jewish Book Club
Gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment from the books you read, while making new friends at this monthly book club. Led by moderator and librarian Andrea Davidson.  Registration required. 
 January 3 • 11 am - 12 pm
Where: Mandel JCC

Book:  Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Fee: Free for members / $10 Community (includes all sessions)
For Info:
(216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org



NEW CLASS- Beginning Drawing
In this beginners class, you will learn to draw forms using, lines and values. Supplies needed: drawing pencils both B’s and H’s, drawing paper tablet, kneaded eraser and ruler. Instructor Jennifer Theil.
When: Fridays • 10 am- 12 pm • 8 sessions
Winter Session I: Dec 8 - Jan 26
Winter Session II: Feb 2, 9, 16, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13
Where:  Mandel JCC, Multi-Purpose Room 2
$65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

Painting with Pastels, Colored Pencils and other media
Discover the beauty, magic and excitement of painting with a variety of media. Learn about light, color and composition while using the medium of your choice: water color, colored pencils, pen and ink, graphite or pastels. All levels welcome. Instructor Jennifer Theil will discuss supplies at the first class.
When: Fridays • 1:30-3:30 pm • 8 sessions
Winter Session I: Dec 8 - Jan 26
Winter Session II: Feb 2, 9, 16, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 13

Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org


News of the Week - Instructor Terry Pollack
This popular series will explore the issues of the day plus provide historical context for current events. Opinions are welcomed and encouraged in this interactive class. 
When:  Mondays, Sept. 25 - Nov. 20  • 8 sessions • 10:15-11:15 am
Where:  Mandel JCC
Fee: $65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

Lies Which Have Shaped History - Instructor Terry Pollack
This interesting, controversial and informative class will explore the world of fact or fiction in our journey through history.
When:  Mondays,  Sept. 25 – Nov 20 • 8 sessions • 12:15-1:15 pm
Where:  Mandel JCC
$65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

Introduction to Judaism
In partnership with the Cleveland Board of Rabbis
Explore Jewish observance of the holidays and life-cycle events, major periods in Jewish history, and more.Three six-week sessions with a different rabbinic instructor for each block.Participants may join the class at the beginning of each section.
When: Section 2:  November 9 - December 7 • 7-9 pm
Section 3: December 14 - February 1 • 7-9 pm
Section 4: February 8 - March 8 • 7-9 pm

Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $225 per individual or couple
To register: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

 Rosh Chodesh Rhythm of the Months: Walking Meditation
Join us on the first morning of every Hebrew month as we spend time outdoors to reflect on the cycles of nature, the rhythms of the Jewish calendar.
When: Nov 20 (Kislev), Dec19 (Tevet), Jan 17 (Shevat), Feb 16 (Adar), March 17 (Nisan), April 16 (Lyar)
Where: Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Heights
(meet on the bridge at the lake outlet – west end of the lake)

Fee: FREE, no pre-registration required
Info: Kirby Date, kdate@sbcglobal.net


Women's Megillah Reading
Women of all denominations are invited to come hear the story of Esther. Dress in your "Purim best". Light refreshments will be served, children are welcome.
When: Thursday, March 1 • 9 am
Where: Mandel JCC Stonehill Auditorium
For Info: Nancy Zimmerman, nzimmerman@mandeljcc.org • (216) 831-0700 ext. 1314

Please note, unless otherwise specified, all programs above take place at the Mandel JCC.
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Accommodation for the Mandel JCC Arts and Culture Program provided by: 
Marriott Cleveland East









Local Public Funding Supports & Enriches the Work of the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland 
Over the past eight years, the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland has received over $215,500 in support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, which has helped bring tremendous films from throughout the world which otherwise would not be accessible in the community. The support has enabled The J to bring in special guests to enhance the audience experience, expand to new audiences through the use of new venues and broaden marketing efforts to reach new constituents. The festival’s popularity continues to grow annually and would not have that opportunity without the base of support from CAC.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is the public funder of arts and culture organizations, programs and events in Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s sole funding source is a dedicated cigarette tax levied within Cuyahoga County. Established by voters in 2007, CAC has awarded over 1,200 grants since then, distributing over $125 million in tax dollars to more than 300 organizations based in the County.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s sole funding source is a dedicated tax within Cuyahoga County. Renewal of this funding source will be on the ballot on November 3 for voters to consider. Click here to learn more about this important source of public funding.