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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

SPECIAL EVENT- Stacy Middleman
Special breast cancer awareness author appearance & short documentary film
Stacy Middleman, author of Dear Cancer, Love Stacy and two-time cancer survivor shares her inspiring story of pain, fear and hope. Moderated by Eileen Safran, LISW-S, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Gathering Place. Panel discussion with Susan Marinac with the Gathering Place and Dr. Goutham Narla and Joanna Horn with University Hospitals.
Who: Mandel JCC members and community
When: Monday, Oct. 2 • 7:30 pm
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: FREE and open to the community





 
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, Sept 8, 15, 29, Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1 • 10 am- 12 pm • 8 sessions
Where:  Mandel JCC
Fee:
$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, Sept 8, 15, 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17 & Dec. 1• 1:30-3:30 pm • 8 sessions
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 • NO CLASS on October 23 • 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 • NO CLASS on October 23 • 12:15-1:15 pm
(no class Oct 23)
Where:  Mandel JCC
Fee:
$65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: 216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
 

 

 


NEW CLASS - Terry & Jerry: Point and Counterpoint
This class will consider current issues such as tax reform, foreign policy, immigration, Russia, fiscal policy and healthcare. Terry & Jerry will engage in a spirited debate to present “both sides now” of one topic every week. Led by Terry Pollack and Jerry Graham.
When:  Wednesdays, Oct 4-Nov. 15 •  10-11:15 am • 7 sessions
Where:  Mandel JCC
Fee: $80 Members / $90 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

 

 


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. 
When:
Wed,  Oct. 4
Where: Mandel JCC

Book:  Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Fee: Free for members / $10 Community (includes all sessions)
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: Thursday, Oct. 5
Book: Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin
Where:
Location varies

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




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 1: September 7 - November 2 • 7-9 pm
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
10% DISCOUNT FOR MANDEL JCC MEMBERS
To register: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •
ideas@mandeljcc.org




Mah Jongg with Ellen Rabb
In just a few weeks you will learn the rules and necessary strategy to become a skilled player, while making friends. Bring $9 to purchase this year's Mah Jongg card. Beginners and more advanced players welcome. 
Where: Mandel JCC
When: Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8 • 6 sessions • 10 am - Noon
Fee: $50 Members / $65 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •
ideas@mandeljcc.org

 

 


Getting Started With Medicare
Gain a basic understanding of how Medicare works. Learn about what Parts A, B, C& D cover and what it does not cover and the difference between the Original Medicare Plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan.
When: Tuesday,  Sept 26 • 6-8 pm
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: Free & open to the community (Registration Required)
To register: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •
ideas@mandeljcc.org


 


 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:
October 21 (Chesvan)
November 20 (Kislev), December 19 (Tevet)

Where: Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Heights
(meet on the bridge at the lake outlet – west end of the lake)
Fee:
FREE, no pre-registration required
(meet on the bridge at the lake outlet – west end of the lake)
Info: Kirby Date, kdate@sbcglobal.net


The Land Of Milk and Honey
We will taste and pair several varietal honeys, learn each honey's ecological narrative, and see how the topic of
bees and honey relates to the Jewish calendar and many Jewish holidays. Led by Amalia Haas, Founder of Bee Awesome.
When: Tuesday, Oct 10 7PM
Where: Mandel JCC Sukkah
Fee: $5 Members/ $7 Community
To register: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org


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.

 

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