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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. 

Upcoming Programs


Lag Ba’omer
Bring your own picnic dinner, Make s’mores over the fire, Israeli songs and dance, activities for kids, explore a fire truck, and more!
When: Thursday, May 3 • 5:30 PM - 8 PM
Where: Mandel JCC • Safran Park
Fee: Free, open to community
For more info contact Elana • (216) 831-0700, ext. 1386

Let's Not Waste a Moment: The Impact of Milk and Honey
When you fall in love as a middle-aged couple, how does that compare with a romance when you're young? The musical Milk and Honey explores the questions of love against the passionate backdrop of the state of Israel set in 1961. 
When:  May 6 • 3 pm
Where: Cuyahoga Community College Eastern Campus • 4250 Richmond Rd, Highland Hills, Ohio 44122
Fee: General: $35 • Mandel JCC Members: $30
Mandel JCC Member discount use CODE: JCC5 when purchasing tickets
To purchase tickets online click here

Israeli Film Tuesdays
When:  May 22 • 10 am - 12 pm
Stonehill Auditorium
Fee: Free, Registration required • To register contact: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 or
Tuesday, May 22 - The Band’s Visit, Director: Eran Kolirin, 2007
A band comprising of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Made possible by Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with JCC Association, the Israeli Consulate General in New York.

Between the Lines Women's Book Club
Connect with book lovers in this lively monthly book group for women in their 30s, 40s & 50s. 
Location varies

For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348
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. 
When: May 2 • 11:00 am - Noon

Where: Mandel JCC
Book: Walking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Fee: Free for members / $10 Community (includes all sessions)
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •



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: April 20 - June 8 • Fridays • 10 am- 12 pm
Where:  Mandel JCC, Multi-Purpose Room 2
$65 Members / $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

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: April 20 - June 8 • Fridays • 1-3 pm
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $65 Members/ $75 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •



News of the Week
This popular series will explore the issues of the day/week plus provide historical context for 'current events'. Opinions are welcomed and encouraged in this interactive class.  Led by Terry Pollack.

When: March 26 - May 14 • 10:15 am - 11:15 pm
Where: Mandel Community Room

Fee: $65 members / $75 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •



Influential Politicians
Who is the most influential politician in history? Do great people make history or does history make the individual great?" A review of important figures such as Hamilton, Mandela, Churchill, Caesar, Lenin, etc., study their accomplishments and lessons learned from their actions which can help us better understand the context of today’s political climate. Led by Terry Pollack.

When: March 26 - May 14 • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Where: Mandel Community Room

Fee: $65 members / $75 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •  



Terry and Jerry: World Issues
Explore both domestic and international issues in the era of the Trump presidency.  Discuss how previous administrations handled our world in crisis. Led by Terry Pollack and Jerry Graham.   

When: April 4 - May 16 • 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Where: Stonehill Auditorium 

Fee: $80 members / $90 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •   



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: 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: April 16 (Lyar), May 26 (Sivan)
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,

Mah Jongg with Ellen Rabb
Learn the rules and necessary strategy to become a skilled player, while making friends. Bring $9 to purchase this year's Mah Jongg card. Open to all.
When: Thursdays, April 5 - 26 • 10 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Multi-purpose Room 2
Fee: $50 Members / $65 Community



Yom Hazikaron Ceremony
Honoring Israeli civilian terror victims and soldiers who died fighting.

When: Tuesday, April 17 • 7 pm
Where: Stonehill Auditorium
Fee: Free & open to the community

Spend the afternoon with the family shopping at the shuk (Israeli marketplace), eating delicious kosher foods creating arts and crafts for kids, Israeli dancing and more!
When: Sunday, May 6 • 12 - 5 pm
Where: Mandel JCC Safran Park
Fee: Free & open to the community
For more info click here.

Getting Started with Medicare
If you are approaching 65, or going on Medicare for the first time, this is your opportunity to gain basic understating of how Medicare works and how it affects you. Learn about what Parts A, B, C & Cover and what it does not cover and the difference between the Original Medicare Plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan.
When: Tuesday, May 8 • 6-8 pm
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: Free & Open to the community, registration requested
To Register: Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

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.