Jewish Life and Culture

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 significant Jewish concepts through lecture, engaging text study, meaningful dialogue, and exploration in the community. Class will be taught in three – six week blocks with a different rabbinic instructor for each block. Students may join the class at the beginning of each section.
When: Thursdays • 7-9 pm
Part II: DEC 11 – JAN 29 (no class Jan 1)
Part III: FEB 5 – MAR 19 (no class March 5)
Where: Mandel JCC
Fee: $200 Individual / $250 Couples
10% discount to Mandel JCC members
To register: Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

Torah on Tap with Rabbi Zach Truboff
This is a monthly program for young professionals in the 20’s and 30’s. Engage in Jewish learning and focus on important issues
facing the Jewish community. Have a drink with old and new friends and study Jewish texts.
When: Thursdays • 7:45 PM
JAN 15, FEB 19, MAR 19
Where: Cedar Green Wine and Cheese • 2179 South Green Road, Beachwood
Fee: FREE, no pre-registration required
To register: Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

The Art of Torah: Winter ReJewvenation
Cheryl Stone, instructor
Engage in weekly parsha study like you never have before! Learn and discuss the weekly parsha and then explore themes through an artistic lens; color, motif, and design. You do not need to be an artist! We will be focusing on the process, the exploration and not so much on the product. We will experiment with a range of techniques allowing room for play, creativity, and fun.
When: Wednesdays • 7-8:30 pm
Jan 14 – Feb 18
Fee: $50 Members / $65 Community (includes all art supplies)
Code: 8843
To register: Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 •

Winter 2014-2015 HaMakom

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. 23 (Kislev), Dec. 23 (Tevet), Jan. 21 (Sh’vat), Feb 20 (Adar), March 21 (Inisan)
Where: Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Lake (meet on the bridge at the lake outlet west end of the lake)
Fee: Free, no pre-registration required
For information contact Kirby Date,

A Taste of Mussar
Nina Piken Yarus and Mark Davidson, facilitators
In Mussar we seek to “make the heart understand what the mind knows.” Mussar practice leads us on a path of personal spiritual transformation to refine our character traits (middot), and then our actions accordingly. In this class, we will experience a taste of Mussar practice by focusing on three of the middot, through text study, conversation with study partner (chevruta), and meditation, we will explore middot together.
When: Tuesdays • 7-8:30 PM
Jan 13 – Feb 17 • 6 Sessions
Fee: $25 Mandel JCC Members and supporting institutions* / $40 Community
Code: 8842
For more info or to register contact Nancy at (216) 831-0700 ext.1314 •

Are We Ready to Be Free? How Will We Know When We Are?
Preparing Spiritually for the Passover Season
Rabbi Rex Perlmeter
What are our preconceptions that prevent us from being free? Using mindfulness, Mussar text and meditation based practice, we will recognize the things that hold us back from seeing all the choices we have and the limitations on our freedom. The morning will focus on the intellectual and textual understanding of the theme. In the afternoon, we will use our creative energies to produce a “staff of freedom” which we will fashion out of wood to reflect what we have learned and thought about during the day. This staff can be used as a support and reminder for our preparations and for a meaningful Pesach experience. All materials will be provided.
When: Sun, Feb 22 • 10 am - 4 pm
Code: 8843
Morning Workshop: 10 am - 12:30 pm
Code: 8844
Afternoon Workshop: 1:30-4 pm
Code: 8845
Lunch Code: 8846
Fee: FREE Mandel JCC members & supporting institutions*
        One session $25 Community / Full Day $45 Community
        $8 lunch (pre-registration only)
For more info or to register contact Nancy at (216) 831-0700 ext.1314 •

*HaMakom Supporting Institutions - Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and Kol Halev Cleveland's Reconstructionist Congregation.

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