Jewish Life and Culture

To register for any of the programs below contact,  (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 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 I: OCT 29 – DEC 10 
             PART II: JAN 7 – FEB 11
             PART III: FEB 19 – MAR 24
Fee: $180 Members / $200 Individual / $250 Couples

I DO I DO! Jewish Wedding Customs & Rituals
Ketubah, Bedeken, Yichud…Marriage Contract, Veiling Ceremony, Seclusion… Jewish weddings are filled with an array of beautiful and meaningful traditions and rituals that can be integrated into even the most modern wedding. Engaged couples will explore these rituals, ask questions and share experiences with each other in order to add meaning to their own upcoming nuptials. Led by Nancy Zimmerman. Co-sponsored by JHUB
When: Wednesday, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 • 7:30-9 pm (4 SESSIONS)
Fee: $20 Member Couple / $30 Community Couple

The Art of Torah: Bereshit, In the Beginning
Learn and discuss the weekly parasha and explore the themes through and artistic lens; color, motif, and design. Experiment with a range of techniques allowing room for play, creativity, and fun. This is a great way to build your
Self-to Text relationship! Instructor: Cheryl Stone
When: Wednesday • 7-8:30 PM
             SECTION ONE: OCT. 7, 14, 21, 28
             SECTION TWO: NOV. 4, 11, 18 DEC. 2
Fee: $50 Member / $65 Community
Price per section (includes all art supplies)

Chopped! The Art of Israeli Salad Making
Distinguished by the tiny diced tomatoes and cucumbers, Israeli salad is described as the “most well known
national dish of Israel.” Come together to learn the art of making this delicious salad from expert Israelis and hear their stories. Connect with friends old and new, enjoy a delicious evening and come home with your own Israeli salad making knife.
When: Sunday, November 1 • 5-7 pm
Fee: $10 Member / $15 Community
Click here to register.


Fall 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: Oct 14 (Cheshvan), Nov 13 (Kislev), Dec 13 (Tevet) • 7:30 am
Where: Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Heights (meet on the bridge at the lake outlet west end of the lake)
Fee: Free, no pre-registration required
For info contact Kirby Date,

Path of the Soul (Continued Mussar Practice)
Path of the Soul is a curriculum for wholeness, complete with texts, learning, practices, challenges and a va’ad (group). This course is open to those with Mussar practice experience and includes several components of Mussar learning and practice:
• We will follow the chapters in Path of the Just (Mesillat Yesharim) by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.
• Weekly reading from Alan Morinis focusing on highlights from each chapter of Path of the Just.
• Accounting of the soul / Journal Practice (chesbon ha’nefesh) as a core daily practice.
• A weekly meeting to discuss the assigned chapter and insights that arose during the weekly practice for the character trait (middah).
• Questions, focus phrases and assignments to support your practice during the week.
Fall Session: Oct 13, 20, 27 • Nov 3, 10, 17 • Dec 8, 15, 22
Fee: $100 Member & Community
Jan 12,19,26 • Feb 2,9,16,23 • Mar 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Apr 5, 12, 19, 26 • May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Fee: $200 Member & Community
To register, conact (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 or

Foundations of Jewish Mindfulness: 
Workshop 2: Chesed v’Emet / Love and Truth
One way to describe Jewish mindfulness practice is as an ongoing practice (avodah) of love and truth. In Jewish
mindfulness, we actively develop our capacity to meet the moment with the warmth, connection and softening qualities of chesed/love -- as well as with an honest, eyes-wide-open witnessing of the reality of our human experience.

Workshop 3: Zechirah / Mindful Remembrance
A primary spiritual tool of Jewish tradition is zechirah, mindful remembrance. In Jewish mindfulness meditation practice
we use zechirah to actively bring into our present-moment consciousness meanings and resonances from the past for the
sake of reframing our consciousness. In this session, we will look at how zechirah is an essential element of mindfulness
meditation and can be harnessed to help us live with a sense of greater meaning and purpose.

When: Workshop 2 - Feb 28 • Workshop 3 - April 3
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: Free Mandel JCC members or members of community partners* / Community $40
Lunch: $8


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

For a complete list of co-sponsors for each program, visit