Shabbat Programs

Join us for our monthly Shabbat celebration! We begin our evening with a “meet and greet” – usually at 6:30 p.m. – followed by a brief secular observance of Shabbat at 6:45 p.m. Then we have a delicious potluck dinner from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  JSC provides the main dish (usually chicken), wine and beverages; members provide a great variety of side dishes and desserts.

The speaker is from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

If you wish to join us, we do require that you RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the program. Contact (to be determined).

We hope you will join us and bring your friends! NOTE: You can attend your first two Shabbat programs at no cost – read about our membership and guest policies on the membership page.

Programs are held at The First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Hts., OH 44122.


Speaker Schedule 2018-19


Shabbat. Friday Sept. 7, 2018
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Shabbat – Fri. Oct. 5, 2018
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Shabbat. Friday, Nov 2, 2018
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Hanukkah/Shabbat. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
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Tu Bishvat Shabbat. Friday. Jan. 18, 2019
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Shabbat. Friday, Feb 15, 2019
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Shabbat. Friday, Mar. 22, 2019
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Shabbat. Friday, Apr. 12, 2019
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Shabbat. Friday, May 10, 2019
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Past Programs 2015- Spring of 2018

Shabbat. Friday. May 18, 2018
Robin Rood, RDN, LD.  “The History of Chocolate and Jews”

Shabbat. Friday, April 20, 2018
Cantor Gary Gelender. “Broadway Melodies and Memories”

Shabbat. Friday, March 2nd, 2018
Greg McNeil, Cover2. “What’s Working: Successful Community Based Programs Treating Opiod Addiction

Shabbat – Fri. Feb. 16, 2018
Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, “America’s International Standing and Why it is Important.”

Shabbat/Tu Bishvat. Friday Jan. 26, 2018
Doreen Schreiber, Business Recycling Specialist, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District.  “Recycling Roadshow – Waste Reduction and Recycling in Cuyahoga County.”

Shabbat & Chanukah. Friday, December 15, 2017
Noah Budin. “Songs of Chanukah”

Shabbat. Friday, November 17, 2017
Patrick Kearns. “The Infrastructure of Compassion”

Shabbat. Friday, October 20, 2017
Jerry Graham. “Trump: Unprecedented or Unpresidented?”

Shabbat. Friday, September 15, 2017
J.B. Silvers, Ph.D. “National Healthcare Choices and Reality”

Shabbat, Friday, May 2017
Greg Coleridge. “Getting Corporate Money Out of our Elections”

Shabbat. Friday, April 21, 2017
Lisa Schattinger of Ohio End of Life Options
“Why We Need a Death with Dignity Law in Ohio”

Shabbat & Purim. Friday, March 10, 2017
Greg Malkin
“Teaching Kids to be Capitalists”

Shabbat & Tu B’Shvat Seder. Friday, February 10, 2017
Brett Jones. “Cooperative Ownership: The Oldest – New Model”

Shabbat. Friday, January 20, 2017
Dennis Sutcliffe.  “Abba Silver and the Nazis”

Shabbat & Chanukah. Friday, December 23, 2016
Noah Budin. “Songs of Chanukah”

Shabbat. Friday, November 18, 2016
Bert Stratton. “Yiddish Music”

Shabbat. Friday, October 21, 2016
Sharona Hoffman. “Aging with a Plan”

Shabbat. Friday, September 16, 2016
Margery Koosed.  “Ohio’s Death Penalty:  Time for Reform or Abolition?”

May 20, 2016
Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU,
Topic: Bukharan Jews

April 15, 2016
Seth Martin, Associate Curator for Jewish History, Western Reserve Historical Society
Topic: Jews and the Cleveland Garment Industry (a book he wrote)

March 18, 2016
Marsha Dobrzynski, founder, Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and Cleveland High School for the Digital Arts

February 19, 2016
Shabbat & Tu B’Shvat Seder
Cathi Lehn, Sustainable Cleveland Coordinator. Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Topic: An initiative of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 is a high-profile, region-wide project with the bold goal of creating a “Green City on a Blue Lake by the year 2019.”

January 15, 2016
Jeffrey Allen, education director, Maltz Museum,
Topic: Stop the Hate program

Dec. 18, 2015
Lori Dreskin. Certified laughter yoga leader
Topic: Laughter yoga

November 20, 2015
Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Managing Director, International Operations Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Topic: Partnership between the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish community of St. Petersburg, Russia

October 16, 2015
Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO. The Cleveland Foundation

September 18, 2015
Deborah Bobrow, Director of Arts & Culture. Mandel Jewish Community Center.
Topic: A sneak preview and behind-the-scenes look at the Cleveland Jewish FilmFest