Past Shabbat Speakers

Past Shabbat Speakers2023-08-08T19:19:38-04:00

Our Past Calendar Year Programs

We have a rich history of diverse programs and speakers. To see our past speakers or programs, please click on the links below.


Shabbat: Sept. 9, 2022
Sean Martin, Ph.D.
“Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community”

Shabbat: Friday, October 14, 2022
Bill Fuller
“Jews, Art, and Anti-Semitism”

Shabbat: Friday, Nov. 11, 2022
Faye Sholiton
“Rediscovering Lost Treasure: The Stories of Martha Wolfenstein”

Shabbat/Chanukah: Friday, December 23, 2022
Gregg Philipson
“Rube Goldberg’s Inventions”

Shabbat: Friday, January 13, 2023
Greg Deegan
“The Rich History of Migration and Immigration in Cleveland”

Shabbat/Tu Bishvat: Friday, February 3, 2023
Valerie Katz
“Confronting Climate Change in Cuyahoga County”

Shabbat / Purim: Friday, March 3, 2023
Louis Rorimer
“Monuments Man: The Mission to Save Vermeers, Rembrandts and Da Vincis from the Nazis’ Grasp”

Shabbat: Friday, April 21, 2023
Ilanit Gerblich Kalir
“A Study in Contrasts: The Struggling, Vibrant Jewish Community of St. Petersburg, Russia”

Shabbat: Friday, May 19, 2023
Debbie Perkul
“You Think Israel is Complicated Today? Wait Till You Hear the Story of Rae Landy, Hadassah’s Pioneer Nurse to Jerusalem”



Sept. 24, 2021:
Terry Gilbert and Carlo Wolff
Trying Times
A Lawyer’s 50-year Struggle Fighting for Rights in a World of Wrongs. This is an author event and book signing. We will also have a catered dinner for this Shabbat – a welcome back for JSC members and guests.

Oct., 22, 2021:
Rabbi Denise Handlarski
The A to Z of Intermarriage
She lives in Canada so this will be a remote speaker

Nov. 12, 2021:
Rev. Cheryl A. Lindsay
The Work to End Gerrymandering in Ohio

Dec. 3, 2021:
Todd Nelson, Ph.D.
Inside Putin’s Russia (Hanukkah)

Jan. 14, 2022:
Nicole McGee
Planting Seeds of the Reuse Economy Through Relationships, Resourcefulness, and Creative Reuse.  (Tu BiShvat)

Feb. 11, 2022:
Inside Putin’s Russia

March 18, 2022:
Donna Weinberger
Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Fight for Criminal Justice Reform (Purim)

April 8, 2022:
Bill Fuller
Jews, art, and Anti-Semitism

May 6, 2022:
Roy Finkenbine, Ph.D.
Freedom Seekers and Native Americans:  A Hidden History


Sept. 11, 2020:
M. Susan Murnane, Ph.D., J.D.
League of Women Voters
“Woman Suffrage: Human Rights.”

Oct. 9, 2020:
Chrissy Martinez, Co-director
Interreligious Task Force on Central America.
“Human Rights and Immigration in Central America.”

Nov. 13, 2020:
Francis Chiappa, Cleveland Peace Action.
“Ban the Bomb! Resistance in the Nuclear Age.”

Dec. 18, 2020:
Laurie Albright and Eileen McCully
The Coalition to End the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail. Why We Need Bail Reform in Ohio.

Jan. 29, 2021:
Sonny Simon, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman.
“Cuyahoga County’s Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags.”

Feb. 26, 2021:
Gregg Philipson, lecturer, educator and collector
“Dr. Seuss Goes to War and Before.”

March 19, 2021:
Lisa Griffis, photo editor, graphic designer and business owner
“Rescue Your Photos.”

April 23, 2021:
Emma Renfrew, Development Director
“Foundation Beyond Belief.”

May 21, 2021:
Hannah Servedio, Field Organizer for NARAL, Ohio.
“Reproductive Rights in Ohio”

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