Shabbat Programs

Join us for our monthly Shabbat Celebration!

Due to COVID-19, we will have our Shabbat and Holiday observances via Zoom. You will need to RSVP by clicking the green RSVP button before the day of the event so that we can email you a secure link to the meeting. Please check in 10 -15 minutes before our start time so that we can let you in and you can test your connection. We will have Breakout rooms available before and after the meeting so you that can visit with other members. Guests new to JSC can attend Shabbat programs at no cost.

Did you miss one of our meetings or are you unable to attend? Check out our YouTube channel for our recorded programs by clicking HERE.

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Our 2020-2021 Shabbat Dates & Speakers

Susan Murnane
Virtual Shabbat Friday, September. 11, 2020,


7:00 pm


“Woman Suffrage: Human Rights”

A brief history of the fight for woman suffrage in Northeast Ohio and the founding of the League of Women Voters, 100 years ago.

M. Susan Murnane, Ph.D., J.D. is past co-president of the LWV of Greater Cleveland and is a current board member and Chair of its Historical Committee.

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Virtual Shabbat


Friday, October 9, 2020, 7:00 pm


“Human Rights and Immigration
in Central America”

Chrissy Martinez, Co-director, Inter-religious Task Force on Central America. Chrissy serves as a representative to the United Nations for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Co-Moderator of the Disciples Peace Fellowship, Co-Chair of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Chair of the Ohio Fair Trade Network, on the Council of School of Americas Watch and as a steering committee member of the Ohio Poor People’s Campaign and Christian Peacemaker Teams.

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Virtual Shabbat


Friday, November 13, 2020, 7:00 pm


“Ban the Bomb! Resistance in the Nuclear Age”

Francis Chiappa, Ph.D., was President of Cleveland Peace Action from 2003 to 2016 and is currently its Communications Chair. Dr. Chiappa is also a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Horizons Counseling Services.

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Susan Murnane
Susan Murnane
Virtual Shabbat/Hanukkah


Friday, December 18, 2020, 7:00 pm


“The Coalition to End the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail”

Laurie Albright (top) and Eileen McCully (bottom). Why We Need Bail Reform in Ohio.

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Virtual Shabbat/Tu B’shvat


Friday, January 29, 2021, 7:00 pm


“Cuyahoga County’s Ban on Single Use Plastic Bags”

Sunny Simon, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman

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Virtual Shabbat/Purim
Friday, February 26, 2021, 7:00 pm

“Dr. Seuss Goes to War and Before”

Gregg Philipson lectures nationally and internationally on Jewish-related subjects including the Holocaust, propaganda art and Jewish military history. His collection and archive is regularly exhibited at major museums, universities and U.S. military installations.

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Susan Murnane
Virtual Shabbat


Friday, March 19, 2021, 7:00 pm


“Rescue Your Photos”

Lisa Griffis was a photo editor and graphic designer at the Plain Dealer. She combines her love of visual storytelling with helping others preserve their visual legacies.

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Virtual Shabbat

Friday, April 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

“Use Gene Editing to Treat Patients, Not Design Babies.”

Marcy Darnovsky, Ph.D., is Executive Director at the Center for Genetics and Society, a California-based public interest organization that works for a just and inclusive future in which human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies benefit the common good.

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Virtual Shabbat


Friday, May 21, 2021, 7:00 pm


“The Fight for Reproductive Rights in Ohio”

Hannah Servedio, Northern Ohio Field Organizer for NARAL Ohio.

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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.

> Our 2019 Calendar Year Programs

> Our 2018 Calendar Year Programs

> Our 2017 Calendar Year Programs

> Our 2016 Calendar Year Programs

> Our 2015 Calendar Year Programs