Shabbat Programs

Join us for our monthly Shabbat Celebration!

NEW JSC GUEST POLICY: Guests are welcome to attend our programs! Due to the increased costs of providing a catered Shabbat dinner, guests who have not attended in the past, are welcome to join us for two complimentary events. After that, the fee is $35 per event. Checks should be made payable to Jewish Secular Community. These fees may be credited towards an annual JSC membership. Interested in becoming a member? Learn more and sign up here.

All Shabbat programs will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church (21600 Shaker Blvd., Shaker Hts., Ohio 44122)

Our 2022-2023 Shabbat Dates & Speakers

Susan Murnane


Shabbat

Friday, September 9, 2022,

6:30 pm

“Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community.”

Speaker: Sean Martin, Ph.D. serves as Associate Curator for Jewish History at Western Reserve Historical Society. He will discuss his latest anthology which highlights the history of the Orthodox community, Jewish education and the history of Jewish women’s organizations.

Shabbat

Friday, October 14, 2022,

6:30 pm

“Jews, Art, and Anti-Semitism.”

Speaker: Bill Fuller is currently a Docent at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He retired three years ago from Judson Retirement Community, where he served as Director of Admissions for twenty years. Prior to that, he was an Episcopal priest for seventeen years.

 

Shabbat

Friday, November 11, 2022, 6:30 pm

Coming Soon...

 

Shabbat/Chanukah

Friday, December 23, 2022,

6:30 pm

"Rube Goldberg’s Inventions."

Speaker: Gregg Philipson.
This Zoom presentation explores
the extraordinary life of Reuben L. Goldberg, who was a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist, an iconic Jewish figure who was an artist, author, sculptor, and much more. Goldberg’s newspaper comic strips were loved by millions for decades.

 

Shabbat

Friday, January 13, 2023,
6:30 pm

The People of Cleveland."

Speaker: Greg Deegan is the executive director of Teaching Cleveland, and author or co-author of 4 books on Cleveland History. He will discuss the European immigrants and Black migrants who came to Cleveland and the indelible mark they left on the city and its region.

 

Shabbat/ Tu Bishvat

Friday, February 3, 2023,
6:30 pm

 

"Confronting the Climate Change in Cuyahoga County."

Speaker: Valerie Katz is the Deputy Director of Sustainability for Cuyahoga County. She helps to administer renewable energy, alternative transportation and tree planting projects throughout the region.

 
Shabbat/Purim
Friday, March 3, 2023,
6:30 pm

"Monuments Man: The Mission to Save Vermeers, Rembrandts and Da Vincis from the Nazi Grasp."

Speaker: Louis RorimerMr. Rorimer will speak about his father’s recently re-issued book detailing the looting and ultimate recovery of Europe’s greatest art. James J. Rorimer, the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, played a leading role in the art recovery unit while embedded with the U.S. Army during World War II.


Shabbat
Friday, April 21, 2023,
6:30 pm

"A Study in Contrasts: The Struggling, Vibrant Jewish Community of St. Petersburg, Russia."

Speaker: Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Assistant Vice President of External Affairs/International Operations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland.


Shabbat
Friday, May 19, 2023,
6:30 pm

"You Think Israel is Complicated Today? Wait Till You Hear the Story of Rae Landy, Hadassah's Pioneer Nurse to Jerusalem."

Speaker: Debbie Perkul is the author of Winds Over Jerusalem: The story of Rae Landy, pioneer nurse of Hadassah, the story of her great, great, great aunt, who was one of the first two nurses Hadassah sent to Jerusalem in 1913.

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 2021 Calendar Year Programs

> Our 2020 Calendar Year Programs

> 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