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.

RSVP or Questions?

Please click here to email our RSVP officer with any questions, comments or to let us know that you will be attending!

If you wish to join us, we do require that you RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the program.

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.

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Our 2019-2020 Shabbat Speakers

Shabbat
Sept. 13, 2019, 
6:30 pm

Topic: “Protecting Your Assets from the Three Big Bad Wolves.”
Speaker: Tim Stallings, the founder of AlerStallings Elder Law Firm.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Shabbat
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

Topic: “The Green New Deal.”
Speaker: David Beach, a writer and activist in Cleveland who has been a leading voice on environmental and regional planning issues for more than 30 years.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or click here to RSVP

Shabbat
Friday, Nov 15, 2019, 
6:30 pm

Topic: “Yes, Words Matter.
Speaker: Roy Berko,  Ph. D., Professor of Communication, Theater and Psychology and author of 38 books. (http://www.royberko.info)
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or click here to RSVP.

Hanukkah/Shabbat
Friday, Dec. 27th, 2019,
6:30 pm


Topic: “Friendship Force and Citizen Diplomacy.”
Speakers: Jackie Herriman and Marilyn Burns of Friendship Force NE Ohio. Marilyn is the current president and Jackie is a past president. Friendship Force International is a non-political, non-religious, and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting global understanding through travel.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Shabbat
Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, 6:30 pm

Topic: “Theatrical Portrayals of Nazis Can Cause Us to Forget Nazism’s True Evil.”
Speaker: Brian Johnson, Ph.D. Professor of Humanities at Cuyahoga Community College where he teaches in the Mandel Scholars Academy.   https://www.tri-c.edu/programs/liberal-arts-and-sciences/mandel-center/meet-the-team.html
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click here to RSVP

Shabbat/Tu B’shvat
Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, 
6:30 pm

Topic: “Cuyahoga County’s New Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags.”
Speaker: Sunny Simon, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts  Click Here for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Purim/Shabbat
Fri. March 6th, 2020, 6:30 pm

Topic: “Colombia since the Peace Accords”
Speaker: Steve Cagan
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts.
Click Here for Directions.
RSVP:Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Shabbat
Friday, Apr. 3, 2020, 
6:30 pm

Topic: “Foundation Beyond Belief.” FBB is a not-for-profit organization whose  mission is to unite the humanist community in volunteer and charitable efforts, and to advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.
Speaker: Emma Renfrew, Development Director.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Shabbat
Friday, May 1, 2020. 6:30 pm


Topic: “The Fight for Reproductive Rights in Ohio.”
Speaker: Hannah Servedio. Northern Ohio Field Organizer for NARAL Ohio.
Location: First Unitarian Church (Fellowship Hall), 21600 Shaker Blvd (east), Shaker Hts. Click Here for Directions.
RSVP: Contact Peg Fishman at (440) 349-1330 or Click Here to RSVP.

Past Programs 2015 -2019

Shabbat. Friday, Nov 2, 2018, 6:30 pm

Topic: “Background of American Spiritualism
Speaker: Jeremy Genovese. Ph.D. Associate Professor of Human Development & Educational Psychology, Cleveland State University.

Hanukkah/Shabbat. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, 6:30 pm

Topic: “The Impact of Zero Tolerance Immigration Policies on Northeast Ohio Families
Speaker: Veronica Dahlberg, founder and executive director of the organization HOLA. HOLA is a grassroots Latino organization based in NE Ohio focusing on community organizing, leadership development, and civic engagement.


Shabbat/Tu Bishvat.
 Fri. Jan. 18, 2019, 6:30 pm

Topic: “Feed People, Not Landfills”
Speaker: Daniel Brown, Co-Founder, Rust Belt Riders
Over 40% of all food in the United States ends up in landfills. Rust Belt Riders works to provide people and organizations with alternative. We avoid harmful greenhouse gas emissions, create soil, and support local food systems.

Shabbat. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. 6:30 pm

Topic: “Cleveland Then and Now”
Speaker: Laura DeMarco, Plain Dealer, Arts and Entertainment writer. Author of the 2017 photo-illustrated history of Cleveland, “Lost Cleveland“, will discuss her new book, “Cleveland Then and Now“.

Shabbat. Friday, March 22, 2019. 6:30 pm

Topic: “Challenges Facing Cleveland’s Suburban Municipalities”
Speaker: Ed Kraus, newly-elected mayor of Solon. Kraus is the first Jewish mayor of Solon.
Ed Kraus is a native of the Cleveland area. He has served in the office of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and the City Council of Solon.

Shabbat. Friday, Apr. 12, 2019. 6:30 pm

Topic: “How Cleveland’s Illiteracy Rate Is Holding Us Back”
Speakers: Jo Steigerwald, Development Director, Seeds of Literacy and Christopher Richards, Site Coordinator, Seeds West.
www.seedsofliteracy.org. 66% of adults in Cleveland are considered to be functionally illiterate. Seeds of Literacy and its adult students are changing that reality.

Shabbat. Friday, May 10, 2019
Topic: “Hunger: A Collision of Fact and Fiction”
Speaker: Jan Ridgeway, Board President and Interim Director of Garden Valley Neighborhood House.

2018 SPEAKERS

Shabbat – Fri. Oct. 5, 2018
Anita Gray, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League in Northeast Ohio (cleveland.adl.org)

Shabbat. Friday Sept. 7, 2018
Dr. Mark Sniderman, retired Associate Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Economics in the Age of Trump

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.”

2017 SPEAKERS

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”

2016 SPEAKERS

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