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Jewish Secular Shabbat 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? Click here to become a member.

All Shabbat programs will be held at:

Unitarian Universalist Church
21600 Shaker Boulevard
Shaker Hts., Ohio 44122

Join Our Shabbat

First two attended Shabbat’s are complimentary.

$36.00 per program

Current Shabbat Program

Learn More by clicking on the next event link below, to learn details and to register. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. The full calendar year and speakers are listed below for a quick overview of our year! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our 2022-2023 Shabbat Dates & Speakers

Shabbat: Friday, September 9, 2022
6:30 pm

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

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.”

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

“Rediscovering Lost Treasure: The Stories of Martha Wolfenstein.”

Faye Sholiton
When Cleveland writer Martha Wolfenstein died in 1906 at the age of 36, she was lauded as one of the great storytellers of the turn-of-the-century immigrant experience. Her stories might have been lost forever, had they not been rediscovered and shared with Faye Sholiton and the late Dorothy Silver. Faye will read one of the stories and discuss the author’s work.

Shabbat/Chanukah: Friday, December 23, 2022
6:30 pm

“Rube Goldberg’s Inventions.”

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 Rich History of Migration and Immigration in Cleveland.”

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 Climate Change in Cuyahoga County.”

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 Nazis’ Grasp.”

Louis 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.”

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.”

Debbie Perkul is the author of Winds Over Jerusalem: The Story of Rae Landy, Pioneer Nurse of Hadassah. This book tells the story of the author’s 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. See our past speakers or programs.