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Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life

Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life


The J’s Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life  program offers a wide array of dynamic recreational, social and educational programs; all designed to help you engage with the arts, Jewish life and contemporary issues. 

Upcoming Programs

Jewish Book Club
Gain a deeper understanding and enjoyment from the books you read, while making new friends at this monthly book club. Led by moderator and librarian Andrea Davidson. Registration required. 

When:  First Wednesday of the month,  June 5 to December 4 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: Free for members / $10 Community (includes all sessions)
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

 

  


Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews 
Opens Sunday, June 2

Panel Exhibition Created by the National Museum of American Jewish History - coming to The J Lobby June 2 - August 2.  The exhibit showcases Americans' efforts in the late 1960s through 1990 to free refuseniks, Jews who lived in the Soviet Union and were denied the rights to live freely, practice their religion or leave the country due to their religion. 

When: 
June 2 - August 2, during Mandel JCC hours of operation

Where:  Mandel JCC lobby
Fee: FREE & open to the community. 
All guests ages 16 and older must show a driver's license or photo ID to enter the facility


Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan Returns!


Back by popular demand, the Israeli Scouts caravan will bring their message of hope and peace for Israel as they entertain us with music, songs and dance.

Pre-Concert Picnic

When: Sunday, June 30 • 12:00 pm 
Where:
 Mandel JCC's Safran Park
Fee: FREE and open to the community

Concert

When: Sunday, June 30 • 2:00 pm 
Where:
 Mandel JCC • Stonehill Auditorium
Fee: FREE and open to the community

 

 


Between the Lines Women's Book Club
Connect with book lovers in this lively monthly book group for women in their 30s, 40s & 50s. 
 
When: August 29, October 3, December 19  • 7:30PM
Where: Mandel JCC • Admin Conference Room
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348  ideas@mandeljcc.org
Fee:
 Free & open to the community

Beginning Drawing
In this beginners class, you will learn to draw forms using, lines and values. Supplies needed: drawing pencils both B’s and H’s, drawing paper tablet, kneaded eraser and ruler. Instructor Jennifer Theil.

When: September 6 - November 8 •  10 AM - 12 PM (No Class 10/4 or 10/25)
Where: Mandel JCC • Ante Room
Fee: 
$70 Members / $80 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
 


Painting with PastelsColored Pencils and other media
Discover the beauty, magic and excitement of painting with a variety of media. Learn about light, color and composition while using the medium of your choice: water color, colored pencils, pen and ink, graphite or pastels. All levels welcome. Instructor Jennifer Theil will discuss supplies at the first class.
 
When: September 6 - November 8 •  1 PM - 3 PM  (No Class 10/4 or 10/25)
Where: Mandel JCC • Ante Room
Fee: $70 Members/ $80 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

News of the Week
This popular series will explore the issues of the day/week plus provide historical context for 'current events'. Opinions are welcomed and encouraged in this interactive class.  Led by Terry Pollack.

When: September 9 to November 25 • 10-11 AM  (No Class 9/30, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28)
Where: Mandel Community Room

Fee: $70 members / $80 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
  


Israel and the Middle East
Instructor: Terry Pollack. 

When: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7 • 11:30 AM -12:30 PM 
Where: Mandel Community Room

Fee: $35 members / $40 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
 


A Deep Dive into Public Policy
Instructor: Jerry Graham 

When: 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25 • 11:30 AM -12:30 PM 
Where: Mandel Community Room

Fee: $35 members / $40 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
 


American Musical Theatre
Instructor: Dr. Roy Berko.

When: September 4 - October 16 • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (No Class 10/9)
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: $60 members / $70 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
 


Getting Started with Medicare

If you are approaching 65, or going on Medicare for the first time, this is your opportunity to gain basic understating of how Medicare works and how it affects you. Learn about what Parts A, B, C & Cover and what it does not cover and the difference between the Original Medicare Plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan.

When: Thursday October 10 • 6-8 PM
Where: 
Mandel Community Room
Fee: 
Free & Open to the community, registration requested
To Register: 
Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org 


Political Primer 2020 

When: September 4 - October 23 • 10 - 11:15 AM (No Class 10/9)
Where: Stonehill Auditorium
Fee: $85 members / $95 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
  


Canasta with Ellan Rabb
Canasta is enjoying renewed interest with people of all ages. Come and learn this easy to understand yet challenging game. It’s a great way to get together and socialize! Open to all.

When: September 5, 12, 19, 26 • 9:30 AM - 12 PM
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: $60 members / $70 Community 
For Info:
 (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org
  


Rosh Chodesh Rhythm of the Months: Walking Meditation
Join us on the first morning of every Hebrew month as we spend time outdoors to reflect on the cycles of nature, the rhythms of the Jewish calendar.
 
When: First day of the Hebrew month • 7:30 AM
Where: 
Horseshoe Lake, Shaker Heights
(meet on the bridge at the lake outlet – west end of the lake)
Fee: FREE,
no pre-registration required
Info: 
Kirby Date, kdate@sbcglobal.net
 

Introduction to Judaism
In partnership with the Cleveland Board of Rabbis
Explore Jewish observance of the holidays and life-cycle events, major periods in Jewish history, and more. Four sessions with a different rabbinic instructor for each block. Participants may join the class at the beginning of each session.

When: 
Thursdays • 7-9pm

PART ONE: September 12 - October 17, 2019
PART TWO: November 7 - December 5, 2019 (No Class 11/28)
PART THREE: December 12 & 19, January 9 - 30, 2020 (No Class 12/26, 1/2)
PART FOUR: February 6 - March 5, 2020

Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee:
 
$225 individual or couple
1
0% DISCOUNT FOR MANDEL JCC MEMBERS
To Register: 
(216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org 


Please note, unless otherwise specified, all programs above take place at the Mandel JCC.
Find out more about:

Cleveland Jewish FilmFest

Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival 

Playmakers Youth Theatre

Accommodation for the Mandel JCC Arts and Culture Program provided by: Marriott Cleveland East



 Local Public Funding Supports & Enriches the Work of the
Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland  

Over the past eight years, the Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland has received over $215,500 in support from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, which has helped bring tremendous films from throughout the world which otherwise would not be accessible in the community. The support has enabled The J to bring in special guests to enhance the audience experience, expand to new audiences through the use of new venues and broaden marketing efforts to reach new constituents. The festival’s popularity continues to grow annually and would not have that opportunity without the base of support from CAC.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is the public funder of arts and culture organizations, programs and events in Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s sole funding source is a dedicated cigarette tax levied within Cuyahoga County. Established by voters in 2007, CAC has awarded over 1,200 grants since then, distributing over $125 million in tax dollars to more than 300 organizations based in the County. 

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s sole funding source is a dedicated tax within Cuyahoga County. Renewal of this funding source will be on the ballot on November 3 for voters to consider. Click here to learn more about this important source of public funding.

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