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Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life

The J’s Arts, Ideas & Jewish Life  program offers a wide array of dynamic recreational, social and educational programs. All programs are designed to help you engage with the arts, Jewish life and contemporary issues. Please note, unless otherwise specified, all programs above take place at the Mandel JCC.

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 • 10 AM-11 AM
Jan 8 • The Song of the Jade Lily, by Kirsty Manning
Feb 5 • An Unorthodox Match, by Naomi Ragen
March 4 • The Liar, by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
April 1 • A River Could Be a Tree, by Angela Himsel

Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: Free for Members / $10 Community (includes all sessions)

For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org 


One-Woman Theatrical Performance: Deb Filler’s I Did It My Way In Yiddish (In English)
Deb Filler performs her critically acclaimed one- woman show about the influence of music on her Jewish family’s immigrant experience moving from Europe to New Zealand in I Did It My Way In Yiddish (in English). Through three remarkable stories, we meet maestro Leonard Bernstein, who played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue when Filler’s father was in a displaced persons’ camp, and hear of the other extraordinary musicians who influenced her life. Presented by Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in partnership with Interplay Jewish Theatre and Mandel JCC.

When: Wednesday, January 15 • 7 PM
Fee: Members: $20 / Community: $25
Where: Mandel JCC Stonehill Auditorium
(216) 593-0575 • MALTZMUSEUM.ORG


Between the Lines Women's Book Club
Join like-minded readers for an evening discussion on the latest memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction Jewish-themed books.

When: Thursdays • 7:30-9 PM
Jan 16 • Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro
Feb 27 • Strangers and Cousins, by Leah Hager Cohen
April 23 • The Words of My Father, by Yousef Bashir

Where
: Mandel JCC • Admin Conference Room
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348  ideas@mandeljcc.org
Fee:
 Free & open to the community

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: Fridays, January 31 - March 20 • 1 -  3 PM
Where: Mandel JCC • Ante Room
Fee: $70 Members / $80 Community
For Info: (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org

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: TBD

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. Instructors: Terry Pollack & Jerry Graham

When: TBD

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


Israel and the Middle East
Through an interdisciplinary lens of history, conflict studies, international relations, political systems, geography, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, we will examine this vital area of the world often at the center of news headlines. The class will also emphasize U.S. foreign policy as it pertains to the region. Join us for an exciting learning experience!
 Instructor: Terry Pollack

When: TBD

Where: Mandel Community Room

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


NEW! Curtain Up: The American Musical Theater
From The Black Crook to Hamilton, we'll examine how the musical plays of an era provide an understanding of that particular time and culture. Through the formats of musicals, we'll learn about America's major contribution to the theatre lexicon. Instructor: Dr. Roy Berko

When: TBD
Where: Mandel Community Room
Fee: $70 Members / $80 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 understanding of how Medicare works and how it affects you. Learn about what Parts A, B, C & D cover and what it does not cover and the difference between the Original Medicare Plan and a Medicare Advantage Plan.

When: TBD
Where: 
Mandel Community Room
Fee: 
Free & Open to the community, registration required
To Register: 
Contact Jan at (216) 831-0700 ext. 1348 • ideas@mandeljcc.org


NEW! Terry & Jerry Political Primer 2020
A new class with an emphasis on the presidential election of 2020; the class will explore the most important people, policies and issues coming up. Instructors: Terry Pollack & Jerry Graham

When: TBD

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: TBD
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: 
Shaker Nature Center
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 significant Jewish concepts through lecture, engaging text study, meaningful dialogue, and exploration into the community. Class will be taught in four sections with a different rabbinic instructor for each session. Participants may join the class at the beginning of each section.

When: 
Thursdays • 7-9 PM
SECTION THREE: December 12 & 19, January 9 - 30, 2020 (No Class 12/26, 1/2)
SECTION 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 

 

 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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