Did you hear our volunteers speak on Volunteer Shabbat on May 20? Volunteers shared the meaning of community for B’nai Jeshurun. Click here for a link to hear all of our speakers. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Shani Kadis. Help make B’nai Jeshurun a warm and caring community.
On May 13 we enjoyed a beautiful Shabbat morning as we honored our Minyannaire's and heard about their passion for this sacred tradition. If you missed it, you can live stream and hear the speakers here or you can download it here.
Thursday, May 11 (7-10pm)
Friday, May 12 (9am-6pm)
Sunday, May 14 (9am-4pm)
Join us for a very special art show and sale! B'nai Jeshurun will be transformed into a gallery of the best of Israeli art-- direct from the Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem. This unique collection of more than 1500 original works of art by more than 100 Israeli artists will be open to the entire community. It is free to attend and there is something for every taste and price range. A portion of the proceeds will benefit B'nai Jeshurun.
Special Events: Pre-Shabbat Happy Hour May 12 from 4-6pm & Family Art Event May 14 from 2-4pm
THE CRIME OF COMPLICITY: THE BYSTANDER IN THE HOLOCAUST
Thursday, April 27 at 7:00pm
Amos N. Guira addresses these profound questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society. Learn more and see our sponsors.
A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: A CONSERVATIVE JEWISH RESPONSE
WITH CHANCELLOR ARNOLD M. EISEN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 • 7 ‐ 8 PM • BJC*
We invite you to participate in this live, online educational presentation during which viewers are able to submit questions and comments to the Chancellor. The questions will be received at JTS and addressed as time allows. To learn more click here.
Megillah Readings and Purim Programming for All
Saturday, March 11
7:30 pm Family & Traditional Megillah Readings followed by dancing
9:00 pm Karaoke Coffee House: We will sing and enjoy an espresso from Nervous Dog Coffee Bar and open bar along with nosh. No registration required, $10 at the door.
Movie Night with Rafi for children 5th grade and under.
Purim Carnival Pre-Party: 6th-12th graders will help set-up and preview the carnival games and inflatables.
Sunday, March 12
8:00 am Traditional Megillah Reading
10:30 am Family Megillah Reading
11:30 am - 2 pm Purim Carnival: Enjoy games galore, lunch, bounce
houses, face painting and more. NEW THIS YEAR:
* $12 wristbands carnival admission for unlimited play
(2 & under are free)
* Sports arena with a Ga Ga Pit
* Prize room
Register for everything Purim here.
RESCHEDULED MOVIE NIGHT
Monday, January 23 at 7:00 pm
Join documentarian Todd Kwait for a congregational viewing of his milestone film, L'dor V'dor: The History of B'nai Jeshurun. The film explores the history of our synagogue through historic recordings, photographs, interviews, and newly filmed footage that depicts our place within the broader historical context of the Jewish people. We will watch the film, which premiered at the Gala Premiere, followed by a Q&A and lovely dessert reception. This event is free and open to the community. (This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather on December 15.)
ROCKIN' HANUKKAH CELEBRATION
Tuesday, December 27 from 6 - 9:00pm
Celebrate the 4th night of Hanukkah at B'nai Jeshurun with your friends & family! Enjoy deli & latkes, play Bingo for prizes and be entertained by the Rockin' Robots who will put on an interactive show for everyone and also join us in lighting the menorah. Learn more.
WEINGOLD GUEST SCHOLAR WEEKEND WITH ROBERT ALTER
November 11 - 13
Join us for a fascinating weekend with renowned bible scholar Robert Alter. Dr. Alter's lectures will include, "Reading Biblical Narrative," "Abraham in Egypt," "The Covenantal Promise and the Response of Amichai" and "Translating the Bible." In addition, Dr. Alter will serve as our Starbucks, Bread & Torah teacher this week. Click here for all the details. RSVP for Friday night dinner here. Free and open to the community. Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.
HIGH HOLY DAY LEARNING 2016
Thursdays, September 15 & September 22 at 7:00pm
Join us for mini-classes and workshops that will help you prepare for the High Holy Days. Classes range from learning the new Mahzor, reflection, cooking & baking, repentance & renewal, zichronot & memories, to a shofar workshop. Free & open to the community. Click here to register and view classes.
Next Shabbat Rocks! is Friday, August 19
Bring your families to this wonderful evening, with a live band playing some of today's most upbeat Jewish music. You will experience toe tapping, hand clapping and dancing to contemporary melodies. Multiple musical genres are woven through the service, highlighting text from each of the Psalms, which creates an energizing and engaging service. A specialized prayer book has been created to offer Hebrew, transliteration, and English to make this service user friendly. Listen to and download tracks from our website. Services will be held in the Linden Family Courtyard, weather permitting.
SYNAGOGUES 360 PRESENTATION
Monday, August 15 • 7 pm
BJC is about to join the many synagogues around the world that have provided an historical, visual record through Synagogues 360’s interactive, panoramic photos. Louis Davidson will treat us to a slide presentation that includes virtual reality photos of shuls located in a variety of places, from remote villages to cosmopolitan cities. Free and open to the community.
June 11-13, 2016
Join us as we mark the receiving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai with services and our Tikkun Leil Shavuot, which includes extensive choices from diverse presenters on a variety of topics throughout the night and early morning. Free and open to the community. View the full schedule of event.
BJC 150TH CANINE OLYMPICS SHABBAT
Friday, June 10 at 6:00 pm
Celebrate Shabbat with your family dog with a picnic dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat service and our first ever 150th Canine Olympics. Learn more and register.
A WEEKEND WITH CHANCELLOR EISEN
April 1-2, 2016
Join us for a special weekend featuring Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen in celebration of our 150th anniversary.
Friday, April 1
6:00 pm Shabbat dinner ($18 per person; by prior registration only)
7:00 pm Service
8:00 pm Two Roads Diverged: Heschel and Kaplan on the Relationship Between Spirituality, Jewish Law and Social Justice
Saturday, April 2
9:00 am Service; Dancing with the Torah to Old and New Melodies: Integrating Tradition and Modernity in Jewish Life
12:00 pm Congregational Luncheon; Stretching Our Minds, Hearts and Souls As We Shape the Judaism of Tomorrow
All talks and the luncheon are free and open to the community. For more information click here.
SPRING INTO READING
Friday, March 4 at 5:45 pm
A time for parents and youngsters to share the joys of exploring books together,
followed by the Shabbat evening service featuring our Zamir Children's Choir.
Contact Rafie at (216) 831-6555 ext. 114 for more information.
17TH ANNUAL SHEILA RADMAN BALK CHOLENT COOKOFF
Saturday, February 20 - noon
Whose cholent will be voted the best? How many different ways can this traditional Shabbat dish be made? Join us for the gastronomical adventure of cholent. For more information and to register click here. Presented by Men's Club
B'NAI JESHURUN CELEBRATES ISRAEL WEEK
January 23- January 30
We are proud to celebrate Israel Week as part of our 150th anniversary celebration with a week full of event-- from Israeli wine tasting, to family programing, to a movie night, to an Israeli Cafe.
Events remaining this week:
~ Monday- Kabbalistic Tu B’Shevat Seder ($5/person. Pre-registration requested)
~ Wednesday- Screening of the Award-Winning Israeli Film “Footnote” (Free thanks to Men's Club and Sisterhood but please rsvp since space is limited)
~ Friday- Kinder Shabbat with an Israeli Twist
~ Saturday- קָפֶה ומַאֲפֶה Israeli Café Night featuring Naomi Less ($18/person. Pre-registration requested)
Click here for a full listing of events and to register. Thanks to Israel Week Co-chairs Lydia & Michael Frankel, Zehava & Steve Galun and Betty & Kevin Trangle
HANUKKAH CONCERT & DINNER
Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 pm
Celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah as we continue our festivities for our 150th Anniversary. We'll have a concert featuring Six13 followed by dinner catered by Cafe 56 featuring different international stations and a latke bar.
Dinner Registration is now closed.
(We will be unable to accept any more reservations for the dinner , and there will be no walk-in dinner registrations.)
Tickets to the concert only will be available at the door on Sunday, December 13. Walk-ins are welcome!
THE ARTS OF THANKSGIVING
Monday, November 23 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm
An inter-religious and multicultural celebration that brings together different faiths and cultures for an evening of music, art and dance! This program is free and open to the entire community. Hands-on activities will be available from 6 - 7 pm and performances will begin at 7 pm. This year we have many new acts and we are so grateful for our many sponsors who have helped make the evening possible.
SEE THE FLIER
Wishing L'Hitraot to
Rabbi Stanley & Dr. Lifsa Schachter
Saturday, November 14 * 7:30 pm
Evening Havdallah Celebration
Friends, family and the B'nai Jeshurun community will come together to wish l'hitraot (see you again) to Rabbi Stanley & Dr. Lifsa Schachter on Saturday, November 14. Let us know you are coming by clicking here . (RSVP is requested, not required.)
In celebration and appreciation of their many contributions to our synagogue, the Cleveland community and all of our lives, we have created a memory book for them to take on their journey to Israel. There will be an opportunity to hand-write messages to the Schachters at the event itself.
If you would like to make a donation in honor of the Schachters, please consider the Rabbi Stanley J. and Dr. Lifsa Schachter Endowment Fund at B'nai Jeshurun. No gifts please.
Co-chairs: Eunice & Ernie Benchell and Susannah & Avery Cohen
WEINGOLD GUEST SCHOLAR
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
Reb Mimi (Miriam Sara) Feigelson: SONG AND SPIRIT: The Self and Community in Chassidic Teachings
View the flier for full description of schedule and talks here.
Free and open to the community. The only charge is for Shabbat Dinner ($18/adult; $10 child under 12 years of age; $50/family max. RSVP here.
Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.
ZIP CODE SUKKAH PARTY
Sunday, October 4 from noon - 3:00 pm
Celebrate sukkot with your neighborhood and B’nai Jeshurun! Whether you live in Beachwood, Pepper Pike, University Heights or Solon we have a sukkah just for you!
Find out the locations and learn more.
SELICHOT 2015 - 5776
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
Free & open to the community
This program is made possible through the generosity of the R. H. Mohrman Cultural Foundation.
Friday, August 21 at 7 pm
Shabbat Rocks! combines the ﬂowing poetry of Psalms with a live band playing some of today's hottest Jewish music. This unique liturgical experience will make your heart sing, your hands clap and your feet dance.
FAMILY FUN DAY- 150TH ANNIVERSARY KICK OFF CELEBRATION
Sunday, August 23
from 11 am - 3:00 pm
Free & Open to the Community! 220-foot zip line, bounce houses, inflatables, Euclid Beach Rocket Car, mahj tournament, instant photo magnets, science show from Dr. U. R. Awesome at 1:00 pm, food and drink for purchase, and so much more! Sign up to volunteer! See the flier.
PJ LIBRARY SHABBAT DINNER & READ-IN
Friday, August 21 at 5:45 pm
Join Rabbi Hal, Rabbi Josh and our librarian Rafi for an evening of food and fun and books!
4th Annual Golf Outing
Monday, July 13 * noon
Join us for an afternoon of golfing, friends, food and fun at Punderson State Park.
- 18 holes of golf & cart
- catered box lunch
- contests & prizes
$50 pp if paid by June 22
$60 pp after June 22
Click here to register
*Please indicate when registering foursome or individual. Contact Julie Berman for more information. Rain Date - July 20
Please join us at our Annual Tribute Dinner this year honoring Hedy & Michael Milgrom
Sunday, June 28 * 6 pm
Cocktails & Dinner * Auction
Both Hedy & Michael have served on the boards of Beth Am and B'nai Jeshurun, and Hedy is a past officer of B'nai Jeshurun. They are the parents of Natan (Kate), Ari and Ben, and proud grandparents of Ellie.
Hedy has been on staff at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland since 1998, currently as Chief Development Officer. She sits on Cleveland's Advisory Board of the Foundation Center, is involved at Gross Schechter Day School and is a newly elected trustee at B'nai Jeshurun. She also plays violin in the Cleveland Women's Orchestra.
Michael is a recently retired staff attorney in the Cleveland office of the Federal Trade Commission, a position he held since 1978. He is a frequent Torah reader and teacher. He has served on the board of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies and was Chairman of the Akiva Advisory Committee.
$90/person All reservations must be made in writing or submitted online. Please RSVP by Sunday, June 21.
The Barking Blessing
Friday, June 12
Cookout Dinner: 6 pm; Service: 7:30 pm
Sing with our furry family friends at B'nai Jeshurun's Annual Canine Shabbat. Celebrate with a picnic dinner and awards, followed by service and oneg. All are welcome!
$10/adult; $5/child; $30/family max. Dogs beg for dinner. BYOB (bring your own bags for cleanup!) Dinner by reservation only; please RSVP by June 8. Please bring blankets, towels and cleaning supplies to donate to local animal shelters. View the flier here.
COME, LET US SING (PSALM 95)
Sunday, June 7th at 7pm
Join us for an evening of music. If you enjoy listening to blues, Greek, Turkish, Chassidic and folk music- you will really enjoy this show. Each performer is a great musician and truly skilled. Doors open at 6:30pm, concert will begin at 7pm. Learn more!
MISHPACHOT SHABBAT DINNER PICNIC
Friday, June 5 at 5:45 pm
Join us for an outdoor Shabbat dinner on our playground. Meet and schmooze with other young families with kids ages birth - 6 years (older siblings welcome, too). Songs, family-friendly Shabbat experience and entertainment by Outback Ray and his Live Animal Show.
Register for our family matchup program, letting us seat you with another friendly family. Kosher menu includes chicken, sides, dessert and drinks; vegetarian option on request. $10/adult; $5/child ages 2-12; under 2 free if registered on the BJC website by Thursday, May 28. After May 28, cost is $12/adult; $7/child.
149TH ANNUAL MEETING
SUNDAY, MAY 3 • 7 PM
Mazal tov to our honorees:
RECIPIENT OF THE JOSEPH P. LOMBERG AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL SERVICE
CAROLANN & MARTIN COHEN,
RIFKA CLAYPOOL, RACHEL & JOEL HEISER
RECIPIENTS OF THE RABBI RUDOLPH M. ROSENTHAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FAMIL
RECIPIENT OF THE PAUL M. KORET DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD
Voting will take place from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.
ALL 3RD - 6TH GRADE FAMILIES
APRIL 24-26 - YOUTH SHABBATON AT CAMP WISE
MEN'S CLUB LUNCHEON
Sunday, April 19 at 12pm
Join B'nai Jeshurun's Men's Club, and other Men's Clubs from the region, at the FJMC Honor Luncheon (Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs), where our very own Murray Berkowitz will be given the Ma'asim Tovim Award and our congregation will give Richard Berkowitz the Man of the Year Award. Learn more and register.
HAWAIIAN MATZAH LUAU MEAL
Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00pm
Let us do the cooking! We'll provide a Kosher for Passover meat dinner with a Hawaiian twist!
RSVP by April 1
SISTERHOOD WOMEN'S SEDER & WINE TASTING
Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30pm
Everyone will have a role in the seder and we will celebrate together through music, prayer and dancing, offering women the opportunity to infuse the Passover narrative with a woman's voice and experience.
RSVP by March 17
PJ LIBRARY & SHABBAT DINNER
Friday, March 20 at 5:45pm
Get ready with Rabbi Hal with songs, blessings and fun focusing on Passover. Don't forget to wear your PJs! Dinner $5 a person (under 2 free), $25 max per family.
RSVP by March 13
CELEBRATE PURIM AT B'NAI JESHURUN!!!
Sunday, March 1 - Sunday, March 8
Purim at B'nai Jeshurun is always filled with laughter, dancing, hamantashen, camaraderie - and megillah readings, of course! Last year, our clergy and staff dressed as CEREAL CHARACTERS. Come this year to find out their surprise theme! (We'll give you one hint... it's not cereal!)
Sunday, March 1
9:30am Mishloach Manot Delivery to Menorah Park
2:00pm Mishpachot Queen Esther's Candy Land
Wednesday, March 4
11:00am Mishloach Manot Delivery to Monefiore
7:00pm MEGILLAH READING and FESTIVITIES!
Thursday, March 5
7:00am Megillah reading
Sunday, March 8
11:30am PURIM CARNIVAL! New this year: Log Slammer, Farm Fun Inflatable for toddlers, Take home your own music video from our Green Screen Music Video Booth!
MESHUGANOTES, COFFEE HOUSE & KARAOKE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Meshuganotes Performance - 7:30 pm
(The Ohio State University Jewish a capella group)
David J. Moskowitz Sanctuary
Free and Open to all
Coffee House & Karaoke - 8:30-11:00 pm
$5 charge at the door; Halpern Hall
Adults & Teens Only
Enjoy Troubador coffee, karaoke compliments of Sydney & David Gruhin, alcoholic beverages, snacks, friends and fun.
(Free babysitting with a movie and snacks available on request.)
A KABBALISTIC TU B'SHEVAT SEDER FOR ADULTS
Tuesday, February 3 at 7 PM
Tu B’Shevat has taken on many new and modern meanings, each of which has added new layers, but this seder will follow closely the original, traditional Kabbalistic seder. Kabbalists understand an upside-down tree to be a metaphor for the way that God’s light flows into the world. Through ritual, song, meditation and food, the seder seeks to celebrate the ten sephirot (aspects of God) through which God’s blessings flow and to bring that shefa (flow) down upon ourselves to cause our lives and world to blossom. No knowledge of Kabbalah is necessary. The seder includes four glasses of wine, fruits, nuts and a sumptuous dessert.
$5 per person (subsidized in part by the Weingold Adult Learning Fund). RSVP to the synagogue office.
MISHPACHOT WINE & CHEESE
Saturday, January 31 at 7pm
Join us for an adult-only event at the home of Rachel & Joel Heiser for havdallah, socializing, wine, cheese and dessert. Hosted by the Heisers and Kim Cole & Jeff Brown. Register now.
16TH ANNUAL SHEILA RADMAN BALK CHOLENT COOKOFF
Saturday, January 24 at noon
Join B'nai Jeshurun's Men's Club for the 16th Annual Cholent Cookoff! Enjoy a seclection of cholents cooked by our team of chefs. Come to cook, or just to judge! Learn more and register.
DEMYSTIFYING TEFILLIN FOR WOMEN (12+)
JANUARY 13, 2015
Explore the mitzvah of tefillin through text study, discussion and "hands on" experience with our Rabbinic Intern, Paula Sass.
Register and learn more by January 8.
HANUKKAH FAMILY GAME NIGHT & DINNER
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Light the menorah. spin the dreidle and play lots of games from Family Feud to an oversize Connect Four and of course a bounce for the little ones! We'll also have a dipping doughnut station!
Everyone in your family is guaranteed to have fun! Register and learn more
arts of thanksgiving
Monday, November 24
6 pm * B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
A multicultural showcase of performance and visual art. This event is free and open to the public.
6 pm: The celebration will begin with an interactive art exhibit. Roam Gross Atrium for a hands-on art show complete with:
- Deep Grooves Drumming Circle
- Zen Buddhist meditation room with Jijuyu-jiZen Sangha of Cleveland
- Balloon Animals
- Hand Made Ketubahs
- Hanukkah Art Sale by B'nai Jeshurun Sisterhood
- Ursuline College's Art Department Paintings and Sculptures
- Chinese Paper Cuts - Yin Tang
7 pm: An Interreligious, Multicultural Performance Showcase will feature performances by (in formation):
- Internationally Renowned Jewish Rocker Naomi Less
- Gilberto Pena, Hispanic Dancing
- Mr. Navid Changizi, Tar Performance
- Antara Datta, Indian Dance
- Sayed Khatami, Muslim Qur'an Recitation
- Talise Campbell, West African Drumming and Dance
- CCCCA Art Troupe, Chinese Arts and Culture
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shani Kadis.
2014 WEINGOLD FALL FORUM
Thursday evenings, October 23 - November 20
Join us for a wonderful array of opportunities in adult education. Each evening consists of 70-minute classes with a break for refreshments and schmoozing in between. Registration is open to the community. Cost: $20 for 1 class or $30 for 2 classes. To learn more or to register click here.
FACING THE STORM: ISRAEL AND THE IMPLODING MIDDLE EAST WITH AARON DAVID MILLER
Wednesday, November 5 * 7:30 pm
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation and AIPAC invite you to hear Aaron David Miller, Vice President, New Initiatives, Distinguished Scholar Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Mr. Miller served for two decades in the Department of State as an analyst, negotiator and advisor on Middle Eastern issues. A dessert reception will follow the program. Free and open to the community. Click here to watch the video.
SPEAKEASY AND CASINO
Saturday, November 1 from 8:00-11:00 pm
It's a party from the past! This '20s Speakeasy will be the bee's knees! Enjoy an evening of casino games, silent auction, catered food and fun to benefit B'nai Jeshurun's Garden Project and United Synagogue Youth (USY). Admission is $50 until 7 pm on October 31 and $65 at the door. Can't join us? You can buy raffle tickets...one for $100 or three for $250. Learn more (and/or buy raffle tickets) today!
OHIO BUS TRIP
Sunday, September 14 * 8:30 am-8:30 pm
SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Our 3rd grade adopted class is expecting 32 students this year.
Any overflow of items collected will be donated to other Stepstone classes. Collection bins are located in the Gross Atrium.
- three ring binder clear plastic cover w/insert capability
- and pockets on the insides (preferred colors white and black)
- #2 pencils (fulfilled)
- blue or black pens
- 24 pack crayons
- glue sticks
- pencil pouch
- colored markers (fine or wide tip)
- anti-bacterial wipes or baby wipes
- zipper bags - any size
Friday, August 22 * 7 pm
Our last one of the season!
Shabbat Rocks! combines the ﬂowing poetry of Psalms with a live band playing some of today's hottest Jewish music. This unique liturgical experience will make your heart sing, your hands clap and your feet dance. Listen to and download tracks from our website. Contact Julie Berman if you have not already received a complimentary CD.
Sunday August 17, 4 - 7 pm @ B'nai Jeshurun
Enjoy a Special Dinner featuring all of your Favorite Picnic Foods
Make Your Own S'mores Booth Sponsored by The Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program
- Giant Slide
- Lawn Games
- Bounce House
- Annual Car Show
Fun for all ages. $10/adult; $5/child over 3 years old. RSVP to the synagogue office.
3RD ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
Monday, July 21 (Rain Date: July 28)
Punderson State Park Golf Course
12 PM Lunch * 1 PM Scramble Start
Tee it up at B'nai Jeshurun's 3rd Annual Golf Outing. The action continues after the game with a Post-Play Press Conference with beer, snacks and awards! Registration is $50 by July 10, $60 after July 10. Special discounted price of $180 if you register a foursome by July 10. Price includes a kosher boxed lunch, 18 holes of golf and a cart. Learn more and register today!
Join us as we honor the Yedids for their tremendous commitment and dedication to B'nai Jeshurun Congregation. In addition to attending the Tribute Dinner, you can also become a Sponsor or purchase a Tribute Ad in the Program Book/Congregational Directory.
B'NAI JESHURUN CONGREGATON
PRESENTS WITH PRIDE, OUR 2014 SPRING CONCERT "ONE PEOPLE, ONE HERITAGE"
SUNDAY, JUNE 8TH-7:00 P.M.
Doors Open at 6:30 P.M.
Concert is Free and Open to the Public
THE BARKING BLESSING
Friday, June 6, 6:00 PM
Cookout Dinner: 6:00PM Service: 7:30 PM
Sing with our furry family friends at B'nai Jeshurun's Annual Canine Shabbat. Celebrate with a picnic dinner and awards, followed by service and oneg. All are welcome! Adults $10; Kids $5; Family max $30. Dogs beg for dinner. Bring your own bags for cleanup! Dinner by reservation only. Please RSVP to the synagogue office by June 2. Please bring blankets, towels and cleaning supplies to donate to local animal shelters. To view pictures from this year's Canine Shabbat click here.
148th Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 4 * 1:30 pm
Please join us as we honor outgoing president David Shifrin, officers and board members as well as welcome incoming officers and board members.
Voting will take place from 9 am - 12:30 pm.
Art Reception will follow the meeting.
Mazal tov to our honorees:
Rebekah Dorman, PhD, recipient of
The Joseph P. Lomberg Award for Outstanding Individual Service
Debbie & Greg, Rachel, Sarah and Evan Shaw, recipients of
The Rabbi Rudolph M. Rosenthal Award for Outstanding Family
To view pictures from the Annual Meeting please click here
MAY 1ST, 2ND & 4TH, 2014
Join us for a very special art show and sale! For three days, B'nai Jeshurun will be transformed into a gallery of the best Israeli art-- direct from the Safrai Gallery in Jerusalem. This unique collection of more than 1500 original works of art by more than 100 Israeli artists will be open to the entire community. It is free to attend the art show and there is something for every taste and every price range.
Rabbi Rudolph M. Rosenthal Memorial Lecture
Old Truths and New Responses
Dr. Arnold M. Eisen, Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary
Tuesday, April 1 * 7:30 pm
Why does Judaism Matter? Why Should One Engage with Jewish Tradition and Participate in the Jewish Community from a Multitude of Options Available?
Dr. Eisen will suggest 21st century answers to questions such as these, drawing upon his career as a scholar of American Judaism and leader of JTS that simultaneously addresses the mind, stirs the heart and nurtures the soul.
Chancellor Eisen has made his philosophy of Jewish learning, leadership, and vision a principle by which to study and live within and beyond the walls of JTS. He has expanded the digitization and online accessibility of JTS Library resources, launched learn.jtsa.edu and established popular JTS social media sites. He has introduced dual-track degrees for rabbis and cantors, the Arts Initiative and has directed the development of the fully accredited and interreligious Center for Pastoral Education, the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue and the Mitzvah Initiative.
Chancellor Eisen sits on the board of directors of the Tanenbaum Center, the Covenant Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture. Follow his blog. Visit our website to learn more.
Hear the story of the exciting rebirth of the Jewish community in Krakow
Monday, March 24 * 7:30 pm
Jonathan Ornstein is Executive Director of the JCC Krakow. A native New Yorker, Jonathan moved to Poland by way of Israel first, where he was a kibbutznik and served in an IDF combat unit. In Poland, he taught Modern Hebrew at the Jagiellonian University's Department of Jewish Studies and founded 'Gesher', the association for Polish-Israeli dialogue.
Jonathan also is a founding Board member of 'Przymierze,' the Krakow Association of Christians and Jews.
Justin Kadis serves as a JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps fellow in Krakow. He is also the Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow for 2013-14.
The program is a joint project of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the JDC. He is the son of Suellen & Larry Kadis.
Featuring: Hamentashen baking, Vashti's Banquet, Purim Shabbat, Elmo's Clubhouse as Queen Esther's Palace, Superkindershabbat!, Purim, Megillah Readings, Karaoke Coffeehouse, Blood Drive, and our world famous Canival!
Click here for more information!
15th Annual Sheila Radman Balk
Presented by Men's Club
Enjoy a selection of cholents cooked by our teams of chefs. Your challenge is to pick the winner. If you'd like to enter the competition, team up with some friends to prepare your own special cholent recipe. You provide the creativity and expertise and we provide the ingredients.
Cost is $8 per person; children under 3 years old are free.
A Kabbalistic Tu B'Shevat Seder for Adults
Thursday, January 16 * 7:30 pm
Tu B'Shevat has taken on many new and modern meanings, each of which has added new layers, but this seder will follow closely the original, traditional Kabbalistic seder. Kabbalists understand an upside-down tree to be a metaphor for the way that God's light flows into the world. Through ritual, song, meditation and food, the seder seeks to celebrate the ten
sephirot (aspects of God) through which God's blessings flow and to bring that shefa (flow) down upon ourselves to cause our lives and world to blossom. No knowledge of Kabbalah is necessary. The seder includes four glasses of wine, fruits, nuts and a sumptuous dessert.
$5 per person. (subsidized in part by the Weingold Adult Learning Fund)
The Men's Clubs of B'nai Jeshurun, Park and Shaarey Tikvah present A Rock & Roll Revolution:
Revolution Pie - a Beatles Tribute Band
December 14 at B'nai Jeshurun; Doors Open at 7:30 pm * Concert at 8 pm
21 & over * 60's attire encouraged
$18 per person before December 9; $22 per person after or at the door. Price includes dinner with soft drinks and beer, great music and dancing. A wine tasting station will offer a variety of kosher wines for a small charge.
A special Public Program by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The Voyage of the St. Louis: Refuge Denied
Monday, December 9
In 1939, the Cuban government turned away the St. Louis, a passenger liner carrying 937 people - almost all of them Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Refused safe haven in the United States as well, the ship returned to Europe. Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs, will discuss the Museum's ten-year project to uncover the fate of every refugee aboard the St. Louis.
Teen Program at 6:00 pm will focus on the stories of the younger passengers.
Adult Program at 7:30 pm chaired by Lorin & Alan Gottlieb and Anat & Saul Nurko.
B'nai Jeshurun Hanukkah Party!
Tuesday, December 3 from 5:45 - 8 pm
Celebrate Hanukkah with a true Festival of Lights!
fun for all-young and old!
-A delicious, kosher, Hanukkah dinner (meat)
-Fire Dancing Performer
-Latke Eating Contest
-Menorah Lighting and Dreidel Contest and much much more
$10/adult; $8 child (12 and under); $40/family max
Latke Eating Contest:
$5 entry fee
must pre-register by Wednesday, November 27 and indicate age category:
-Kindergarten and under
Prizes given to winners in each category
Sunday, November 24 - FREE EVENT
This year's event is jam packed with exciting Art Exhibits, Interactive Art Demos, Children's Projects, Magic, and Balloons, Performances from Steel Drummers, a Christian Rock Band, Chinese, African, Indian and Israeli Dancing, Folk Music and even a special performance from Cantor Shifman.
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Tuesday, November 12 * 7:30 pm
Global Currents: A Foreign Policy Analysis with Jonathan Adelman, Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the
University of Denver.
FREE. RSVP to Nicole Garelick (312-253-8968). Coffee and snacks will be served.
Cleveland Jewish News article
Kristallnacht 75th Anniversary Commemoration
Sunday, November 10 * 1:00 pm
at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
This 90-minute program will feature guest speaker Edwin Black, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, who will speak on his book, The War Against the Weak. The program will also include the lighting of a memorial candle, WITNESS** (a special dramatic presentation), remarks by family of a Kristallnacht survivor and memorial prayers.
Join the Greater Cleveland community for this free and meaningful tribute.
Cleveland Jewish News article
**WITNESS is presented in partnership with the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida.
WEINGOLD FALL FORUM
Thursday evenings, October 10- November 14, 2013
Cost: $20 for 1 class or $30 for 2 classes
Join us for a wonderful array of opportunities in adult education. Each evening consists of three 70-minute classes with a break for refreshments and schmoozing in between. Registration is open to the community. Please register through the synagogue office.
WEINGOLD GUEST SCHOLAR WEEKEND
THE BIBLE TODAY WITH RENOWN BIBLE SCHOLAR
DR. RICHARD ELLIOTT FRIEDMAN
A three-time award winning lecturer, Dr. Friedman earned is doctorate at Harvard in Hebrew Bible. He participated in the City of David Project archaeological excavations of biblical Jerusalem and was a consultant for the Dreamworks film "The Prince of Egypt". He is now the Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Georgia. His book, Who Wrote the Bible? has sold over 250,000 copies and was the subject of a three hour television special. His newest book, The Bible Now, co-authored with Shawna Dolansky, relates the Bible to controversial issues of our day: homosexuality, abortions, women's status, capital punishment and the earth.
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation on behalf of the State of Israel and Israel Bonds invites you to a
BRUNCH HONORING MARY AND MURRAY BERKOWITZ
Sunday, October 6 at B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
11:30 AM Reception Hosted by Mary and Murray Berkowitz
12:45 PM Brunch
With Special guest speaker, rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn, spiritual leader of the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton (CT) who will speak on "Israel 5775: What to Expect."
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
FEATURING THE FILM KOL NIDRE
NEW RESTORATION OF THE LOST YIDDISH FEATURE FILM BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR JEWISH FILM
KOL NIDRE IS AN INVENTIVE PASTICHE OF THEMES AND STYLES, COMBINING FAMILY DRAMA AND ROMANCE WITH SONGS AND CANTORIAL MUSIC. USA 1939
IN YIDDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
8:55 PM HAVDALLAH
9:05 PM FILM SCREENING
10:30 PM DESSERT RECEPTION
11:00 PM SELICHOT SERVICE FEATURING CANTOR AARON SHIFMAN & THE B'NAI JESHURUN CHOIR
FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF THE R.H. MOHRMAN CULTURAL FOUNDATION.
Celebrate Jewish Heritage Day with the Lake County Captains and welcome our new Education Director
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Join members of B'nai Jeshurun and the Cleveland Jewish community to watch our new Education Director, Rabbi Josh Foster, throw out the first pitch on Sunday, August 19 at the Lake County Captains game.
Tailgate will feature information on our award-winning Bessie Hershey Religious School. We'll unveil the plans for our new playground, and participants will have a chance to win prizes too!
Game will feature Hatikvah National Anthem Performance, Pre-Game Israeli Dancing and Singing Performances Israeli Food Served at our Heritage Stand, Concourse Activities with inflatables, Themed In-Game Promotions and Entertainment, Pre-Game Captains Autographs at 12:15 p.m., and Post-Game Kids Run the Bases!
Must reserve through the synagogue office to receive the $7 discounted game ticket by August 17th. tailgate & nosh is free. Call 216-831-6555 or email reservations.
Tailgate: 11:30 am-1 pm in the Eastlake Parking Lot. (over the bridge)
Enjoy some nosh and see friends before the game!
Game: Starts at 1 pm vs. Lansing Lugnuts.
TEE IT UP WITH B'NAI JESHURUN'S 1ST ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
Fifty players came out for our first Golf Outing, which was held on August 6. Special thanks to Chair Sonny Moss for making this event so special and successful and to Bruce Botnick, Wicked Woods Golf Club and Arnold Kohn for their donations.
Closest to the pin: Bob Berkowitz winner of a festive wine bottle holder
Longest Drive Ladies: Eve Phythyon winner of a pitching wedge
Longest Drive Men: Josh Farkas winner of a pitching wedge
Youngest Player Award: Robert Kimmel winner of a pitching wedge
Winning Team (pictured) with a 69: Jan Moskowitz, Robert Zelwin, Harry Zelwin and Chuck Whitehill - each won a certificate for 18 holes of golf
EXPLORING JEWISH CLEVELAND - SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
Departing from the B’nai Jeshurun parking lot at 10:00 a.m.
Armed with historical facts and anecdotes, local expert Nate Arnold will take us through 100 years of Jewish life in Cleveland. We'll board a bus and together we will explore the old neighborhoods of the Downtown Market Area, Woodland-East 55th, Glenville and Kinsman to see where our ancestors settled. We'll explore cemeteries, former synagogues and the Hebrew Cultural Garden as well as see the former locations of B’nai Jeshurun on Eagle Street (Progressive Field) and Wilson Avenue (now 55th Street). See how our forefathers lived, earned their livelihoods and prayed. This promises to be an educational and delightful day.
$25 Men’s Club members / $30 Guests
Fee includes bus transportation, guide, water, snacks and kosher box lunch. Tour lasts approximately five hours.
Please read this flyer for all the details.
MEN'S CLUB 2012-2013 PRO FOOTBALL 50/50 POOL
$50 for synagogue members; $60 non-members.
Each entry entitles you to a weekly selection of one Sunday game each week. Entry deadline September 7 at noon.
Please read this flyer for the details.
For more information, contact Jerry Brodsky
SUNDAY OCTOBER 7
Our annual judging of congregational sukkot will take place. We are currently looking for adults, children and families to participate in this joyous event. Judging is fun for all, especially children. A free pizza lunch will be provided at B'nai Jeshurun for all judges.
Please notify the synagogue office or call 216-831-6555 if you would like to have the Men's Club Sukkah Judging Committee visit your family sukkah. When the judges visit, your sukkah will receive an award at the December 7th Sukkah Awards Dinner and its picture will be made part of the permanent Men's Club archives of historic sukkot."
MEN'S CLUB WINS 1ST PLACE!
B'nai Jeshurun Men's Club won 1st place at this year's Gross Schechter Totally Kosher Rib Burn Off.
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NIGHT AT THE RACES
SATURDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 1 - 6:30PM
Have fun and win some money! Enjoy dinner and being with friends
Cost: $27.50 per person / $55 per couple. Cash bar available. Please make checks payable to B'nai Jeshurun Men's Club.
Includes: Dinner, parking,admission, beverages and a racing program.
RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 21 to the synagogue office by clicking here.
MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2 - 8:00AM
Join us for our monthly breakfast where you will have a chance to socialize with congregants. At the conclusion of the breakfast, Jeremy Ginsberg will speak on "Online Shopping". What to be careful of and how to find the best deals. Jeremy has made a career in Internet sales and communication.
SUKKAH AWARDS DINNER
FRIDAY DECEMBER 7 - 6:00PM
Join us for this fun event followed by the evening service at 7:30. This dinner is open to the entire congregation.
Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by Murray Berkowitz and his crew.
Cost: $15 per adult/ $10 per child with a family cap of $50. Please make checks payable to B'nai Jeshurun Men's Club.
RSVP by Friday, Nov. 30 to the synagogue office by clicking here.
MONDAY December 10 - 7:30PM
Please join us for this business meeting where will be discussing the details of all upcoming events!
1ST ANNUAL BROWNS VS STEELERS FOOTBALL PARTY
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30 - 12:30PM
DELI LUNCH AND BEVERAGES - HAND CUT CORNED BEEF SANDWICHES, POTATO SALAD, COLESLAW, CHIPS AND MORE!
Only $10/Adult $5/Child(12 and under)
Make your reservation to the Men's Club mailbox now by providing your name and the # of adults/children who will watch the Browns vs Steelers on our 55" TV!
MEN'S CLUB BREAKFAST & SPEAKER
SUNDAY JANUARY 6 - 8:00AM
Join us for our monthly breakfast where you will have a chance to socialize with congregants.
"The Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy"
Ken Bravo, Immediate Past President of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland, will lead us through an introduction to ancestry. He also does family history research for others.
TEXAS HOLD'EM TOURNAMENT
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 17TH - 12:30
OPEN TO ALL FRIENDS OF B'NAI JESHURUN
READ THIS FLYER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS ON HOW TO REGISTER!
HERE ARE THE OFFICIAL RULES.
$50 ENTRANCE FEE
SNACKS AND SOFT DRINKS
12:30 REGISTRATION BEGINS
1:30 PLAY BEGINS
PRIZES (BASED ON 50 PLAYERS) :
$500 - 1ST
$250 - 2ND
$150 - 3RD
$100 - 4TH
$75 - 5TH
GIFT OF LIFE - BONE MARROW REGISTRY DRIVE
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 24TH - 11:30AM - 1:30PM
Read this flyer to see how you can save a life!
To join the registry, it takes only a cheek swab and you may have the opportunity to save a life. We also need help with the registration tables. If you can spare an hour (or two) and help, or have any questions, please contact Vic Amster at [email protected] . We are hoping for a strong turnout for the registry and want to make the process run as efficiently as possible. More information about Gift of Life and registry requirements may be found at http://www.giftoflife.org/.
14th Annual Willie & Ida Radman Cholent Cookoff presented by Men's Club
Saturday, March 2 @12 noon
Enjoy a selection of cholents cooked by our teams of chefs. Your
challenge is to pick the winner. If you'd like to enter the competition,
team up with some friends to prepare your own special cholent recipe.
You provide the creativity and expertise and we provide the ingredients.
Please contact the synagogue ofﬁce by February 22 to register your
team. To reserve your spot at the luncheon RSVP to the synagogue office or click here.
Please make checks payable to B'nai Jeshurun Men's Club.
Cost is $8 per person; children under 3 years old are free.
By reservation only!
YOM HASHOAH CANDLE PACKING (AFTER BREAKFAST)
MARCH 3 - 9:00AM
The Yom HaShoah Yellow Candle Program began as a project of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs and now is a joint project with the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods. The distribution of Yom HaShoah candles has always been a special Men's Club project. This year we will hand deliver each candle to local members.
Come for a great breakfast of bagels, french toast and more and then stay to help prepare the candles for distribution. We'll start at 9:00am but if you can't arrive until closer to 9:30am, that's fine. It's not hard work and we would really appreciate an hour of your time to make this program successful. There is no need to RSVP. If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact David Cohen at [email protected].
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Site: B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
Date: Sun Mar 17, 2013
Time: 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Dan Dobres
Coordinator Phone Number:
Click here to make an appointment
Thank you for your past donations. We hope that you will be able to join us and donate blood on Sunday, March 17 from 9 AM to 2 PM. Please sign up to donate. We have an goal of 35 donors for this drive so we would appreciate your help! Thanks & see you there!
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!