Adult Education

Contact: [email protected] or 216-831-6555

The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust
Amos N. Guiora
Thursday, April 27 • 7 pm • BJC • Free & Open to the Public


guiora_poster.jpgIf you are a bystander and witness a crime, should intervention to prevent that crime be a legal obligation?
Or is moral responsibility enough?

Amos N. Guiora addresses these profound questions and the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing on the Holocaust and then exploring cases in contemporary society. He shares the experiences of his parents and grandparents during the Holocaust and examines sexual assault cases at Vanderbilt and Stanford and other crimes where bystanders chose not to intervene. Guiora recommends that we must make the obligation to intervene the law, and thus non-intervention a crime.








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A World Turned Upside Down: A Conservative Jewish Response
with Chancellor Arnold M. Eisen
Wednesday, April 26 • 7 ‐ 8 pm • BJC*


jts_webinar_poster.jpgWe 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.

For more information, please contact Dana Hartman, Director of Annual Giving (212-678‐8866). This webinar is being offered exclusively to congregants whose synagogues support Friends of JTS at the Re’im and Yedidim levels ($5,000 and above).

*If you are unable to participate with us at the synagogue, you may also log-in from your home computer; visit jtsa for more information.  The password is upsidedown.








Weingold Fall Forum 
Thursdays, October 27 – November 17, 2016
Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.

Registration is open to the community. Cost is $20 for one class and $30 for two classes. Advance registration preferred through the synagogue office or on our website
Open Library • 6:30 - 7 pm with Dr. R. Raphael “Rafi” Simon, Librarian.  View the flier.


7 PM Class Offerings

The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions and responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. Using a curriculum designed by JTS that includes an opening video lesson from JTS professors and American Jewish leaders, we will delve into the sources that help shape our Jewish moral foundation.

100 Daily Blessings with Cantor Aaron Shifman
Our tradition advises us to recite 100 blessings each day. We will study the key blessings, their meanings and the rabbinic teachings and legends connected to these prayers. 

What Makes a City Jewish? with Elise Braverman-Plotkin
Using Talmud, memoirs, newspapers and other sources, we will look at Ancient Jerusalem, a shtetl, early American settlements, and even Cleveland. Are there commonalities? Differences? What does a city need to have to be Jewish?

Comparative Religions - Jewish and Christian Ethics with Todd Rosenberg
We will focus on the similarities and differences around the themes of “Love Your Neighbor,” sin, and the Lord’s Prayer. 

Hands-On Jewish Arts with Marjorie Falk 
Learn silk painting! Each participant will create their own silk challah cover. Please note there is an extra $15 materials fee for this class.


8 PM Class Offerings

Not in God’s Name/Putting God Second with Rabbi Stephen Weiss
Is religion the root of intolerance and violence in our world? Or, is it the solution? How do we create a religious tradition that lays a foundation of morality and love? We will explore these questions through two new books: Not in God’s Name by Jonathan Sacks and Putting God Second by Donniel Hartman. No class October 27.

But How Does Everyone Else Look at This Stuff? with Jerry Isaak-Shapiro
It’s not just how we see things; every nation and group of people have their own lens, their own perceived interests and values. We will look at Middle East issues in general and at Israeli-Palestinian issues specifically as if we were sitting in the most influential capitals of the world, from New Delhi to Brasilia to Beijing. 

Lifeworthy Learning: Where Tradition Meets the 21st Century Jew with Susan Wyner
Each of us has been on a continuing lifelong Jewish journey. Sometimes we recognize our Jewish lives as our own interpretation of something we have learned growing up in a family, through selected classes, or by synagogue participation. But among the things that we learn, some are entertaining (like making latkes at Hanukkah), while other teachings are Lifeworthy — they help us shape our thoughts and actions. Through text studies, discussions and interactive activities, this three-session class will explore how we can make Lifeworthy choices through a Jewish
lens. Classes will meet October 27, November 3 and November 10.

Weingold Guest Scholar Weekend ● November 11-13, 2016

with Renowned Bible Scholar Robert Alter   

Friday, November 11
6:00 pm  Service
7:00 pm  Shabbat dinner ($18/adult, $10/child under 12 years; $50 family max; RSVP to the synagogue office by November 7.)
8:00 pm  Reading Biblical Narrative

Saturday, November 12
9:00 am  Service; Abraham in Egypt
       Followed by a congregational luncheon
9:00 am  Starbucks, Bread & Torah with Robert Alter
12:45 pm  The Covenantal Promise and the Response of Amichai

Sunday, November 13
9:30 am  Translating the Bible

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard University, Robert Alter teaches at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include the groundbreaking studies that established the literary approach to the Hebrew Bible. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he is the recipient of four honorary degrees.

Free and Open to the Community. Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.  Part of the Shabbos Project.  View the flier with talk descriptions.


High Holy Day Learning 2016
Thursdays, September 15 & 22 • 7 pm

2.pngJoin us for mini-classes and workshops that will help you prepare  for the High Holy Days. .

7 pm Offerings
Reflection: Chesh’bon Ne’fesh in the New Year with Doron Kalir
Mahzor Lev Shalem with Rabbi Alan Lettofsky
Challah Baking with Hedy Milgrom (September 15)
Dessert Baking with Rachel Schwarz (September 22)

For the cooking classes, space is limited and there is a $10 per person materials fee for each session.

8 pm Offerings

Zichronot and Memories with Rabbi Shalom Plotkin
Teshuvah: Repentance and Renewal with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria (September 15) and Rabbi Stephen Weiss (September 22)
Shofar Workshop with David Bardenstein (Bring your own shofar, if you have one.)

Free and open to the community; RSVP to the synagogue office.




Thursdays from 12:10 -1 pm at Commerce Park IV (23240 Chagrin Blvd.) Room 130 (First floor conference room).

Bring a brown bag lunch and join Rabbi Weiss for a lively study of Talmud and Responsa (Jewish Law) examining what Judaism has to say about contemporary issues. Topics covered include personal, business, legal and medical ethics as well as areas of Jewish belief and ritual. Each session is complete in itself. To be on the group’s mailing list, please contact David Shifrin.


Most Tuesdays from 10:30- 11:30 am in the Dennis Children's Library. Open to all. Join seasoned educator Susan Wyner for a close reading of the Torah featuring both English and Hebrew. Ability to read Hebrew helpful, but not required. Call the synagogue office (216-831-6555) to confirm for the week.


Every Saturday from 9:00 - 9:45 am in Gottlieb Auditorium. Engage in stimulating conversation, gain fresh insights into the Torah, and study with great teachers!