Adult Education

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



Friday, October 20
6:00 pm  Service
7:00 pm  Shabbat dinner ($20/adult, $60 family max; RSVP to the synagogue office by October 16.)
8:00 pm  Living Up to Our Divine Potential

Saturday, October 21
9:00 am  Service; Turning Intention into Action
       Followed by a congregational luncheon
1:00 pm  Einstein and the Rabbi:  Why Did a Rabbi in a Spiritual Crisis Turn to a Physicist for Comfort?
5:00 pm  Mincha / Seuda Shlisheet; Meditating is Medicine for the Soul

Sunday, October 22
9:00 am  Continental Breakfast; How Taking a Spiritual Selfie Can Become a Spiritual Practice


Rabbi Levy's latest book is Einstein and the Rabbi. She is the founder and leader of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish spiritual outreach movement based in Los Angeles. She was named one of the top 50 rabbis in America by Newsweek.

Free and Open to the Community. Presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family. View the flier here.


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 Selections:

The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria:  Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. We will delve into the sources that helped shape our Jewish moral foundation and inform our decisions about the critical questions of modern life. For returning attendees, we will explore different topics than those covered last year.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah with Cantor Aaron Shifman:  Students will learn to daven the Shabbat morning service and chant from the Torah and Haftorah. The class continues meeting throughout the year and culminates during Sukkot 2018 with the students leading the festival service at their B’nai Mitzvah. Contact Cantor Shifman prior to class; class size is limited.

Tzadikim: Voices of our Jewish “Saints” with Oudi Singer:  Through history, writings and fables, we will explore the life, legacy and teachings of Jewish “Saints” spanning from Talmudic
rabbis to Chasidic masters.

Jewish Clay Art with Marjorie Falk:  If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at clay, now is the time. Learn the ancient art of ceramics while you acquire hand building techniques to create objects to be used in your Jewish family rituals. There is an extra $20 materials fee for this class.


8 pm Class Selections:

The Origin of Jewish Customs with Rabbi Josh Foster:  Have you ever wondered why we do what we do? When and why did Jews start breaking a glass under the chuppah, start hiding the afikomen at the seder, or start studying all night on Shavuot? There are so many things we do because, well, that’s what we’ve always done. Together, we will explore the reasons and the origins of many of our most ingrained rituals; make sure to bring your own questions!

Worth the Long Read: Zionism in the Most Surprising of Places with Debbie & Jerry Isaak-Shapiro:  There are many obvious books about Zionism, but there’s one, written in 1876 by an English Victorian novelist, that we both count as one of the most profoundly impactful Zionist books either of us have ever read. George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda is a Jewish coming-of-age story, one in which the protagonist becomes part of the movement to re-create a Jewish homeland. We are excited to share our enthusiasm for this surprisingly Jewish novel, and will explore Eliot’s work through psychological, literary, historical and political lenses. Books will not be provided; we recommend familiarizing yourself with the book prior to attending the class.

Is Anger Ever the Best Option? Through Rabbinic and Personal Lenses, An Exploration of a Challenging Emotion with Rabbi Jonathan Berger:  Anger can be destructive; it can hurt individuals and shatter relationships. From a Jewish perspective, is there a proper place for anger? We will look at some complicated stories from Tanakh, a provocative passage from the Talmud, and a powerful selection of Rambam’s writing to explore these questions. Through our encounters with these texts, guided by our own feelings and stories, we will learn, reflect, and grow.

Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren with Rabbi Melinda Mersack:  This workshop provides a safe, confidential space for people to share their family’s experiences and learn skills to navigate family relationships in the context of multiple faith traditions and backgrounds. Designed for those whose adult children or grandchildren are in interfaith relationships, the goal of the workshop is to strengthen the individual family unit by offering support and resources. Co-facilitated by a rabbi from B’nai Jeshurun. Class will not meet on November 2nd.  This class is FREE.




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.








Please Join Us for an Exclusive Webinar


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 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!