Adult Education

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

Marcus Leadership Guest Scholar Weekend with Rabbi Mike Uram
Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4











Friday, May 3
7 pm Service led by Zamir Children’s Choir; Birthday Shabbat
8:15 pm There Is No Such Thing as the Jewish Community – How the old language we use to talk Jewish community hurts Jews and weakens Jewish organizations
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Saturday, May 4
9 am Services; Can Judaism Survive in the Age of Millennials? – How synagogues can adapt to remain vital in an ever-changing world
12 pm Congregational Lunch
1 pm Moving from Clubs to Networks – New ways of understanding community

View flier here.





Image result for father patrick desboisIn Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures Behind The Holocaust by Bullets
with Father Patrick Desbois
Monday, February 4 • 7 pm • BJC


World-renowned French scholar, author and Catholic priest, Fr. Patrick Desbois, has been profiled on CBS News’ 60 Minutes where he discussed his mission to discover forgotten victims of the Holocaust whose bodies lie in unmarked mass graves in the former USSR.  He is a Professor at Georgetown University, where he is on the faculty for the Center for Jewish Civilization. He is President of Yahad – In Unum, a French organization founded in 2004 to locate the sites of mass graves of Jewish victims of the Nazi mobile killing units in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Poland and Moldova. Register here. For more infomation, contact Jan Rutsky (216-831-0700, ext. 1348). Free and open to the community.  View the flier here.

This program is part of the Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival: The Next Chapter.  Sponsored by The Ida and Sam Zelwin Family Fund and B'nai Jeshurun Congregation.

stein.jpgWeingold Guest Scholar
Professor Kenneth W. Stein
December 7-9, 2018
Israel - Sovereignty, Identity and the Quest for Peace


Author and academic, Prof. Stein’s career has focused on Israeli history, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the modern Arab world. He is a recipient of the ADL’s Ross Award for intellectual integrity.  He is Founding Director, Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and Founding President, Center for Israel Education.




Friday, December 7:  The June 1967 War: How the War Changed Israeli, Jewish and Middle Eastern History 
Saturday, December 8:  Taking Control over One’s Destiny:  Zionism
                                     Reevaluating the 1978 Camp David Negotiations: How Israel Resisted a Palestinian State
Sunday, December 9:  Israel on Campus





Weingold Fall Forum
Thursdays, October 11 - November 15, 2018

Our annual Weingold Fall Forum brings talented clergy and educators from our area for a mini-semester of Jewish learning on Thursday evenings; nominal fee.  Click here to view the 2018 list.  Register for classes here.


Refreshments will be served. All classes are free and open to the community. Enjoy an open library with Dr. Rafi Simon.


7 - 8 pm Offerings

The Jewish Art Studio with Marjorie Falk (until 8:30 pm)
Create you own one-of-a-kind hamsa for blessing and protecting a home. Learn how to design and make your unique wall hanging out of clay. 


Confronting Life’s Little Dilemmas with Cheryl Gordon MAT, MSJS
This is a great time of year in which to review how useful Torah can be in helping deal with life's challenges. We'll examine every day dilemmas and the choices we make about things like shopping, disclosing information and even enjoying a Scotch. We will learn how looking through Jewish lenses can help us deal and act.


Laughing, Crying, and a Ray of Light with Rabbi Noah Bickart, PhD, Professor of Jewish & Interreligious Studies John Carroll University
A strange story in the Talmud depicts a famous rabbi having a dream which helps him to understand his place in the world. Through a close reading of this text, we’ll begin to prepare for the season of repentance together. 


8 - 9 pm Offerings

Genesis and Genes: Ethics, Genetic Engineering, and Jewish Tradition with Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioethics, CWRU
Should we use genetic engineering to cure diseases? Are GMO foods acceptable? Is it ethical to use genetics to try having "smarter" or more "athletic" children? These are some of the toughest questions facing biomedical ethics today.  To answer these modern questions in a Jewish context, we need to go back to “the beginning”. This lecture will explore how Torah, and more specifically Beresheet, has helped shape Jewish Bioethics and our responses to new genetic technologies.  


Teshuvah without Guilt with Rabbi Jonathan Berger, Associate Head of School for Judaic Studies and Programs, Gross Schechter Day School
Emotions like guilt can be powerful motivations for teshuvah—they can spur us to repair our relationships, fix our mistakes and become better people. But, what if we look at our lives and don't really feel guilty about our actions? Can there be teshuvah without guilt? We will see what Rambam has to say about the question and discuss how his ideas can help us shape our lives.






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!

At The Crossroads:  Jewish Law for Our Time

Thursdays • 12:10 - 1 pm
Weekly Lunch & Learn
Commerce Park IV (corner of Chagrin and Green) Room 130

Bring a brown bag lunch and join Rabbi Weiss or Rabbi Rudin-Luria 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 the synagogue office.


Weingold Guest Scholar and Fall forum


Our annual Weingold Guest Scholar weekend brings bible scholars to the synagogue for a weekend of learning.  All lectures are free and open to the community.  Click here to view the list of past guest scholars.  This event is usually held in the Fall.

Our annual Weingold Fall Forum brings talented clergy and educators from our area for a mini-semester of Jewish learning on Thursday evenings; nominal fee.  Click here to view the 2018 list.

Both of these programs, as well as several other periodic adult education opportunities, are presented through the generosity of the Weingold Family.