Single Events/Lectures

Lecturer(s):
Steve Pinkerton
April 23, 2018|9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Get ready for a unique experience. You’ll be amazed, confounded, and ultimately dazzled by "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders.

Lecturer(s):
Ginger Christ
April 25, 2018|6:30-8 p.m.

Some think that single payer healthcare is the answer to our healthcare problems and others think it will bankrupt the country and won't work. This forum will explore both sides with a particular emphasis on how it might impact Northeast Ohio.

Lecturer(s):
Avivah Zornberg
May 02, 2018|7 p.m.

Renowned author and scholar Avivah Zornberg is acclaimed for her innovative approach to studying the Torah through rabbinic, literary and psychoanalytic lenses. Join her presentation on the Biblical figure Ruth, who is a “stranger,” in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become the mother of royalty?

Lecturer(s):
David Engel
May 10, 2018|7 p.m.

The Jewish Museum in New York offers visitors, in its words, a chance "to examine the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present." The Holocaust occupies only minimal space in the museum's permanent exhibition.

Lecturer(s):
David Engel
May 11, 2018|10-11:30 a.m.

During the 20th century, Poland regained its independence after a long period under foreign conquest. Between the First and Second World Wars it faced unrelenting hostility from its neighbors, who objected to its very existence.

Lecturer(s):
Bellefaire Staff
May 15, 2018|10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Bellefaire JCB, Ohio’s largest provider of children’s behavioral health services, has been providing services for at-risk youth and their families for nearly 150 years. Opened in 1868 as an orphanage for Jewish children, today Bellefaire serves children of all backgrounds from across the State of Ohio and the nation.

Lecturer(s):
Ken Waltzer, Steve Bayme, Rachel Fish, Steven Cohen
May 15, 2018|7 p.m.

In recent years, the relationship between American Jews and Israel seems to be becoming increasingly divisive. What are the root causes of this issue? Can the divisions be reversed? How might they be addressed, and how does the trend reflect more complex dynamics at play on the global Jewish stage?

Lecturer(s):
Karen Beckwith & Nina Turner
Wednesday, May 16|7-8:30 p.m.

Women make up over 51% of the voting electorate and yet men still far outnumber women in elected office in Ohio and across the country. This forum will explore options increasing the number of women who run and hold elected office, particularly in Ohio.

Lecturer(s):
Jeffrey Veidlinger
May 17, 2018|7 p.m.

Marc Chagall has become the best known of many artists who worked on the Yiddish theater in Russia.

Lecturer(s):
George Rodrigue
May 18, 2018|11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

George Rodrigue became editor of The Plain Dealer in January 2015. As an editor, he leads the journalists who provide stories, photos, and graphics for the newspaper and for cleveland.com from The Plain Dealer’s newsroom. His presentation is sure to be of special interest during this time of great change in the news industry.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
June 3, 2018|7 p.m.

What is anti–Semitism and why does it persist? Theodor Herzl believed Jew hatred was a result of the Jews’ economic activities. Benedict Spinoza attributed it to the Jews' self–imposed separation from their non–Jewish neighbors.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
Tuesday, June 5|1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Founding Fathers drew on the language and teachings of the Bible in their public rhetoric. But how religious were they? This lecture looks back at some of the first debates around religion in American public life and examines the ways in which this history continues to be debated in school curriculums today.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
June 6, 2018|1:30-3:30 p.m.

From the Puritans of colonial New England to the Framers of the U.S. Constitution, Americans looked to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) for guidance as they established their new social structures.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
June 7, 2018|7 p.m.

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood wrote her chilling dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale in the 1980s. Today, the book has re-emerged as a new popular television series and has soared again to the bestseller list.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
June 7, 2018|1:30-3:30 p.m.

Can government buildings put the Ten Commandments on display? Should they be treated as a symbol of America's legal heritage, or as a constitutionally inappropriate encroachment of religion in the public sphere? This lecture examines two landmark Supreme Court cases (2005), and their current implications.

Lecturer(s):
Alan Levenson
June 7, 2018|10-11:30 a.m.

Back by popular demand, our Jewish Lives Book Series explores the stories of influential personalities whose Jewish experiences shaped their contributions to culture, science and politics. Professor Alan Levenson kicks off this year’s series with a reflection on the book Jacob, Unexpected Patriarch.