Israel Then and Now

We are proud to announce the collaboration of two of Jewish Cleveland’s great educational and cultural institutions: Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program and The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage for 2018-2019 programming.  

In partnership, we have organized a full season of dynamic Israel programs designed to engage, enrich, and educate.  Meet our visiting scholars, join us for an Israeli documentary film series, and take part in Israeli play readings.

  • Events will be held at alternating venues
  • See program listings below
  • Discounted rates are available for members of CWRU-Siegal or the Maltz
  • Register online or by phone through Siegal Lifelong Learning or through the Maltz Museum at maltzmuseum.org or by phone at 216.593.0575 
Lecturer(s):
Jodi Magness
February 10, 2019|3 p.m.

National Geographic’s award-winning 2014 short film, Jerusalem, combines stunning cinematography and surprising footage to address the allure of this tiny urban space. Why was it the ultimate prize of empires and the object of longing for so many different cultures over thousands of years?

Lecturer(s):
Jodi Magness
February 11, 2019|7 p.m.

Since 2011, Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee.

Lecturer(s):
Debbi Perkul
February 13, 2019|7 p.m.

Travel back in time to an era of Israel’s history that is often overlooked. During the last years of the Ottoman Empire, Palestine was bustling with tourism, economic growth, and new institutions. Jerusalem in particular—which had always been in the hearts of Jews around the world—was experiencing major growth and change.

Lecturer(s):
Todd Michney
February 17, 2019|3 p.m.

Jewish interactions with African Americans in mid-twentieth century urban neighborhoods like Glenville and Mount Pleasant (Kinsman) left a lasting legacy, with implications for their enduring but sometimes misunderstood relationship.

Lecturer(s):
Tyler Olson
February 20, 2019|6:30 p.m.

Sustained Dialogue is a model and process for engaging identity-based conflict in the community in a constructive way.

Lecturer(s):
Sayed Kashua
March 27, 2019|7 p.m.

Sayed Kashua reflects about the use of humor in his works across genres. Kashua will speak about his weekly column in Israel’s newspaper Haaretz, and his hit TV show Arab Labor, addressing serious political and social issues through the lens of humor.

Lecturer(s):
Sayed Kashua
March 28, 2019|10-11:30 a.m.

Sayed Kashua, once “the other” in his homeland of Israel, now finds himself “the other” in his new home in St. Louis. Through humor and satire, Sayed Kashua shares the challenges and struggles of living in a foreign land, and the difficulties of writing about home from a distance.

Lecturer(s):
Dorit Rabinyan
April 03, 2019|7 p.m.

A love story and a war story, All the Rivers is a modern tale of love between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. Bestselling author Dorit Rabinyan explored the forces that bind us and divide us, juggling places, times, seasons, cultures, languages, and art forms.

Lecturer(s):
Dorit Rabinyan
April 04, 2019|10-11:30 a.m.

When she was only 21 years old, Israeli bestselling author Dorit Rabinyan wrote her acclaimed novel, Persian Brides, which takes her readers into a fable of bittersweet desires—fulfilled and denied. Now, 25 years later, Rabinyan looks back on her youth, and on the conscious and unconscious powers that informed her earlier work.

Lecturer(s):
Jay Geller
April 10, 2019|7 p.m.

Across four generations and 125 years, Jay Geller illuminates the transformation of traditional Jews into modern German citizens and the challenges they faced, beginning with Jews’ legal emancipation in 1812 and ending with their disenfranchisement under the Nazis.