Study Sessions with
Ilana Horowitz Ratner
Join Ilana Horowitz Ratner for her 2-part workshop to connect, collaborate and engage.
January 21, Ilana will speak on "Creating a Garden of Eden." Shir Hashirim: Song of Songs
Thursday, January 7 & 21
4:00 pm - Zoom
PSWRS Families Celebrate
Drive through at Park East on Wednesday or Thursday, January 27 or January 28, from 5:00-5:30 pm to pick up challah dough & Tu B'Shevat treats to create a Family Tu B'Shevat Celebration.
RSVP for the kit to Lgregory@parksyn.org by Thursday, January 21.
Look for more details in your PSWRS email.
Wednesday or Thursday, January 27 or 28
5:00-5:30 pm - Pick up
January 28 - 7:00-8:00 pm
Moderated by Debbie Friedman
Are you feeling alone during the Pandemic? Join
A monthly group for Park members without a partner
If you are feeling alone, especially during the pandemic, plan to attend Park Connects, a virtual group for Park members without a partner. The group will create fun, friendship, and Park connections for everyone! This is not a therapy group, bereavement support group, or dating group, but an opportunity to meet others
at Park in a similar situation.
Open to men and women of all ages who are members of Park Synagogue.
Pre-register by January 21 to receive the Zoom link. Questions?
Contact Ellen Petler at email@example.com or 216-371-2244 ext. 122.
Sponsored by the Park's Family Life Council.
Tu B'Shevat Havdalah Celebration
Join the Park Family Connection for an evening to remember! Celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the “New Year of the Trees” with the Shaker Lakes Nature Center, and a special Havdalah to end Shabbat and welcome the new week. We’ll have crafts, singing and family fun!
Sponsored by the Park Family Connection, a group for Park families and friends with children under the age of 13.
Saturday, January 30
5:00-6:00 pm - Zoom
Monday, February 1
8:00 pm - Zoom
Parents & Children
Being their Best Selves
with Teacher Debbie
FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
The evening will feature Debbie Friedman, as one of Park Preschool's specialist teachers, who will speak on:
Introduction to Mindfulness
Techniques to create calm
Discover positive ways to elevate your day
RSVP to Marilyn Zaas, Preschool Director, at Mzaas@parksyn.org for the Zoom link.
The Jewish Hall of Fame
Join Rabbi Skoff's Shabbat Class
Abraham and Sarah were the first Hebrews, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, and David built an empire. We all know the Bible’s Hall of Fame, but how about the All-Stars who lived after the Bible?
Each week Rabbi Skoff will feature one of the All-Stars of the Talmud, who created a custom of Judaism as we know it today. Each week we will study one of these central figures and how they influenced issiues like, The Laws of Sexuality; Funeral Customs; Preserving Peaceful Debate; Relations between Jews and Non-Jews.
February 6-March 6
4:00 pm - Zoom
Get Ready to Wrap & Roll
The Men's Club and Park Sisterhood Invite the entire congregation to participate in the World Wide Wrap during Minyan on Sunday February 7th at 8:30am. Join with Jews around the world to celebrate the mitzvah of Tefillin. Following minyan (approx. 9am) the program continues with guest speaker Dr. Stephen Arnoff, Chief Executive Officer of the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center, the central organization for Conservative Judaism in Israel. Former Clevelander and Park member Dr. Arnoff will speak on "Why Jerusalem Matters in a Digital World: How the realm of Jewish digital life opens up new opportunities for connection, learning, and ritual that can make our lives even more meaningful."
Sunday, February 7
Following Minyan - 9:00 am
Join the World Wide Wrap with the
Men's Club and Park's Sisterhood
Women's Rosh Chodesh Book Group
Park women are invited to discuss: Southernmost by Silas House.
Southernmost, which takes place in a small Tennessee town, is brave tale of human generosity and the power and peace that come from heeding the courage of one’s convictions.
Please RSVP by February 8, to get the Zoom link. RSVP to Ellen Petler at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 10
7:30 pm - Zoom
Saturday, February 13
6:45 pm - Zoom
Wrap-Up Shabbat with Havdalah &
Rock & Roll Jews
Join the Gesher Group for a lively Havdalah service to end Shabbat and welcome the new week! Then sit back and enjoy a fun virtual presentation about “Rock & Roll Jews” by Dave Milberg, a veteran radio DJ who has been broadcasting since 1965. Says Milberg, “The rock & roll family tree has Jews at its roots, trunk, and branches---singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, record executives, and promoters.” “Radio Dave” will spotlight 70 years of selected Jews who rocked, using photos and soundbites of their songs. His presentation includes, of course, Cleveland’s (and Park’s) own Belkin Productions—Jules, Fran, and the late Mike Belkin. Come and sing (and dance) along to the songs from our past!
Free and open to all Park members and friends.
Pre-registration required to receive the Zoom link. Register through the link to the left or by emailing Ellen Petler at email@example.com. Direct any questions to Ellen at (216) 371-2244 ext. 122.
Sponsored by Park’s Gesher Group, for baby-boomer age members and friends.
Wednesday, Feb.10 & 17
1:00 pm - Zoom
David Ben Gurion: Pioneer and Statesman of Israel
Get a unique behind-the-scenes view of
Featuring Professor Meron Medzini
Join Professor Meron Medzini, live from Israel on Zoom, for two fascinating sessions that will give you a unique behind-the-scenes view of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister. A former Professor at Hebrew University, Dr. Medzini received his PhD from Harvard University. He also served as the Director of the Israel Government Press Office for Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, and Yizhak Rabin, and had the honor to also work with Ben Gurion, Begin, and Peres.
Join us for one or both sessions:
February 10 David Ben Gurion: The Pre-State Leadership
February 17 David Ben Gurion: Building a Nation
Pre-registration is required by February 8 to receive the Zoom link. Please register through the Weekly Wrap or Park website. Questions to Ellen at (216) 371-2244 ext., 122 or
Sponsored by the Park Senior Adult Group
Join Men's Club
What Every Man
Needs to Know About Esther
Led by Rabbi Marcus
Join us on Thursday, February 18th at 7:30pm for this men-only event lead by Rabbi Marcus. Men’s Club members & non-members are welcome to join us for a lively discussion.
Thursday, February 18
7:30 pm on Zoom
Facilitated by Jennifer Stern
Fridays, February 19-March 19
11:00 am - 12:00 Noon • Zoom
Have you Lost a Loved One?
Join Park Synagogue's
Bereavement Support Group
Park Synagogue is sponsoring a virtual bereavement support for individuals who have lost a loved one, whether it is a spouse, parent, child, sibling or friend. The group facilitator is Jennifer Stern, Licensed Independent Social Worker. Meetings will be on Zoom on 5 Fridays, from February 19 through March 19. The group is free and open to all Park members and, if space is available, to the community.
Please note: It is suggested that one wait for at least 3 months after the death of a loved one to join a bereavement support group.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
If you or someone you know could benefit from our Bereavement Support Group, please share the following information. Reasons to join Park’s Bereavement Support Group are:
It reminds you that you are not alone; that grief is a part of life – it is an inevitable part of loving others.
It teaches you that grief is normal, how to recognize signs of grieving, and what are some natural responses to loss.
The group gives actionable steps for coping with your loss.
Hearing others share their stories can be helpful.
It can be comforting to be with people who are going through similar life experiences.
Group members can receive support, strength, friendship and hope from each other.
Our group leader is experienced, compassionate and trained in bereavement counseling & support.
For more information or to register, please email Ellen Petler at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (216) 371-2244 ext. 122.
Sunday, February 21
Looking for New Healthy & Delicious Recipes for your Family?
pease love & carrots: the cookbook
by Danielle Renov
Park Synagogue is sponsoring a free virtual Mandel JCC Jewish Book Festival talk with popular Israeli cookbook author and food blogger, Danielle Renov. Her beautiful new book, peas love & carrots: the cookbook, is filled with delicious, healthy and approachable recipes that your whole family will enjoy and you will be proud to serve. Half Moroccan and half Ashkenazic, Danielle was born and raised in the U.S., and moved to Jerusalem after her marriage. She is a living melting pot of the cultures she was born into and those she now lives among with her husband and children.
The program is sponsored by Park Synagogue’s Senkfor LibraryPre-registration is required to receive the Zoom link for the book talk. Please register through the Mandel JCC website at mandeljcc.org The talk is free and open to Park families and the whole community.
Looking for cookbooks to try at your home? Park’s library at Park Synagogue East. Is full of new and interesting cookbooks to help you start the new year right! Email Park Librarian, Julie Moss, at for your book requests, curbside pick-ups, and returns.
Join Steve Willensky for a discussion on Sunday, February 21 at 4:00 pm on Zoom
Don't Miss The Chance To See
Elliot & Me
A New Musical Comedy co-written
by Park's own Steve Willensky
Elliot & Me is a musical comedy based on the lives of songwriter Elliot Willensky and his younger brother Steven. The brothers have written a 2-man show they are preparing to pitch to legendary Broadway producer Max Stone. It’s a heartfelt story of brotherly love based on a powerful bond that has grown through the years.
Contact the Chagrin Valley Little Theater at cvlt.org/events/elliot-and-me/ to purchase tickets. Park Synagogue members are getting a 50% discount with the code: Special10.
Zoom link for the Sunday, February 21 discussion with Steve Willensky will be available through February 19. by the Weekly Wrap or by registering below.
For questions, please contact Ellen Petler at email@example.com or (216)371-2244 ext. 122.
Live streamed February 18-21
Sunday, March 7
2:00 pm on Zoom
Join the Park-Cory Connection
for a virtual tour of and discussion about a new exhibit
"The Rise of Black Glenville"
Join Shelli Reeves, creator of “The Rise of Black Glenville," for an intimate look at the past and present of the Glenville neighborhood. The exhibit includes an excellent video of the interviews that Ms. Reeves made of five long-time Glenville residents who shared their positive and negative experiences living in this historic Cleveland neighborhood. Hear about education, housing, unrest and feeling of community that are part of the history of Glenville. Following the video, Ms. Reeves will lead a discussion about the exhibit and her goals for creating it.
The virtual tour and discussion are free and open to all Park members and the community.
To receive the Zoom link for the program, please register by February 22 through the link to the left or by Ellen Petler at or (216) 371-2244 ext. 122.
Sponsored by the Park-Cory Connection, a committee made up of Park and Cory United Methodist Church members who work together to enhance the relationships between our two congregations.
Join Men's Club
Virtual Poker Night
Texas Holdem Tournament
Check out Park Synagogue's Bulletin for the form to send to Park Men's Club by February 25. More details to follow.
Tuesday, March 2
Monday, March 8
1:00 pm on Zoom
Join us for a Special Afternoon of
Rediscovering the Music of the Italian Jewish Ghettos
An Interview with Jeannette Sorrell of Apollo's Fire
Join Jeannette Sorrell, Artistic Director of Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland premier baroque orchestra, and Howard Bender, their Executive Director, in an interview about Apollo’s Fire and their next concert, “Tapestry: The Jewish Ghettos of Baroque Italy.” This interview will be a unique opportunity to hear how Ms. Sorrell chooses the themes and music for the concerts, to learn more about the unusual baroque instruments they use, and to hear excerpts of the music included in the “Tapestry” concert, which features Israeli recorder player, Daphna Mor.
Park Member(s): No Charge
Pre-registration to receive the Zoom link is required by March 3. Please register using the link to the left or for questions, contact Ellen Petler at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(216) 371-2244 ext. 122.
Sponsored by the Park Senior Adult Group. Open to all Park members and guests.