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Women's Rosh Chodesh Book Group

Wednesday, February 1    |    7:30 pm    |   Zoom

The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts and Harrimans - The Story of Love & War

by Catherine Grace Katz

Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the wartime alliance among Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as victory was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of the three young women who were chosen by their fathers---Roosevelt, Churchill, and Averell Harriman (US Ambassador to the Soviet Union)---to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

Please RSVP to Ellen Petler at or 216-371-2244 ext. 122 to receive the Zoom link.


Seudah & Cinema

Saturday, February 4    |    5:30 pm    |   Park Synagogue

Everyone is invited by the Gesher Group for a special evening of food, fellowship and film. We’ll begin with the Mincha service, led by Gadi Galili, and then enjoy a Seudah, the 3rd Shabbat meal featuring a casual buffet dinner. After the Ma’arivv and Havdalah services, we will be showing “Dough,” a warm-hearted comedy set in current day England. The film tells the story of an aging Jewish baker who takes on a young Muslim apprentice to save his failing kosher bakery. Come and find out what happens when his apprentice’s marijuana stash accidentally falls into the mixing challah dough!

There is no cost for this event, but donations to help cover the cost of the dinner are greatly appreciated.

Would you like to participate in the Mincha or Ma’ariv services? There are Hebrew and English parts available, including reading a Torah portion. Please let Ellen know what type of part you would like when RSVPing.

RSVP by January 23rd. Questions to Ellen Petler at or 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

Sponsored by Park’s Gesher Group---All are welcome!

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Men's Club Meeting

Sunday, February 5    |    9:30  am   |   Park Synagogue

All are welcome to attend the next Park Men's Club meeting on Sunday, February 5th at 9:30 am. Check the Weekly wrap for more details or contact Richard Price at


Get Ready to Wrap & Roll

Sunday, February 12    |    8:30 am    |   Park Synagogue

Park Men's Club invites the entire congregation to join us for the World Wide Wrap during Minyan on Sunday, February 12, at 8:30 am. Join with Jews across the generations and around the world as we learn about and celebrate the mitzvah of Tefillin. For more information contact Richard Price at


Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry

Sunday, February 12    |    9:30-10:30 am    |   2004 S. Green Road, South Euclid

Volunteers ages 6 & up are needed to help at the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry and pack bags of produce and other grocery items for hungry people in the community. Great family volunteer project! A limited number of volunteers are needed, so register soon.


RSVP through the Park website, Weekly Wrap, or by contacting Ellen Petler at or 216-371-2244 ext. 122. 

Thank you to the December 4th volunteers, Jordan & Michael Holub, Wally Kaplan, Marlene Legome, Sunny Lurie, Ellen Petler, and Joan Wittenberg, for helping pack 160 bags of groceries and produce for senior adults in need.


A Taste of Italy:
Cooking in Jewish Rome!

Featuring Micaela Pavoncello
Wednesday, February 15
    |    11:00 am 
   |   Zoom

After Micaela Pavoncello, owner of Jewish Roma Tours, virtually showed us around Jewish Rome this past fall, Park has invited her to return to teach us some of the wonderful dishes she had shown us.  Join Micaela as she demonstrates making mouth-watering Italian dishes from her home in Rome. On the menu are Orange & Fennel Salad, Pasta Fresca, Fried Fresh Artichokes, and Cassola, a ricotta and cherry pie, for dessert.  Sounds delicious!  Everyone will receive copies of the recipes before the class so you can follow along. 

Registration required by February 13 to receive the Zoom link. 

Questions to Ellen by email at or at 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

Sponsored by the Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group.


Mahj & Mingle's Back!

Tuesday, February 21    |   6:45-8:45 pm    |   Park Synagogue

Fun for ALL levels!  $5.00 donation to Park’s Nashim Education Fund for Women.  You must bring your mahj rules and set, if you own one. Please let us know if you need instruction, if you are coming with a group, or if you would like to teach. 

Park women of all ages are invited

RSVP to Kandi Friedman at (216) 337-8728, or


Sponsored by the Women's Rosh Chodesh Group


Cleveland Orchestra Matinee Concert with Conductor Franz Welser-Most

Friday, February 24    |    9:15 am    |   Severance Hall

Jump onboard our private bus to take us to Severance Hall for a Cleveland Orchestra Matinee concert featuring music of Mozart and Strauss, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. Enjoy a 10:00 am pre-concert talk and coffee before the 11:00 am concert begins. We have excellent reserved first floor orchestra seats that will allow you a great view of the talented Cleveland Orchestra musicians!

Time: 9:15 am—Meet bus at Park Synagogue East
           9:25 am—Bus leaves for Severance Hall
         12:45 pm—Bus returns to Park Synagogue East

Cost: $45.00—Park Synagogue Members

(Includes bus transportation, coffee/tea, pre-concert talk, and reserved seat concert ticket)

Limited seats available! Make your reservations soon! Open to all Park members and guests.


Prepaid reservations are required by January 20. Please register through the Park website or Weekly Wrap. Questions to Ellen Petler at or  216-371-2244 ext. 122.


Sponsored by Park Senior Adults


This Light of Ours

Join members of Park Synagogue & Cory United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 26
    |    3:00 pm 
   |   The Maltz Museum, 2929 Richmond Rd.

Join our interfaith group for a guided tour at the Maltz Museum of “This Light of Ours---Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” with members of Park and Cory United Methodist Church.  As relevant today as they were 50 years ago, more than 150 black-and-white images chronicle the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960’s.  Featured are works by 9 activist photographers who documented the clash between institutionalized discrimination and determined resistance by activists and volunteers in the deep south.  Following the tour, we will have a short discussion about our reactions to and feelings about the exhibit. 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you paid for your ticket(s) for the previously scheduled tour in November, there is no need to pay again, but it is still necessary to RSVP to Ellen Petler to let her know you are attending the tour on Feb. 26. 

Cost for new reservations:        $10/Adults          $8/Senior Adults          $8/Teens


Group is limited in size, so make your reservations soon.

Registration required by February 16.

Questions to Ellen by email at or at 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

Sponsored by the Park-Cory Connection.


Volunteers Wanted!
Journey Center for Safety & Healing

Sundays, February 26, March 19 and April 16    |   Home Project

Love to cook and bake?  Park has begun a new monthly mitzvah project to prepare a healthy and delicious Sunday dinner for the mothers and children residing at the Journey Center for Safety & Healing, a shelter for families affected by domestic violence, and we need YOU to help!  While the 20 mothers and 25 children receive meals every day, they normally don’t get Sunday dinner.  Park wants to fill that gap!

We need volunteers to prepare part of the meal in their homes and then deliver the dish to Wendy & David Firestone’s home in Beachwood.  The Firestones, the Project Coordinators, will then take the complete meal to the Journey Center.  We will need 6-8 volunteers per month to make the main course, salad, veggie tray, side dish, fruit salad, and dessert.  Volunteers can be reimbursed for the ingredients of their dish by submitting their receipt to Ellen Petler in the Park office.

Please sign-up to help with one or more meals by going to the Park website or Weekly Wrap and clicking on the Volunteer link provided for the Journey Center Mitzvah Project. Contact Ellen Petler with any questions at
or 216-371-2244 ext. 122. 

We hope that many Park members will want to get involved in the new Journey Center Mitzvah Project and use their love of cooking and baking to help feed others in need!

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Trivia Madness

Saturday, March 11    |   7:30 pm   |  Park Synagogue - Davis Community Hall

We’re excited to have Park’s annual trivia night in-person this year, after two years on Zoom!  Test your knowledge of a wide variety of subjects while having lots of fun!   Get a team of friends and family together—
8 maximum -- or let us place you with others.  Teams will work together at tables to answer the questions and vie for great prizes!  Enjoy beverages and snacks while playing, followed by a fabulous dessert buffet and hot beverages during a break in the action. Of course, no cell phones or electronic devices will be allowed during the rounds.

All Park members and guests—age 13 & up---are welcome to join the fun!

All proceeds will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to help them feed the ever-increasing number of people in our community who are food insecure.  

To further help the Greater Cleveland Food Bank fulfill its mission, please bring one or more non-perishable food items for the collection bins at Trivia Madness.

Cost:  $18 per Park Member    $25 per Guest

Prepaid reservations are required by March 3rd through the Park website, Weekly Wrap, or by sending name(s), email address, phone number, names of others on team, and check (payable to Park Synagogue) to Ellen Petler, Park Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike 44124.  Questions to Ellen at or 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

Trivia Madness is co-sponsored by the Gesher Group, Men’s Club, Neshama Group, Park Senior Adults, Sisterhood, and the Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group.   

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Women's Shabbat
Services & Lunch

Saturday, March 18  |  9:30 am   |   Park Synagogue
Featuring Scholar-in-Residence, Robin Burstein, Deputy Director of ADL Philadelphia speaking on: "Recognizing & Responding to Anti-Semitism."

Join us for the Women’s Shabbat Service and Lunch featuring Scholar-in -Residence Robin Burstein, Deputy Director of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Philadelphia, speaking on “Recognizing & Responding to Anti-Semitism.”  Unfortunately, we are seeing more anti-Semitism crop-up today, whether on college campuses, on social media, or at synagogues and Jewish stores.  Learn the ways that age old anti-Semitic troupes are currently manifesting into hate, bias incidents, and conspiracy theories.  Robin will also share what each of us can do to stop the spread of hate and how ADL is working locally, nationally, and internationally in this regard.

Park women & girls will be taking part in the service. Please let Rabbi Marcus know if you would like an English or Hebrew part by contacting her at


Make reservations to attend the Lunch & Learn, catered by Cafe 56, following the service to continue the discussion. After Robin gives opening remarks, attendees will participate in interactive dialogues about anti-Semitism at each table.  

Cost for Lunch:  $18/Park members    $23/Guests

Open to all Park members and to the community.

Prepaid reservations for the Lunch & Learn are required by March 10.  Direct any questions to Ellen Petler at or at 216-371-2244 ext. 122.  

Women’s Shabbat is co-sponsored by the Neshama and Women’s Rosh Chodesh Groups and Sisterhood.


Museum of American Porcelain Art

Take a Private Guided Tour
Thursday, March 23   |    12:30 pm 
   |   4645 Mayfield Rd., So. Euclid

The Museum of American Porcelain Art is a relatively new museum in our area, located in the Telling Mansion.  It is the world’s most comprehensive collection of American porcelain art that showcases the collection of Richard A. Barone, a local businessman who began the museum as a repository for the magnificent pieces he purchased over the years.  Learn how porcelain is made before touring the museum’s impressive collection, including pieces by Beleek, Cybis, Boehm, Burgues, and Ispanky. 


Our group will also be able to tour the beautiful Mansion, the former home of the Telling family.  Built in 1928, the building is a mix of English Tudor and French Normandy and is one of the finest examples of early 20th century architecture that came to define Cleveland at that time.

Group size is limited to 20 people, so please make your reservations early!

Pre-reservations are required by March 16 through the website, Weekly Wrap, or by contacting Ellen Petler at or (216) 371-2244, ext. 122.

Sponsored by the Park Senior Adults Group.  


Men's Club Shabbat

Saturday, March 25  |  9:30 am   |   Park Synagogue

The Men's Club will be held on Saturday, March 25th. We are looking for volunteers to participate in the Shabbat Service. We have many Hebrew and non-Hebrew parts available. If interested, or know of someone who would be, please contact the Men's Club President, Richard Price at

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