University Day 2019

Thursday, May 2 

9:00 am - 2:45 pm
Park Synagogue EAST 

Prepaid registration by April 22

Morning Schedule

9:00 - 11:00 am

For all Attendees

9:00 - 9:20 am

Check in at Park Synagogue East Lobby. Enjoy coffee, tea, and pastries. 

Opening Remarks
9:30 - 9:45 am

In Sanctuary with Rabbi Skoff

Ida & Herman Weinberg Fund Lecture

9:45 - 10:45 am in Sanctuary

"The Ten Pearls to Optimal Aging"

Featuring Roy Buchinsky, MD, Director of Wellness, University Hospitals; Asst.
Clinical Professor of Medicine, CWRU and Park Member. It is widely accepted that our health and our lifespan is 30% genetics and 70% lifestyle. This entertaining and educational presentation will focus on lifestyle choices that have been proven to extend, not just our health-span, but also our lifespan by following the top ten lifestyle pearls.  

Morning Workshop Sessions

11:00 - 11:55 am

Select one workshop to attend

Workshop A
“The Invasion of Plastics: Environmental & Health Threat” 

Cathi Lehn, Ph.D., Manager with Cleveland Office of Sustainability

We all use plastics every day in our lives, but are we aware of what this material does to the environment and to us as humans? Dr. Lehn will discuss the impact of plastics on Lake Erie, our general environment, and as a public
health issue.

Workshop B
“The Beautiful & Dark Sides of Degas: The Artist and the Man”

Carol Salus, Ph.D, Kent State University History of Art Professor, Retired

Degas is well-known as a prolific Impressionist artist who was painting during the time of the Dreyfus Affair. Take a look at his works prior to the affair, and how his reactions to Dreyfus
revel much about the climate of anti-Semitism at the turn of the century in France.

Workshop C
“Redefining News in 2019
& Beyond"

Adam Miller, Director of Content at
WKYC-Channel 3 News

In this 24-hour/7-day-a-week social media world in which we live, news is no longer isolated to the start time of a nightly news broadcast. Hear an 

in-depth conversation about the state of news and journalism in the digital age and the role of journalists as relevant, trustworthy and unbiased guardians of truth.


12:00 - 12:45 pm

Choice of Egg Salad Wrap with sides, Tuna Salad Wrap with Sides or Green Salad with fruit and almond toppings

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

1:00 - 1:55 pm

Select one workshop to attend

Workshop D
“Anti-Semitism, BDS and Other Campus Challenges: Reality, Responses & Resources”

Jared Isaacson, Executive Director of the Cleveland Hillel Foundation

Today’s Jewish college students face
challenges on campus, such as dealing
with anti-Semitism and with groups
pressing for boycott, divestment and
sanctions against Israel, and yet they also have access to tremendous resources and supports. Learn how Hillel helps students deal with and overcome these challenges, while celebrating Jewish life on campus.

Workshop E
“The Hamilton Phenomenon:
Is it Good for History?"

Renee Romano, Chair of the History Department and Professor of Comparative American Studies &
Africana Studies, Oberlin College

America has gone Hamilton crazy with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical! Explore why this musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton has been so successful and whether its popularity is a good thing for those interested in American
history. What does the show get right, what does it get wrong, and why does it matter?

Workshop F
“Challenge Yourself! Your
Cognitive Fitness Matters!”

Kathleen Parrino, MSSA, LISW,
Menorah Park Center 4 Brain
Health Community Liaison

Join us for an interactive, engaging workshop on how to flex and stimulate your brain to keep it healthy!

A Musical Interlude

2:00 - 2:45 pm For all attendees

End the day with the Cleveland Heights High School Barbershoppers, a delightful group of young women and men, who will entertain us with a cappella versions of tradition and contemporary songs.


Park Synagogue EAST
27500 Shaker Boulevard

Pepper Pike, OH 44124

(216) 371-2244 phone

(216) 321-0639 fax

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Park Synagogue MAIN
3300 Mayfield Road

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118



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