University Day 2020

Wednesday, May 6

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

Prepaid registration by April 24

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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 a light breakfast.

Opening Remarks
9:35 - 9:45 am

In Sanctuary with Rabbi Skoff

Ida & Herman Weinberg Fund Lecture

9:45 - 10:45 am in Sanctuary

"Integrative Medicine 1010"

Featuring Francoise Adan, MD, Medical Director, Connor Integrative Health Network, University Hospitals. Are you aware that more than 80% of visits to primary care physicians are due to conditions that are caused by stress? We know that many chronic diseases can be alleviated by a healthier lifestyle. The World Health Organization has made integrative medicine one of its top strategic priorities. Join us and find out what you can do to achieve your goals for optimal health. 

Morning Workshop Sessions

11:00 - 11:55 am

Select one workshop to attend

Workshop A
“Uncharitable Giving: Avoiding Charity Scams & Others" 

Jon Miller Steiger, Director, East Central Region, Federal Trade Commission

Gain insights into common charity scams in the area: how they work, what they look like, and how to avoid them. Also, learn what to do if you or a family member runs into a scam.

Workshop B
“What's New(s) in Israel”

Doron Kalir, Clinical Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

On March 2, Israelis went to the polls for the third time in a row. What do the results mean for the peace process? For the relation with US Jewry? And, most importantly, for Israel itself? Come for a lively discussion about these issues and others with Israeli-born and rasied Prof. Kalir. 

Workshop C
“The Architectural History of Cleveland, 1835-1931"

Judith Eugene, Architect and Interior Decorator

Step back through time from an architectural perspective and learn about the buildings that have helped shape Cleveland's skyline, as well as its rich history. Learn interesting stories about the building and why they are an important part of Cleveland history.


12:00 - 12:45 pm

Choice of Seared Salmon on Salad Greens or Vegetable & Hummus Wrap

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

1:00 - 1:55 pm

Select one workshop to attend

Workshop D
“Global Jewry: A Snapshot of the World's Jewish Communities Today”

Alanna Cooper, Abba Hillel Silver Chair in Jewish Studies, CWRU

Get a view of Jewish life outside of Israel and the US and hear discussion about the future of global Jewish life. What are the implications of Jewish absence from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Central Asia and other large areas of the world where Jews lived prior to WWII? What new possibilities present themselves with the current emergence of Jewish life in Africa, Southeast Asia and other unexpected places? 

Workshop E
“Acacia-Cleveland Metroparks' Newest Reservation"

Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks

Take a look at the history of Acacia Reservation, what is happening there now, and what exciting developments we should watch for at Acacia and the Park District

Workshop F
“Rabbi's Take on the Bible”

Rabbi Joshua Skoff, Park Synagogue Senior Rabbi and Leighton A. Rosenthal Chair in Rabbinics

The Bible is the most read book in the world. An it is the most misunderstood! Come to hear Rabbi Skoff's reflections, confusions and confessions. 

A Musical Interlude

2:00 - 2:45 pm For all attendees

End the day with a delightful concert by the Karamu Performers, a group of talented singers from Cleveland's Karamu House, recognized as the nation's oldest African-American theater and one of Cleveland's top four treasures. 


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Park Synagogue EAST
27500 Shaker Boulevard

Pepper Pike, OH 44124

(216) 371-2244 phone

(216) 321-0639 fax

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3300 Mayfield Road

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118



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