Park Synagogue is offering university level classes without the tests or college sport teams during its 25th annual University Day May 9 at Kangesser Hall at Park Synagogue Main in Cleveland Heights.
“The word ‘synagogue’ in Yiddish is shul, shul means school, so we’re supposed to learn here,” said Rabbi Joshua Skoff of Park Synagogue.
“The goal is to provide university style and university level education without fraternities and sororities. ... I think people may not recognize all the learning that goes on in the synagogue so sometimes you have to identify it. The center piece of our synagogue is education.”
There will be a panel discussion, “Immigration to Cleveland: Past, Present & Future,” featuring moderator David Fleshler, vice provost for international affairs at Case Western Reserve University; Joe Cimperman, president of Global Cleveland; John Grabowski, Krieger-Mueller associate professor and chief historian at CWRU; and Richey Piiparinen, director of the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.
Workshops will be led by Brandon Chrostowski, founder and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute; Steve Litt, The Plain Dealer art and architecture editor; Allisyn Leppla, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Hospital Opioid Consortium; Carrie Corrigan Pinney, antiques specialist at Cowan’s Auctions; Anita Gray, Anti-Defamation League Cleveland regional director; and Skoff.