Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood is putting its Kosher Taste of Cleveland event on hiatus in favor of a new program for its spring fundraiser called Entrees and Insights, which will invite local community leaders to join congregants over a kosher dinner.
Congregants will host the dinners in their homes from April 22 to June 24 in Beachwood, Shaker Heights and Solon, while offering congregants an opportunity to hear from Cleveland historians, developers and civic leaders in an intimate setting. This fundraising tactic came when the congregation’s board of trustees saw success from a similar idea being used by congregations in other cities.
“We just wanted to try a new program this year,” said Jeff Epstein, the synagogue’s board president. “I think it gives a greater opportunity to engage and interact in different homes from the community rather than one single venue. And I think it’s a nice community building event for members in the community to engage with leaders in the community who are doing great things.”
While many of the speakers have been heard at banquets or events throughout Cleveland, Epstein said this experience gives congregants a chance to ask questions and converse with the speaker as each dinner is expected to have 10 to 20 people.
Epstein added the Kosher Taste of Cleveland may return next year, but nothing is planned.
He said once tickets are purchased, there will be no refunds. To purchase a ticket, visit shaareytikvah.org/new. Locations for dinner will be given with the purchase of a ticket.