Case Western Reserve University’s Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning program will hold its “Addiction and the Opioid Crisis: Revelations of Recovery, Community Action and the Legal System,” starting Sept. 27 at Landmark Centre, 25700 Science Park Drive in Beachwood.

Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the Cleveland Jewish News and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, will moderate the series. 

The first event, which is at 7 p.m. will cover the topic of “The DEA: Drug Seizure Efforts and Keeping the Community Safe.” Panelists include Marissa Darden, assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio; James Goodwin, resident agent in charge at the Drug Enforcement Administration-Cleveland district office; and Karen Snyder, Ohio regional director of Improbable Players.

The next event, at 7 p.m. Oct. 4, will cover “The Opioid Crisis Facing Our Courts: A Judge’s Perspective.” Panelists include Andrew Polis, professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, and Judge Dan Aaron Polster, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Ohio.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 25, the topic will be “Addiction to Recovery: Circle of Caring for Self and Others in the Community.” Panelists include Jory Hanselman, director of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, and Marla Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Addiction Awareness Network.

The last event in the series, at 7 p.m. Dec. 6, will cover the topic of “Addiction and Suicide: Correlations and How a Community Responds.” Panelists include Pete Bliss, founder and coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Suicide Postvention Response Team, and Sheryl Hirsh, community advocate and assistant director of the Siegal Lifelong Learning program.

Each event in the series is free and open to the public. 

For more information and to register for the full series or specific events, visit

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