18 interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland in fall 2019

Compiled by Ed Carroll

‘Michelangelo: Mind of the Master’

“Seated Male Nude” (study for the Sistine Chapel ceiling), c. 1511. Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). Red chalk with highlights in white lead; 27.9 x 21.4 cm. Teylers Museum, purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem

Painter, sculptor and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti will be the focus of this exhibition, on view from now to Jan. 5, 2020 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The show will feature more than two dozen original drawings, which will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with essays exploring Michelangelo’s working methods, other projects and the history of the ownership of his drawings after he died.


High Holy Days

L’Shana Tovah and Tzon Kal. Jstyle wishes you a sweet new year and an easy and meaningful fast during the High Holy Days. Visit Jstyle’s sister publication, the Cleveland Jewish News, for coverage of local Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 29 to Oct. 1) and Yom Kippur (Oct. 8-9) events, photos and more.


Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

Image courtesy NCJW/Cleveland

NCJW/Cleveland will sponsor “A Woman’s Work,” which will be screened Oct. 6 as part of the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. The documentary follows a group of former NFL cheerleaders who fought to end 50 years of wage theft and illegal employment practices. Additional films of interest include “King Bibi” (Oct. 3, Oct. 6), which explores Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power, and “You Only Die Twice” (Oct. 3, Oct. 6), which follows documentarian Yair Lev’s personal and historical journey to uncover the truth behind the man who stole his grandfather’s identity during World War II. Both are sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection. Also playing will be “Sustainable Nation” (Oct. 4, Oct. 5), which in part chronicles the ways in which Israelis have developed a unique social consciousness around water conservation.


Cleveland Cavaliers

After a rough year, the Cavs will enter the 2019-20 season with renewed hope and fresh faces: new head coach John Beilein, Jewish assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb,  three rookies taken in the first round of the NBA Draft and (hopefully) a healthy Kevin Love. The Cavs will host two preseason games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena), first on Oct. 7 against San Lorenzo de Almagro from Argentina and again on Oct. 15 against the Boston Celtics.


2019-20 KeyBank Broadway Series

The cast of “The Band’s Visit,” on stage from Nov. 5-24 at Playhouse Square. | Image by Matthew Murphy

Playhouse Square’s annual KeyBank Broadway Series returns, this year featuring “Summer – The Donna Summer Musical” (Oct. 8-27); “The Band’s Visit,” which takes place in an Israeli desert town (Nov. 5-24); “Mean Girls” (Dec. 3-22); “Anastasia” (Feb. 4-23, 2020); “Jesus Christ Superstar” (March 10-29); “My Fair Lady” (April 28 to May 17); and “Disney’s Frozen” (July 15 to Aug. 16)


Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld | Image courtesy Playhouse Square

Funnyman Jerry Seinfeld returns to Cleveland for two shows at Playhouse Square on Oct. 11. The comedian, best known for his long-running NBC sitcom “Seinfeld” and his current Netflix series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” will bring his observational humor to the KeyBank State Theatre.


‘Fiddler on the Roof’

A refresh of the Tony-winning production comes to EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron in Akron, featuring movement and dance from Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on Jerome Robbins’ original staging. Enjoy classic songs “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and others Oct. 15-16, when the classic visits the Rubber City.


Women in Leadership

The Cleveland Jewish News will host its annual Women in Leadership discussion panel Oct. 17 at Glidden House in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. Lauren Rich Fine, a partner at Gries Financial, will moderate a discussion featuring the Grog Shop owner Kathy Blackman; Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. associate attorney Abbie Pappas; Susan Borison, co-owner and editor at Your Teen Media; and Shoshana Socher, owner of The Socher Team of Keller Williams Greater Cleveland.


CityMusic Cleveland

Amit Peled | Image by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

The chamber orchestra kicks off its 16th season – and its first under new music director Amit Peled, who replaced Avner Dorman earlier this year – with a series of concerts Oct. 17-20 performed at various nontraditional locations. Up first is an Oct. 17 performance at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.  



To mark the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, AJC is calling on people to #ShowUpForShabbat on Oct. 25-26.
Services in solidarity will be held throughout the community. Visit AJC’s website for participating synagogues. The CJN is a media partner.


NCJW Designer Dress Days

Animal prints abound at Designer Dress Days. | Image by NCJW/Cleveland

NCJW/Cleveland’s 51st annual Designer Dress Days will be Oct. 25-29 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Stonehill Auditorium in Beachwood. The organization’s biggest fundraiser will bring a bevy of new and gently worn designer clothing, accessories, jewelry, handbags, coats, furs and more, usually for far less than one would find at a retailer. All funds from Designer Dress Days goes toward NCJW/Cleveland’s programing for women, children and families.


Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival

Author Steven Hartov speaks to an audience member during a book signing at Cleveland Public Library, Rice Branch, that took place during the 2018 Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival. | Image courtesy Mandel JCC

The annual Mandel JCC Cleveland Jewish Book Festival will celebrate Jewish authors, books and ideas Nov. 3-18. Authors speaking this year include Ronald Balson, Stephen Koch and Margalit Fox. Ticket prices vary but generally are $12 for JCC members and $15 for non-members. Visit the Mandel JCC’s website for updated event information and ticket prices.


‘Revisiting Violins of Hope’

Image by Daniel Levin

Celebrated photographer and professor Daniel Levin captured an intimate portrait of Amnon Weinstein during the “Violins of Hope” project as he painstakingly restored violins played by Jews in the Holocaust, reclaiming the memory of those who perished. Levin revisits the experience of photographing Amnon’s studio and how his own identity as a Jewish-American artist is represented in the photography of an Israeli violinist during “Revisiting Violins of Hope: A Conversation with Photographer Daniel Levin” Nov. 13 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, presented in partnership with Cleveland Israel Arts Connection.


The Shabbos Project

The international Shabbos Project, which aims to connect Jews around the world by coordinating a shared Shabbat, returns to Northeast Ohio. Festivities begin with the challah-baking session, Challah in the CLE, on Nov. 14 at Landerhaven, which is followed by individually hosted Shabbat services on Nov. 15 and Havdalah events Nov. 16.


YLD’s Big Event

2018 YLD Big Event co-chairs Adam Jacobs and Emily Morris at the 2018 YLD Big Event. | Image courtesy Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Connect and network with hundreds of Jewish Clevelanders in their 20s, 30s and 40s at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Young Leadership Division’s Big Event, which will be Nov. 23 at the Silver Grille at the Higbee Building in Cleveland. Kosher catering will be provided by The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, and guests can support the 2020 Campaign for Jewish Needs.


18 Difference Makers

The Cleveland Jewish News will host this year’s 18 Difference Makers event on Nov. 24 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. The honorees, which were revealed in the Cleveland Jewish News on Sept. 13, include Northeast Ohioans who are using their gifts and talents to make a huge difference in the Jewish community. 


Andy Borowitz

Andy Borowitz | Image courtesy Playhouse Square

Best-selling author and award-winning comedian Andy Borowitz, a Shaker Heights native, returns to Northeast Ohio for a Dec. 7 engagement at Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theatre. That stand-up comedy performance is part of his “Make America Not Embarrassing Again” tour, which features the satire that has made his “Borowitz Report” one of the most popular features of The New Yorker magazine.


Jstyle premiere party

Clear your calendars in mid-December for Jstyle’s winter premiere party, at which the Jstyle Singles Issue will debut. Follow Jstyle on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @jstylemagazine to learn when and where the fun will be had as well as when tickets go on sale.


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