Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame inductees named; Mandy Patinkin coming to town; more: Press Run

Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame inductees named; Mandy Patinkin coming to town; more: Press Run

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio --Shaker Schools Hall of Fame inductees:We are back for our annual rundown of the list of those to be inducted into the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. This year, nine people have been selected to join the 310 Shaker Schools graduates already inducted since the Hall’s founding in 1986.

To be considered, alumni must be distinguished in their field of endeavor, make significant contributions to the community, and serve as positive role models to current students. To be considered, alumni must be distinguished in their field of endeavor, make significant contributions to the community, and serve as positive role models to current students.

This is the 2021 class of inductees as the pandemic prevented all the fun festivities surrounding induction from taking place last year. Here is a look at the newly announced 2021 class:

The nine inductees will honored at a dinner and induction ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Shaker Heights Country Club. The celebration is open to the public and tickets are available for purchase at Tickets cost $70 and must be purchased by May 16. The inductees will address students at Shaker Heights High School in a special assembly May 23.

If you’re a Shaker graduate who didn’t see your name on the above list, take heart. Nominations are already being accepted for the 2022 class of inductees. You may want to subtly suggest that someone nominate you. If that doesn’t work, don’t be subtle.

The deadline for 2022 nominations is April 15. Nominations are being accepted at

Mandy Patinkin coming to town:The Cleveland Jewish News has announced that it is bringing to Cleveland on May 1 Mandy Patinkin and his wife, actress Kathryn Grody, for ”An Evening with Emmy and Tony Award Winner Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody.”

The event will be held from 7-8 p.m. that day at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The program will consist of a discussion with the couple, moderated by Cleveland Jewish Publication Co. Publisher and CEO Kevin S. Adelstein, followed by a Q & A session.

General admission seats cost $60, while VIP seats are $160 and include a VIP reception from 6-7 p.m. Included in the VIP package are special welcoming remarks from Patinkin and Grody, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soft drinks. Limited VIP seats are available.

A livestream viewing option, at $18, is also available. A private single-use link to the livestream will be emailed on the afternoon of May 1.

The title sponsor of the event is Medical Mutual. For sponsorship opportunities, contact CJPC event manager Gina Lloyd at 216-342-5196, or email

To purchase tickets, visit

Enliven your Passover:Just in time for Passover, all are invited to join Park Synagogue, virtually, for “Not Your Bubbie’s Pesach,” featuring Jeremy Umansky, chef and owner of Larder Delicatessen & Bakery. At 7:30 p.m. March 30, via Zoom, Chef Jeremy will cook up seasonally inspired dishes that you can use to enlighten and enliven your Passover table, whether for the Seder or for a dinner during the week of the holiday.

You’ll receive the recipes before the cooking demo so you can follow along while Umansky prepares some innovative dishes. The cost is $15 for Park Synagogue members and $18 for guests. All proceeds will benefit the Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry and Cleveland Chesed Center to help provide Passover food for those in need in withon the local community.

Prepaid reservations are required by March 28 in order to receive the recipes and Zoom link. Register through the Park Synagogue website, If you have questions, contact Ellen Petler at, or 216-371-2244, ext. 122.

Attention Laurel & Hardy fans:Stop in and get some Laurel & Hardy camaraderie when the 1937 L&H movie “Nobody’s Baby” is shown at the Firehouse Grille & Pub, 2768 Stark Drive in Willoughby Hills. The fun takes place from 6-9 p.m. April 10.

The cost is $5 for adults, while there is no admission for those 12 and younger. Space is limited. If you plan to attend, call Flip Lauer by April 6 at 216-407-8468.

Heights Libraries happenings:The Cedar Coventry Author Series will present Thrity Umrigar from 7-8:30 p.m. March 31 at the Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Award-winning author Umrigar will read from and discusses her newest novel, Honor. A book signing will follow. Seating is limited. Register here.

Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame inductees named; Mandy Patinkin coming to town; more: Press Run

And, in another author event, this one for families, school-age children and teens, join middle-grade and YA author Justin Reynolds as he launches his newest book, Its the End of the World and I’m in My Bathing Suit. Reynolds, also known for the Marvel/Spiderman graphic novel Miles Morales: Shock Waves, will be interviewed on stage by Emmie & Friends author and Pajama Diaries creator Terri Libenson. This event is free and open to all. It takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. April 5 at Dobama Theatre, 2340 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights.

Magician, bestselling author at The J:Bestselling author, professional magician and Canton native Joshua Jay will perform a live demonstration and talk about his book, How Magicians Think and Why Magic Matters, at 4 p.m. April 3 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Road in Beachwood.

The book opens the door to magic and brings readers inside its world by revealing the artistry, inside history, and fascinating traditions of a subject long shrouded in mystery. Jay will reveal the mindset behind his magic and what it’s like to practice an art that so many love, yet so few understand.

Jay consulted on illusions for “Game of Thrones” and has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Show with James Corden,” and fooled Penn & Teller on their hit show, “Fool Us.” He has also starred in his own off-Broadway magic show, “Six Impossible Things.”

Jay’s appearance will wrap up the Mandel JCC’s 22nd Annual Cleveland Jewish Book Festival. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit here.

Give your Art for the Masses feedback:If you attended the Feb. 26 Art for the Masses event in Cleveland Heights, its organizers would like to hear from you with some feedback. to let them know what you think, visit here.

State of the CH-UH Schools:Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby delivered her state-of-the-schools address on March 16. Among the highlights were the announcement of a $4-million expansion grant from MetroHealth, and a report that graduation rates are up. To see the address, visit here.

Learn about lake algae:Algae bloom in Lake Erie is a danger to people, animals, and fish. If it gets into our water supply it creates water availability problems up and down the coast. If you’d like to learn more, Friends of Euclid Creek will present “Lake Erie Algae, Research Efforts, Nutrient Loading, and Decision Making.” with Chris Winslow, PhD of The Ohio State University at 6:30 p.m. March 29 via Zoom.

To register for the event, visit

Ballet tickets now on sale:A performance combining FEAST: a ballet and Vivarta-Transformations, titled Worlds Allied, will debut live and in person at Tri-C’s Eastern Campus as part of the Tri-C Performing Arts season, presented by Cuyahoga Community College.

Worlds Allied takes place at 7:30 p.m. March 25 at the Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre on Tri-C’s Eastern Campus.

“We are so excited to be presenting the live world premiere of FEAST at Tri-C,” said Christina Lindhout, director, choreographer and co-producer of FEAST: a ballet, in a release. “It seems as though the subject matter of this work gets more and more relevant by the day, and we are thrilled to be bringing this story to life for the first time in front of a live audience.”

Tickets cost $25 apiece and can be purchased at

Made Cleveland making a home on Coventry:Cleveland Heights City Council, on March 7, authorized Mayor Kahlil Seren to enter into an agreement to lease the city-owned retail space at 1807 Coventry Road to Made Cleveland, a one-stop-shop for Clevelanders to find and purchase unique products from regional artists and crafters. The 1807 Coventry location is part of the city-owned Coventry Road Garage.

“Made Cleveland is a cultural amplifier,” Seren said, in a release. “It allows local artists and crafters to reach a much larger market than they otherwise might. By working with Made Cleveland, we’re actually supporting hundreds of local small businesses.”

Made Cleveland plans to open its Coventry Road doors in late spring or early summer. For now, products from local artists and crafters are available at Make Cleveland’s online marketplace,

College news:In college news this week, we report that Cleveland Heights resident Holloway-Ragland was among the January graduates at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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