Stress relief workshop at Emanu El

Temple Emanu El is hosting a third Narrative Expression Workshop to teach how to relieve stress through writing poetry, storytelling and creative reading. Featuring Narrative Arts Facilitator Marina Vladova, the workshop will be held via Zoom on April 18 from 4-5:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Renee Higer at rhiger@teecleve.org to register and to receive the Zoom login information.

Ms. Vladova has written for Interview, Surface, Big Magazine and Muse. She lives in Cleveland, where she has taught high school English and philosophy through film for about 12 years. She was the English Department chair and creative thinking initiative coordinator at Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby, Ohio.

Ministry shares Easter message

At Lord of Life Lutheran Church, children participated in an Easter “You’ve Been Egged” activity last week. Kids and families of the church picked up kits to “egg” a friend or neighbor’s yard with candy filled Easter eggs. Once the eggs were hidden in their friends’ yards, the kids left notes at the doors. One of the eggs, however, was left empty to symbolize Jesus’ resurrection.

For more information about Lord of Life’s Children’s Ministry, or their other programs, visit loloh.org or contact the church office at 440-543-5505. Lord of Life is located at 17989 Chillicothe Road in Bainbridge, just south of Route 422.

Ullman accepted into fellowship

Temple Emanu El announced that congregant Julia Ullman, 24, of Pepper Pike, has been accepted into the Weitzman-JDC Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership. This graduate program is a combined initiative between the Joint Distribution Committee and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

This two-year program offers students a combination of tailored coursework and hands-on field experience, both in North America and abroad.

Ms. Ullman completed her undergraduate degree in 2018 at the University of Chicago with a double major in Jewish studies and near eastern languages and civilizations. From 2018-2019 she attended the Pardes Experiential Educators Program in Israel. She also spent time in Shanghai, China, to serve as the community coordinator of Kehilat Shanghai, and returned to the U.S. to complete her work remotely when the pandemic began.

At Emanu El, she has worked as the junior youth group adviser, Hebrew Through Movement specialist and religious school and adult education teacher.

Ms. Ullman volunteers with the World Union for Progressive Judaism and is completing her first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a chaplain intern at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cantor to remain at temple

Temple Emanu El concluded its search for a part-time cantor by reaching an agreement with Cantor David Malecki, who now serves the congregation full-time.

Under the new agreement, Cantor Malecki will transition to a part-time role on July 1. The cantor’s core duties in the part-time role will include serving as co-leader of worship services, including the High Holy Days, tutoring B’nai Mitzvah students and collaborating with the education and early childhood education directors to provide music and education for the religious school and preschool students.

“We look forward to partnering with Cantor Malecki in his transition to this new role,” said Dr. David Sperling, president of Temple Emanu El. “His leadership, warmth on the bimah and musical ability will continue to benefit our congregation in the coming year.”

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