We are pleased to invite you to our lectures that focus on art, travel, and Jewish history around the world. See the up-to-date program listing below. Most events are free and open to the public. You will find lecture dates and locations in the Lecture Schedule.
Educators and program coordinators: To book one of our lectures for your organization or group, please send us an email: Contact us.
Some of the venues where we present include the Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage; Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies; Mandel JCC; Lifelong Learning Rose Institute; the Cleveland Cinemateque; the Cleveland Play House; NASA; Touro Law School; public libraries in Cleveland, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey; Fairmount Temple; Park Synagogue; The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve; Opus Art Gallery, and the literary Coffee Phix Café.
Most events are free and open to the public. Please check our Lecture Schedule.
Our popular lecture series: Seeking Jewish Narrative All Over the World
|In Search of a Jewish Story in China read more|
|In Search of a Happy Jewish Story in India read more|
|Face-to-Face with Africa through the Eyes of a Jewish Explorer read more|
|Stones Fill the Void: Visiting the Murdered Jews of Vienna read more|
|Scandinavia through the Eyes of a Jewish Traveler read more|
|The Return of the Jew: Jewish Renaissance in Sicily and Sardinia read more|
Seeking a Jewish story in China, Irene Shaland leads us on a unique journey spanning over 2,000 years through the Silk Road and six cities, including Harbin, Kaifeng, Luoyang, and Shanghai. What are the Jewish secrets of the Gobi Desert and the Silk Road? Where the oldest Jewish prayer was found? What do the most anti-Semitic of Russian Tsars, a railroad, a Chinese fishing village, and Russian-Yiddish culture have in common? Take a journey to China and find out the answers to many perplexing questions.
Peeling the Onion: Discover India and Yourself (in less than 2 weeks)
Seeking a (happy) Jewish Story in India
Spiritualism of the Erotic: Temple Sculptures in Khajuraho, India
Exploring and Understanding Japan
How to See and Understand the Japanese Art
The Temples in the Clouds: Two Days with the Monks in Koyasan, Japan
South Africa and East Africa
Discover the South Africa
Mysteries of Africa [see photo gallery]
Face-to-Face with Africa from the Jewish Perspective [see lecture description]
Big Five Face-to-Face: The Safari Adventure
The Wisdom of the Ancestors: One Day in a Zimbabwe Homestead
Easter Island, Chile
The Mysteries of the Easter Island
Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
The Habsburgs and the Communists: Exploring the Heart of the Central Europe
The Breathtaking Beauty: Art Nouveau in Budapest, Vienna and Prague
Kafka in Prague and Prague in Kafka
Stones Fill the Void: Exploring Jewish Vienna
Scandinavia: Denmark, Norway, Sweden
Scandinavia through the Eyes of a Jewish Traveler
Join internationally published art and travel writer Irene Shaland as she takes us through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, known for their stunning natural beauty, magnificent royal capitals, and stark modern architecture. Discover the Jewish history of these countries, the role each one played during the Holocaust, understand what it means to live as a Jew in Scandinavia today.