SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT: Gay Marriage, Discrimination & Destruction Upcoming Topics of Programming, Conversation at Maltz Museum

May 30, 2014 (CLEVELAND, OHIO) The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage continues to explore cultural identity with its calendar of upcoming exhibitions and programs. “We see these events as opportunities to encourage dialogue and create connections across communities while promoting a greater appreciation for the diversity of the human experience,” says Executive Director Ellen Rudolph. Advance registration for events is strongly encouraged. For more information, call 216.593.05757 or visit

Begin the Conversation Play Reading
Wednesday, June 11, 7pm; $12 Museum admission

Something old, something new.  Eight prominent American playwrights approach same-sex unions with humor and heart in Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.  This collection of short works by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moises Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, Jose Rivera, Paul Rudnick and Doug Wright comes to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in a co-produced reading with Interplay Jewish Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre. Conceived by Brian Shnipper, director Craig J. George will preside.

Tackling a timely topic, Standing on Ceremony is part of the Maltz Museum’s Begin the Conversation series of thought-provoking play readings, speakers, films and concerts designed to spark discussion and to explore the experiences that connect us along with the issues that divide us.


Narrated Group Bike Outing
Sunday, June 15, 12 – 5pm ; $10 per rider

Pump up your tires and grease your chain for a group bike ride exploring Cleveland’s rich Jewish history. We’ll start at the Museum and head west on bike paths and safe streets to explore the nearly century-long story of the Jewish people in The Heights. Stops along the way include grand houses of worship, storefront and home-based shteibles and natural features like Doan Brook and Forest Hills Park. Snacks provided. Bring your own water bottle and safety gear.


Begin the Conversation Film Screening & Discussion
Wednesday, June 18, 7pm; $5 general

According to FBI statistics, of 7,200 hate crimes reported in 2012, 1,376 were victims of sexual orientation bias. Boys Don’t Cry is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a transgender man (played in the film by Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) who was beaten, raped, and murdered by his male acquaintances after they discovered he was anatomically female.The film explores themes of freedom, courage, identity and empowerment.  Jacob Nash, Founder and President of the Board at Margie’s Hope, leads a brief discussion after the movie. Directed by Kimberly Pierce; co-written by Andy Bienen.  (USA, 1999)


Begin the Conversation Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 25, 7pm; $12 general / $10 Maltz Museum Members

Have the congregations in our area made an effort to include all the members of our community? How difficult is it to find a spiritual home in our community? Join members of the clergy and congregants to discuss defining and discovering spirituality as a member of the LGBTQ community.  Welcoming the Stranger is presented by The City Club of Cleveland and Maltz Museum.


Video Installation
July 17 – October 19, 2014
Included with Museum admission: $12 Adult, $10 Senior, $10 Student (12+), $5 Youth (5-11)

A powerful new cinematic offering from renowned Israeli artist Yael Bartana, Inferno centers on a replica of Solomon’s Temple currently being constructed by a Neo-Pentecostal Church in São Paulo, Brazil. In just 18 minutes Inferno implodes traditional concepts of place, time and belief. Bartana combines real events with a “pre-imagining” that is sure to prompt questions and ignite debate around topics such as creation, ritual and commercialization. With its rich pageantry, stylized costuming and references to epic Hollywood blockbusters, Inferno has been referred to as a “visual feast.” The Maltz Museum’s video installation is the film’s second showing in the U.S. and its Midwest premiere. The exhibition is generously supported by Toby Devan Lewis, Dealer Tire, Cleveland Israel Arts Connection and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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