The Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Progam at Case Western Reserve University offers a wide variety of non-credit programs that draw from the liberal arts disciplines and provide high-quality lifelong learning opportunities for residents of northeastern Ohio.
Our mission is to connect CWRU with the community by providing challenging but non-competitive learning experiences for adults who want to cultivate their ongoing intellectual curiosity.
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The Jewish Studies programs of the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program* provides continuity from the adult education courses that have been offered for nearly 9 decades through the Laura & Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies.
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Serving the intellectual and educational needs of Jewish Clevelanders since its origins as the Hebrew Teachers Institute in the 1920s, the college has gone through many changes, becoming the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies in 1963, offering accredited degree programs, pioneering distance learning through interactive videoconferencing, taking the name Siegal College in 2003, and now joining the premier research university in northeast Ohio.
Throughout its history Siegal has served as a resource in higher Jewish learning for a broad constituency of adults, offering basic to advanced Hebrew language instruction, Bible study, Jewish history and philosophy, as well as looking at contemporary Jewish life in America and abroad. In addition to regular courses of study the Jewish studies programs also include lecture series, lunch and learn sessions, film screenings, cultural programs, and seminars for continuing professional education credits in a number of areas.
Jewish Studies programs are offered at the Siegal facility in Beachwood and in other convenient locations throughout Northeast Ohio.
Off-Campus Studies is a program offered in collaboration with the Association for Continuing Education. Courses are 8 weeks long and meet in locations throughout greater Cleveland. The program features a discussion-based format based on required reading. Experienced Leader-Teachers facilitate the courses. Class Coordinators are volunteers who help with administrative responsibilities. Our fall session begins the week of September 23, 2012.
Senior Scholars is an 11-week program that meets at the College Club of Cleveland for two hours three afternoons per week and features academic lectures by university faculty and local experts on a variety of topics. The first week of Senior Scholars will be September 11-13, 2012
Scholars on the Circle classes are held in collaboration with University Circle and other cultural institutions and offer participants access to behind-the-scenes expertise. This year we offer gallery talks at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Autumn in the Country classes take place at Case Western Reserve University's Squire Vallevue Farm in Hunting Valley on Fairmount Boulevard just east of SOM Center Road. The spectacular terrain and farm buildings provide a motivating backdrop for a variety of season-inspired classes.
Creative Writing classes provide writers the opportunity to improve their skills through expert guidance in a collaborative environment
Public Programming is offered through the College's many departments and centers. Please look inside the catalog for information on public programs offered by the College's academic departments, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Center for Policy Studies, Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, Institute for the Science of Origins, performing arts departments, Public Affairs Discussion Group and the Schubert Center for Child Studies