As part of our effort to enrich the experiences of Cleveland’s teens (after Bar Mitzvah – 12 Grade), @akiva is providing the “Scholars In Residence” initiative. Each year, @akiva and the JECC bring different scholars to our teen community for up to a week’s residency.

During their visits the teens’ scholars will work with various teen groups in the community: youth groups, youth group leadership, Madrichim, supplementary schools, day schools, community programs and teen educators.

In Residence

In Residence

In Residence

As part of our effort to enrich the experiences of Cleveland’s teens (after Bar Mitzvah – 12 Grade), @akiva is providing the “Scholars In Residence” initiative. Each year, @akiva and the JECC bring different scholars to our teen community for up to a week’s residency.

During their visits the teens’ scholars will work with various teen groups in the community: youth groups, youth group leadership, Madrichim, supplementary schools, day schools, community programs and teen educators.

2021-22 Scholars

Graffiti week with Elinoy Kisslove
(November 14-18, 2021)


(February 1-20, 2022)

February 1-20, 2022

For three weeks, @akiva will provide a selection of curated films chosen for teens and focusing on themes of Israel and Jewish Identity. All participating groups and institutions will receive a “playbill” discussion guide and an interactive film festival experience, which will include opportunities for Zoom watchalongs, popcorn bars, lesson plans for introducing the films to teen audiences, and ShinShin reflection/commentary on the films.

Hebrew week with the Shin Shinim
(January 9-14, 2022)


(March 6-10, 2022)

Music week with the Shin Shinim
(May 2-13, 2022)

Graffiti week with Elinoy Kisslove
(November 14-18, 2021)


(February 1-20, 2022)

February 1-20, 2022

For three weeks, @akiva will provide a selection of curated films chosen for teens and focusing on themes of Israel and Jewish Identity. All participating groups and institutions will receive a “playbill” discussion guide and an interactive film festival experience, which will include opportunities for Zoom watchalongs, popcorn bars, lesson plans for introducing the films to teen audiences, and ShinShin reflection/commentary on the films.

Hebrew week with the Shin Shinim
(January 9-14, 2022)


(March 6-10, 2022)

Music week with the Shin Shinim
(May 2-13, 2022)

2020-21 Scholars

Socially Distant, Socially Connected Partnership Opportunities

Introduction – During the 2020-2021 academic year, @akiva is taking a different approach to our Scholars in Residence program. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed what bringing guests to Cleveland will look like, and have shifted the program to focus on small groups, hybrid learning, and initiatives that reach learners in both traditional and non-traditional ways. Understanding that the pandemic has led to a rise in feelings of isolation and the need for connection, we are excited to provide opportunities for our partners and community to explore content and process through a variety of programs.

Festival of Light (December 10 - 18)

Surrounding Chanukah, our content focus will be on the Holocaust and moving from darkness to light. On December 14, we will host our annual teen Zikaron Ba’Salon commemoration, which will bring groups of teens together with Holocaust survivors and their descendants (in a socially distant way) to hear stories of survival and to reflect on their own Jewish identities. During Chanukah, we will also offer performances by the 2019-2020 Testimony Theater cohort, and will have small group discussions and activities with the community Shin Shinim about ways to bring and be the light as Jewish teens, which will include an outdoor bonfire/Israeli song night, socially distant candle making, and more.
For three weeks, @akiva will provide a selection of curated films chosen for teens and focusing on themes of Israel and Jewish Identity. All participating groups and institutions will receive a “playbill” discussion guide and an interactive film festival experience, which will include opportunities for Zoom watchalongs, popcorn bars, lesson plans for introducing the films to teen audiences, and ShinShin reflection/commentary on the films.

Israel Week (March 7 - 14)

@akiva is excited to present our newest initiative for the Cleveland Jewish community – Israel Week! As most of you know, in pre-pandemic times, we were proud to bring a delegation of high school seniors to AIPAC Policy Conference annually. While due to our current circumstances, that of course isn’t possible, we’re excited to once again pivot and to open Israel Week to *all* Cleveland teens.
Click To View

Music Festival (April 11-18)

As the weather turns warmer and we start to enjoy the outdoors, @akiva will bring local musicians to different homes/institutions around the community to meet with small pods of learners in a socially distanced way. The musicians come from the Cleveland community, and will be available to run musical workshops. Each workshop will also include a Shin Shin, who will connect the content to Israel.

Festival of Light (December 10 - 18)

Surrounding Chanukah, our content focus will be on the Holocaust and moving from darkness to light. On December 14, we will host our annual teen Zikaron Ba’Salon commemoration, which will bring groups of teens together with Holocaust survivors and their descendants (in a socially distant way) to hear stories of survival and to reflect on their own Jewish identities. During Chanukah, we will also offer performances by the 2019-2020 Testimony Theater cohort, and will have small group discussions and activities with the community Shin Shinim about ways to bring and be the light as Jewish teens, which will include an outdoor bonfire/Israeli song night, socially distant candle making, and more.
January 31-February 21, 2021: For three weeks, @akiva will provide a selection of curated films chosen for teens and focusing on themes of Israel and Jewish Identity. All participating groups and institutions will receive a “playbill” discussion guide and an interactive film festival experience, which will include opportunities for Zoom watchalongs, popcorn bars, lesson plans for introducing the films to teen audiences, and ShinShin reflection/commentary on the films.

Israel Week (March 7 - 14)

@akiva is excited to present our newest initiative for the Cleveland Jewish community – Israel Week! As most of you know, in pre-pandemic times, we were proud to bring a delegation of high school seniors to AIPAC Policy Conference annually. While due to our current circumstances, that of course isn’t possible, we’re excited to once again pivot and to open Israel Week to *all* Cleveland teens.
Click To View

Music Festival (April 11-18)

As the weather turns warmer and we start to enjoy the outdoors, @akiva will bring local musicians to different homes/institutions around the community to meet with small pods of learners in a socially distanced way. The musicians come from the Cleveland community, and will be available to run musical workshops. Each workshop will also include a Shin Shin, who will connect the content to Israel.

2019-20 Scholars

Matt Bar and the Bible Raps - Rapping Jewish Text

October 23-30, 2019

Zeev Ben Shachar - The Master of Israel Advocacy

November 13-18, 2019

Etty, a one woman play performed by Susan Stein

January 13-18, 2020

@akiva is Partnering With

February 07-14, 2020

The Freedom Song comes again to Cleveland

February 23-28, 2020

Matt Bar and the Bible Raps - Rapping Jewish Text

October 23-30, 2019

Zeev Ben Shachar - The Master of Israel Advocacy

November 13-18, 2019

Etty, a one woman play performed by Susan Stein

January 13-18, 2020

@akiva is Partnering With

February 07-14, 2020

The Freedom Song comes again to Cleveland

February 23-28, 2020

2018-19 Scholars

Israel in the middle East: More of the same or a changing reality? with Assaf Boker

October, 7-11 2018

The Freedom Song Show comes to Cleveland

November, 1-2 2018

Jewish identity meets Language with Shira Kleinman

December, 9-16 2018

“The Gate”, a play about Dreams, Reality and Dialogues with Gringras

February, 10-14 2019

Youth Expressions-The Graffiti Way with Elinoy Kisslove

March, 7-14 2019

Israel in the middle East: More of the same or a changing reality? with Assaf Boker

October, 7-11 2018

The Freedom Song Show comes to Cleveland

November, 1-2 2018

Jewish identity meets Language with Shira Kleinman

December, 9-16 2018

“The Gate”, a play about Dreams, Reality and Dialogues with Gringras

February, 10-14 2019

Youth Expressions-The Graffiti Way with Elinoy Kisslove

March, 7-14 2019

2016-17 Scholars

Zeev Ben-Shachar

October 30 - November 3, 2016

Matt Bar and the Bible Raps

January 5-12, 2017

Vadim Blumin

February 2-10, 2017

Zeev Ben-Shachar

October 30 - November 3, 2016

Matt Bar and the Bible Raps

January 5-12, 2017

Vadim Blumin

February 2-10, 2017

2015-16 Scholars

Testimony Theater Israel

Hadar Glick, Artist In Residence

Hadar Glick is an industrial designer who graduated from Holon Institute of Technology. She is an M.A student in the cultural studies program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she was the Israeli Shlicha in Cleveland.

Sarit Zehavi An Israel advocacy scholar

Major (Res.) Zehavi served for over 14 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing in Military Intelligence Corps. Major Zehavi's presentations focus on Lebanon, Turkey and national security issues along Israel's volatile border.

Testimony Theater Israel

Hadar Glick, Artist In Residence

Hadar Glick is an industrial designer who graduated from Holon Institute of Technology. She is an M.A student in the cultural studies program at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the past she was the Israeli Shlicha in Cleveland.

Sarit Zehavi An Israel advocacy scholar

Major (Res.) Zehavi served for over 14 years in the Israeli Defense Forces, specializing in Military Intelligence Corps. Major Zehavi's presentations focus on Lebanon, Turkey and national security issues along Israel's volatile border.