After a recent auction in which a letter detailing Albert Einstein's views on religion was put up for bid, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is bringing in Alan Levenson to set the story straight on the genius' ties to Zionism. Levenson — a Jewish-history professor at Cleveland's Siegal College of Judaic Studies — can tell you all about it, as part of the museum's celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary of statehood. "This will hopefully illuminate Einstein's history," says Lynda Bender, the museum's education director. "He was very passionate about this and visited Israel many times."Levenson will also characterize Einstein as one of the first cultural Jews — someone who identified with his religion without necessarily practicing it. "Most of us recognize and know the guy with the crazy hair who was a great scientific brain," says Bender. "But his passion for Israel is something very special." Find out more at 7 tonight at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road. Admission is $8 to $10. Call 216-593-0575.
Wed., June 4, 7 p.m., 2008