Passover preparations are in full swing in our home. This entails cleaning the kitchen, meal planning, shopping and eventually cooking. What about the Seder service and rituals, do they need a bit of an update or refresher in the same spirit as our most central Passover question, why is this night different?
This past week I had the honor of traveling with 70 members of The Jewish Federations of North America's (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet on a mission to Berlin and Israel. Together we learned about the past, present and plans for the future of their local Jewish communities and also saw first-hand where our Federation dollars go.href="http://www.jewishcleveland.org/news/blog/inspiring_stories_kick_off_JFNA_GA/">General Assembly.
What a night! Over 300 community members joined together to celebrate the strength of a community and the power of a people at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's 112th Annual Meeting, honoring two of Cleveland's most respected leaders.
At our 112th Annual Meeting, outgoing Board Chair Reneé Chelm received a standing ovation for three exemplary years of service. Among her many accomplishments, she is credited with helping create a more inclusive Jewish community where everyone can feel welcome.
The Rev. Otis Moss Jr. and Reneé Chelm both received standing ovations from a crowd of more than 300 people when they were recognized at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 112th annual meeting April 12 at Park Synagogue Main in Cleveland Heights.
At the 112th Annual Meeting, our highest civic honor, the Charles Eisenman Award, was presented to Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. He is a true living legend. His lifetime of service and achievement in issues of civil rights, voting rights, and economic inequality have put him on the forefront of positive change.
As anyone who has shepherded a son or daughter through the joys and trials of middle school can attest, it can be challenging to keep eighth-graders motivated and focused on their studies during the final part of the school year. That’s not particularly surprising, given the potential for distractions