If you don’t know your history, you don’t know where you are going,” said one of the participants as we were seated together in a circle. Twenty couples with diverse backgrounds, faiths and practices. Some have children. Some do not. But what we all have in common is some connection to Judaism and a desire to learn so we can figure out the next steps to our own personal journeys.
Chances are, your preschooler isn’t an expert on Rosh Hashanah celebrations (they’ve only been alive for a few of them so far). But it’s never too early to teach them about the traditions that make Rosh Hashanah so special!
Andy and Taryn Isaacs of University Heights love being a part of Jewish Cleveland. From hanging out at the JCC pool with their two children to enjoying the food at the various delis around town, the Isaacs enjoy the many choices for spending time in the city.
Looking for a fun book that siblings of different age groups can enjoy together? Siblings Noa (age 5), Sam (age 2.5), and Jonah (age 2.5), worked with their parents, Stacey and Polly, to compile a list of their favorite PJ books to read all together. When they're not reading, this PJ Library family can be found exploring, and spending time with their two dogs, Toby and Idgie.
On August 27, The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will be transformed into a PJ Library Tea Party where grandparents and their grandchildren will spend a special morning together. They’ll enjoy breakfast, crafts, story time with a PJ Library book, and more!
Anthony and Erica Lazzaro of Moreland Hills love living in Jewish Cleveland. Along with spending time in the community as members of Park Synagogue and as a Gross Schechter Day School family, the Lazzaros enjoy the Cleveland Metroparks and snacking on the many choices of ice cream around the city with their children.
The Cleveland Chesed Center opened in March 2016 in Cleveland Heights to help our local community in need. In the past year, the Chesed Center has provided 1,370 individuals (750 children and 620 adults) with basic necessities including kosher food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, clothing, and furniture thanks to the efforts of Jewish Cleveland and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.
The Vilensky family of Solon is passionate about volunteering in Jewish Cleveland. Seth and Emily, as well as their two children, give of their time wherever they can. “It is sort of a win-win because we can spend time together and do something to better the world,” they said. “We know that many activities and organizations cannot run without the help of volunteers.”
Drs. Mindy and Jason Streem of Solon love being a young family in Jewish Cleveland - from enjoying the outdoors in Cleveland Metroparks with their two boys to sitting down for quiet Shabbat dinners at home.