James A. Ratner, recipient of the 2015 Gries Family Award, has made it his mission to ensure the future and strength of Cleveland’s general and Jewish communities while also reminding the next generation the importance of getting involved.
The Cleveland Chesed Center, a kosher food bank in Cleveland Heights that looks more like a Costco than a food pantry and also offers clothes and furniture, came about after the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and community members saw a troubling statistic about poverty rates in the area. Now, after opening in March, the Chesed Center is preparing for its first Chanukah and reflecting on nine months in service.
Looking for a new ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your family this year? Check out 8 Nights of Alternative Giving, brought to you by jHUB, a joint initiative of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) that connects interfaith families to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland, and to each other.
took me several days, but I have recovered from all the excitement of co-chairing the 3rd Annual Cleveland Shabbos Project Challah Bake that took place at the Cleveland Convention Center on November 10. With nearly 1500 women in attendance, it was the largest Cleveland Challah Bake yet.