Sammy and Raz. Two girls, two different parts of the world. And this year, they met here in Cleveland for the first time and formed an unbreakable bond for life. All because of Israel.Cleveland.Next (icnext), a Federation-supported initiative.
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is heartbroken by the horrific massacre of innocent civilians in Orlando, Florida. It is with sadness that we acknowledge this latest act of terrorism - the worst since 9/11, the worst gun violence assault ever in our nation, and the single worst attack targeting the LGBTQ community.
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is saddened by of the passing of Senator George Voinovich. As Mayor of Cleveland, Governor of Ohio and United States Senator, George Voinovich was the consummate public servant. He was deeply compassionate and truly cared about all people - no matter their race, religion or economic status. He was a steadfast friend of the Jewish community and the State of Israel which he cherished, and he never stopped praying for peace between Israel and its neighbors. Recognizing the evils of anti-Semitism, Senator Voinovich, together with the late Congressman Tom Lantos, was responsible for the creation of a new position in the U.S. State Department: Special Envoy to Monitor World-wide Anti-Semitism.
Meet Phyllis. She is one of many seniors living at Sherri Park Apartments in Lyndhurst, where the Jewish Federation of Cleveland supports the Community Options program. The program helps older residents stay active and engaged as they age in place at Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs).
Meet Cathy. A business-owner, dedicated volunteer, and proud Jewish Clevelander. She is a busy person, who always finds time to help others. When she started working as a literacy tutor when her own children were learning to read, she found a passion. And now, Cathy volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Public Education Initiative (PEI).
What comes next? That was the question to answer for attendees who joined Ratliff & Taylor’s Jennifer Cohen and Gregg Levine June 7 at “Planning For Retirement: Reinventing Your Life And Realizing Your Dreams.” The event was part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s IMPACT! program, a volunteer initiative for adults over 50.
Two weeks ago I was sitting in the Yom Hazikaron memorial ceremony for Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. As I contemplated the lives lost my thoughts dwelled on the steep price that was paid for Jewish freedom and the price of young lives still lost each year in defense of Israel. And then I thought about the price of freedom that has been paid by so many to defend our way of life in America.
40 high school juniors and seniors representing public and private high schools and 12 different synagogues have come together to recommend grants totaling $40,000 to 11 organizations for crucial programs in the Jewish and general communities through the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 2015-2016 Maurice Saltzman Youth Panel.