Jewish Community Focuses on Strengthening Engagement with Cleveland

July 21, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

As an outcome of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland’s Building Committee report, adopted by the Federation’s Board of Trustees in September 2008, Board Chair Harley I. Gross appointed a Downtown Vision Committee (DVC) charged with developing programs to enhance Jewish engagement in Cleveland. The committee, chaired by Renée Chelm and co-chaired by Judge Dan A. Polster, will also be making recommendations to the Federation’s Board regarding the best use of the downtown buildings to benefit the Jewish community and Greater Cleveland.

The DVC, which held its first meeting on May 19, 2009, is using information collected from the August 2008 Downtown Dialogue community forums, as well as the recommendations from the Strengthening and Growing Jewish Cleveland focus groups. The DVC expects to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees in March 2010 that considers projects/initiatives geared toward strengthened community relations, economic revitalization and engagement of the next generation.

“This process that we have embarked on through the Federation is designed to capitalize on opportunities where we can make a difference as the Jewish community,” says Chelm. “We will consider how we can enhance the interaction between Cleveland and the Jewish community, with the common goal of the revitalization of our city.”

In its strategic intent document, the DVC notes that the futures of Greater Cleveland’s Jewish and general communities are inextricably linked – the success of one cannot happen without the success of the other. “This is an opportunity to broaden and deepen the Jewish community’s commitment to our collective future,” says Polster. “By using our strengths, which include our strong relationships with other community and faith groups, we can play a major role in creating a city which realizes its full potential.”

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