Successful agencies count their blessings

August 18, 2009 at 9:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More agencies are grateful to the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland for their support in difficult times, as shown in these letters to the Cleveland Jewish News:

GSDS counting blessings
Published: Friday, August 14, 2009 1:06 AM EDT

In these difficult economic times, we must count our blessings wherever we can. We at Gross Schechter Day School are reminded of these blessings in many ways. Continue Reading Successful agencies count their blessings…

Letters to the editor – “Thank you, Federation!”

August 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

CJN Letters to the Editor thank Federation

Menorah Park thanks JCF
Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 1:11 AM EDT

On behalf of the board of trustees, the administration and staff of the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, we would like to thank our community for its support of this year’s Campaign for Jewish Needs. The campaign provides the critical funding needed to support the Jewish Community Federation’s allocations to each of our sister agencies.

At Menorah Park, our allocation is used to support our most infirm nursing home residents on Medicaid. Medicaid reimbursement can no longer fund the actual cost of caring for a population whose needs are more complex than ever before. We appreciate our community’s understanding of the need to continue to provide care for the elderly, especially when there are so many competing demands for campaign dollars.

In a sense, our community has reaffirmed the importance of fulfilling the biblical commandment to “Honor thy mother and father.” Our leadership and staff look forward to continuing our support of this coming year’s campaign.

Enid Rosenberg, president
Steve Raichilson, executive director
Menorah Park Center for Senior Living

Federation supports Akiva
Published: Friday, July 31, 2009 1:11 AM EDT

The Akiva Center would like to thank the Cleveland Jewish community for its support of the Jewish Community Federation annual campaign (“Recession translates to lower JCF allocations,” CJN, July 3). Tuition dollars do not cover the funds needed to educate the bright teens in the Cleveland area. To maintain our current programs and expand opportunities, we need the assistance that the JCF has generously allocated to Akiva.

For example, one of our programs strives to teach Hebrew as a living language and a link to the land of Israel. The Diller/AFU program of the overseas department of the Federation is also housed at Akiva. This yearlong exchange program links Cleveland teens with those of our Israeli sister city Beit She’an with visits back and forth to each others’ countries.

The Federation recognizes the need to educate our teens and equip them with the necessary tools to grow into educated adults who will return to Jewish Cleveland and contribute to our city’s growth.

Amnon Ophir, director
Michael Penzner, board chair
Akiva Center

Grateful for Federation support

Published: Friday, July 24, 2009

Cleveland’s medical community brought us to Cleveland, but The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland is why we have stayed. We are delighted that our children thrive in such an outstanding institution, which prepares its students well for a future in all fields of accomplishment.

The Jewish Community Federation is to be applauded for its continued support of Jewish educational institutions. We are grateful that despite the current economic conditions, the Federation prioritizes and recognizes the importance of Jewish day school education. Our community can take pride in the fact that Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs helps fund, among a host of worthy causes, the Hebrew Academy – a jewel in our midst and an investment in a Jewish future.

Suri and Howard Goldman

Appreciate support of Fuchs
Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 1:09 AM EDT

This past year for Fuchs Mizrachi School has been most challenging financially, even as the school enjoyed one of its best years educationally.

The school graduated its largest senior class with 42 students, all college-bound, with almost all choosing to spend a year of study in Israel. We enjoyed a record number in our Early Childhood Program and many wonderful educational upgrades throughout the school, all despite the financial downturn.

After thanking our committed and supportive parent body and donors, it is the Jewish Community Federation that deserves much of the credit for our success. Without the community support provided generously by the Federation’s annual campaign, our school would be a shadow of itself.

From the very start of the financial crisis, the Federation’s leadership partnered with us to ensure we were doing what was necessary to come out of the crisis healthier and stronger. One could not wish for a better partner.

The commitment and deep support from the Cleveland community and Federation ensures our success. No words can adequately convey our Hakarot Hatov (appreciation and thanks).

Rabbi Pinchos Hecht
head of school
Fuchs Mizrachi School

Campaign support ‘gift of a lifetime’
Published: Friday, July 17, 2009 1:10 AM EDT

As parents of a child who is thriving academically and who is excited about and committed to his Judaism – all of which are due to his experiences at The Agnon School – we thought it only right to extend our appreciation to the Jewish Community Federation. The staff and faculty at Agnon go out of their way to ensure our son’s excellent education and Jewish continuity, but they’re the first to point out that they do that through the generosity of their partners at the Federation.

Even in these very tough economic times, the Jewish community in Cleveland continues to take care of this generation and the ones to follow. In our case, and in the case of all the city’s day school families, our children are given the gift of a lifetime, largely because of the Federation’s annual campaign and this city’s commitment to a vibrant Jewish future. So thank you to The Agnon School and thank you to the Federation.

Stephanie and Jared Miller

Camp Wise is a gem in our own backyard
Published: Friday, July 17, 2009 1:10 AM EDT

I often wonder if the Jewish community of Northeast Ohio realizes what a gem it has in Camp Wise. With two grandchildren who travel from Arizona to experience what their mother and uncle loved for many years, I have the opportunity to vicariously enjoy their activities. With over 100 pictures posted to a website daily and a fantastic accounting of the week from camp director Jodi Sperling, I can take such pleasure in the fact that Camp Wise is the place for my grandchildren to be.

All campers are encouraged and supported as they encounter new adventures. After four weeks, they can take pride in all of their newly discovered skills, creative endeavors, and new-found abilities. Their celebration of Shabbat, Israel, and their cultural Judaism is done through music and day-to-day living with new acquaintances who will become their lifelong friends.

For a glimpse of life at Camp Wise, read the Shabbat-O-Gram posted every Friday afternoon at I am overwhelmed every time I read it. The Cleveland Jewish community should be very proud that Camp Wise is supported by our Jewish Community Federation.

Judi Wolf
Orange Village

Brunch & Bloom made difference
Published: Friday, July 3, 2009 1:08 AM EDT

Thanks to over 100 volunteers of all ages who participated in Brunch & Bloom, the Hebrew Cultural Garden is blooming with a variety of colorful annual flowers. As the younger children created their own colorful flower pots, their parents raked, weeded and planted.

The morning’s work culminated with a brief history of the garden by David Millet, who co-chaired the event with his wife Kelly, and a d’var Torah by Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone of Gross Schechter Day School.

Thank you to the Jewish Community Federation and the Brunch & Bloom Committee for once again organizing this wonderful event and for their efforts to care for the Hebrew Cultural Garden all year long.

Donna Yanowitz, chair
Hebrew Cultural Garden Community

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