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.

As we worked to finish out our fiscal year this June, we, like most nonprofits, faced a shortfall in some of our critical fundraising efforts. But we did not give up. With strong leadership from our board, parents, and some of our closest friends, we were able to raise more than $140,000 in the last three weeks of June.

We are looking forward to welcoming a full preschool and a full kindergarten as we embark on Schechter’s 30th anniversary year this fall. We are grateful to our parents, who invest in their children’s future and entrust us with the sacred task of educating the next generation of Jewish leaders.

We are also grateful to the Jewish community’s support of the Jewish Community Federation’s Campaign for Jewish Needs. This strong partnership among donors, the JCF and Schechter impacts each of 330 students on a daily basis. And finally, we are grateful to the CJN for its continuing coverage of day schools throughout Cleveland.

Amy E. Einhorn, director
institutional advancement
Gross Schechter Day School

JCF part of JCC successes
Published: Friday, August 14, 2009 1:06 AM EDT

The numbers are impressive. This summer more than 1,400 children and teens are attending one of The Mandel JCC’s four camps: Anisfield Day Camp; Pilloff Family Playmakers Performing Arts Camp; Playland; and Camp Wise, our overnight camp. At summer’s end these campers will have a stronger Jewish identity, many new skills, and additional self-esteem.

Our camps also provide seasonal employment to nearly 300 counselors, specialists, lifeguards, cooks, maintenance personnel, and shlichim (Israeli program specialists). Perhaps the most impressive number is that families of more than 200 campers received financial aid to cover all or part of their camp fees. Without this assistance, many children simply wouldn’t have been able to attend camp.

The Mandel JCC owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and our donors for their generosity. It is only through this support that we are able to serve so many, particularly in this difficult economy. We are very proud of our camp program, but we are equally proud to be part of a community that values the lifelong benefits of Jewish camping and living generously through tzedakah.

Jeanne Tobin, president
Michael Hyman, executive director
The Mandel JCC

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