Jeffrey J. Wild Named Yanowitz Leadership Award Recipient

January 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Jeff WildThe Jewish Community Federation named Jeffrey J. Wild recipient of the 2009 Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Leadership Award, which he received at the Federation’s Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2009.

The Yanowitz Award is presented annually to a leader in the community, 40 or younger, who has clearly demonstrated commitment, involvement and leadership in the Cleveland Jewish community.  Established in 1996 by Bennett and Donna Yanowitz, it is one of the Federation’s top awards for general leadership.

About the recognition, Wild said, “Not only am I honored to be receiving an award endowed by a family as respected as the Yanowitz family, but I’m also honored to be included on the list of past Yanowitz award recipients — they have all served as tremendous examples for communal involvement.”

Wild is a trustee of the Federation and as a member of the Campaign Cabinet serves in many capacities to support the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs including vice chair of the Attorneys, Accountants & Financial Services Division.  He also is active on several committees including Government Relations, Strengthening and Growing Jewish Cleveland and Community Relations.  Since 1997, Wild has served and led as a member of committees of the Young Leadership Division of the Federation, and was chair in 2005-2006.  He also co-chaired the Young Adult Leadership Mission to Israel in 2005, and the Israel Solidarity Mission in 2001.  Wild is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Symposium, and a member of The Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Cabinet.

“Jeff is a leader among leaders, a role model and a trusted voice,” said Federation Board Chair Harley I. Gross.  “His dedication and energy are an inspiration to others.  Our community benefits greatly from his guidance and commitment to tikkun olam, making the world better place.”

In addition to all his roles at the Federation, Wild was a member of the board of trustees of Siegal College and Council Gardens.  He also is a trustee of Fuchs Mizrachi School and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, and is vice president of Young Israel of Greater Cleveland.

As the award recipient, Wild is invited to be a member of the Cleveland delegation to the annual conference of The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella organization for federations nationwide, where over 3,000 Jewish communal leaders will convene.  Wild is an attorney at Benesch.  He and his wife Danielle reside in Beachwood with their three children.

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