Senator George Voinovich and Kol Israel Foundation Receive Eisenman Awards from Jewish Federation of Cleveland

May 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Senator George Voinovich and the Kol Israel Foundation were each awarded the 2009 Charles Eisenman Award for Exceptional Leadership during the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 106th annual meeting on April 26, 2010. The Eisenman Award, the Federation’s highest civic honor, is awarded to individuals, families and organizations making significant contributions to the community.

Senator George Voinovich has been a public servant for 43 years, beginning in the Ohio House of Representatives and concluding with two terms as Ohio governor and two terms in the U.S. Senate. As an elected official, Senator Voinovich has worked many times with the Jewish community – helping to establish a Cleveland-Tel Aviv partnership, supporting the cause of Soviet Jewry, promoting Ohio-Israel trade and combating anti-Semitism at home and abroad. For the Jewish community, and for countless other religious and ethnic groups, he has been committed to making government work for everyone.

For over 50 years, the Kol Israel Foundation has supported Cleveland’s Holocaust survivors, memorializing those who perished, helping the community understand the lessons of the Holocaust, and preserving the welfare of aging survivors. In 1978, the children of survivors founded Second Generation Kol Israel, now Kol Israel Generations, to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive through community education and commemorations.

The Eisenman Award is named for Charles Eisenman, a founder and first president of the Federation, who served for 20 years until his death in 1923. Past recipients include the Hon. Louis Stokes, United Way Services and Bennett Yanowitz.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland helps thousands of people through a wide array of social and educational services supported by community members, 15 local partner agencies and four international humanitarian organizations.

— JFC —


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