PJ Library Goes to Camp Wise

August 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Press Releases, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Who: Jewish children and their families.  Sponsored by The PJ Library®, a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and Camp Wise, a program of The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland.

What: An afternoon of family fun at Camp Wise!  Planned activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, relay races, boating, s’mores, climbing tower, camp-style song session and more!  To prepare children for the upcoming High Holidays, PJ Library kids and their older siblings will also take turns reading the story “Today is the Birthday of the World” by Linda Heller.  Bring a picnic lunch.  Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Continue Reading PJ Library Goes to Camp Wise…

Goodbye LeBron, Hello JCLE

August 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Madeline Bleiweiss, PresenTense Fellowship 2010 | Leave a comment
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Madeline Bleiweiss, Founder of JCLEPresenTense Fellow Creates Cleveland’s New Hot Spot for Young Jews

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – July 15, 2010 – Lebron James may be leaving Cleveland, but Madeline Bleiweiss is confident the Cleveland Jewish community isn’t going anywhere. Full of villages, culture, and entertainment, yet lacking a Jewish framework to appeal to cultural Jews, Cleveland, Ohio is Bleiweiss’ diamond in the rough. Bleiweiss, a Cleveland Fellow participating in PresenTense as part of the PresenTense Jewish Federation of Cleveland Fellowship Program is determined to promote her hometown in a youthful, trendy light for graduate students and young professional through her new initiative, Jewish Cleveland (JCLE).

Where assimilation is rampant and Jewish continuity is in question, Bleiweiss aims to utilize her creative talents and communications skills to plan cultural events targeting the young Jews in the Cleveland area.

After a brief stint in Washington D.C, Bleiweiss, a self-described “former suit,” returned home to Cleveland to find an absence of the cultural Jewish life she encountered on her college campus.

PresenTense Cleveland Fellow Initiates Traditional-Egalitarian Minyan

August 5, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Posted in Jenny Kaufman, PresenTense Fellowship 2010 | Leave a comment
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Jenny Kaufman, Founder of Cleveland Young Professionals' MinyanJenny Kaufman brings the young zest for Judaism to Cleveland area

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – July 13, 2010 – The medieval Jewish sages strongly emphasized the relationship between community and meaningful religious experience. For Jenny Kaufman,  a Cleveland Fellow participating in PresenTense as part of the PresenTense Jewish Federation of Cleveland Fellowship Program, Cleveland’s young community lacks both. Kaufman is bridging the social-religious divide with the Cleveland Young Professionals’ Minyan (CYPminyan), an independent traditional-egalitarian minyan for 20- and 30-somethings in the Cleveland area. Spirit and passion imbue the volunteer-led minyan to bring the young zest for Judaism back into Cleveland.

After experiencing the vibrant Los Angeles Jewish community while pursuing a degree there, Kaufman returned to Cleveland unable to find a community that really spoke to her passions. Memories of home-cooked Shabbat dinners, passionate singing, and afternoon talks in the park seemed distant.

Far from alone in today’s modern Jewish world, Jenny says, “I like activities that connect me to Judaism, but it’s hard when people are apathetic or unsure of what’s going on.”

Part of what fuels the distance of young Jewish adults today, Kaufman believes, is the pervasive idea that Judaism must be “your parent’s Judaism” and “sitting through long, tedious services.” Au contraire, she says, “Judaism can be fun.”

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