Suellen Kadis Blogs from Israel – Day 1

October 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Voices from Israel | Leave a comment
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Our group on Day 1 was me, Suellen Kadis, Chair of Women’s Philanthropy, Larry Kadis, OCC Chair, Cindy Attias, Partnership 2000 Chair and Oren Baratz, VP of External Affairs and Director of Overseas Operations.

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Right off the plane at the airport, we had our first meeting with Hannah Aharony, Director of ISHA, the Women’s Health Initiative, and Patrick Levy, Director of Healing Across the Divides. ISHA is the Women’s Health Initiative started by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland 10 years ago, which works to improve the health of women in Israel by teaching physicians, nurses and other health care workers about the unique and special problems that are frequently overlooked in women. HATD is a Boston-based non-governmental organization working in Israel to bridge the gaps between different segments of Israeli society. Hannah and Patrick are working together in the hopes of creating a new partnership that Cleveland Federation may participate in through the OCC and Women’s Philanthropy. The possibility of moving forward with this new venture is very exciting!

Next we headed north on Highway 6, which now connects the north and south in Israel. In 90 minutes we were at Gesher Kibbutz having lunch and discussing the development of regional tourism in the Valley of the Springs and City of Beit Shean. The valley and the city are beginning to work together to create “packages” so that a visitor from Israel or overseas could easily enjoy a few days in the area with plenty to do. Ideas such as bike tours, bird watching trips, and Bar Mitzvah celebrations were discussed as possible marketing tools. Many good ideas were shared and hopefully in the not too distant future this beautiful area will be on everyone’s must see list in Israel.

In the afternoon we saw the new community garden created with the help of Bridge to the Future and the local residents in the neighborhood. Adam Baratz, Oren’s son, spent last summer working with local volunteers encouraging the community to clean up and take responsibility for the space. Now there are trees planted – and we each planted another one – and a clean place for residents to gather and play. What Bridge to the Future accomplished was to empower the members of the community to get involved and realize that they can make a difference in their own neighborhoods. Many other projects like this are currently in the works. The ongoing transformation is remarkable to see.

After checking into our bed and breakfast and a short rest, we walked to Dream Café for a dinner meeting. We met with Ido Shalem, Director of Bridge to the Future, Dr. Idan Porat from Technion and Dana Robbins from Zionism 2000. We discussed the sustainability of some of the different programs and ways to measure success. Human, social, economic, political and infrastructure capital will be measured and a model will be developed. The details of much of it were lost in my sleepy head, but an update will be shared at the appropriate time, I’m sure.

We were happy to collapse in our beds after a full first day!

Molly Fried, 2009-10 Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow, Continues Work with JDC in Berlin, Germany

October 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

CLEVELAND (October 8, 2010) – Molly Fried recently concluded her tenure in Berlin, Germany as the Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellow.  Molly is the sixth Fellow selected for the program.  In her Fellowship year, Molly assisted with JDC programs aimed at connecting Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union to Jewish life in Germany, developing an online newsletter, and supporting the JDC Activities Center and the Bambinim early childhood education program in Berlin.  Continuing for another year with the JDC, Molly will return to Berlin and continue her work with the Bambinim program.

Molly was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from George Washington University where she majored in Religion with a focus on Judaism.  Molly has a strong background in both formal and informal Jewish education and worked extensively on interfaith relations on campus.  Before she began her Fellowship, Molly concluded her internship at the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago, where she developed her leadership skills working on project management, interfaith exchange programs, and media relations.

The Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellowship, established by the Wolf Family in collaboration with Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in 2003, provides an unparalleled opportunity for an individual to spend one year abroad, making a significant difference in the lives of members of an overseas community.

The Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellowship is awarded each year to an individual (or couple) who has shown excellence and outstanding commitment in the area of communal service.  Applications and more information are available online at, by e-mailing the Federation at, or calling the Federation at 216.593.2900, ext. 279, or (toll free) 888.467.1125.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization.  JDC works in more than 70 countries and in Israel to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief and long-term development support for victims of natural and man-made disasters.  To learn more, visit

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