December 14, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

For a second year, the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) and the National Council of Jewish Women, Cleveland Section, (NCJW, CS) are partnering with area synagogues, day schools and other Jewish organizations in Operation Warm-Up, an effort to collect items for the homeless community.  Co-chairs are Rachel Heiser, Jewish Federation volunteer and Susie Stern, NCJW, CS volunteer.

The following new items are needed for men, women and children: winter hats, waterproof gloves/mittens, and pre-packaged socks and underwear.  These items will be donated to InterAct Cleveland’s Homeless Stand Down on January 30, 2011.

Donations can be dropped off at The Mandel JCC (26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood), or NCJW (26055 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights).  The collection ends January 20, 2011.  For more information, please contact JVN Director Karen Steiger at 216.593.2900, ext. 130 or, or NCJW, CS Director of Volunteers Leslye Arian at 216.378.4402 or

Connect With Your Community Through JFSA

December 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Looking to make a difference in your life and in the lives of others? Volunteer at Jewish Family Service Association and be a friendly visitor to an aging member of our community.  Short visits, small projects, perhaps an errand or two all help to bring the outside world in to individuals who are often lonely or isolated.  Call Sandy Lusher-Waterhouse, Manager of Volunteer Services at 216-378-3475, or

JFSA Now Accepting Applications for Berger Scholarship

December 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment
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Jewish Family Service Association is accepting applications for the Jack W. and Shirley J. Berger Scholarship. The fund was established in 1988, by two former Clevelanders to assist and encourage students entering college to attain academic excellence within a secular institution. Qualifications include:

  • Must exhibit financial need.
  • Must be a resident of Cuyahoga County or its surrounding counties.
  • Must be a high school senior with a minimum 3.5 GPA in high school.
  • Minimum SAT 1900 minimum ACT 27.
  • Priority given, but not limited, to students attending an Ohio state supported school.
  • Must take a college course in comparative religion.
  • Must be a full time student seeking a secular education.

Students awarded this scholarship can receive funding of $2,000 each year up to 4 years of college if a 3.0 GPA is maintained.  Any interested student should obtain an application from their Guidance office. The deadline for submissions is MARCH 4, 2011. Recipients will be selected by MAY 23, 2011.  For more information, please contact Toby Bresky, Manager of Scholarships and Financial Aid at 216-378-3429.


December 2, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The PJ Library® (“PJ” for “Pajamas”) is hosting a community story time on Sunday, December 5, 2010, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Public Library – Solon Branch (34125 Portz Parkway).  Families will enjoy PJ Library favorite, The Only One Club by Jane Naliboff, and hear an upbeat message about the value of differences and the importance of tolerance and acceptance.  Book-related crafts and activities will encourage sharing and make everyone feel special.  This free event is open to the community.

Every month, The PJ Library® sends a free, age-appropriate Jewish children’s book to 1,800 Cleveland children ages 6 months to 7 years old.  The PJ Library® sends more than 65,000 books to 130 communities in the United States and Canada.  The books about holidays, Israel, Jewish values and folk tales are sent out to engage young Jewish families.

The PJ Library® in Cleveland is supported by the Jewish Federation and is generously funded by the Leonard Krieger Fund of the Cleveland Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

To sign up for this free program, register online or call 216.593.2900, ext. 213.

Here’s a brief synopsis of The Only One Club:

It’s Christmas time, and Jennifer’s teacher asks the class to make decorations.  Jennifer proudly announces that she will make Hanukkah decorations, because she is the only Jewish girl in the class.  That night, she goes home and makes herself a glittery badge that says “The Only One Club.”

The next day at school, her classmates want to join her club, and they try to convince her that they, too, are the only one of something.  Jennifer doesn’t want anyone else to join.  But when she hears the other kids talking about setting up their own club, she realizes her mistake.  She goes home and makes glittery badges for everyone.

This book takes a unique approach to differences.  Instead of portraying a character who feels bad about being unusual, it starts with a character who is too full of pride about her exceptionality.  Although Jennifer has a lesson to learn, still her pride inspires others to notice and enjoy their own differences.

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