January 13, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland named Eliana LeVine recipient of the 2010 Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Leadership Award, which she received at the Federation’s Board of Trustees meeting on January 11.

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, LeVine said, “I’m fortunate to have a happy, fulfilling life and it is important to me to always remember that not everyone is as fortunate as I am.  Living in a community that makes it easy to give my time and energy where it’s needed and to organizations that have meaning to me is something I don’t take for granted and something I am proud of.  I am glad to be part of a community that emphasizes the importance of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and I appreciate being recognized for my contributions to the Jewish community and those in need.”

At the Federation, LeVine was a volunteer with the Chaplaincy Task Force.  She was the programming chair for the Young Leadership Division Board and a co-chair of Super Sunday in 2009.  She also served on the Department of International Operation’s Community Builders Subcommittee.  As a Jewish Volunteer Network Super Volunteer, LeVine coordinated the 2009 Christmas Day volunteer project throughout Greater Cleveland.  She also organized the recruitment and scheduling of 200 volunteers for the 2010 Summer Feeding Program that provided free lunches for Cleveland children, and will serve in the same capacity again in 2011.

“Eliana is a role model and a trusted voice,” said Federation Board Chair Michael Siegal.  “Her dedication and energy are an inspiration to others.  She contributes to our community as a leader and as an active volunteer.  Our community benefits greatly from her wide-ranging contributions and commitment to tikkun olam, making the world a better place.”

In addition to all her roles at the Federation, LeVine is a member of the board of trustees of The Agnon School.

As the award recipient, LeVine 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.  She resides in Shaker Heights with her husband, Joshua Polster, and their three children.

L-R: Donna Yanowitz, Eliana LeVine and Bennett Yanowitz



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