Clevelanders Commemorate the Holocaust and Heroism Featuring Creative Resistance Through the Arts

April 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Who:     Holocaust survivors, their families and community members who want to honor the lives that were lost. The event is free and open to the entire community.

What:    The annual community commemoration of Yom Hashoa V’Hagvura, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, will feature songs written and performed in Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp, which was falsely known as a haven for musicians, artists, writers and leaders for “safer keeping.” Stories from six survivors will be told as they light memorial candles with their families by their side, as well as one by a World War II combat veteran. There will also be a “March of the Generations” (children of all ages carrying candles to signify that Jewish life after the Holocaust continues), poetry readings by high school and middle school creative arts contest winners, and a performance by HaZamir Choir. The program is coordinated by the Kol Israel Foundation, Sisterhood and Generations and The Mandel Jewish Community Center, with support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Where: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike

When:   Sunday, May 1, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Why:     Yom Hashoa V’Hagvura or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, is often known simply as Yom Hashoa. This day commemorates the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust. It also marks the anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto uprising of 1943. Jews around the world hold memorials and vigils, where they often light candles and read the names of families and communities who perished.


Senator Rob Portman Remarks on Future of Israel

April 22, 2011 at 7:24 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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Senator Rob Portman

On Wednesday, April 13, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) delivered brief remarks at an open house hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in our nation’s capital. The event allowed Portman to share his stance on Israel and other issues important to the Jewish community.

“Israel is a trusted ally of the United States in a region where steadfast friends are rare,” said Portman. “I believe it is in the strategic interest for the United States to remain an unshakable ally of Israel, and I look forward to working side by side with Joyce (Executive Director Joyce Garver Keller of the Ohio Jewish Communities) and groups like the Jewish Federation of Cleveland to ensure that happens.”

Last year, Portman had an opportunity to meet with both President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel to discuss the challenges of providing a safe nation in an area where security and safety are never taken for granted.  Senator Portman has been fully committed to a close and friendly relationship with Israel.

(Executive Director Joyce Garver Keller of the Ohio Jewish Communities)

JFSA Recognizes And Honors Volunteers

April 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

(L to R) Dee Kleinman, Chair, Volunteer Advisory Committee, Don Zaas, Alice Fingerhut

Delivering meals, making a friendly house call to a Holocaust Survivor or educating local teens about healthy teen relationships are just some of the ways JFSA volunteers make a difference in our community. Volunteers were honored at the 2011 Volunteer Recognition Brunch on April 10th at the Beachwood Community Center. Two volunteers were given special awards for their service and dedication to JFSA. The Lois Zaas Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Alice Fingerhut for her work with JFSA and the Hebrew Shelter Home. “I think this is a marvelous award. I was very honored and humbled,” Alice says. “I really enjoy the work I do at JFSA, so to be recognized for my work is amazing.”

Shira Barron, a senior at Beachwood High School and member of JFSA’s Expect Respect Advisory Panel, was awarded the Kim Chapman Young Adult Volunteer of the Year Award. This new award recognizes volunteer contributions from young adults in the community. It was named after Kim Chapman (of blessed memory) who volunteered with JFSA’s YouthAbility program and passed away in 2010 at the age of 22.

(L to R) Marshall Barron, Shira's father, Shira Barron, Norma Barron, Shira's grandmother, Rabbi Rosie Barron Haim, Shira's mother.

“Winning this award was a huge honor for me,” Shira says. “It made me realize how much impact I’ve had on Expect Respect and how much I’ve been able to give back.”

Free, Family-friendly Community-wide Celebration of Israel’s Independence, Monday Evening, May 9

April 18, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

On Monday, May 9, 2011, the entire Jewish community is invited to come together to honor those who have fallen defending the Jewish homeland and celebrate Israel’s 63rd anniversary.  Entitled Israel Is…, the free events begin at 6:00 p.m. at The Park Synagogue – Main, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights.

The evening begins with Yom Hazikaron (6:00 – 6:35 p.m.), or Day of Remembrance, a memorial ceremony for those who lost their lives protecting the State of Israel, as well as in terrorist attacks.

Yom Ha’atzmaut (6:35 – 9:00 p.m.), or Israel’s Independence Day, is a festivity that marks the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.  Headlining this year’s celebration is the Israeli music group, The Shimons, in their first U.S. appearance.  Other festivities include arts & crafts, strolling entertainers, Israeli dancing, Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band, PJ Library Raffle, Magen David Adom ambulance, an Israeli food court and a marketplace with Israeli and local vendors.

The evening is hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and The Park Synagogue with the generous support of Michael Zweig, J.P.Morgan, the Cleveland Jewish News as well as 40 local synagogues, schools, agencies and organizations.

Co-chairs of the event are Reneé Chelm, Lydia Frankel and Becky Heller.  Reservations are not required.  For more information visit

10 Things You May Have Missed in 2010

April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Annual ReportWe may be well into 2011, but take a minute to look back at 2010 for a recap of everything the Jewish Federation was up to last year. The 2010 Annual Report is available online, and will be in the mail to donor households soon. Thanks for all you do to make Jewish Cleveland #1 in every way!

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