Jewish Teens Grant $50,000 for Community Needs

May 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The 2011 Maurice Saltzman Youth Panel of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland recommended grants totaling $50,000 to 10 organizations for crucial programs in the Jewish and general communities.

Lexi Perlmuter of Hawken School and Alex Temple of Solon High School presented the panel’s recommendations to the Jewish Federation’s Board of Trustees on May 24, 2011.  Recommendations from the panel of 40 juniors and seniors representing 14 high schools and 13 synagogues throughout Greater Cleveland were unanimously approved by the board. Continue Reading Jewish Teens Grant $50,000 for Community Needs…

Clifford Sussman Receives Jewish Federation’s Wolf Award for Exceptional Leadership

May 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Clifford Sussman received the 2010 Ambassador Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland at the 2011 Campaign for Jewish Needs Closing event last night at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.

The Wolf Award honors a volunteer, age 40 or younger, who demonstrates exceptional leadership in the Federation’s annual Campaign, and encourages them to remain committed to this vital community.  The award was presented by the daughter of Amb. Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf, Dr. Nancy Wolf, who said to Sussman, “You are a strategic thinker, you lead with passion and enthusiasm, with a deep rooted commitment to upholding the values of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (making the world a better place), and with a genuine warmth and caring in the interactions you have with everyone you encounter.” Continue Reading Clifford Sussman Receives Jewish Federation’s Wolf Award for Exceptional Leadership…

Help Feed Hungry Children in Cleveland This Summer

May 19, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Posted in Press Releases | 1 Comment

This summer, volunteer with the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) and the Children’s Hunger Alliance to serve free, nutritious lunches to children in the city of Cleveland from June 13 – August 5.  The children rely on free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches throughout the school year, and in the summer they greatly depend on this program.  Last year, volunteers served approximately 17,500 meals in 8 weeks.

Lunches are served Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at various Cleveland Public Library sites.  Commit to the dates of your choice.  In addition to serving meals, opportunities will be available to play games, do puzzles and read with the children. Continue Reading Help Feed Hungry Children in Cleveland This Summer…

Jewish Federation of Cleveland Announces 2011 Campaign Results at Campaign Closing Event

May 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced at the campaign closing celebration on May 18 that the 2011 Campaign for Jewish Needs exceeded its goal of $27.8 million by raising $27,942,629.  The event, which was held at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, recognized the hundreds of volunteers who worked on the campaign, and the generosity of the community.  The evening also included the presentation of the Ambassador Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award to Cliff Sussman, a past chair of the Federation’s Young Leadership Division.

Gary Gross, 2011 Campaign for Jewish Needs Chair, is a partner in Gross Builders, and also will be the chair of the 2012 Campaign for Jewish Needs.  Michael Siegal is the Federation’s board chair.

The Federation partners with 14 local beneficiary agencies and four international humanitarian organizations to provide educational and social services to thousands in need in Cleveland, Israel and 70 countries around the world.  For more information about the Federation and its projects, visit

JFSA In Need of Help Delivering Meals

May 16, 2011 at 11:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

JFSA is looking for additional volunteers on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings to deliver hot meals to frail, elderly and disabled adults. Allow approx. 2 ½ hours to extend friendly greetings, deliver smiles and hot meals.  Must have a strong desire to help people and enjoy working with older adults.  Must be ambulatory and be able to lift boxes.  If interested please contact:  Sandra Lusher-Waterhouse, Manager of Volunteer Services, 216-378-3475,

Ice Cream Fundraiser To Support Campaign for Jewish Needs

May 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The weather is heating up, so cool off with a yummy treat from Ben and Jerry’s, and at the same time, help Jewish Family Service Association support Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Annual  “Campaign For Jewish Needs.”  ONE DAY ONLY- FRIDAY MAY 13TH.

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Approximately 1,000 Expected at Free, Family-friendly Community-wide Celebration of Israel’s 63rd Anniversary, Monday Evening, May 9

May 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

WHAT:  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, who are proudly from Cleveland’s partnership region in Beit Shean, Israel.  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.

WHO:  Approximately 1,000 Jewish community members are expected to attend.  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.

WHEN:  Monday, May 9, 2011,  6 – 9 p.m.

WHERE:The Park Synagogue – Main, 3300 Mayfield Road, Cleveland Heights

WHY:  The Jewish community comes together to honor those who have fallen defending the Jewish homeland and to celebrate Israel’s 63rd anniversary.

MORE:  Reservations are not required. For more information visit or call 216.593.2858.



– Jewish Federation of Cleveland –

Diller Teen Fellows/Ambassadors for Unity Program Accepting Applications

May 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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Are you going into the 10th or 11th grade? Looking for a unique Israel experience? Want to meet teens your age?

Apply now to the Diller Teen Fellows/Ambassadors for Unity Program. Deadline June 3, 2011.

Diller/AFU is a Cleveland-Beit Shean year-long partnership program for 10th and 11th graders. Throughout the program you can make a difference in your community while connecting with Jewish friends from around the world. For more information about Diller/AFU 2011/12 visit or view the following files: Announcement Flier, Overview, Schedule and Application. You may also contact Sonia Yungster at or 216.464.4050 ext. 133.

Charitable Tax Seminar for Professionals on June 2

May 4, 2011 at 11:50 am | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Professional Advisory Council is hosting the 39th annual Charitable Tax Seminar entitled, “Helping Your Clients Live Well Today & Plan for Tomorrow.”  Topics will include estate planning for today’s times, charitable planning and donor intent, understanding inheritance controversies, bond portfolios in a volatile fixed income market and a conversation on welcoming newcomers through the Global Cleveland Initiative.

The seminar is on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive, Beachwood.  Registration and a continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. (kosher dietary laws observed).  The program starts at 8:00 a.m., includes lunch with a speaker and concludes at 1:30 p.m.  Cost is $70 per person (not deductible for charitable tax purposes), which includes registration, seminar materials, certification as appropriate for 3.50 hours of presentations, breakfast and lunch.  There is no charge for summer and first-year associates.

Alan Gordon Lipson, CPA, MBA, J.D., Lipson Consulting, is the seminar chair.  Ellen E. Halfon, Esq., Counsel, Baker Hostetler, is the Professional Advisory Council chair.  Featured speakers include:

•    F. Scott B. Geneva, Esq., Partner, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

•    Louis B. Geneva, Esq., Of Counsel, Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis

•    Caprice H. Bragg, Esq., Senior Vice President for Gift Planning and Donor Relations, Cleveland Foundation

•    Alan D. Gross, Esq., Vice President, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

•    Marcia J. Wexberg, Esq., Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

•    David L. Drechsler, Esq., Partner in Charge of the Cleveland Office, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, Cleveland

•    Ronald F. Wayne, Esq., Partner, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, Cleveland

•    David W. Woodburn, Esq., Partner, Practice Group Leader for the Trusts and Estate Practice Group, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, Akron

•    Laura LaRosa Armstrong, First Vice President and Director of Fixed Income, Glenmede, Philadelphia

•    Elaine B. Eisner, J.D., Principal, Eisner Gohn Group

•    Kauser Razvi, President, Strategic Urban Solutions and Lead Consultant to Global Cleveland

The seminar is designed to assist accountants, attorneys, trust officers, and financial and insurance professionals in advising their clients on estate planning, tax and charitable issues, thereby benefiting both donors and charitable organizations.  Credits are confirmed for attorneys, accountants and certified financial planners.  The Federation has applied for continuing education credits for insurance professionals.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Professional Advisory Council provides educational seminars for Federation donors and professional advisors in an effort to help clients with charitable gift planning.

For more information or to register, go to or contact the Federation, 216.593.2860 or e-mail

— Jewish Federation of Cleveland —

“Mikvah Ladies” Receives Irene Zehman Volunteer Award at Jewish Federation of Cleveland Luncheon

May 4, 2011 at 11:45 am | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

The “Mikvah Ladies” received the Irene Zehman Volunteer Award at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland‘s annual Women’s Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  A mikvah is a spiritual purification and cleansing bath.  The “Mikvah Ladies,” Lee Apple, Sandy Berkowitz, Mina Saidel and Karen Wine, are volunteers who act as the shomeret (witness) during immersions at the Charlotte Goldberg Community Mikvah.  The Volunteer Award was established in 1980 in memory of Irene Zehman by her daughters, Judith Z. Sherman and Roslyn Z. Wolf, both of blessed memory.  The award recognizes a woman, a group of women, or a women’s organization whose efforts demonstrate the highest ideals and practices of volunteer service.

In addition to their assistance with immersions, the “Mikvah Ladies” also educate individuals and groups about the proper and meaningful uses of the mikvah, create a variety of ceremonies for women, and serve as informal friends, confidants and mothers for women using the mikvah.  In addition, all four of the women volunteer extensively throughout the community.

The Women’s Philanthropy Initiative of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland connects and involves women from throughout the community in the work of the Federation, prepares and promotes women into positions of leadership within the Federation and the community, and plays a leading role in supporting the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs and empowering women as philanthropists.

– Jewish Federation of Cleveland –

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