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.

Among the grants were $7,500 to the Hebrew Shelter Home for kosher meals for the homeless and victims of domestic violence; $5,000 for health training for Ethiopian teenage girls in Israel, a program run by the Jewish Agency for Israel; and $2,500 to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center for Apple iPads with speech, language and literacy applications.

Prior to the Board of Trustees meeting, panel members and their families gathered for a reception to celebrate their accomplishments.  Federation President Stephen H. Hoffman congratulated the group for their successful collaboration and philanthropic spirit.  Panelists commented on how much they learned about community needs, vulnerable populations, evaluation of grant proposals and the struggle of limited resources mandating the prioritization of needs.

Panel members, selected through a competitive application process, met seven times throughout the school year.  They created a Request for Proposals, reviewed grant applications, learned about consensus decision-making and, in the end, had a tremendous impact on programs which improve the lives of others.

For information about submitting nominations or obtaining an application for the 2011/2012 Saltzman Youth Panel, contact program coordinator Ann Garson at or 216.593.2814 (application deadline September 6, 2011).

The Maurice Saltzman Youth Grant Program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland was established in the spring of 1998 through a generous gift from Shirley Saltzman and her family in memory of the late Maurice Saltzman.  The program perpetuates the goals of Maurice Saltzman, a past president of the Jewish Federation, who cared deeply about educating the next generation of Jewish community leadership.  Each year, a new Saltzman Youth Panel makes decisions to allocate $50,000 to worthy organizations – 85% of which are awarded to programs serving the Jewish community.  The other 15% is awarded to non-profit programs serving the general community.  Through this process the participants learn about the philanthropic process and responding to community needs.


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