Cleveland-Area Leaders to Mentor Israeli Future Civic Professionals with a Focus on Economic Development

July 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Press Releases, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cleveland, OH–– From July 22 through 29, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland will host seven young Israelis. Part of Atidim: Cadets for the Public Sector, they represent a national Israeli organization that develops human resources to help close the socioeconomic gaps affecting the Israeli geographic periphery and disadvantaged communities. Atidim (Hebrew for “futures”) successfully creates life-changing opportunities for positive long-term impact on civic leadership.

Since 2005 when a multi-city three-week U.S. component was added to the curriculum, Cleveland has had an important role in the Atidim program. Over the past six years, nearly 100 cadets have spent an intensive week meeting Greater Cleveland civic and community leaders, through an itinerary planned by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, coordinating partner.

This year’s schedule features dynamic meetings with key Cleveland-area civic, cultural and economic leaders. Each day features a different focus on Greater Cleveland’s economic development initiatives: Downtown Cleveland Arts and Entertainment; Suburban Entrepreneurship, Cooperation and Innovation; and County and Neighborhood Development.

Cleveland-highlighted visits to include:

  • Art Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Tom Adler, past Chairman, Playhouse Square Foundation, for an understanding of real estate development as a support for the arts;
  • Ari Maron of MRN Limited, touring recent and upcoming city projects;
  • Albert Ratner, Co-Chairman Emeritus of Forest City Enterprises, Inc., glimpsing the Casino;
  • Panel discussion with Mayors Earl Leiken, Shaker Heights; Kathy Mulcahy, Orange; Georgine Welo, South Euclid and Susan Drucker, Solon;
  • Global Cleveland Initiative: perspective and overview with Councilman Joe Cimperman, Bobby Goldberg, Alan Schonberg, Michael Siegal and Kauser Razvi;
  • Innovation through a public/private partnership at Shaker Launch House with founders and managing partners Todd Goldstein and Sam Krichevsky;
  • Cuyahoga County Council Committee meeting with Councilwoman Sunny Simon and others;
  • Jim Anderson, CEO, Evergreen Cooperative Laundry that arose out of community needs; and
  • Cleveland Clinic and Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center, medicine as a tool for economic development.

The cadets follow a special course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. With majors in law, economics, business, accounting and political science, they receive intensive experience in theoretical public administration, leadership skill development. First-hand experience is developed through internships in Israeli civil service, including government ministries, legal authorities and municipal councils. Upon completion of their degrees, all students commit to work at least five years in the Israeli public sector.

Public opportunity to meet the cadets:

Atidim Cadet Libby Maman will talk about “Israel’s Image Abroad and its Future” on Sat., July 23 at 8:45 a.m., (during Shabbat morning services) at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124. For more information visit:

– Jewish Federation of Cleveland –


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