Jewish Family Center “Adain Lo” awarded the inaugural Roderman Prize in Disability

July 30, 2012 at 11:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jewish Family Center “Adain Lo” has been awarded the inaugural Roderman Prize in Disability that “recognizes the best in inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities.” This is the first year in which this prize is bring presented, and hereafter it will be awarded annually to 10 organizations that represent the best in inclusion and promotion of public awareness for Jews with disabilities in Israel and throughout the Diaspora. The award includes a $20,000 grant to support its ongoing work in this field.Image

Jewish Family Center Adain Lo in St. Petersburg, Russia, is among the largest provider of Jewish programs for children and families in the city. The center’s model of Jewish education with pluralism, a holistic approach to the family, creativity, independence and self-sufficiency is being studied by organizations in Israel and the U.S. The Center was among the first in Russia to hire people with disabilities, and is a vocal advocate on this topic. Continue Reading Jewish Family Center “Adain Lo” awarded the inaugural Roderman Prize in Disability…

Building community across the world

July 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Stories from Beit She'an | Leave a comment

Almost 200 Clevelanders have traveled to our sister city of Beit Shean! Young adults on the Birthright trip and the Onward Israel internship program, congregational trips from The Temple-Tifereth Israel, The Park Synagogue, and a variety of individual travelers have all had the opportunity for meaningful involvement in our partner community. Read their stories.

Federation Collecting Donations for Bulgaria Terror Victims

July 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Action Alerts | Leave a comment
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Smoke rising from the terror attack in BulgariaThe Fund for the Victims of Terror, operated by The Jewish Agency for Israel and made possible by contributions to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Jewish Federations across North America, will provide financial assistance to Israelis wounded in the attack in Bulgaria and to the families of those killed.

Bulgarian authorities have now established that a suicide bomber, carrying an apparently fake U.S. passport, blew up a bus carrying newly arrived Israeli tourists, outside the airport of the resort city of Burgas. Six Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian bus driver were killed in the attack, as was the suicide bomber.

A team of Israeli doctors and first responders, led by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Dir.-Gen. Prof. Gabriel Barbash, along with Foreign Affairs Ministry professionals and security personnel flew directly to Burgas following the attack and an extended team from Israel a few hours later. Shortly afterwards, Israel Air Force Hercules transport planes airlifted 32 of the wounded Israelis back to Israel. Another plane load of the injured will be flown back to Israel later today. An additional three Israeli victims in critical condition will remain hospitalized in Bulgaria.

The Fund for the Victims of Terror, established in 2002, provides financial assistance to victims of terror in Israel. Since its establishment, the fund — which is sustained by contributions from Jewish Federations, philanthropic foundations and donors around the world — has enabled The Jewish Agency to provide thousands of terror victims and their families with assistance at a scope of more than NIS 100 million.

Contributions to the Fund for Victims of Terror may be made online, by calling 216-593-2846, or by check, made payable to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and sent to:

Jewish Federation of Cleveland
P.O. Box 74320
Cleveland, OH  44194-4320

Shalom from Onward Israel

July 20, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Stories from Israel | Leave a comment
Onward, Interns!

Clevelanders joined a gleaning project and picked over 2,400 onions, that will be able to feed over 400 hungry families.

Clevelanders are having some amazing experiences as part of their Onward Israel summer internship program! They are engaged in cultural immersion projects and volunteer opportunities, and building their professional resumes with a wide range of work placements. Below are two powerful testimonials from current participants – find out how Onward can be a life-changer! You can also find out more about the many different options for young people to connect to Israel. Continue Reading Shalom from Onward Israel…

Attention, high school juniors and seniors!

July 9, 2012 at 11:26 am | Posted in Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

Applications are now being accepted from 11th and 12th graders for the Saltzman Youth Panel. The Maurice Saltzman Youth Grant Program of the Jewish Federation was established in the spring of 1998  in memory of the late Maurice Saltzman, who cared deeply about educating the next generation of Jewish community leadership. Each year, a new Saltzman Youth Panel makes decisions to allocate funds to worthy organizations – 85% of which are awarded to programs serving the Jewish community (see the story on last year’s panel). Through this process, the participants learn about philanthropy and community needs. Download the application form and FAQ sheet. The deadline for applications is September 4th. Call program coordinator, Ann Garson, with any questions at 216.593.2814 or e-mail

Your passport is ready

July 6, 2012 at 8:23 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Federation’s Overseas Connections Committee involves volunteers in cutting-edge projects to build and strengthen the worldwide Jewish community. With our newest publication you can find out more about our international programs and how to get involved – take the journey!

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