JFC Mission to St. Petersburg, Russia October 10 – 17th – Back Story to Cleveland’s Engagement

August 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Posted in St. Petersburg, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Guest post by Neil Waxman

Until the late 1700’s, Russia generally prohibited Jews from living within its boundaries, but suddenly found itself the “beneficiary” of over 1,000,000 Jews upon the annexation of Poland. From that period until recent times, Russian policy toward its Jews has vacillated between assimilation, discrimination, and isolation, compounded by 4 years of Nazi assault on the Pale of Settlement, bringing desecration and mass execution.

St.Petersburg, Synagogue-School-photography by Zbigniew Kosc©1992

With the deterioration of Communism in the late 80’s, the world got its first real glimpse of the remnants of Judaism in the Former Soviet Union (FSU): what we found when the curtain lifted was over 2,000,000 Jews.  Ironically the Russian government’s obsession with keeping census data for all citizens of Jewish decent turned out to be a blessing, Continue Reading JFC Mission to St. Petersburg, Russia October 10 – 17th – Back Story to Cleveland’s Engagement…

To Saint Petersburg… with Love!

August 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Posted in St. Petersburg | Leave a comment

Guest post by Neil Waxman

Catherine Palace in Pushkin Near St. Petersburg, RussiaBe a Witness to History: join me for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland (JFC) Mission to St Petersburg, Russia October 10 – 17th.  Rising from the ashes of over 200 years of Czarist and Communist religious oppression including the 900 day Siege of Leningrad by the Nazi’s, St. Petersburg has experienced an unparalleled, modern day renewal of Jewish life, with the support and guidance of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Continue Reading To Saint Petersburg… with Love!…

Women Meeting Women, Forging Connections – Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Professional Women’s Mission to Israel

August 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Stories from Israel | Leave a comment

This past June, 12 women from Cleveland’s Jewish community participated in the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s first Professional Women’s Mission to Israel. The week-long trip was the first mission from Cleveland to bring professional women together. The itinerary included visits with Israeli professional women such as Ester Levanon, CEO of the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and also several cultural excursions.

While visiting Israel’s Supreme Court building, the women gained a taste of the complexity of Israeli life. Sitting in briefly on a Supreme Court hearing, the group learned of a five-year-old boy living in the Gaza strip who wanted to visit his father in the West Bank, a domestic situation showcasing the political complexities of Israeli life. The group of women was well suited to the tour and subsequent discussion. Top professionals in their field, entrepreneurs and executives, the twelve women engaged with the subject material directly and thoughtfully. Continue Reading Women Meeting Women, Forging Connections – Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Professional Women’s Mission to Israel…

Jewish Federation of Cleveland staff team volunteers for the Community Kitchen – Summer Food Service Program.

August 14, 2012 at 10:45 am | Posted in Volunteer | Leave a comment

“Hunger strikes at the core of a person’s dignity.” This statement, mentioned in an introductory video at the Cleveland Foodbank resonated with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland ICG staff team who volunteered last week at the Community Kitchen – Summer Food Service Program.Image

Helping the poor and feeding those who are hungry is an important Jewish value that has its roots in the book of Leviticus. (19:9-10)

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the corners of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. Continue Reading Jewish Federation of Cleveland staff team volunteers for the Community Kitchen – Summer Food Service Program….

Shalom from Onward Israel! – A blog post from Sam Stulberg

August 3, 2012 at 10:56 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blog Post Week of July 19 – 25, 2012

Image Thursday started early in the morning, like most Thursday’s.  After congregating outside of Beit Leni the group piled into the bus and, as we have become accustom to doing, quickly fell asleep for the bus ride to the north. After what seemed like 15 minutess of sleep on the bus, which turned out to actually be  a couple hours later, we arrived at a place in the Galilee called Kishorit.  After a short introduction video and talk about what Kishorit does we received a tour of the grounds.

Before going into what happened on our tour I want to take a little bit of time to highlight what Kishorit does.  Kishorit is a community that is dedicated to serving Israeli adults with special needs. Continue Reading Shalom from Onward Israel! – A blog post from Sam Stulberg…

Shalom from Onward Israel! – A blog post from Sam Stulberg

August 3, 2012 at 10:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Blog Post Week of July 19 – 25, 2012

Image Thursday started early in the morning, like most Thursday’s.  After congregating outside of Beit Leni the group piled into the bus and, as we have become accustom to doing, quickly fell asleep for the bus ride to the north. After what seemed like 15 minutess of sleep on the bus, which turned out to actually be  a couple hours later, we arrived at a place in the Galilee called Kishorit.  After a short introduction video and talk about what Kishorit does we received a tour of the grounds. Continue Reading Shalom from Onward Israel! – A blog post from Sam Stulberg…

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