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!

What a night

June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Young Leadership Division (YLD) had a successful Summer Soiree last Thursday – over 250 young Clevelanders turned out to celebrate summer! Would you like to get involved with YLD? Contact us to find out more about opportunities to volunteer, socialize, educate and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Come soirée with us!

June 8, 2012 at 8:25 am | Posted in News, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

The party of the year is happening right here in Cleveland! Join the Young Leadership Division for our 4th annual Summer Soirée on Thursday, June 21 at 4:30pm at The Cleveland Racquet Club. Register online and to reserve your tickets now: See you there!

Federation through the eyes of the next generation

April 5, 2012 at 8:28 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

The 2011 Annual Report of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland is available online. See how our community’s young leaders are shaping Jewish Cleveland!

What’s the key to everything Jewish in Cleveland?

March 30, 2012 at 5:00 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Access Jewish ClevelandIt’s Access Jewish Cleveland – your go-to resource for information about Jewish organizations, programs, services and happenings in the Greater Cleveland Jewish community. Whether you use the website (, or use the personalized, confidential phone assistance (just call 216.292.4636) , Access Jewish Cleveland will help you access what you need, when you need it. Read more about the site in the Cleveland Jewish News, and  visit Access Jewish Cleveland today!

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.

Senator Rob Portman Remarks on Future of Israel

April 22, 2011 at 7:24 am | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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Senator Rob Portman

On Wednesday, April 13, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) delivered brief remarks at an open house hosted by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in our nation’s capital. The event allowed Portman to share his stance on Israel and other issues important to the Jewish community.

“Israel is a trusted ally of the United States in a region where steadfast friends are rare,” said Portman. “I believe it is in the strategic interest for the United States to remain an unshakable ally of Israel, and I look forward to working side by side with Joyce (Executive Director Joyce Garver Keller of the Ohio Jewish Communities) and groups like the Jewish Federation of Cleveland to ensure that happens.”

Last year, Portman had an opportunity to meet with both President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel to discuss the challenges of providing a safe nation in an area where security and safety are never taken for granted.  Senator Portman has been fully committed to a close and friendly relationship with Israel.

(Executive Director Joyce Garver Keller of the Ohio Jewish Communities)

10 Things You May Have Missed in 2010

April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment

Annual ReportWe may be well into 2011, but take a minute to look back at 2010 for a recap of everything the Jewish Federation was up to last year. The 2010 Annual Report is available online, and will be in the mail to donor households soon. Thanks for all you do to make Jewish Cleveland #1 in every way!

Celebrating Jewish Book Month 5771 with an Exhibit on the History of Jewish Printing and Publishing

November 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Posted in News, Press Releases, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment

The Jewish people has often been called People of the Book.  Through the ages, the written word has been the means to record and preserve our Jewish history and religious heritage.  Cleveland is fortunate to be home to the Aaron Garber Library at Siegal College, connecting the Jewish community with an extensive repository of our written tradition.  The library holdings comprise northern Ohio’s largest Judaica and Hebraica collection, encompassing the vast range of Jewish knowledge.

History of Printing DisplayDuring spring semester 2010, Marla Levine of the library staff, undertook the challenging task of identifying and describing the rare and special books in the Aaron Garber Library collection.  Upon inspection and continued review of these books, the staff was inspired to plan an exhibit to highlight some of these special treasures.
The Talmud
Since Daniel Bomberg (one of the first and most prominent Christian printers of Hebrew books) opened his printing house in Venice in the second decade of the 16th century, many illustrious printers and publishing enterprises have brought Jewish publications to the world.  Bomberg published the first complete edition of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds (1520-23). David de Caderousse of Avignon (c. 1398-1468) is the first known Jew associated with printing, even before the gentile Johann Gutenberg.  While these early editions are not on display, visitors will see significant works published in pre- Shoah Europe, Israel, the United States and other countries in the Diaspora.

In the planning process, the exhibit evolved into a journey through the history of Jewish printing and publishing, highlighting topics relating to publishing, the book industry, Jewish literature, printing, and the history of the book.  Also incorporated are books from the collections of The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, The Ohio State University Libraries, and Case Western Reserve University Special Collections Research Center.

Printed Book on DisplayThe items on display are grouped by topic, rather than chronology.  Each component of the display includes books or objects with a narrative piece to elucidate the grouping.

The items on display are but a small sampling of the rare and unique items owned by the Aaron Garber Library.  The exhibit provides just a taste of the topics related to Jewish printing and publishing.  We encourage visitors to pursue this subject further and invite you to start your research in the Aaron Garber Library. Inside the Library is a book display featuring a display which features books and other sources consulted to compile the research for the display.  Any member of the library staff would be happy to guide visitors through the available resources.

The exhibit includes many works published in pre-Shoah Europe in cities like Lvov, Warsaw, Vilna, Vienna and Berlin.The books on display include Hebrew titles such as the poetic narrative of Nahman Fishman, Sisra, published in Lemberg (Lvov), 1841, and a Hebrew translation of Theodor Herzl’s work on the First Zionist Congress, Ha-Kongres ha-Bazila’I, published in Warsaw, 1897.”
Megillah Scroll
The Aaron Garber library also owns a few exemplars of works published in other venues outside of Europe.  The exhibit includes a work from Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as one from Cape Town, South Africa.

Come view this memorable exhibit of treasured works, some dating back almost two centuries.  The display will continue through December 30th (incorporating Jewish Book Month 5771 and Hanukkah) in the Olyn and Joseph Horwitz Collection exhibit cases in the Siegal College foyer. The College building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm,  Monday through Thursday; 8:30 am to 3 pm, Friday.  (The building is closed November 25, 26, and December 24.)  Siegal College welcomes and encourages visitors to view and discover the diversity and depth of the Jewish written heritage.

Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Availability

July 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Posted in News | Leave a comment
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The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
July 06, 2010

Oval Office

12:38 P.M. EDT

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Well, I just completed an excellent one-on-one discussion with Prime Minister Netanyahu, and I want to welcome him back to the White House.

I want to, first of all, thank him for the wonderful statement that he made in honor of the Fourth of July, our Independence Day, when he was still in Israel.  And it marked just one more chapter in the extraordinary friendship between our two countries. Continue Reading Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Availability…

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