The results are in!

January 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

2011 Jewish Population StudyHow many Jews are there in Cleveland? The 2011 Greater Cleveland Jewish Population Study is complete, providing an updated reflection of our community. Get a look at the highlights, or take a more in-depth look at the study’s methodology. You can also find the press release, and download a high-resolution PDF for printing.

Cleveland remains a highly engaged Jewish community – after you look at the report, you can join the conversation online or by calling the study hotline at 216.593.2910. We look forward to hearing from you!

Browns’ Usama Young Kicks Off Program to Feed Hungry Children in Cleveland Over Winter Break

December 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Many children in the City of Cleveland who rely on school-based meals are at risk for going hungry during their two-week winter break.

To respond to this immediate crisis in our community, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, in partnership with the Children’s Hunger Alliance of Northeast Ohio, has organized a first of its kind Winter Break Lunch Program, which is providing free, hot, nutritious lunches for 200 children (ages 1-18) on each of the eight days of the program (totaling 1,600 lunches provided).

To kick-off the program, Cleveland Brown’s defensive back Usama Young visited one of the sites on Tuesday and provided winter coats to each of the children. Young, along with several teammates, including Josh Cribbs, Mike Adams, Buster Skrine, Eric Hagg and Quenton Spears, distributed the new coats, hats and gloves to the very happy children who attended the program. “I am excited to be able to help out and be a part of this. It’s all about improving things for these kids,” said Young.

Lunches are provided at four Cleveland sites, which were carefully selected to reach the highest number of children in need: each site is within two miles of a minimum of ten schools where 60 percent or more of the students rely on school-based meals. (One school has a student population with 100 percent dependence on school-based meals.) The sites participating in the Winter Break Lunch Program are: Golden Ciphers, Harvard Community Services Center, Nueva Luz and St. Malachi Center.

Along with the lunches, children will receive new winter clothing items and holiday gifts, and will be entertained with a variety of recreational activities.

According to Children’s Hunger Alliance Vice President of Regional Operations Debra Parmer: “One in four children in the City of Cleveland experience food insecurity—living with the constant fear of hunger. “ “This partnership enables us to reach hunger-vulnerable children during this especially difficult time in many of their lives, and provide not only nutritious hot lunches, but also warm clothing and enriching entertainment to brighten their days during the holiday season,” added Parmer.

Marci Moses, the Jewish Federation’s Winter Break Lunch Program Project Co-chair is an ardent believer in the need to make a difference now: “As Jews, we are focused on improving the world for all people. Every year at our Passover Seders, we recite, ‘Let all who are hungry come and eat.’ We take these words very seriously and believe it is our obligation to make sure that fewer children in our community go hungry.”

In this spirit, Roetzel & Andress and Fifth Third Bank have generously sponsored the program. Additionally, Roetzel & Andress employees raised money to purchase winter socks, hats and gloves for each child who comes for lunch.

This is not the first time that the Jewish Federation and Children’s Hunger Alliance have partnered to find innovative ways to help alleviate hunger in our community and raise awareness of this crisis facing so many everyday. Since 2009, the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) has worked with Children’s Hunger Alliance to deploy the hundreds of JVN volunteers to Cleveland Public Library sites for the Summer Lunch Program. The program, sponsored by the City of Cleveland Department of Public Works, provides lunches to children reliant on free or reduced-fee school meals who end up going without these resources during the summer months when school is not in session.

This past month, Federation and Children’s Hunger Alliance staff and volunteers teamed up with community members to take the Food Stamp Challenge (organized nationally by Fighting Poverty with Faith and co-chaired by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and National Council of Churches and Charities and includes over 50 national faith group partners), to better understand living on the average weekly food stamp budget of $31.50, and raise awareness of the need for the SNAP Program (formerly known as Food Stamps).

For more information about ways you can get involved, contact JVN Director Karen Steiger at or 216.593.2900, ext. 130.


Marci Moses and Eliana LeVine, Jewish Federation of Cleveland


  • Roetzel & Andress
  • Fifth Third Bank

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Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building receives LEED Gold certification

December 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

LEED Gold sealArchitecture and design firm Vocon helps Federation create sustainable community space

CLEVELAND (Dec. 13, 2011)—The Mandel Building of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland has been awarded Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. The LEED rating system is an internationally recognized benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. The Gold ranking certifies that the building, renovated in 2010, successfully employs a variety of sustainable measures that improve performance in key areas of human and environmental health.

“As we planned the renovation of the Federation’s new facility, our commitment to the environment was paramount in our decisions regarding the use of recycled materials, increasing energy and water efficiency,” said Michael Siegal, Jewish Federation of Cleveland board chair. “These are major components and considerations in achieving sustainability now and for the future. I am thrilled that our LEED certified Mandel Building brings to life a core value of our Federation.”

The interior design and renovation of the building was led by Vocon, a Cleveland based architecture and design firm that seeks to Continue Reading Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building receives LEED Gold certification…

Could You Live For A Week On A Food Stamp Budget?

December 13, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Posted in Food Stamp Challenge, Press Releases | Leave a comment

Food Stamp Challenge Participants Share Brown Bag Lunch and Conversation with SNAP Recipients at Children’s Hunger Alliance

Cleveland, OH––The Jewish Federation of Cleveland has organized a team of volunteers to take the Food Stamp Challenge and better understand what it’s like to live on the average weekly food stamp benefit of $31.50.

The group–primarily comprised of Federation volunteers and professionals–will meet with current SNAP recipients, including Tonya Martin-Penn (a mother of four, whose husband lost his job after a devastating car accident) at the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s midtown offices (3634 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio 44115) at noon on Wednesday, December 14.

Warren L. Wolfson, Chair of the Federation’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) is taking the Challenge this year. “The goal is Continue Reading Could You Live For A Week On A Food Stamp Budget?…

Celebrated Israeli Artist Michael Kovner to Speak at Jewish Federation’s Roe Green Gallery

November 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Cleveland, OH––Israeli landscape painter Michael Kovner will speak on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. at the Roe Green Gallery at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44122.

The Gallery Talk and Public Reception are free and open to all, and mark the public opening of the exhibition “Michael Kovner / The Landscape: Jerusalem and Beit Shean.”

Michael Kovner's Abu Tor

Meet the celebrated artist and hear first-hand about his work. View the stunning artwork included in this intimate collection of impressionistic and expressionistic original paintings and works on paper—many never before on public view—drawn from the artist’s Jerusalem studio and private collections. Kovner will share his love of the diverse Israeli landscape in this exhibition, which focuses on views of Jerusalem and areas surrounding Beit Shean, Cleveland’s sister city. Continue Reading Celebrated Israeli Artist Michael Kovner to Speak at Jewish Federation’s Roe Green Gallery…


October 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Nancy K. Levin of Pepper Pike became the fourth recipient of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Ruby Bass Challenge Award, at the Lion of Judah event on October 5. Lions of Judah are women who make individual gifts of $5,000 or more to the Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. The annual award, established in memory of Ruby Bass by her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Stephany Bass, and Stephany’s mother, Lenore Kessler, recognizes Ruby’s lifelong passion for and commitment to the Federation and the Women’s Campaign. Ruby recruited more Lions of Judah than any other campaigner in Federation history.  She said it was important to think of others and make a difference. Continue Reading NANCY K. LEVIN RECEIVES FOURTH ANNUAL RUBY BASS AWARD…

New Collaborative Announces $900,000 in Grants to Improve Women’s Health Care for Israel’s Most Vulnerable Minorities

August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

Cleveland, OH–The Collaborative for Healthy Women, a new collaboration between the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Healing Across the Divides, recently announced five grant awards to grassroots women’s healthcare groups in Israel totaling $900,000.

The grants, which are awarded for a three-year period with an annual renewal process contingent on performance and evaluation, will fund a diverse range of women’s health projects in Israel including Israeli-Jewish, Israeli-Arab and joint Israeli-Jewish and Arab groups. Additionally, the grantees will participate in Collaborative-coordinated workshops and receive individualized professional and organizational training. Continue Reading New Collaborative Announces $900,000 in Grants to Improve Women’s Health Care for Israel’s Most Vulnerable Minorities…

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

Undergraduate in Cleveland? Come Party!

June 29, 2011 at 11:37 am | Posted in Press Releases | 1 Comment

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is hosting a series of fun, friendly and affordable events for college students in Cleveland for the summer. Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship participant Molly Rzepka is busy organizing meet-ups and events at street fairs, concerts, plays, restaurants and other hip places. The goal is to help college students discover and experience Cleveland as a great place to live, work and play. To get connected, “like” the Facebook group “Undergraduate in Cleveland? Me Too! Let’s Party,” follow Molly on Twitter: “UndergradInCLE,” or e-mail

Volunteers to Help Beautify Hebrew Cultural Garden

June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Press Releases | Leave a comment

On Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 9-11 a.m., volunteers are invited to participate in Brunch & Bloom, an annual family-friendly event organized by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN). Volunteers will plant flowers, clean beds and restore the beauty of the Hebrew Cultural Garden, the Jewish community’s contribution to Cleveland’s Cultural Gardens. Kid-friendly activities will include garden activities and crafts for kids of all ages. Volunteers can register online at or by calling 216.593.2900, ext. 227.

The Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) provides meaningful direct service volunteer opportunities for the Jewish community to engage in the work of repairing the world – tikkun olam.

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