Postcards from Israel – Cleveland goes on Birthright!

January 3, 2013 at 9:55 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Hi Everyone!

The Cleveland Birthright trip has been amazing! It’s only the third full day here and the group (many of which traveled alone not knowing anyone prior) has meshed and bonded quickly – it’s been really great watching so many friendships form. Today we travelled to our Partnership region of Beit Shean. We were greeted with the words “Welcome Home” by Lior, Dror and Tomer (Lior was wearing his “CleveLAND that I Love t-shirt) for a morning bike ride through Beit Shean’s Spring Park. We saw the beautiful land and the kibbutz farm.

We then split into groups to spend some time at three homes – we were hosted by people from Ethiopia, Egypt and Iraq. The homes were lovely and the hospitality and warmth was incredible. Continue Reading Postcards from Israel – Cleveland goes on Birthright!…

Campaign dollars provide relief for teens under attack in Israel

November 21, 2012 at 8:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cleveland Federation volunteers (graduates of the Community Builders Program) welcome teenagers from the South

The settlements in the Valley of the Springs, which is part of our Partnership region of Beit Shean, are opening their doors and hearts to help young people from the South.  In addition to covering all accommodation costs, all tourism sites in the region are granting free admission to anyone from the Southern region.

Tonight, a wonderful cultural event for the guests was hosted in our Partnership region and volunteers from P2K came to the event to pass out refreshments to the teenagers from the South.

Our dollars from Cleveland helped bring these teenagers to the area and we also helped fund the evening’s activities. A banner was displayed reading “From Cleveland With Love for the residents of the South”

Our new Partnership Director, Dror Gershoni, wrote the following to us an hour ago:

“I’m writing to let you know that today I felt very proud to be part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Your commitment and immediate response to the needs of the residents of the South has been heartwarming. Due to your dedication, more than 200 teenagers, who constantly suffer from the stress of a routine of landing rockets from Gaza, were able to relax for 3 hours, disconnect from the pressure and worries and enjoy an amazing cultural show, in which they took an active part. 

Tonight, the dark open skies of Beit Shean/Valley of Springs region were shining as they lit the strong connection between the communities.

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…

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…

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…

IDF Seminar – Making a Difference

June 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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JULIE AUERBACH

Senior Associate, International Operations

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Just after the Campaign closed earlier this month, a seminar for officers associated with our IDF projects was convened in Israel. It marked the third seminar we’ve brought to commanders at Havat HaShomer and MAKAM (Center for the Advancement of Special Populations), and the first for those working with at-risk women in HAGAM and in SIBA, a special unit located at Havat HaShomer that works throughout the IDF to enable those in command positions to better understand the needs of at-risk youth. Continue Reading IDF Seminar – Making a Difference…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
5 Minutes with Jamie Ginsberg
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Who inspired you to launch this venture?

Seeing our local Jewish non-profit organizations spending money and time to reach a younger generation, without effectively using the social networking tools available.

Where will your venture be in a year?

Online!!! Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with David Franklin
Venture: Jews, Rock and Roll: Jewish America told through Music
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Who inspired you to launch this venture?

In speaking with Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I was inspired by his passion and respect for Judaism and deep understanding of the role Jews have played in Rock and Roll.

Where will your venture be in a year?

With start-up funding, we’ll begin the design and fabrication of the exhibit. Our design firm will build a prototype to help funders better visualize and understand the exhibit. We will have a fundraiser on January 8 in New York City. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!

May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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5 Minutes with Elana Averbach
Venture: KickStartLove

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What change do you hope to make?

I hope to offer Jewish organizations an effective solution to increasing youth engagement – speed dating parties that will connect singles and forge lasting relationships with Jewish institutions. Continue Reading PresenTense 2012 – Meet the Fellows!…

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