Light overpowers darkness
his is a difﬁcult time for Jews around the world. Acts of hate aimed at our people are on the rise. Some are merely criminal, others are appallingly heinous, but all have severe and long-lasting consequences. They ripple through our communities, creating a sometimes inescapable sense of insecurity. Such is the vile nature of anti-Semitism. On Shabbat morning, Oct. 27, our neighbors in Pittsburgh suffered the worst act of anti-Semitism carried out on American soil. We continue to grieve for the victims of the massacre at Tree of Life Congregation, and we continue to keep in our prayers their families and the Squirrel Hill community. We will never forget. During times of such tragedy and sorrow, it is important – and can help the healing – to remember the good, celebrate the positive and invite in the light to overpower the darkness. There are so many local organizations and institutions within Jewish Cleveland – and all of Northeast Ohio – that work every day to do just that. You’ll ﬁnd many of them inside this issue of SOURCE. And also, inside, you’ll ﬁnd our repurposed proﬁles of the 2018 class of the Cleveland Jewish News 18 Difference Makers. When we introduced the 18 Difference Makers four years ago, we intended for it to be a way to acknowledge acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (charity) happening in our community. It’s done just that, and this year, we’re especially grateful we can celebrate those acts of kindness. On Nov. 18, more than 400 from our community gathered at Landerhaven in Mayﬁeld Heights for an evening ﬁlled with nothing but that positive, celebratory light to honor some of our community’s brightest and most inspiring leaders. It is these unselﬁsh, generous and caring acts of leadership taking place here in Northeast Ohio that serve as a celebration for all Jews – and non-Jews – working to strengthen and better our community. When you read, maybe for the second time, the 18 Difference Makers’ stories – and those of Roe Green, Judge Dan Aaron Polster and the Stein family, all recipients of our
annual awards – you will undoubtedly be as inspired as we were when we selected them to represent all that is good within us. These individuals positively impact our community – as have those in past classes of 18 Difference Makers. This year, however, in the wake of such sadness, it felt especially rewarding to celebrate their accomplishments and be reminded of the good and vital work people do to make a difference.
Kevin S. Adelstein President, Publisher & CEO Cleveland Jewish Publication Company
During times of such tragedy and sorrow, it is important – and can help the healing – to remember the good, celebrate the positive and invite in the light to overpower the darkness. Excerpts of this column ﬁrst appeared in the Nov. 16 issue of the Cleveland Jewish News To read the CJN’s extensive coverage of the Tree of Life Congregation tragedy, visit cjn.org/strongerthanhate
8 SOURCE 2019
Annual guide to Jewish living in Northeast Ohio