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To our friends &neighbors

When we take a look back at this year, we are filled with emotion. We have been able to support one another – our general community and our Jewish community members living around the corner and across the globe – because of you. Inside these pages, you will see what you have helped accomplish. It’s moving to think that with just one gift, your gift, we can do all of these things and more. That’s the power of a people and the strength of a community working together to make the world better. We are indeed stronger together. Thank you for your continued support. May we go from strength to strength.

Sincerely, Reneé Chelm Board Chair 2

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Stephen H. Hoffman President



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Dan was honored to chair our Campaign for Jewish Needs, the annual fundraising campaign that ensures our community’s vitality and vibrancy in the year ahead. Each year our community comes together to support nearly all Jewish organizations in the Cleveland area, the broader Cleveland community, and our national and international partners. This allows us the benefits of a robust Jewish life here in Cleveland, while helping strengthen the ties between Jews everywhere as we aspire to leave no community member behind. “Thank you to our community for making us stronger,” said Dan.



Together, we raised over $30 million to care for our local and global Jewish community.

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Over 11,000 donors made a gift to make a difference in Cleveland, Israel and 70 countries around the globe.


91 cents of every dollar goes directly to the community for priority programs and services.


OUR PARTNER AGENCIES One gift, your gift, is a gift to the whole community. Together with our partners, we are feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, caring for the elderly, educating youth, ensuring a Jewish future, bridging cultural divides and supporting Israel. Together, we do all of these things and more. On behalf of the people you help, and the community we share, thank you!



The Agnon School

Hillel at Kent State University

American Jewish Committee

Akiva High School

Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

Anti-Defamation League

Jewish Family Service Association


Bellefaire JCB Cleveland Hillel Foundation Fuchs Mizrachi School Gross Schechter Day School Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Hebrew Shelter Home

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage*

BBYO Jewish Council for Public Affairs

{ todah! { AROUND THE GLOBE American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)

Menorah Park Center for Senior Living

Jewish War Veterans

Overseas Connections Committee, Jewish Federation of Cleveland


JFNA’s National Alliance

World ORT

Ohio Valley Hillel Consortium

Ethiopian National Project

Mandel Jewish Community Center

*Candidacy status

THE SAFETY OF OUR MEET SCOTT COMMUNITY Scott’s children go to school here in Cleveland, a Jewish day school. They are his greatest treasure. When he says goodbye to them each morning, he gives them the biggest hugs. “I don’t know what each day will bring,” he told us. “I look at the turmoil in Europe and grow ever more concerned for their safety here. But, I know when change is needed, our community responds.” There has been an increase in school violence in America and anti-Semitic violence at European shuls and Jewish schools. Our Federation, our community, placed armed guards in our Jewish day schools to keep our children safe. “When my children go to school, they can focus on learning, growing, playing, and exploring without ever having concerns about safety entering their minds. I have peace of mind every day knowing that my children – our children – are protected and defended.” 2014 Annual Report



PJ OUR WAY This year, we introduced PJ Our Way, a pilot program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that allows 9 to 11 year olds to select and discuss free Jewish books among their peers in an online forum. Congratulations to the fourteen Clevelanders who were selected to represent our community nationally as book reviewers. PJ Our Way is an extension of the successful PJ Library® program, which is generously funded by Mort and Iris November in celebration of Debra Ann November’s life.


Since PJ Library® began in 2009, over 4,200 Cleveland children have received free Jewish books and CDs in the mail, building their Jewish libraries and strengthening their Jewish connection.


According to our recent population study, 38% of Jewish Cleveland married households are interfaith and 25,000 people who consider themselves interfaith want to feel connected to their Jewish roots but not all do. That’s why we partnered with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) to launch jHUB, a central resource for connecting interfaith families to each other and to Jewish Cleveland through social gatherings, holiday experiences, and Jewish learning in an open and non-judgmental environment – because we want every family to feel welcome in our community.

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We sent out an invitation to the community in early 2015 asking for interested interfaith families to register for Seder in a Box, a gift of all the items someone needs to celebrate Passover in their home. Within the first 24 hours, 101 people responded yes!

JEWISH VOLUNTEERS REACH OUT Working with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), The Rainey Institute, and United Way of Greater Cleveland, we partnered to launch the Wraparound Services Initiative at Case Elementary School this year, where many students struggle to succeed academically. They also might not have enough to eat or a safe place to call home. In response, we provided financial assistance and incorporated the expertise of volunteer tutors working with our Public Education Initiative (PEI), which is the largest literacy tutoring program in the CMSD schools. We recognized that we needed to do more than just tutor these students, we needed to give full support, also known as wraparound support, which includes academic support, family engagement, enrichment programming, access to social services, plus medical, dental, and mental health services.

Our volunteer mentorship program, Public Education Initiative (PEI), helped 300+ K-12 students in eight Cleveland schools learn to read this year.

The future strength of the Jewish community in Cleveland is interwoven with the future strength of the City of Cleveland. The future depends on us.

We partnered with the Cleveland Food Bank to combat hunger. During our Winter Break Lunch Program, when school was closed, we served nearly 700 hot lunches to local school kids who may not have enough to eat.


This year, over 1,500 volunteers participated in programs related to hunger, poverty, and literacy through our Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN). 2014 Annual Report




Today’s Jewish camper is tomorrow’s Jewish leader, which is why Jewish philanthropists Michael and Anita Siegal are investing in the next generation and endowing a Jewish summer camp program: it’s important to the future of the Jewish community.

connection to Jewish life and culture and they have developed new friendships that will last their lifetimes. These connections, to people and community, are transformational. For example, 7 out of 10 young Jewish leaders went to Jewish summer camp.

Working with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Siegal’s $1.25 million dollar endowment established The Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program, with the goal to recruit Jewish children to overnight camp who might not attend without incentive.

To date, nearly 50% of Cleveland families who participated in an incentive program may not have attended Jewish summer camp otherwise, but, believed their participation “very positively” affected their families overall connection to the Jewish community. One mother reported, “This is the best chance for my kids to feel connected to the Jewish community of Cleveland.”

“Anita and I are both committed to sustaining and growing a vibrant Jewish community in North America,” said Michael Siegal, who is current Board Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and former Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Research shows that when children return home from Jewish summer camp they have a deepened

Over 3,600 local students received financial aid to attend preschool, day school, summer camp, or college. 8

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71% of national Jewish community young leaders attended Jewish overnight summer camp.

The Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program is a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and operates in partnership with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and Foundation for Jewish Camp.

With our support, 6,700 young people enjoy Jewish summer camp, at home and around the globe, making Jewish connections that last a lifetime.

LEADERSHIP, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT SERIES (LEADS) Our Young Leadership Division (YLD) offers an innovative program called LEADS for 21-45 year olds, to help improve professional and volunteer leadership skills by working with senior leaders. Today, 50% of YLD board members are former LEADS participants, and two-thirds of participants said building connections was the most valuable part of the program. Young Jewish Cleveland is thriving.

MANDEL COURSE FOR ADVANCED LEADERSHIP (MCAL) Marc was a successful professional and involved lay leader when he was invited to participate in the newly revamped Mandel Course for Advanced Leadership (MCAL), a prestigious program designed to develop a community of skillful and collaborative lay leaders with the vision to create a vibrant Jewish future for Cleveland. “Looking through a Jewish lens, I gained exciting new perspective into lay leadership,” said Marc. Into the future, graduates like Marc will capably lead Jewish organizations with confidence, credibility and integrity. MCAL PARTICIPANTS:

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CLARIFY personal purpose and vision for their leadership and articulate their role as a lay leader in a vibrant Jewish Cleveland BUILD a supportive learning community and develop meaningful connections with other exceptional Jewish leaders GAIN advanced leadership skills and tools to strengthen their work as lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community


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THE IMPACT OF PROGRAMS LIKE ONWARD ISRAEL MEET TIA We met Tia two years ago when she was a Cleveland Hillel Foundation intern with our marketing department. That’s when she learned about our program, I-Connect which connects young Clevelanders to Israel travel experiences. The following summer, thanks to our partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), she became one of our Cleveland Onward Israel participants and spent eight amazing weeks as a design intern in Tel Aviv. “I was there during the war and connected with Israel more deeply than I could have ever imagined,” said Tia. But, when she returned home to Cleveland, something was different. “For the first time, I felt out of place and unwelcome on my college campus. I attend Ohio University and tensions were high after the student body president started spreading the message Boycott Israel. Suddenly, there was a lot of hate speech. And I was uncomfortable.” Tia could not sit back. “I was prepared to stand up on campus because I wanted to stand up for the country that had made such a big impact on my life.” She talked about the real people of Israel with others on her college campus. She said, “I remember when the first siren went off and we all gathered in the hallway for safety. Our madrich (counselor), Roni, said she grew up in southern Israel and lived with rockets and sirens since she was born. We were all nervous and scared while she was comforting us. ‘Everything is going to be okay,’ she told us. And I felt the strength of Israel. I felt the courage of Israel. And I felt part of Israel.” In just one year, we helped send approximately 45,000 young adults from across the country and around the world to Israel, deepening individual connections to our shared Jewish heritage and homeland. These young people are the voice of the next generation, sharing our Jewish pride among their peers today and into the future.


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MAKING POWERFUL, PERSONAL CONNECTIONS When Mayaan was a young boy, living near our sister city of Beit Shean, he never dreamed one day he would be teaching young kids in Cleveland, Ohio about life in Israel. He didn’t have any friends growing up. He would stay home instead of playing with other kids his age. Then, in 5th grade his teacher signed him up for the Cleveland-sponsored program Youth Futures and a 24 year old woman named Susana became his mentor. “For the first time, I had someone to talk to,” he said. "Susana changed my life. Because of Youth Futures, I am not afraid to make friends."

In just 10 years, 300,000+ women have benefited from our Israel Health Advancement for Women (ISHA) program, which provides pioneering solutions for marginalized and underserved women in Israel.

In 8th grade, he had the courage to participate in an exchange program with the Agnon School; in 11th grade he participated in Ambassadors for Unity. And then he became a shin shin – an Israeli emmisary, working with kids in our community. Each year, we invite Israelis to join us in Cleveland, building personal connections. “Today, I have friends all over the world – in Cleveland and in Israel,” he said. His advice to kids is, “Don’t be afraid. Go at your own pace and you will do something great.”


We fund a program with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) called Parents and Children Together (PACT), a literacy program for EthiopianIsraeli children that has reduced the kindergarten repeat rate from 48% to 2%.

In one year alone, 400 Youth Futures staff members worked with 12,000 students and their families in 35 communities across Israel. 2014 Annual Report


THE MEMORIAL Heartbroken, we joined together in unity to mourn the loss of innocent life. We planned a gathering for Monday evening, to pray that the three boys who had been kidnapped in Israel would come home to their families. It was June 30. None of us will forget that day. About 11 a.m. we heard that Naftali, Eyal and Gilad had been found. But they were not alive. We sat for a moment, together, and cried. Then we mobilized and quickly changed the content of our program into a deeply moving memorial service shared with nearly 800 of our community members. The crowd was so large we spilled from the Mandel JCC’s Stonehill Auditorium onto the lawn outside where a second memorial was held. May their memories forever be a blessing.


THE RALLY This summer, we rallied together in support of Israel. We were steadfast: Israel has a right to defend itself. Israel has a right to exist. Our Jewish homeland was under attack and we would not sit idly by while our brothers and sisters suffered. Over 2,000 Clevelanders stood shoulder to shoulder for a Solidarity Rally. We applauded the words of remarkable speakers while holding up “I LOVE ISRAEL” signs and waving our blue and white flags in the air. And together we sang HaTikva, making a promise to Israel that we would never give up. When our national system, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) called on us to give financial support, we responded – immediately sending over $1 million from generous community donations. We helped our international partners reach thousands of children and elderly living in harm’s way. 12

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82,000 children living in harm’s way were provided with respite and relief in a time of terror

24,000 Israelis living under constant rocket attack received therapy and trauma care

WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY. 2014 Annual Report



In times of crisis, our Endowment Fund resources are used to make emergency grants to assist victims of natural and economic disasters. We are proud to be able to help people in need during times of crisis, no matter who or where they are. We help people in Cleveland, in any state across our nation, or any country across our world. When there is a crisis you can count on us.



After violence erupted in the Ukraine, the Endeberrya family’s home was bombed. “We were not home, we were fortunate,” said 68 yearold, Viktor whose 3-year-old grandson lives with him. The explosion killed their dog and destroyed their home. “We left the city, dressed as we were,” he said. They traveled to a densely populated city where our Cleveland community helped provide for their basic needs. During a time of crisis, these services are paramount, but with an estimated 70,000 Ukrainian Jews living well below the poverty level, support is vital year-round. Working with the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), we give both help and hope to families like Viktor’s.



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“I was born and raised in Sderot, Israel which has been under rocket attack from Gaza for more than a decade. It’s an interesting life we have here, a frightening one, with routines built around dealing with a complex situation,” said Tamar, a 28 year old victim of terror who is now helping others. After a rocket exploded her childhood home, our Cleveland community’s support changed Tamar’s young life. We helped her pay for Elbaum treatments, an alternative therapy. “It was so helpful I decided to learn how to become an Elbaum therapist myself. I work with children and adults who have learning disabilities or difficulty functioning,” she said. “I’m proud to be giving back!” And, this summer, Tamar put her training to use when children living in Southern Israel needed her specialized help, she was there for them – because we were there for her.


We are one of the largest grantmakers in Ohio. This year, we made over 6,600 grants totaling over $212 million to Jewish and general causes.


Partnering with other Federations around the country, we sent over $1.4 million toward the total contributed by our national system to aid victims of terror in Ukraine, Israel, and most recently, France.


100% of proceeds from emergency fundraising go directly to relief efforts led by our national and international partners.

FRANCE It was just this year that Jennifer and her husband Randy decided to move their family of four to France for a stay of twelve months. “It was devastating to hear the news of the horrific events that took place at Charlie Hebdo magazine and then the cold blooded murder of the French police officer, but when I heard about the hostages being taken at the kosher market, I cannot explain the mixture of fear, grief, and violation I felt,” she said. For the first time since she arrived in Paris, she thought about coming home but felt compelled to attend the international rally with her daughter, because of its historical significance. They got off the metro, filled beyond capacity, and were met with throngs of people as far as the eye could see.


“Tears welled up in my eyes when I saw a family holding a French flag, carrying signs that said ‘Je Suis Juif (I am Jewish),’ and wearing kippot. I turned to my daughter and said, ‘I know you don’t understand this right now, but we are here not only defending democracy and free speech, but we are standing up for that family right there (pointing to the family I had just seen) because we are Jews and they are Jews and that is what our people do. No matter if it’s in the United States or Israel or France, we take care of our community when they are in need. Today, Paris Jews need us!’ I hope it is etched into my daughter’s mind forever because NOUS SOMMES JUIFS-WE ARE JEWISH!” Jennifer and her family are just a few of the hundreds of people who helped contribute to the emergency fund for French Jews. We should never feel alone, no matter where we live, we are one.

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HONORING OUR AGING HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS MEET SYDNEY Every week, Sydney visits an elderly woman in her home. “She’s a survivor and she’s been through a lot,” shared Sydney. “She only leaves her house for doctor’s appointments. She doesn’t feel confident to be out in the world. She’s homebound basically.” This is the case for many of the 1,100 Holocaust survivors living in our community. They face poverty, loneliness, and depression; but, they are important members of our community. We must not forget them. Working as a volunteer, through our partner Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA), Sydney tries to help her feel less isolated. They talk about what life was like and she seems grateful that her past is appreciated. As Sydney puts it, she brings a little bit of sunshine, a little hello. “You think as a volunteer you’re giving to someone else but you get back so much more. It’s empowering to be with her – what she’s been through and she doesn’t complain. She always says, ‘and this is good too. And this is good too.’”

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19% of Jewish households reported they are living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Through our volunteer and donor support, we aspire to leave no community member behind.

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This year, we provided over 80,000 free or subsidized meals to people in need, of all ages locally. And, we provided over 13,000 seniors with food, medicine, and home care locally and globally.


We connect with homebound elderly, who sometimes eat just one nutritious meal a day. Our volunteers deliver food and conversation to our most vulnerable population even when government programs do not.



When we met Arthur, he was happy. His hair was combed and his clothes were washed. His apartment was clean and his table was set for dinner. Arthur said he wasn’t always like this. He was a double-leg amputee in a wheelchair, living in a walk-up apartment building in the remote town of Murmansk, Russia (that’s a 22 hour train ride from the nearest city of St. Petersburg). When Arthur’s wife died, he felt completely alone in the world and he couldn’t even get out of bed to start his day. And, then, our Cleveland community rallied around him and changed his life forever. We support a vital program called Chesed, which cares for people like Arthur. They sent a home care aide named Genia to make sure he was safe, happy and cared for. For tens of thousands of destitute seniors and families across the former Soviet Union, we provide essentials like food, medicine and homecare. Now, Arthur says, “Maybe one day she will marry me!”


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our highest civic honor

THOMAS W. ADLER AND THE GREATER CLEVELAND FOOD BANK Through exemplary leadership, philanthropy and service to the community, both Tom Adler and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank have made transformative contributions to the world we share. Ruby Bass Award SALLY H. WERTHEIM Honoring Ruby Bass’ (z’I”) lifelong passion for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and her commitment to the Women’s Campaign, Sally epitomizes Campaign volunteerism, dedication to our organization, and sets an example for all women. Gries Family Award MARCIA W. LEVINE Recognizing exemplary individuals who, through top leadership positions, make a lasting impact on organizations within the Jewish and general communities, Marcia’s extraordinary leadership has made a tremendous impact on both the Jewish and general communities of Cleveland. Irene Zehman Volunteer Award CHANNAH APPEL Recognizing women whose efforts on behalf of the Cleveland Jewish community demonstrate the highest ideals and practices of volunteer service, Channah’s one-woman operation provides clothing, household goods, furniture, and more to Jewish families in need. Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Leadership Award ANDREW ZELMAN Honoring outstanding young individuals who have demonstrated commitment, involvement, and leadership within Cleveland’s Jewish community, Andrew leads by example, as a volunteer at the local and national level. Amb. Milton A. and Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award DR. MARGARET RICHARDS FRANKEL Recognizing young Campaigners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in Campaign activities and deep commitment to our community, Margaret reflects the high ideals and devoted service exemplified by the Wolf family.

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Thank you

to our sponsors

Because of you, people’s lives are better and our community is stronger. Thank you for your sponsorship of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. We are stronger together.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s endowment funds, donor advised funds and supporting foundations, combined with the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs and Centennial Initiative for Jewish Cleveland fundraising, make the Federation one of Ohio’s largest grantmaking organizations — with more than $212 million allocated from all sources in the 2014 fiscal year.


Federation and local beneficiary agencies and services 11.9% $25,401,957 Overseas Jewish agencies and services 5.6% $11,869,499

Gold Sponsors

Other agencies and services for Jewish purposes 48.5% $102,895,745 Northeast Ohio and educational organizations 21.0% $44,657,036 Charitable organizations outside Northeast Ohio 11.9% $25,202,064 National Jewish agencies 1.1% $2,294,105

SOURCE OF GRANTS Silver Sponsors

Supporting foundations* 68.8% Annual Campaign allocations 13.4% Donor advised funds* 14.9% Endowment funds* 1.9%

Bronze Sponsors

Centennial Initiative for Jewish Cleveland 1.0% * Does not include grants to the Campaign for Jewish Needs


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Total Grantmaking from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Local agencies and services Agnon School, The Akiva High School Bellefaire JCB Centrally Administered Funds (audit, insurance, retirement, security) Cleveland Hillel Foundation Fuchs Mizrachi School Fund for the Jewish Future (supports family and informal education, teacher training and Israel programs) Gross Schechter Day School Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Hebrew Shelter Home Hillel at Kent State University Holocaust Survivor Initiative Jewish Federation of Cleveland (programs and services) Jewish Education Center of Cleveland Jewish Family Service Association Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (in candidacy status) Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Montefiore Siegal College of Judaic Studies (including funding for CWRU Siegal Adult Jewish Lifelong Learning)

TOTAL 1,117,680 131,700 1,175,921 60,000 751,084 955,931 3,674,515 1,598,597 3,459,632 123,009 142,347 603,816 1,408,262 1,350,755 4,292,318 746,270 2,014,323 686,400 602,934 506,463



From the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs for fiscal year 7/1/14 - 6/30/15

From donor advised and special purpose funds, supporting foundations, the Endowment Fund and Centennial Initiative for fiscal year 7/1/13 - 6/30/14

485,175 131,700 1,104,355 60,000 616,722 474,791 3,149,515 394,384 1,216,269 83,711 90,247 -1,408,262 1,122,422 2,561,015 220,000 1,898,175 415,235 338,567 500,000

632,505 -71,566 -134,362 481,140 525,000 1,204,213 2,243,363 39,298 52,100 603,816 -228,333 1,731,303 526,270 116,148 271,165 264,367 6,463













103,225 72,220 541,518 30,458 8,500 2,100 1,338,446

57,000 54,500 42,000 10,000 6,000 2,100 477,700

46,225 17,720 499,518 20,458 2,500 -860,746







Other grants for Jewish purposes Includes local synagogues, local and national Jewish organizations meeting educational and humanitarian needs, and international organizations that serve Jewish communities in need.








Northeastern Ohio charitable and educational organizations serving the general community.








Charitable organizations outside Northeastern Ohio serving the general community.







SUBTOTAL Overseas agencies and services Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) provides assistance to those in need and translates Jewish values into action on behalf of millions of Jews worldwide. Works in close partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Also supports Cleveland’s Partnership 2000 program in Beit Shean, and the Valley of Springs, the Ronald S. Lauder JDC camp in Szarvas, Hungary, and summer camps for children in the former Soviet Union. Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Overseas Programs, under the direction of the Overseas Connections Committee, links Jews in Cleveland with Jews around the world. Programs include: Parents and Children Together (PACT) for Ethiopian-Israelis; Israel Health Advancement for Women (ISHA), advancing women’s health in Israel; IDF Education Corps Projects and the Havat HaShomer army base for at-risk young men and women; I-Connect, increasing the number of young adults from Cleveland experiencing Israel; Partnership 2000, connecting Jews in Cleveland and Beit Shean, Israel; Bridge to the Future, a community change organization in Beit Shean, Israel; Jordan/Cross-Border Initiative, connecting Jordanians and Israelis; and the Cleveland/ St. Petersburg Partnership for community-building programs in St. Petersburg, Russia and Jewish identity programs in six towns in its periphery. SUBTOTAL National agencies American Jewish Committee Anti-Defamation League B’nai B’rith/BBYO Hadassah Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jewish War Veterans National Alliance: American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Association of Jewish Family Services, BBYO, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, JCC Association, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), and National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry. Ohio Valley Hillel Consortium SUBTOTAL

GRAND TOTAL * The Fund for the Jewish Future is a partnership of communal agencies, synagogues and schools that develops and implements programs to dramatically enhance our community’s Jewish educational system. The Fund is administered by the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland and received an allocation from the 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs to support teacher training, enhanced technology, and educational opportunities for students, including those who have special needs. The Fund also provides local synagogues with more than $1 million in educational programs and services.

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Includes United Way Services (UWS) grant of $1,822,077. UWS supports Bellefaire, JFSA, Mandel JCC and the Federation. Includes Centennial Initiative grants. Includes grants to organizations that are also funded by the National Alliance of Jewish Federations of North America. Represents amount approved from the Federation Endowment Fund in a prior year for the Fund for the Jewish Future. From the annual Campaign after deducting fundraising cost of under 10 percent, one of the lowest overhead costs of any charitable organization in Ohio.

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Federation Staff As of December 2014

2014 Board of Trustees

Stephen H. Hoffman, President


Fiscal Barry Reis, Sr. Vice President and CFO Sheila Allenick, Director Annette Banks Kari Blumenthal Development Team Heather Colbert-Eckert Hedy Milgrom, Vice Debbie Duval President, Chief Herzl Ginsburg Development Officer Alan D. Gross, Vice President Paul Feinberg Michelle Golan Abbie Levin, Nancy Hoffner Assistant Vice President Bonnie Huston Shelley Milin Marcus, Faye Matitia Assistant Vice President Kellie Mirabile Todd Polikoff, Director Cindy Morrissey Terry Amon Sharon Newman Karen Baker Katie Palus Jessie Bruder Kathy Roeder Caroline Brunet Manya Smilovich R. Michael Cole Irina Temkin Ellen Fishman Elaine Thomas Ann Garson Howard Wolf Lisa Hacker Alan Wood Leora Hoenig Nancy Kaleal Information Systems Matthew Kaliff Daniel Strom, Director Elizabeth Klein Paul Gajowski Joyce Lisiewski Allen Roth Linda McFarland Michael Walton Francesca Parente Williams Tal Rothstein International, Community Janet Schwartz Shapiro and Government Relations Jennifer Schwarz Oren Baratz, Vice President Christine Sebrasky Amy Kaplan, Assistant Vice Renée Tyler President Carol Wolf Jessica Cohen, Director Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Director Donor Service Operations Danielle Asif Center Julie Auerbach Allison Levine, Director Mirit Balkan Rosie Brown Debbie Klein Caitlin Ford Sally Levine Chris Jacobs Jackie Reed Jill Jacobson Susie Turiel Diane Kopac Rima Melman Mandel Center for Laura Steinberg Leadership Excellence (Human Resources Development) Tami Caplan, Vice President Naomi Fein Diane Fistek Lisa Lebowitz Jill Pupa Administration Erika Rudin-Luria, Vice President Tammy Rubin

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Marketing & Communications Dahlia Fisher, Director Nichole Avramovich Tracy Bergen Mike Kostechak Sylvia Owen Rebecca Stolarsky Jennifer Stuart Lesch Bryan Thomas Ali Yares Debra Yasinow Operations Barbara Jakobowski Grant Fish Ron Hale Judy Joffe Laura Sue Mirabile John Mirabile Planning, Allocations & Community Service Dayan Gross, Assistant Vice President Cathy Weiss, Director Rabbi Akiva Feinstein Shelley Fishbach Jayme Honigman Stephanie Kahn Marla Kassoff Pat Keating Rabbi Alan Lettofsky Sharon Levey Ellen Miller Lakshmi Eastman Nebel Kelly Sperber Rubanenko Dana Scott Rabbi Edward Sukol Security Oren Baratz, Vice President James Hartnett, Director Walter Augustyn George Majernik David Moughan Paul Mazzola Charles Muckley Brady Rieman Volunteer Center (PEI, JVN) Ethan Goodman Susan Hyman Jessica Semel Jeanne Shatten

Board Chair, Reneé Chelm Vice Chairs: Gary L. Gross, J. David Heller, Judge Dan A. Polster, Beth Rosenberg, Enid Rosenberg Treasurer, Randall J. Korach • Associate Treasurer, Zev Weiss • President, Stephen H. Hoffman Executive Committee Thomas W. Adler • Eric E. Bell • Beth Wain Brandon • Cheryl L. Davis • Jeffrey S. Davis • Margaret Richards Frankel Richard M. Glaser • Gerald W. Goldberg • Robert Goldberg • Suri Goldman • Bruce H. Goodman Henry J. Goodman • Harley I. Gross • Michelle Hirsch • Michael J. Horvitz • Richard Horvitz • Sara Hurand Suellen Kadis • Robert Mendy Klein • Morton L. Mandel • Albert B. Ratner • Charles A. Ratner Betty Rosskamm • Susan E. Rubin • Bradley A. Sherman • Michael D. Siegal • Erica G. Starrfield • Neil R. Waxman Sally H. Wertheim • Judy Klein Willensky • Timothy F. Wuliger • Dara G. Yanowitz • Daniel N. Zelman

TRUSTEES Hedy Adler Trish Adler Vlad Agranovich Linda Barnett Jules Belkin Rabbi Binyamin Blau Marc Blaushild Barnett N. Bookatz Susan R. Borison Lynne M. Cohen Nan Cohen Philip M. Cohen Bruce Daskal Reuven D. Dessler Grant N. Dinner Fran Doris Leslie D. Dunn Barry Feldman Ronald A. Fisher vic gelb* Adrienne Goldberg Jordan A. Goldberg Larry P. Goldberg* Alan D. Gottlieb

Rabbi Melvin Granatstein Roe Green Steven G. Greenberg Andrea Kanter Grodin Rochelle Gross Rubin Guttman Michael J. Haas David G. Heiman Rachel E. Heiser William H. Heller* Kathryn Wertheim Hexter Susan R. Hurwitz Robert A. Immerman M. Orry Jacobs Amir Jaffa Ilana Isakov Katz Terri Kline S. Lee Kohrman* Jeffrey L. Korach Jennifer L. Korach Charlotte R. Kramer* Marc C. Krantz, z”l Andrew Lefkowitz Eliana LeVine

Larry A. Mack Louis J. Malcmacher Milton Maltz* Tamar Maltz* Barbara A. Mandel* Joseph C. Mandel* Martin H. Marcus Steven P. Marsh Peter Meisel Susan Meisel David P. Miller Samuel H. Miller* Stephen A. Monto David M. Neumann Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk Elmer I. Paull* Shari L. Perlmuter Roman Petroff Keith Polster Robert S. Reitman* Michael A. Ritter Carol Rivchun Peter Rzepka* Evie Safran*


Bradley J. Schlang Kyla Epstein Schneider Paula R. Schwartz Michael Shames Alvin A. Siegal Harvey A. Siegel Scott M. Simon Michal Soclof James C. Spira David J. Strauss Jeanne Tobin Judith Weiss* Morry Weiss* Marcia J. Wexberg Adam L. Wieder Danielle J. Wild Idelle K. Wolf Nancy G. Wolf Sandra Wuliger Donna Yanowitz* Elissa W. Zagura

* Trustee for Life

George N. Aronoff • Jordan C. Band, z”l • Richard Bogomolny • Robert D. Deitz • Morton G. Epstein Leonard Fuchs • Peggy Garson • Lois K. Goodman • Robert D. Gries • Aileen Kassen • Marvin L. Lader Elaine Rocker • Barbara S. Rosenthal • Edwin M. Roth • Gordon H. Safran • Harold S. Stern • Norman Wain Philip Wasserstrom • Jerome A. Weinberger

STANDING COMMITTEES ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE Distributes resources from the Campaign for Jewish Needs, balancing local, national and overseas needs; helps to identify immediate and long-term issues which the community and/or individual agencies need to address; helps ensure that funds from the Campaign for Jewish Needs are used effectively and efficiently Dara G. Yanowitz, Chair Louis J. Bloomfield, Capital Repair & Replacement Sara Hurand, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Overseas Kevin Margolis, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Education Agencies Gary Weiss, Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Human Services Judge Dan A. Polster, National Agencies Liaison Team COMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Studies and plans for community needs Bruce H. Goodman, Chair Kerry Chelm, Jewish Community Housing, Inc. Randall J. Korach, Older Adult Study Advisory Committee Irwin M. Lowenstein, Facilities Planning Mark C. Siegel, Bonei Atid COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE Implements public affairs agenda Cheryl L. Davis, Chair David Millstone, Bradley J. Schlang, Vice-Chairs DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Oversees all fundraising activities Susan E. Rubin, Chair Tom Adler, Bob Reitman, Marcia Wexberg, Sandy Wuliger, Co-Chairs, Create Your Jewish Legacy Nan Cohen, Women’s Philanthropy Matthew F. Kadish, Professional Advisory Council Margaret Richards Frankel, Young Leadership Division Daniel N. Zelman, Campaign for Jewish Needs General Chair ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE Recommends funding for community programming and emergency needs Jeffrey S. Davis, Chair Hallie H. Abrams, Foundation Advisory Council Harold E. Friedman, Donor Advised Fund Advisory

ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE Manages investment of endowment and capital funds Gerald W. Goldberg, Chair Denise Farkas, Subcommittee on Charitable Trusts HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Provides guidance and oversight of the recruitment, development, and placement of qualified professional and lay leadership Bradley A. Sherman, Chair Susan R. Hurwitz, Gary S. Shamis, Mandel Course for Advanced Leadership Jeanne Tobin, ALeRT (Agency Leadership Roundtable) Stanley E. Wertheim, Gries Award Committee MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Establishes marketing agenda and oversees communications activities Erica G. Starrfield, Chair Kyla Epstein Schneider, Annual Meeting OVERSEAS CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE Conceives and manages projects that connect Jews in Cleveland with Jews in Israel and around the world Neil R. Waxman, Chair Lynne M. Cohen, PACT (Parents and Children Together) Subcommittee Barry S. Feldman, Cleveland/St. Petersburg Partnership William H. Heller, I-Connect Susan Meisel, IDF Education Corps Subcommittee Judge Dan A. Polster, Jordan Cross-Border Initiative Subcommittee Karen Rutman-Weiss, ONAD (Overseas Needs Assessment and Distribution Subcommittee) Shmuel Shkop, ICC (Israeli Cleveland Community) Subcommittee Michal Soclof, Cleveland/Beit Shean Partnership Subcommittee Nancy G. Wolf, ISHA (Israel Health Advancement for Women) Subcommittee STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE Responsible for the creation, implementation, oversight and revision of the Strategic Plan Judy Klein Willensky, Chair

ADMINISTRATIVE Keith Libman, Chair AGNON-COLLEGE BUILDING OPERATIONS David J. Goodman, Chair AUDIT Richard M. Glaser, Chair CASH Stephen A. Monto, Chair CHARLES EISENMAN AWARD Reneé Chelm, Chair COMMISSION ON CEMETERY PRESERVATION David B. Orlean, President Ari H. Jaffe, Vice President EXECUTIVE Reneé Chelm, Chair JEWISH VOLUNTEER NETWORK Amy Wain Garnitz, Chair NOMINATING Judy Klein Willensky, Chair PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS Reneé Chelm, Chair PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE Nancy J. Glick, Chair REAL ESTATE Steven Soclof, Chair RETIREMENT FUND Ronald S. Gross, Chair RISK MANAGEMENT Roy Minoff, Chair

2014 Committees The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s activities are conducted by committees of volunteers in partnership with professional staff. Committee and subcommittee chairs are listed at left. Please contact them or the Federation for more information about participating in Federation activities or other volunteer opportunities at affiliated organizations. JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND • Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44122 phone: 216-593-2900 toll-free: 888-467-1125 e-mail: fax: 216-593-2901

SECURITY Barnett N. Bookatz, Co-Chair TECHNOLOGY Joseph B. Compton, Chair

2014 Annual Report


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CREATING UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS Year round, we bring world class Israeli arts and culture to Cleveland through our Cleveland Israel Arts Connection working with the finest local arts organizations and institutions. Each year, approximately 9,000 people from diverse backgrounds will explore the beauty of Israel and Jewish life through dance, music, film, theater, visual arts and literature. This year, we were wowed by the Nalalga’at Deaf-Blind Theater of Tel Aviv, a unique acting troupe that gives deaf-blind people the opportunity to express themselves while promoting tolerance, respect, and co-existence.


Our Most Memorable Moments

Because the actors could not hear or see the audience, we were asked to use a touch on the arm or a squeeze of the hand to say thank you when invited onto the stage to share bread they had baked during the show. A powerful interaction!

2014 annual report  
2014 annual report  

Our Year's Most Memorable Moments