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INSPIRATION 365 DAYS PER YEAR YOUR DOLLARS ARE HELPING CHANGE AND SAVE LIVES IN CLEVELAND, ISRAEL, AND 70 COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE.
2016 ANNUAL REPORT
A MESSAGE FROM GARY L. GROSS AND STEPHEN H. HOFFMAN 2
To our friends and neighbors, Your generosity is at the center of our Jewish community – a community of engaged people, supportive organizations, respected institutions, religious values, historic traditions, cultural events, fresh ideas, and a welcoming atmosphere. Jewish Cleveland is a special place to call home. With your support, we reach people when they need us most – whether they live in Cleveland, Israel or 70 countries around the globe. Your impact is far reaching. Inside these pages, you will read just a few of the ways you have helped change and save lives this year. Because of you, people’s lives are getting better and our community is getting stronger, as we aspire to leave no community member behind. Thank you for helping create a better world for all of us.
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As of December 31, 2016
STEPHEN H. HOFFMAN, PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION
Erika Rudin-Luria, Senior Vice President Tammy Rubin
Hedy Milgrom, Senior Vice President, CDO Alan D. Gross, Vice President Abbie Levin, Vice President Shelley Milin Marcus, Assistant Vice President Ann Garson, Managing Director Carol Wolf, Managing Director Terry Amon Karen G. Baker Jessie Bruder R. Michael Cole Ellen Fishman Lisa Hacker Leora Lanzola Leah Markowicz Matthew Newman Nancy Kaleal Matthew Kaliff Elizabeth Klein Joyce Lisiewski Linda McFarland Francesca Parente Williams Caryn Schuster Janet Schwartz Shapiro Jennifer Schwarz Christine Sebrasky Reneé Tyler
DONOR SERVICE OPERATIONS CENTER Allison Levine, Managing Director Rosie Brown Caitlin Ford Chris Jacobs Jill Jacobson Diane Kopac Rima Melman Laura Steinberg
Barry Reis, Senior Vice President, CFO Sheila Allenick, Asst. Vice President Annette Banks Kari Blumenthal Brett Cochran Heather Colbert-Eckert Debbie Duval Paul Feinberg Michelle Golan Estie Heifetz Nancy Hoffner Bonnie Huston Zulmarie Maldonado Faye Matitia Kellie Mirabile Sharon Newman Katie Palus Kathy Roeder Manya Smilovich Irina Temkin Elaine Thomas Howard Wolf Alan Wood Ira Young
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT MANDEL CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE Tami Caplan, Vice President Naomi Fein Diane Fistek Lisa Lebowitz Jill Pupa Barbara Wade
Daniel Strom, CIO, Managing Director Paul Gajowski Allen Roth Kavya Suram Michael Walton
INTERNATIONAL, COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Oren Baratz, Senior Vice President Amy Kaplan, Assistant Vice President Jessica Cohen, Managing Director Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Managing Director Mirit Balkan Toby Holub Ayelet Isaac Debbie Klein Sally Levine Jackie Reed Tal Rothstein Kelly Sperber Rubanenko
Helping Plan for Our Community’s Future: IMPACT! Volunteer Initiative Launches for Baby Boomers
Caring for Our Most Vulnerable: The Cleveland Chesed Center Opens to Feed Local Jews in Need
Leaving a Legacy for the Next Generation: $1 Million Legacy Gift Benefits Homeless Women and Children
Protecting Our Community: Federation Becomes First Faith-Based Organization to Perform Homeland Security Training
Supporting Israel: Celebration Marks 20-Year Partnership with City of Beit Shean
Grant Fish Ron Hale Judy Joffe Naomi Landis Laura Sue Mirabile John Mirable
Ensuring Our Jewish Future: Young Leaders Connect to their Jewish Roots on Weinberg Mission to Israel
Giving to Our Campaign for Jewish Needs: A Young Man’s Voice Represents the Thousands We Reach
PLANNING, ALLOCATIONS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Our Beneficiary Agencies
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Dahlia Fisher, Managing Director Nichole Avramovich Sean Benjamin Tracy Bergen Steve Chupnick Rebecca Golsky Amy Jindra Mike Kostechak Sylvia Owen Bryan Thomas Debra S. Yasinow
Lakshmi Eastman Nebel, Managing Director Rabbi Akiva Feinstein Shelley Fishbach Melanie Halvorson Jayme Honigman Stephanie Kahn Pat Keating Tarah King Rabbi Alan Lettofsky Bethany Levy Ellen Miller Anna Novik Aviva Roland Ali Schwartz Dana Scott Rabbi Edward Sukol Holly Zager
James Hartnett, Director Al Buckley George Majernik Paul Mazzola David Moughan Brady Rieman Scott Safenovitz John Senn Chad Thompson
VOLUNTEER CENTER (PEI & JVN) Susan Hyman Jessica Semel Jeanne Shatten Zachary Zippert
Total Grantmaking from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Thank You to Our Sponsors
2016 Board of Trustees
2016 Standing Committees
2016 Volunteer Leadership Award Winners
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THANK YOU FOR HELPING PLAN FOR OUR COMMUNITYâ€™S
IMPACT! VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE LAUNCHES FOR BABY BOOMERS IMPACT!, which stands for “Individuals Making Powerful Active Contributions Together,” is an initiative of the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network, a one-stop shop for connecting Jewish Clevelanders age 50+ to meaningful and rewarding volunteer experiences in Cleveland and beyond. Our recent Population Study found that nearly one-third of Jewish Clevelanders were born between 1946-1964. We reached out to this large community demographic to ask about their needs and aspirations for next steps in their lives.
EACH YEAR, 1,500+ VOLUNTEERS PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMS RELATED TO HUNGER, POVERTY, AND LITERACY THROUGH OUR JEWISH VOLUNTEER NETWORK.
What did we learn? Adults age 50+ said they were looking to help the community, connect with like-minded individuals through social programming, use their professional skills and talents to aid others in need, learn new skills through workshops and certification courses, and travel to do good for others outside of Cleveland. We wanted to help make that happen.
OUR VOLUNTEER MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, PUBLIC EDUCATION INTIATIVE (PEI) IS THE LARGEST LITERACY TUTORING PROGRAM IN THE CLEVELAND METROPOLITAN SCHOOL DISTRICT (CMSD), HELPING 200+ K-12 STUDENTS IN 7 CLEVELAND SCHOOLS LEARN TO READ EACH YEAR.
Over 400 Jewish Clevelanders age 50+ attended the IMPACT! Initiative launch event in 2016, which has since matched hundreds of new volunteers with volunteer opportunities in our Jewish and general community, making our whole community stronger.
Bonnie Marks, who chairs the IMPACT! Initiative said, “As Baby Boomers, we can make meaningful contributions in our Jewish and general community through important hands-on volunteering. Our capacity to do good is limitless.”
WE SHARE THE LIGHT OF CHANUKAH EACH YEAR, COLLECTING AND DISTRIBUTING AS MANY AS 2,000 GIFTS FOR OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY’S NEEDIEST CHILDREN, THROUGH CHANUKAH IN A BASKET.
THANK YOU FOR CARING FOR OUR MOST
Jewish Cleveland women sort food items for the Chesed Center during a Womenâ€™s Philanthropy POW! event.
THE CLEVELAND CHESED CENTER OPENS TO FEED LOCAL JEWS IN NEED Our recent Population Study showed that 19% of Cleveland Jewish households live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Based on the research, the Federation founded a Task Force on Financial Distress, chaired by Bruce Goodman. Their recommendation: Establish a food pantry, a Chesed Center. Chesed, for kindness. A report from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and Feeding America stated that Cleveland Heights is one of the three Cleveland suburbs most likely to have residents seeking referrals to food pantries; yet, there were not enough food pantries to serve that needy population.
We wanted to change that. We wanted to help our struggling community members. Why? Because we aspire to leave no community member behind. In collaboration with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, we identified a neighborhood in Cleveland Heights with an underserved population. And, in partnership with exceptional community stakeholders, we opened the Cleveland Chesed Center this year. A member agency of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, the Chesed Center is addressing food insecurity in our community by distributing kosher food to families at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. The center also provides furniture, clothing, and personal care items to families in need. This work is life-changing. And, it’s because of you. Thank you for helping care for our community’s most vulnerable.
THIS WORK IS LIFE-CHANGING. AND, IT’S BECAUSE OF YOU.
THIS YEAR, WE PROVIDED OVER 80,000 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 CONNECTED WITH HOMEBOUND ELDERLY, WHO SOMETIMES EAT ONLY ONE NUTRITIOUS MEAL A DAY. OUR VOLUNTEERS DELIVERED FOOD AND CONVERSATION TO OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION EVEN WHEN GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DO NOT.
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.
THANK YOU FOR LEAVING A
legacy for the next generation $1 MILLION LEGACY GIFT BENEFITS HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN Many have heard of the Federation-supported program, Hebrew Shelter Home, but, few know of its location. This community’s well-kept secret comes at a price: if donors can’t see the shelter, it’s hard to raise funds to support it. Lois Davis set out to change that. “In order to ensure the safety of the Hebrew Shelter Home, donors cannot visit, nor can they meet the recipients of the Home’s services, making it difficult to spread the word about the needs and raise necessary funds,” said Davis. In an effort to reduce the need for annual fundraising and ensure Hebrew Shelter Home would be around for years to come, Davis 8
established a $1 million endowment fund named the Lois J. and Larry Davis Family Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Managed and administered by Federation’s partner agency, JFSA, Hebrew Shelter Home provides temporary shelter in a kosher home for women and children in the Jewish community facing homelessness and domestic violence. It’s a Jewish Cleveland safe-haven and one that Davis has been supporting for decades. Davis became involved with the Hebrew Shelter Home in 2003 when she was asked to support physical improvements to the property in its former Cleveland Heights location. When Davis learned of the Home’s conditions, she offered to make a more substantial gift to build a newer, safer, and more comfortable Hebrew Shelter Home with the hopes that others would follow her lead.
Since 2008, more than 300 individuals have found safety and support at Hebrew Shelter Home. JFSA staff helps the resident women and children heal from trauma and connect them to appropriate social services as they begin to build safe and independent lives. “This is a transformational gift that will provide support for the most vulnerable women and children in our community for years to come,” said Grant Dinner, then Board Chair of Hebrew Shelter Home. “We are grateful for Lois’ desire to lead by example.”
WE ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST GRANTMAKERS IN NORTHEAST OHIO. THIS YEAR, WE MADE OVER 7,100 GRANTS, TOTALING OVER $128 MILLION TO JEWISH AND GENERAL CAUSES.
Lois Davis with her husband, Larry, of blessed memory, in the mid-1990s.
WE WERE THE FIRST FEDERATION IN THE COUNTRY TO CREATE AN ENDOWMENT FUND. TODAY, WE HAVE ONE OF THE LEADING PROGRAMS IN NORTH AMERICA.
IN TIMES OF CRISIS, RESOURCES ARE USED TO MAKE EMERGENCY GRANTS TO ASSIST VICTIMS OF NATURAL DISASTERS AND TERROR ATTACKS, AND FOR HUMANITARIAN AID IN THE UNITED STATES, ISRAEL, AND AROUND THE WORLD.
ORIGINALLY CREATED AS A SAFETY NET, ENDOWMENT FUND RESOURCES ARE USED FOR THE COMMUNITY’S BENEFIT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE SUPPORT INNOVATION, DEVELOPING NEW IDEAS, AND GROUNDBREAKING PROGRAMMING.
ENDOWMENT FUND GIFTS REPRESENT A COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF OUR JEWISH COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE SECURITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING OUR
FEDERATION BECOMES FIRST FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION TO PERFORM HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING This year, our Federation became the nation’s first faith-based institution to hold a Department of Homeland Security simulation exercise, establishing our training as a potential model for others. This first-of-its-kind training was organized by our Federation, in cooperation with the Secure Community Network (SCN), which is the first national non-profit dedicated to protecting the American Jewish community through homeland security initiatives.
Notably, SCN was created by Cleveland Federation president, Steve Hoffman, when
he was “on loan” for three years as CEO of our national system, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). SCN’s main function is to provide rapid information sharing in crisis situations and enhance security awareness at Jewish organizations and institutions to protect against terrorism and other threats. Locally, Federation supports security needs for Cleveland’s Cleveland’s Jewish institutions. Together, they worked with Department of Homeland Security, FBI, local law enforcement, and area emergency responders to simulate what would happen in the event of an active shooter incident. Federation staff and community partners were also present, in addition to security directors from other Federations who came to learn from the comprehensive exercise.
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“We facilitated interactions between the many entities called to respond during an emergency event so that we can be better prepared in times of crisis,” said Bart Bookatz, then Chair of the Security Committee. Our Federation has pushed to expand security at our building, as well as throughout Jewish Cleveland. “Four years ago, we hired staff dedicated to security,” said Oren Baratz, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for the Federation. “Since then, we haven’t stopped working to enhance security.” Thank you to all the brave men and women who keep us safe every day.
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Eight Jewish Day School sites have armed security guards protecting and defending students and teachers, allowing them to focus on learning and growing.
Two mobile patrol units staffed by licensed security guards provide visibility of security across our Jewish Cleveland community, deterring potential threats.
Twelve area police departments conducted safety and security trainings in partnership with our local schools, synagogues, and agencies preparing us in how to respond in times of crisis.
One hundred and twenty five police officers have participated in cultural awareness opportunities to help them gain a better understanding of the Jewish community and our unique security needs.
We were the nation’s first faith-based institution to hold a Department of Homeland Security simulation exercise, establishing our training as a potential model for others.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING
CELEBRATION MARKS 20-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH SISTER CITY OF BEIT SHEAN
High School Choir, a theater performance by Playmakers Youth Theatre, stunning images from local photographers, plus speeches by public officials, including honoring of past chairs.
A historic celebration marked Jewish Clevelandâ€™s 20-year partnership with our sister city of Beit Shean and Valley of Springs, Israel.
By bringing Israelis to Cleveland, the Federation provides Clevelanders with the opportunity to build a connection to Israel without leaving home.
The event, Celebrate our Partnership, explored the incredible impact Cleveland has had on our sister city and how residents from both communities have created personal, powerful bonds. Event guests experienced that connection through live music by Federation-supported programs like HaZamir: The International Jewish
In recent years, entrepreneurial cooks from the Beit Shean region joined us in Cleveland. Federation-supported programing in Beit Shean aims to improve community life through skill-building initiatives to help the people of Beit Shean build businesses in the hospitality
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industry and turn the region into a tourist destination. Over 400 local guests sampled the cooks’ ethnic foods while learning about Beit Shean’s diversity and multi-culturalism. Shin Shins (Israeli Emissaries) from Beit Shean have come to Cleveland to teach about life in Israel at schools and community centers. “I always knew when Yuval visited my daughter’s pre-school,” said one young mom. “She would come home asking when we would fly on a plane to Israel.” Just as young people from Beit Shean visit Cleveland, young Jewish Clevelanders learn about and visit Beit Shean through Federationsupported programs like israel.cleveland.next, educating high school students about Israeli culture and society.
transformative. Many volunteers elect to teach English to Israeli students. Helping at-risk youth and their families succeed in Beit Shean is a Federation focus. Through Youth Futures, nearly 200 children and their families are mentored each year and given tools to make positive changes in their lives. “We have helped empower the people of Beit Shean and Valley of Springs to transform their own lives,” said Bobby Goldberg, the founding Chair of the Beit Shean Subcommittee. “The relationship we’ve built is very meaningful and has evolved and grown over time. Our involvement in Beit Shean has done as much for Clevelanders as it has for people in Beit Shean.”
Each year an estimated 500 to 600 Clevelanders travel to Israel and visit Beit Shean on their own or through Federation-supported programs, missions, and volunteer travel experiences. Baby Boomers have a unique opportunity to volunteer with Federation-supported programs in Israel through Volunteer Beit Shean, where they immerse themselves in Israeli life while volunteering in the community and enjoying home hospitality. The experience can be
THE RELATIONSHIP WE’VE BUILT IS VERY MEANINGFUL.
500+ CLEVELANDERS VISIT BEIT SHEAN EVERY YEAR, CREATING PERSONAL CONNECTIONS WITH ISRAEL.
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, 200 AT-RISK BEIT SHEAN CHILDREN ARE MENTORED EACH YEAR.
WE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF ENGLISH TEACHERS IN BEIT SHEAN SCHOOLS BY 30%.
WE HELPED IMPROVE THE LOCAL ECONOMY BY EMPOWERING ENTREPRENEURS TO LAUNCH NEW TOURIST ATTRACTIONS.
WE EMPOWERED COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, HELPING MAKE BEIT SHEAN “VOLUNTEER CITY OF THE YEAR.”
EACH YEAR, YOUNG ADULTS FROM BEIT SHEAN COME TO CLEVELAND AND SHARE ISRAELI CULTURE WITH US.
THANK YOU FOR ENSURING OUR JEWISH
YOUNG LEADERS CONNECT TO THEIR JEWISH ROOTS ON WEINBERG MISSION TO ISRAEL Innovation, Leadership, and Identity: this was the theme of the Young Leadership Division’s (YLD) Weinberg Mission to Israel, with funding from an endowment created by Steve and Penni Weinberg. 18 Jewish Cleveland young leaders had the adventure of a lifetime, connecting to their Jewish roots in their Jewish homeland. As we entered the Old City of Jerusalem we stopped to say the Shehecheyanu (Blessing of Praise) to open our experience and connect with the rich history and religious significance of Jerusalem. Ten years ago, my husband, Aaron, and I had the opportunity to experience Israel on Birthright when we climbed Masada and visited the Kotel. The Weinberg Mission however held a different place in our hearts. We were together with an incredible group of people
THANK YOU TO THE FEDERATION AND THE WEINBERG FAMILY FOR SUPPORTING US IN THIS MISSION AND FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO CONNECT YOUNG JEWISH PEOPLE TO ISRAEL.
IN JUST ONE YEAR, OVER 3,600 LOCAL STUDENTS RECEIVED FINANCIAL AID TO ATTEND PRESCHOOL, DAY SCHOOL, OR COLLEGE.
and able to appreciate more aspects of Israel. As we remembered it, the Kotel was filled with people praying, dancing, singing, and connecting. The atmosphere was electric, invigorating, and humbling all at the same time. But this visit was different and marked a key milestone in our lives. Aaron did not have a Bar Mitzvah when he was thirteen, but Rabbi Pinchas Landis was on the mission with us and ceremoniously led Aaron through a life-changing experience, as he became a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel with our fellow mission participants by our side. It was a moment we will never forget. After visiting the Kotel, we were fortunate to enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at a family’s home in Jerusalem. This was particularly special as some people in our group had never attended a Shabbat dinner let alone a traditional one in Jerusalem. It was an opportunity for connection, celebration and learning. The next day, we ventured to Masada where we were able to learn about the rich history and sophisticated construction, and then headed to the Dead Sea. We celebrated our last day connecting and reflecting on our journey together. Our experience on the Weinberg Mission to Israel was memorable as we established close friendships, a deeper understanding and appreciation for Israel, and began to truly understand the impact of our Cleveland Federation. Thank you to the Federation and the Weinberg Family for supporting us in this Mission and for your commitment to connect young Jewish people to Israel.
OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE WORKS TO COMBAT ANT-SEMITISM AND THE DELEGITIMIZATION OF ISRAEL ON 12 COLLEGE CAMPUSES IN NORTH EAST OHIO.
IN JUST ONE YEAR, WE HELPED SEND APPROXIMATELY 45,000 YOUNG ADULTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD TO ISRAEL, DEEPENING THEIR CONNECTION TO OUR JEWISH HOMELAND.
FOR GIVING TO OUR CAMPAIGN FOR JEWISH NEEDS
A YOUNG MAN’S VOICE REPRESENTS THE THOUSANDS WE REACH There was a time when Noah Farrell’s future didn’t look very bright. His parents, both drug and alcohol addicts, divorced when he was a child, and both died by the time he was 14. He lost interest in school and sports and became, in his words, “a sketchy kid.” But the Jewish community rallied around him, and he is grateful to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the schools and agencies supported by the Federation for helping to make that happen. “If you focus on the good things in life and be optimistic, things will come your way,” Farrell said at the launch event for the Federation’s 2017 Campaign for Jewish Needs. “Good things don’t happen when you’re down all the time, and it took me a while to realize that. “Everyone could use the help of the Jewish organizations that helped me. These organizations changed my life.” Farrell received a standing ovation from the crowd of nearly 400 when he finished his 10-minute talk. A recent graduate of Fuchs
EVERYONE COULD USE THE HELP OF THE JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELPED ME. THESE ORGANIZATIONS CHANGED MY LIFE.
Mizrachi School, a partner of the Federation, he said he plans to study at a Jewish college, lead a Jewish life and raise a Jewish family. “It’s all because the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish community have stood by me,” he said. “I’d like to inspire a Jewish future and help people like me to make sure they end up on a similar path as mine, because it’s possible for this to happen.” So much was made possible for Noah thanks to the kindness of Brian and Cheryl Fox, who opened their home to him. In addition to attending Fuchs Mizrachi School, Farrell also attended the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School and received assistance from Bellefaire JCB, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC), Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA), Mandel JCC, and Montefiore– all supported by the Federation. David F. Adler, General Chair of the Campaign for Jewish Needs, presented Farrell with a siddur (Jewish prayer book) as a gift from the Federation to take with him to Israel “as a reminder of the gratitude this community has for you.” This article excerpt by Ed Wittenberg was reprinted courtesy of Cleveland Jewish News, with some modifications.
IS THE ONLY JEWISH ORGANIZATION IN CLEVELAND THAT CONSIDERS THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND PLANS FOR ITS FUTURE.
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ACROSS THE COUNTRY
American Jewish Committee Anti-Defamation League BBYO
Hadassah Hillel at Miami University Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Jewish War Veterans National Alliance* Ohio University Hillel *Funds nine agencies listed on page 20
AROUND THE GLOBE
IS THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN THAT ENSURES OUR COMMUNITY’S VITALITY AND VIBRANCY IN THE YEAR AHEAD.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)
The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Overseas Connections Committee, Jewish Federation of Cleveland
World ORT Ethiopian National Project
Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Hebrew Shelter Home Hillel at Kent State University Jewish Community-wide Security Jewish Education Center of Cleveland Jewish Family Service Association
Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Mandel Jewish Community Center Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Montefiore
$31.6M 10K+ 91c TOGETHER, WE RAISED OVER $31.6 MILLION TO CARE FOR OUR LOCAL AND GLOBAL JEWISH COMMUNITY.
OVER 10,000 DONORS MADE A GIFT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN CLEVELAND, ISRAEL, AND 70 COUNTRIES AROUND THE GLOBE.
IT’S HAPPENING HERE.
91 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR GOES DIRECTLY TO THE COMMUNITY FOR PRIORITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES.
TOTAL GRANTMAKING & PROGRAM EXPENSES: JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND
TOTAL JFC SUPPORT
CAMPAIGN ALLOCATION1 from the 2016 Campaign for Jewish Needs for fiscal year 7/1/16 6/30/17
OTHER FEDERATION SUPPORT from donor advised and special purpose funds, supporting foundations, the Endowment Fund for fiscal year 7/1/15 - 6/30/16
173,451 1,677,221 427,313 748,588 239,237 989,660 766,567 3,744,616 102,451 250,847 249,448 424,676 1,445,762 7,187,394 4,324,719 800,010 710,400 2,014,785 785,273 604,048 446,345 28,112,811
173,451 1,105,855 619,222 508,291 427,884 1,249,769 83,711 192,247 -5 260,000 1,445,762 4,306,214 2,587,8155 518,675 220,000 1,902,175 420,235 343,567 276,345 16,641,218
571,366 427,313 129,366 239,237 481,3692,4 338,6832,4 2,494,8472,4 18,740 58,600 249,448 164,676 2,881,180 1,736,9042 281,3352,4 490,400 112,610 365,038 260,481 170,000 11,471,593
Supports Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Ethiopian National Project (ENP) in addition to Cleveland’s Beit Shean/Valley of the Springs partnership and summer camps in the former Soviet Union and Hungary.
Supports Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Overseas Programs, including: Parents and Children Together (PACT), Israel Health Advancement for Women (ISHA), IDF Education Corps Projects for at-risk young adults, I-Connect, Bridge to the Future (BTF), Jordan/Cross-Border Initiative, and community-building programs in St. Petersburg, Russia and Jewish identity programs in six towns in its periphery.
99,200 72,450 670,640 10,850 86,300 2,200
58,500 58,500 43,000 7,000 6,000 2,100
40,700 13,950 627,640 3,850 80,300 100
LOCAL AGENCIES AND SERVICES: Akiva High School Bellefaire JCB Cleveland Chesed Center Cleveland Hillel Foundation Community Cemetery Support Fuchs Mizrachi School Gross Schechter Day School Hebrew Academy of Cleveland Hebrew Shelter Home Hillel at Kent State University Holocaust Survivor Initiative Jewish Community-wide Security Jewish Federation of Cleveland (includes Centrally Administered Funds: audit, insurance, retirement) Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (includes Fund for the Jewish Future*) Jewish Family Service Association Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Montefiore Laura and Alvin Siegal College Educational Foundation and Case Western Reserve University SUBTOTAL: OVERSEAS AGENCIES AND SERVICES:
SUBTOTAL: NATIONAL AGENCIES: American Jewish Committee Anti-Defamation League BBYO Hadassah Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jewish War Veterans National Alliance: AJFCA (Association for Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies), AJWS (American Jewish World Service), BBYO, HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society), Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life, JCCA (Jewish Community Centers Association), JCPA (Jewish Council for Public Affairs), JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), NCSEJ (National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry). Ohio University Hillel & Hillel at Miami University SUBTOTAL: 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. SUBTOTAL: NORTHEASTERN OHIO CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS SERVING THE GENERAL COMMUNITY SUBTOTAL: CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE NORTHEASTERN OHIO SERVING THE GENERAL COMMUNITY SUBTOTAL: GRAND TOTAL:
1. Includes part of United Way of Greater Cleveland (UWGC) grant of $1,583,069. UWGC supports Bellefaire JCB, JFSA, Mandel JCC, and the Federation; 2. Includes Centennial Initiative grants; 3. From the annual Campaign after deducting fundraising cost of under 10 percent, one of the lowest overhead costs of any charitable organization in Ohio; 4. Includes funding for school security; 5.JFSA allocation includes Holocaust survivor support. *The Fund for the Jewish Future is a partnership of communal agencies, synagogues, and schools that develop and implement 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 2016 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.
OUR 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 $128 MILLION ALLOCATED FROM ALL SOURCES IN THE 2016 FISCAL YEAR. FEDERATION AND LOCAL BENEFICIARY AGENCIES AND SERVICES 21.8%
SUPPORTING FOUNDATIONS* 35%
OVERSEAS JEWISH AGENCIES AND SERVICES 14.8%
TOTAL GRANT MAKING BY CATEGORY
OTHER AGENCIES AND SERVICES FOR JEWISH PURPOSES 30.6% NORTHEAST OHIO CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 12.8% CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE NORTHEAST OHIO 18.8%
SOURCE OF GRANTS
ANNUAL CAMPAIGN ALLOCATIONS 22.5% DONOR ADVISED FUNDS* 36.8% ENDOWMENT FUNDS* 5.3% CENTENNIAL INITIATIVE FOR JEWISH CLEVELAND 0.4%
NATIONAL JEWISH AGENCIES 1.2%
*DOES NOT INCLUDE GRANTS TO THE CAMPAIGN FOR JEWISH NEEDS.
THANK YOU TO UNITED WAY
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
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2016 ANNUAL REPORT
2016 BOARD OF TRUSTEES EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Board Chair: Gary L. Gross Vice Chairs: Bruce H. Goodman, Richard Horvitz, Randall J. Korach, Idelle K. Wolf, Sandra Wuliger Treasurer: Daniel N. Zelman • Associate Treasurer: Beth Wain Brandon • President: Stephen H. Hoffman
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE David F. Adler • Barnett N. Bookatz • Reneé Chelm* • Cheryl L. Davis • Jeffrey S. Davis • Leslie D. Dunn Margaret Richards Frankel • Gerald W. Goldberg • Robert Goldberg* • Suri Goldman • Henry J. Goodman* Harley I. Gross* • Michelle Hirsch • Susan R. Hurwitz • Suellen Kadis • Jennifer L. Korach • Eliana LeVine • Keith Libman Louis J. Malcmacher • Morton L. Mandel* • Albert B. Ratner* • Charles A. Ratner* • Mitchell C. Schneider Michael D. Siegal* • Neil R. Waxman • Rachel Weinberg • Jeffrey Weiss • Sally H. Wertheim* • Judy Klein Willensky Timothy F. Wuliger* • Dara G. Yanowitz
TRUSTEES Hedy Adler
Steven G. Greenberg
Bradley A. Sherman
Andrea Kanter Grodin
Barbara A. Mandel*
Eric E. Bell
Kevin D. Margolis
Alvin A. Siegal
Ronald M. Berkman
Rachel E. Heiser
Harvey A. Siegel
Rabbi Binyamin Blau
Rebecca C. Heller
David P. Miller
Rabbi Joshua Skoff
Myrna A. Bloch
William H. Heller*
Jared S. Miller
Scott J. Spiegle
Kathryn Wertheim Hexter
Samuel H. Miller*
Carmie J. Stein
Stephen A. Monto
Jennifer E. Cohen
Robert A. Immerman
David M. Neumann
Stephen J. Weinberg
Lynne M. Cohen
M. Orry Jacobs
Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk
Jeffrey M. Kahn
Loree E. Potash
Danielle J. Wild
Reuven D. Dessler
Ilana Isakov Katz
James A. Ratner
Jeffrey J. Wild
Grant N. Dinner
Robert Mendy Klein
Robert S. Reitman*
Michael A. Ritter
Warren L. Wolfson
S. Lee Kohrman*
Brian D. Robbins
Elissa J. Wuliger
Ronald A. Fisher
Jeffrey L. Korach
Jason A. Wuliger
Amy Wain Garnitz Harvey Kotler
Charlotte R. Kramer*
Jordan A. Goldberg
Bradley J. Schlang
Larry P. Goldberg*
Norma W. Lerner*
Kyla Epstein Schneider
Rabbi Melvin Granatstein
Larry A. Mack
Paula R. Schwartz
Milton S. Maltz*
Walter S. Schwartz
* Trustee for Life
EMERITUS TRUSTEES Thomas W. Adler • George N. Aronoff • Richard Bogomolny • Morton G. Epstein z”l • Leonard Fuchs • Peggy Garson Lois K. Goodman • Robert D. Gries • Marvin L. Lader • Barbara S. Rosenthal • Edwin M. Roth • Gordon H. Safran Harold S. Stern • Norman Wain • Philip Wasserstrom • Jerome A. Weinberger z”l
A YEAR OF INSPIRATION
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 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44122 phone: 216-593-2900 toll-free: 888-467-1125 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org fax: 216-593-2901 www.jewishcleveland.org
STANDING COMMITTEES (As of September 30, 2016) 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 Jeffrey J. Wild, Chair Michal Soclof, Subcommittee on Overseas Stephen A. Monto, Subcommittee on Education Agencies Ronald S. Gross, Subcommittee on Human Services Barry S. Feldman, National Agencies Liaison Team COMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Studies and plans for community needs Ira Kaplan, Chair Susan S. Frankel, Facilities Planning Kyla Epstein Schneider, Nakum – Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE Implements public affairs agenda Cheryl Davis, Chair Rubin Guttman, Jill Miller Zimon, Vice-Chairs
OVERSEAS CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE Conceives and manages projects that connect Jews in Cleveland with Jews in Israel and around the world Neil R. Waxman, Chair Barbara J. Leukart, Cleveland/Beit Shean Partnership Subcommittee Barry S. Feldman, Cleveland/St. Petersburg Partnership Susan Y. Meisel, IDF Education Corps Subcommittee Nancy G. Wolf, ISHA (Israel Health Advancement for Women) Subcommittee Lydia Frankel, Shmuel Shkop, ISR@CLE (Israelis in Cleveland) Subcommittee Judge Dan A. Polster, Jordan/Cross-Border Initiative Subcommittee Karen Rutman-Weiss, ONAD (Overseas Needs Assessment and Distribution) Subcommittee Lynne M. Cohen, PACT (Parents and Children Together) Subcommittee Heather Ross-Lowenstein, Strategic Planning Process/Work Group STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE Responsible for the creation, implementation, oversight, and revision of the Strategic Plan Judy Klein Willensky, Chair
ADDITIONAL COMMITTEES ADMINISTRATIVE Keith Libman, Chair
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Oversees all fundraising activities Daniel N. Zelman, Chair David F. Adler, 2017 Campaign for Jewish Needs General Chair Thomas W. Adler, Robert S. Reitman, Marcia Wexberg and Sandra Wuliger, Co-Chairs, Create Your Jewish Legacy Matthew F. Kadish, Professional Advisory Council Jennifer L. Korach, Women’s Philanthropy Rachel Weinberg, Young Leadership Division ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE Recommends funding for community programming and emergency needs Jeffrey S. Davis, Chair Harold E. Friedman z”l, Donor Advised Fund Advisory Committee Hallie H. Abrams, Foundation Advisory Council FINANCE AND INVESTMENT COMMITTEE Manages investment of endowment and capital funds William H. Heller, Chair
AUDIT Idelle K. Wolf, Chair AWARDS Gary L. Gross, Chair CASH Stephen A. Monto, Chair CHARLES EISENMAN AWARD Gary L. Gross, Chair COMMISSION ON CEMETERY PRESERVATION Ari H. Jaffe, President
NOMINATING Michael D. Siegal, Chair PROPERTIES Darrell A. Young, Chair RETIREMENT FUND Arthur Weisman, Chair RISK MANAGEMENT Dorothea M. Polster, Chair SECURITY Elie Weiss, Co-Chair TECHNOLOGY Esther Potash, Chair
EXECUTIVE Gary L. Gross, Chair GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Philip M. Cohen
HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Provides guidance and oversight of the recruitment, development, and placement of qualified professional and lay leadership Susan R. Hurwitz, Chair Jeanne Tobin, ALeRT (Agency Leadership Roundtable) Gary S. Shamis, Gries Award Committee J. David Heller, Enid Rosenberg, Mandel Course for Advanced Leadership
JEWISH COMMUNITY HOUSING Mark C. Siegel. President Mark H. Doris, Vice President JEWISH VOLUNTEER NETWORK Joanie Berger, Chair
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Establishes marketing agenda and oversees communications activities Jeffrey Weiss, Chair Ilana Isakov Katz, Vice Chair Warren L. Wolfson, Annual Meeting
2016 ANNUAL REPORT
Jewish Federation of Cleveland Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Building 25701 Science Park Drive Cleveland, Ohio 44122
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2016 VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS CHARLES EISENMAN AWARD: OUR HIGHEST CIVIC HONOR Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Recognizing a leader in the community for their exceptional civic contributions, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. has fought tirelessly for the equality, civil, and human rights of the people of Cleveland and the nation. RUBY BASS AWARD Shari S. Perlmuter Honoring Ruby Bass’ (z”l) lifelong passion for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and her commitment to the Women’s Campaign, Shari has spent a lifetime dedicated to the Jewish community and tikkun olam (repairing the world). GRIES FAMILY AWARD Roe Green Recognizing exemplary individuals who, through top leadership positions, make a lasting impact on organizations within the Jewish and general communities, Roe is a “true leader, who makes every organization she touches stronger.”
IRENE ZEHMAN VOLUNTEER AWARD Mary Ellen Saltzman (z”l) Recognizing women whose efforts on behalf of the Cleveland Jewish community demonstrate the highest ideals of volunteer service, Mary Ellen Saltzman, of blessed memory, captured the spirit of Irene Zehman as the driving force behind Treasures Gift Shop. BENNETT AND DONNA YANOWITZ LEADERSHIP AWARD Jared S. Miller Honoring outstanding young individuals who have demonstrated commitment, involvement, and leadership within Cleveland’s Jewish community, Jared does whatever he can to help the next generation and our community succeed. AMB. MILTON A. AND ROSLYN Z. WOLF YOUNG CAMPAIGNER OF THE YEAR AWARD Jordan Berkowitz Recognizing young Campaigners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in Campaign activities and deep commitment to our community, Jordan sets an example for other young leaders to continue building and making our community better.
2016 Jewish Federation of Cleveland Annual Report