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2012 Annual Report

Jewish Federation




Birth is a And death a destination. And life is a journey: From childhood to maturity And youth to age… We see that victory lies Not at some high place along the way, But in having made the journey, stage by stage, A sacred pilgrimage… To life


- Alvin Fine

The 2012 Annual Report of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland is a journey through the past year, but also a testament to the power of our collective work throughout the past century. Beginning with birth, represented by our recently endowed PJ Library® program, and ending at a final resting place – Lansing Cemetery – with a tribute to the generations of volunteers who give the ultimate tzedakah, the report is a journey through the lens of local photographer, Simone Jowell, a Federation PresenTense Fellow, who captured mere moments in the lives of the people we touch, but ultimately show our journey together as a Jewish community. Simone Jowell




his is my third and final letter as Chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and my first serving as Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America. I am truly grateful and humbled for the opportunity granted to me by this remarkable community. I have been privileged to stand on the shoulders of those outstanding leaders who have come before me and have come to fully appreciate the incredible partnership created between the lay community and our dedicated and committed professionals – not only at the Federation led by the incomparable Steve Hoffman, but also at our many agencies and synagogues. It has been an honor working side by side with Steve and I am confident it will be equally rewarding for our next chair, Reneé Chelm. The state of our community is better today than when I entered this position, although great challenges still remain. We were in a deep recession and the community was torn by the issue of the move to our new building. Harley Gross, my predecessor, deserves continued accolades for marshaling this difficult issue and we all give thanks to the Mandel Family for their generous financial and moral support. Our new facility is a guiding light and gathering place as we move forward. More people, more meetings and more spirit exist in this symbol of our community. The undertaking of both a population study and a day school study have enabled us to better plan for our future. Our community is larger, more spread out, and in greater need of service than originally thought. The cost of living Jewishly continues to be a barrier – both financially and as a way of life for the younger generations. The

concept of collective responsibility is challenged in its relevancy. These issues and more will be the focus of our discussions. I am confident that we are capable of finding the answers. We know immersive programs like Birthright Israel and MASA, days schools and Jewish camping help create a more solid connection to the Jewish community. We remain steadfast in our support for Israel. Our overseas agenda is vibrant and exciting. Our sister cities, St. Petersburg, Russia and Beit Shean, Israel, continue to connect the principles of Clal Yisrael to our next generation. Our desire to make our home a better place to live is evidenced by program support for the Global Cleveland Initiative, our PEI tutoring program for Cleveland Municipal School District students, Hillel, PresenTense, JCLE and more. We are about trust. We are about chesed, the acts of kindness. We are about commitment to each other, one Jew responsible for the other. I believe we live today in a biblical narrative. The recreation of a Jewish nation, the ingathering of diverse peoples, the saving of lives of Jews wherever they exist – Tunisia, Yemen, the former Soviet Union and next door. Never have we been able to change the world as we do now. We do this only with collective responsibility. And that is best done through the Federation system. As I move to my new responsibilities, I know the Cleveland Jewish community will always have my back. There is no better feeling. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve.

Executive Messages


Stephen H. Hoffman

President, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

he strength of Cleveland’s Jewish community is extraordinary, but it’s not a surprise. Because of the trust our donors and partners put in us, Cleveland stands as a leader in both innovation and service delivery. For more than a century, we have been raising funds, and our voices, to meet the ongoing needs of the global community, achieving an unparalleled record of success. While it’s the power of the collective that makes everything we do possible, a great deal of our success is determined by the incredible talent our lay partners bring to the table. With Michael at the helm, leading an excellent team of officers, the Federation became even more transparent, more business-like and displayed a great deal of heart. On top of orchestrating two successful annual Campaigns, led by Gary Gross and David Heller, this past year we prevented proposed government cuts to vital food programs and helped defeat anti-Israel resolutions. We also were among the first communities to send desperately needed funds to Israel in the latest round of Hamas rocket attacks. As you’ll read, the magnitude of possibilities in shaping our future remain limitless when we join together as one. Thank you for being a part of this incredible winning team!


The strength of

Jewish journeys

photos: Simone Jowell


Mort November (above left) and Iris November with daughter Celia (above right) enjoy a party with their young guests.

eading a book with your child or grandchild is important. Reading a Jewish-themed book is priceless. Thanks to Mort and Iris November, Cleveland became the very first of 180 communities across the country to endow its PJ Library® program. “I’m deeply grateful to Mort and Iris for their generous legacy gift in memory of their daughter, Debra Ann November,” said Enid Rosenberg, Chair of the Federation’s Community Planning Committee. “Because of their generosity, families will continue to have an influx of Jewish ideas and traditions brought into their homes each month.”

“We are very excited about this new partnership and for the thousands of children who will, over many years to come, reap the benefits of these wonderful books and also honor the memory of our daughter, Debra Ann November, for whom we have named the program.” - Mort and Iris November


Providing engaging, age-appropriate Jewish learning opportunities is increasingly important in our community. According to the Federation’s Greater Cleveland Population Study, 25% of children in Greater Cleveland’s Jewish households have parents of different faiths.

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photo: Simone Jowell

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“We wanted to start a tradition of giving instead of getting,” said Adrienne Goldberg, chair of the event. “Even the youngest among us can have an impact when they come together.” More than 150 parents and children attended the Chanukah celebration at Bellefaire JCB, and many more participated through their school, synagogue, the Mandel JCC or a community event, donating nearly $3,000 to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. “Our hope was to teach children that giving tzedakah is one way to care for their community,” adds Goldberg. “Kids are the future of our community… kids count!”

photo: Marc Golub

anding over a brightly decorated cardboard tzedakah box filled with four weeks of allowance, seven-yearold Max Rindsberg proudly exclaims, “I want to share with kids who don’t have stuff like I do.” That was the sentiment behind 8th Night of Chanukah, a program of the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Initiative (WPI).

“I am so thrilled to know we’re inspiring a new generation of philanthropists, and that I found a trusted partner in the Federation.”

- Adrienne Goldberg (above)

WPI seeks to engage an increasing number of women leaders, donors and volunteers by focusing on three key efforts: Outreach, Leadership Development and the Campaign for Jewish Needs. If you are interested in getting involved, please call Elizabeth Klein at 216.593.2835.


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Making the world place for all peo

The Federation offers hands-on service opportunities to hundreds of volunteers all year – whether tutoring a student, planting a garden, delivering or serving a meal, or wrapping a gift for a needy child – the Federation’s diverse corps of volunteers find that spending even a small amount of time makes a big difference. Here’s what they said... Produce to People – Community Garden at the Cleveland Foodbank “Planting this garden, knowing that our efforts would put fresh carrots, tomatoes, peppers and beans (a real luxury to those that can’t afford them) on the plates of so many people for so many years to come, gave me a real sense of accomplishment. The garden serves as a constant reminder that the community cares.” - Ronna Fox

Produce to People

YLDay of Caring “YLDay of Caring is an awesome opportunity to volunteer alongside other young Jewish people from the community. It’s a ‘handson’ event, which really enables the volunteers to have a positive impact on the community, as well as providing a perfect occasion to connect with other people with similar values. Spending time with residents of Menorah Park, Montefiore and JFSA group homes along with Horvitz YouthAbility members, brought out a lot of smiles.” - David Roth

Public Education Initiative “I looked online for volunteer opportunities and found the Federation YLDay of Caring had a new program in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school. I had been looking for a way to give a boost to talented inner city kids – there is too much wasted ability there. The student I tutored saw a real increase in his ACT score. I believe all of the students benefit from the attention and the enthusiasm of the tutors.” - David Tomberg

Lunch Programs – Commitment to fighting hunger in Cleveland “Hunger is a critical issue in our community – especially for children in the Cleveland Metropolitan School System who rely on free school lunches during the school year. The success of the summer lunch program inspired us to begin the Winter Break Lunch Program in partnership with the Cleveland FoodBank – the first of its kind in Cleveland! Not only did we give these kids a healthy hot meal, we played games and got to know each other. We formed real bonds. They didn’t have to worry about being hungry.” - Marci Moses 66

Public Education Initiative

For information about volunteer opportunities, please call Susan Hyman at 216.593.2825.

2012 Honored Volunteers

world a better people

These exceptional leaders were honored this past year for volunteering their time and skills to make our community, and the world, a better place.

Charles Eisenman Award · Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton The Federation’s highest civic honor, the Charles Eisenman Award, created in 1924 in memory of the Federation’s first board chair, honors those who build Cleveland’s reputation as an exceptionally caring community.

Irene Zehman Volunteer Award · Devorah Alevsky Established in 1980 by Irene Zehman’s daughters, the award recognizes a woman, group of women, or a woman’s organization whose efforts on behalf of the Cleveland Jewish community demonstrate the highest ideals and practices of volunteer service.

Gries Family Award · Leslie D. Dunn Created by community leaders Robert D. and Sally Gries in 1995, the award recognizes exemplary individuals who, through top leadership positions, make a lasting impact on organizations within the Jewish and general communities.

Bennett and Donna Yanowitz Leadership Award · Danielle Wild Established by the Yanowitz family in 1996, the award recognizes the effort, energy and achievement of an individual 40 years old or younger who has clearly demonstrated commitment, involvement and leadership within the Cleveland Jewish community.

photo: Simone Jowell

Amb. Milton A. And Roslyn Z. Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award · Adam L. Wieder Created by the Wolf family in 2004, the award honors a volunteer 40 years old or younger who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs.

Ruby Bass Award · Susan E. Rubin Created in 2007, the Ruby Bass Award recognizes Ruby’s lifelong passion for and commitment to the Federation and the Women’s Division.


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“I participated through the Federation’s Community Relations Committee on a mission to Israel for Jewish and non-Jewish clergy. The trip erased stereotypes, challenged prejudices, created new friendships, introduced new realities, and increased my appreciation for the power of religion. The mission increased my knowledge about Israel, the peace process, and the political dilemmas and constraints. It also evoked prayers for peace, and made me want to journey to Israel again. I will use this knowledge that I gained on this trip in my work to invest in peace in many ways.”


- Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan, Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church

“As a YouthAbility member, I want to thank the Jewish Federation for your wonderful support and collaboration in our program. While we, as active community volunteers, support you and teach you many things, I wanted you to know that you do the same for us. By letting us deliver lunches and challot to you weekly, you are reminding us that the community can learn a lot from what we do. Your many connections in Israel are going to help my peers this week, when they travel to Israel, something not many kids like us can do. Thank you for your ongoing support for our wonderful program! You are a great agency!” – JFSA Horvitz YouthAbility member


Our annual Yom Hazikaron program and Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration turned out a record attendance of 1,500 people. The following morning, day school students marched in celebration of Israel’s independence. Our Population Study reported 86 percent of Clevelanders feel emotionally attached to Israel.

the collective

Instilling a love for Israel

“In only the first 24 hours of ‘Operation: Pillar of Defense,’ over 200 rockets were fired at Southern Israel from Gaza. Over the past year, that number climbs to nearly 1,000. Over the last 12 years, it soars to over 12,000 rockets and missiles. To put it plainly, Israelis have been living in a state of terror for far too long.” - Michael Siegal

We stand with Israel


“As my eyes began to clear as the sun rose in Beit Shean, I was truly taken back by my surroundings. The vegetation overflowing from the hill tops and mountains truly took my breath away. Our group began the day with a hike overlooking what appeared to be an infinite abyss. Looking down I could feel the presence of a power greater than myself… The families of Beit Shean opened their hearts, minds and homes to complete strangers.

Bound by the language of the heart, I felt truly loved.”

n November, Cleveland immediately sent a grant of $210,000 (our portion of a $5 million national goal set by new national board chair, Michael Siegal) to support the 1.5 million Israelis living under constant rocket attack from Hamas. The money was used to help those with physical injuries, to hire social workers to help manage stress and trauma, as well as to repair damage to homes and businesses. Additionally, funds assisted the elderly and disabled who were unable to take cover in emergency shelters, and to transport 23,000 children living in bomb shelters to locations of respite from the attacks. With Campaign dollars, 200 teenagers were hosted in our sister city, Beit Shean, for several days of “normal” activity.

– Birthright participant Andrew Shainker grew up in Pepper Pike and went to Orange High School 9

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ne of the strategies to increase the quality of life in Cleveland’s partnership region of Beit Shean is to increase the number of tourists. Each year, approximately 300,000 tourists visit Beit Shean National Park, one of Israel’s most impressive archaeological sites, and continue on to shop and eat in other cities. Federation’s newest project, Bridge to the Future, a non-profit organization helping to transform disadvantaged communities in Israel by organizing and integrating community resources to affect longterm sustainable growth, joined forces with our Partnership 2000 program to cultivate tourist entrepreneurs who create programs that drive the industry. Together they spearheaded an intensive 13-week course to help 15 residents learn tourist-related businesses. One of the immediate results was a local artisan fair which attracted an unprecedented number of tourists to Beit Shean.


ombining medical studies and cultural awareness, the Federation-sponsored ISHA program is a dynamic model for change that emphasizes the need for health care and health promotion for women in Israel. Currently, the Federation’s ISHA initiative funds eight grass-roots programs geared towards low-income and fringe populations in order to advance women’s health care in Israel. One of our newest program partnerships, an Israeli non-profit organization called One in Nine, is working to reduce the mortality rate from breast cancer among the Haaredic (ultraorthodox) community. By helping physicians understand the unique cultural background that leaves these women at risk, they are better able to talk to them about the importance of early detection.


The Federation’s overseas programs focus on a “train the trainer” model, enabling our reach to go far beyond what money can buy. Working with various partners, we are creating systemic change within Israeli society by training change agents who expand the programs’ reach and influence in Israel. Here are examples from some of our programs.

“My kid is not in the program for at-risk kids because he was violent or badly behaved; he’s in it because he was the invisible kid. After joining and being mentored as a family, I realized I was an invisible parent. Being part of the program helped me to become visible.”

– Mother of a Youth Futures participant mentored in Beit Shean. Youth Futures provides intensive intervention to “at-risk” youth by helping them thrive and realize their unique potential.


avat HaShomer, an army base in northern Israel where young female commanders provide disadvantaged men, many with violent criminal histories, a second chance at a productive military career. This past year Cleveland mental health professionals partnering with IDF consultants have expanded the program’s reach to include soldiers and staff at army jails, as well as commanders of at-risk female soldiers. The Federation expects to expand this partnership even further as it brings about change that is not only systemic for the benefit of the at-risk soldiers, but also sustainable for the benefit of the commanders and the nation.

“I used to think that life wasn’t much, and there was no way to improve it. Now I realize I can have a really good future.”

- Graduate, Havat HaShomer basic training program


The strength of a

caring community


Attending the Federation’s 25th commemoration of what came to be known as Summit Sunday, Al’s daughter Lottie, remarked, “As Jews we are responsible for other Jews, whether in Cleveland, Israel, or anywhere throughout the world. I am proud to have seen the dedication and involvement of the Cleveland Jewish community, and to see the many families who were provided with freedom and choices that they otherwise would not have had.”

photo: Simone Jowell

wenty five years ago, when Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev made his first visit to Washington, DC, he was greeted by 250,000 Americans gathered on the National Mall with the clarion call: Let My People Go. It was the tipping point in a generation-long struggle to attain the universal principals of freedom – freedom to assemble, to worship, to travel – for Jews living under Soviet oppression. Long time community activist, Al Gray, was among those gathered. “I became involved as a way to remember and honor the Jews who suffered during World War II. On my first trip in 1966, I met fellow Jews and attended shul. There was a great connection – we were actively involved in fulfilling some of their needs.”

“It’s not just lunch, it’s a life for us.

photo: Simone Jowell

We see each other, we kibbitz, we’re a community,” said recipient Miriam Perel. For the individuals who receive free or subsidized meals, these programs are of vital importance. Many also benefit from fitness classes, senior transportation, and home health care – all subsidized by the Jewish community. “Facing dire government cuts, we increased our advocacy efforts and prevented proposed cuts to the Mandel JCC Congregate Lunch Program and JFSA Home Delivered Meals program,” said Beth Wain Brandon, Government Relations Chair. “These at-risk seniors are faced with many dilemmas, one of them shouldn’t be how they are going to get their next meal.”

According to the 2011 Greater Cleveland Jewish Population Study, 20% of seniors age 70+ report they or someone in their household needs assistance with activities of daily life. 26% have incomes under the 12 200% federal poverty standard ($22,000 for a single person).

My legacy gift ensures I’ll continue to be an active force long after I am gone,” remarks Stanley Blum, a steadfast and enthusiastic campaigner. “Giving my time and money has been important to me. Being an inspiration to those who come after, that’s a blessing.” Stanley, and his late wife, Betty, both chose to include Federation in their estate plans – she with a charitable gift annuity, and he with a bequest in his will. With these gifts, Stanley and Betty (l”z) will be forever remembered in the Federation’s Legacy Society.

photo: Marc Golub

“I’ve been active in Cleveland’s Jewish community since I made it my home 40 years ago.

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e gratefully acknowledge the following good friends, of blessed memory, whose foresight resulted in gifts to the Federation during the 2011-2012 fiscal year: Ben & Dorothy Arnold Irwin Beckenstein Shirley Berger Betty Blum Cynthia L. Doehring Nate & Mollie Dolin Frances Feiner Amelia Gluck

Jack M. Goldberg Arthur S. Goldsmith Adorea Goodman Albert J. Goulder David & Shirley Guralnik Betty Geismer Haas Robert & Cleo Karns Norman & Alice Klivans

Donald & Helen Marcus Florence Padwa Susan I. Roth Harlan & Judy Sherman Alex & Betty Siegler Milton L. Susman Bernard & Florence Wasserman Norman H. Weinstein 13

Nearly 200 volunteers poured into Lansing Cemetery with shovels, rakes and saws in hand, and with love in their hearts. Together they performed the ultimate mitzvah – caring for the graves of those who can never repay the kindness.

Jewish values

photo: Simone Jowell

The strength of

“The day was an active expression of l’dor v’dor - from generation to generation,”

says JVN Task Force chair, Amy Wain Garnitz. Trees and shrubs that had sprouted from graves were cut down and hauled away, vines obscuring headstones were pulled off, and the overgrown perimeter fencing was cleared of vines and brush. “Parents and children of all ages came together to spruce up the graves of their own family members and even uncovered some graves that had become totally hidden,” added Garnitz. “It was a beautiful day.”


What will you pass down to future generations?


he Legacy Society recognizes individuals who make provisions for the future of our community either now or through their estate plan. Many people join Legacy society by making a FOREVER gift or establishing a Lion of Judah Endowment. These permanent funds make a gift forever in a donor’s name to the Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs. What will you pass down to future generations? Call Alan Gross today to get the conversation started at 216.593.2818.


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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Through supporting foundations, donor advised funds and endowment funds, the Federation helps facilitate and guide the interests of thousands of individuals. In fiscal year 2012, the Federation was among Ohio’s largest grantmakers, granting more than $88 million from all sources to organizations in the Jewish and general communities worldwide. Here are some of the farreaching activities our community has made possible.

Funding to enable Case Western Reserve University graduate students to participate in a major archaeological dig in Manot, Israel. The joint effort of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Case and Tel Aviv University, is uncovering items dating back 20,000 years.

Jewish Family Service Association Funding to the organization’s College Financial Aid Program provided grants and loans to 206 Jewish students who lacked resources to pay college tuition.

Home Delivered Kosher Meals Jewish Education Center of Cleveland A three-year grant to the organization’s Jewish Identity and Israel Scholarship program will enable young Clevelanders to experience Israel on posthigh school, college, yeshiva, seminary, Masa and Birthright Israel programs. 16

Funding to ensure the in-home delivery of kosher meals to low-income, elderly adults six days per week through a program partnership of the Federation, the Mandel JCC and the Jewish Family Service Association.

Israel Counseling Center For Women

The annual Campaign is only part of the story.

Funding to subsidize treatment fees at Israel’s only mental health center dedicated exclusively to women. Each week, more than 300 women receive psychological and counseling services from professionals who specialize in women’s mental health regardless of how much they can afford to pay.

Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA) Funding to support the Recognizing Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention program which serves 130 Northeast Ohio high schools. SPEA’s professional instructors teach teens to identify peers who may be at risk of suicide and how to respond.

Russian Speaking Social Workers for Holocaust Survivor Program Funding to support two Russian speaking social work positions for one year for the JFSA Holocaust Survivor program which serves 627 Holocaust Survivors from the former Soviet Union.

American Friends of Hebrew University Funding to establish permanent scholarship endowments that reduce tuition for Ethiopian Israelis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At least four Ethiopian students are receiving scholarship assistance annually as a result of grant support.

Friendship Circle Funding for a program connecting teen volunteers with special needs children, enhancing the lives of all involved – the special needs children, their siblings and parents and the teen volunteers.



ne gift to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland is a gift to the whole community. Whether we are feeding the hungry, clothing the cold, comforting the sick, or celebrating the young, we stand together. For all the things we do and all the people we touch, we are one.

The strength of

The Campaign for Jewish Needs

“We have done our part to fulfill our sacred promise that each Jew is responsible for one another and we are improving the lives of everybody in need, Jew and non-Jew alike.” - Gary Gross, 2012 General Chair

$28,503,902 raised

“The strength of our community is evident. When we pool our resources and stand together as one, we are able to accomplish something very special.” - J. David Heller, 2013 General Chair

$29,004,818 raised


We thank our corporate sponsors for their partnership and support. Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors


Patron Sponsors


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he Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s endowment funds, donor advised funds and supporting foundations, combined with 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 $88 million allocated from all sources in the 2012 fiscal year.

TOTAL GRANTMAKING BY CATEGORY Federation and local beneficiary agencies and services 26.9% $23,747,370 Overseas Jewish agencies and services 13.7% $12,122,546 Other agencies and services for Jewish purposes 30.2% $26,646,036 Northeast Ohio and educational organizations 16.5% $14,567,459 Charitable organizations outside Northeast Ohio 10.1% $8,928,561 National Jewish agencies 2.6% $2,268,241


SOURCE OF GRANTS Supporting foundations* 38.6% Annual Campaign allocations 31.1% Donor advised funds* 24.5% Endowment funds* 4.8% Centennial Initiative for Jewish Cleveland 1.0%

*Does not include grants to the Campaign for Jewish Needs

Total Grantmaking



1,081,808 133,003 1,176,327 60,000 696,256 874,197 3,374,515 508,347 2,916,969 111,509 226,364 2,441,245 1,171,431 4,010,853 2,062,834 589,602 1,656,960 655,150

471,228 124,503 1,098,802 60,000 616,722 460,844 2,849,515 380,437 1,202,322 83,711 1,386,115 1,104,498 2,514,076 1,890,427 407,486 330,819 500,000

610,580 8,500 77,525 79,534 413,353 525,000 127,910 1,714,647 27,798 226,364 1,055,130 66,933 1,496,777 172,407 182,116 1,326,141 155,150













103,772 92,850 87,618 23,530 121,100 6,000 20,600 2,100 1,616,433

57,000 54,500 42,000 10,000 47,500 6,000 20,600 2,100 474,700

46,772 38,350 45,618 13,530 73,600 1,141,733

from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Local agencies and services The Agnon School Akiva High School Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau Centrally Administered Funds (audit, insurance, retirement) 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 (Independent Montefiore Shelter Home) Holocaust Survivor Initiative Jewish Federation of Cleveland (programs and services) Jewish Education Center of Cleveland JFSA - Jewish Family Service Association Mandel Jewish Community Center Menorah Park Center for Senior Living Montefiore Siegal College Subtotal Overseas agencies and services Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) provides life-saving and life-enhancing humanitarian assistance to those in need and translates Jewish values into social action on behalf of millions of Jews worldwide. Works in close partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel 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 Overseas Programs, under the direction of the Overseas Connections Committee, links Jews in Cleveland directly 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; 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 Hillel at Kent State University Jewish Council for Public Affairs Jewish Labor Committee Jewish War Veterans National Alliance: Association of Jewish Family Services, Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), JCC Association, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Education Service of North America, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, National Conference on Soviet Jewry, and National Foundation for Jewish Culture Ohio Valley Hillel Consortium


ALLOCATION 1 From the 2012 Campaign for Jewish Needs for fiscal year 7/1/12 - 6/30/13

From donor advised and special purpose funds, supporting foundations, the Endowment Fund and Centennial Initiative for fiscal year 7/1/11 - 6/30/12




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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.



14,567,459 2





Charitable organizations outside Northeastern Ohio serving the general community.











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 2012 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.



1. Includes United Way Services (UWS) grant of $1,975,656. UWS supports Bellefaire, JFSA, Mandel JCC and the Federation. 2. Includes Centennial Initiative grants. 3. Includes grants to organizations that are also funded by the National Alliance of Jewish Federations of North America. 4. Represents amount approved from the Federation Endowment Fund in prior year for the Fund for the Jewish Future. 5. From the annual Campaign after deducting fundraising cost of under 10 percent, one of the lowest overhead costs of any charitable organization in Ohio.


Federation Staff As of November 2012

2012 Board of Trustees

Stephen H. Hoffman, President Administration Harvey A. Freiman, Vice President Annie Becker Tammy Rubin Development Daniel S. Blain, Sr. Vice President Alan D. Gross, Vice President Hedy Milgrom, Vice President Shelley Milin Marcus, Assistant Vice President Abbie Levin, Director Jessie Bruder Caroline Brunet Robert Deitz Ellen Fishman Ann Garson Raquel Flatow Haas Lisa Hacker Nancy Kaleal Matthew Kaliff Elizabeth Klein Sherri Kolko Joyce Lisiewski Linda McFarland Francesca Parente Williams Todd Polikoff Tal Rothstein Christine Sebrasky Janet Schwartz Shapiro Karen Steiger Renée Tyler Ethan Weiss Carol Wolf Debra S. Yasinow Planning, Allocations & Community Service Erika Rudin-Luria, Vice President Cathy Weiss, Director Karen G. Baker Shelley Fishbach Jayme Honigman Malki Karkowsky Pat Keating Sharon Levey Ellen Miller Lakshmi Eastman Nebel Barbara Rose Kelly Sperber Rubanenko Dana Scott International, Community & Government Relations Oren Baratz, Vice President Dayan E. Gross, Director Amy Kaplan, Director Julie Auerbach Mirit Balkan Yotam Efrat Ilanit Gerblich Kalir Debbie Klein Sally Levine Jackie Reed Volunteer Center (PEI, JVN & Chaplaincy) Susan Hyman, Director Rabbi Akiva Feinstein Rabbi Alan Lettofsky Jessica Semel Alye Shankman 22 Jeanne Shatten Rabbi Edward Sukol

Human Resources Development Daniel S. Blain, Sr. Vice President Tami Caplan Jennifer Cohen Diane Fistek Susan Kariv Marketing & Communications Dahlia Fisher, Director Allison Agin Mike Kostechak Sylvia Owen Dorit Sade Jennifer Stuart Lesch Bryan Thomas Karen Wyman Operations Walter Augustyn Joseph Ferenczy Grant Fish Ron Hale Judy Joffe Gwen Johnson George Majernik Paul Mazzola Kellie Mirable Laura Sue Mirable David Moughan Charles Muckley Robert Polzner Jim Ross Fiscal Barry Reis, Sr. Vice President and CFO Sheila Allenick, Director Annette Banks Larry Blaha Kari Blumenthal Heather Colbert-Eckert Debbie Duval Paul Feinberg Herzl Ginsburg Michelle Golan Nancy Hoffner Bonnie Huston Faye Matitia Debbie McClure Sharon Newman Katie Palus Donna Resar Manya Smilovich Irina Temkin Elaine Thomas Howard Wolf Information Systems Paul Gajowski Chris Jacobs Allen Roth Michael Walton Chris Weber Donor Service Operations Center Allison Levine, Director Rosie Brown Marcia Greenis Jill Jacobson Rima Melman Bela Mindlin Laura Steinberg


Board Chair, Michael Siegal Vice-Chairs, Reneé Chelm, Jeffrey M. Kahn, Keith Libman, Betty Rosskamm, Judy Klein Willensky Treasurer, J. David Heller • Associate Treasurer, Randall J. Korach President, Stephen H. Hoffman

Executive Committee

David F. Adler • Beth Wain Brandon • Gerald W. Goldberg • Robert Goldberg* Bruce H. Goodman • Henry J. Goodman* • Harley I. Gross* • Rubin Guttman Michelle Hirsch • Richard Horvitz • Lawrence M. Kadis • Nancy K. Levin Morton L. Mandel* • Albert B. Ratner* • Charles A. Ratner* Michael A. Ritter • Enid Rosenberg • Susan E. Rubin • Mitchell C. Schneider Walter S. Schwartz • Bradley A. Sherman • Erica G. Starrfield • Sally H. Wertheim* • Marcia J. Wexberg • Adam L. Wieder • Idelle K. Wolf Warren L. Wolfson • Sandra Wuliger • Timothy F. Wuliger* • Daniel N. Zelman

Trustees Trish Adler Vlad Agranovich Faye Bass Eric E. Bell Rabbi Richard A. Block Barnett N. Bookatz Marc S. Byrnes Marilyn Baruch Cagin Lynne M. Cohen Nan Cohen Jeffrey S. Davis Grant N. Dinner Barry Feldman Ronald A. Fisher Samuel M. Frankel Victor Gelb* Adrienne Goldberg Jordan A. Goldberg Larry P. Goldberg* Todd Goldstein Francine M. Gordon Alan D. Gottlieb Rabbi Melvin Granatstein Roe Green Rochelle Gross Michael J. Haas Rachel E. Heiser Kathy Wertheim Hexter Michael J. Horvitz Sara Hurand Susan R. Hurwitz

Amir Jaffa Ira Kaplan Robert Mendy Klein S. Lee Kohrman* Jeffrey L. Korach Charlotte R. Kramer* Marc C. Krantz Karen Krause Marvin Krislov Eliana LeVine William H. Lieberman Irwin M. Lowenstein Larry A. Mack Louis J. Malcmacher Milton Maltz* Tamar Maltz* Barbara A. Mandel* Joseph C. Mandel* Martin H. Marcus Rabbi Sharon Y. Marcus Peter Meisel David P. Miller Jared S. Miller Samuel H. Miller* David J. Millstone Stephen A. Monto Elmer I. Paull* Michael C. Perlmuter Shari L. Perlmuter Roman Petroff Judge Dan A. Polster

Emeritus Trustees

Robert S. Reitman* Carol Rivchun Beth Rosenberg Peter Rzepka* Evie Safran* Bradley J. Schlang Rabbi Rona Shapiro David B. Shifrin Alvin A. Siegal Harvey A. Siegel Robert Silverman* Scott M. Simon Michal Soclof James C. Spira David J. Strauss Jeanne Tobin Eric D. Wald Neil R. Waxman Stephen J. Weinberg Judith Weiss* Morry Weiss* Zev Weiss Steven Willensky Nancy G. Wolf William A. Wortzman Dara G. Yanowitz Donna Yanowitz Darrell A. Young * Trustee for Life

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

2012 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 below. 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 or toll-free 888.467.1125 e-mail: • fax: 216.593.2901 •



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. Mitchell C. Schneider, Chair Hedy Kangesser Adler, Dara G. Yanowitz, Vice-Chairs Louis Bloomfield, Capital Repair & Replacement Dara G. Yanowitz, Subcommittee on Human Services Hedy Kangesser Adler, Subcommittee on Education Agencies Judge Dan A. Polster, National Liaison Team COMMUNITY PLANNING COMMITTEE Studies and plans for community needs Enid Rosenberg, Chair Kevin Margolis, Engagement Task Force Martin A. Davidson, Jewish Community Housing, Inc. Irwin M. Lowenstein, Facilities Planning COMMUNITY RELATIONS COMMITTEE Implements public affairs agenda Warren L. Wolfson, Chair David F. Adler, Susan G. Block, Vice-Chairs DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Oversees all fundraising activities Susan E. Rubin, Chair Ellen E. Halfon, Professional Advisory Council Adam L. Wieder, Young Leadership Division Beth Wain Brandon, Women’s Philanthropy Initiative J. David Heller, 2013 Campaign for Jewish Needs General Chair Norman Wain, Silver Circle ENDOWMENT FUND COMMITTEE Reviews and approves funding for innovative programming and emergency needs Walter S. Schwartz, Chair Peggy Gries Wager, Foundation Advisory Council Harold E. Friedman, Philanthropic 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 Recruits, trains and places qualified lay and professional leadership Bradley A. Sherman, Chair Michael Horvitz, Gries Award Committee Susan Hurwitz, Brian Robbins, Mandel Course Re-Design Jeanne Tobin, Agency Leadership Roundtable Sally H. Wertheim, Mandel Foundation – HRD Joint Advisory Team MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE Establishes marketing agenda and overseas communications activities Erica Starrfield, Chair Barnett N. Bookatz, Annual Meeting OVERSEAS CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE Conceives and manages projects that connect Jews in Cleveland with Jews in Israel and around the world Lawrence H. Kadis, Chair Cindy Attias, Cleveland/Beit Shean Partnership Lynne M. Cohen, PACT (Parents and Children Together) William H. Heller, Bridge To The Future William H. Heller, IConnect Susan Meisel, IDF Education Corps Subcommittee Dan A. Polster, Jordan Cross-Border Initiative Neil R. Waxman, Cleveland/St. Petersburg Partnership Nancy G. Wolf, ISHA (Israel Health Advancement for Women) Daniel N. Zelman, ONAD (Overseas Needs and Assessment Distribution) STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE Responsible for the creation, implementation, oversight and revision of the Strategic Plan Keith Libman, Chair

Direct operations not overseen by the standing committees ADMINISTRATIVE Robert S. Reitman, Chair AGNON-COLLEGE BUILDING OPERATIONS David J. Goodman, Chair AUDIT Michael A. Ritter, Chair AWARDS Michael Siegal, Chair CASH Ronald A. Fisher, Chair CHARLES EISENMAN AWARD Michael Siegal, Chair COMMISSION ON CEMETERY PRESERVATION Rubin Guttman, President David B. Orlean, Vice President EXECUTIVE Michael Siegal, Chair GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Beth Wain Brandon, Chair NOMINATING Sandra Wuliger, Chair PUBLIC EDUCATION INITIATIVE Nancy J. Glick, Chair REAL ESTATE Steve Soclof, Chair RETIREMENT FUND Idelle K. Wolf, Chair RISK MANAGEMENT Peter Meisel, Chair SECURITY Jeffrey S. Davis, Chair TECHNOLOGY Mark Jowell, Terrence Ozan, Co-Chairs


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2012 Annual Report / Jewish Federation of Cleveland  

2012 Annual Report of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland reviews the past year of programs and services funded through our Annual Campaign.

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