Growing Strong Community Leaders
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The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) is helping to prepare the next generation of Jewish Cleveland leadership through unique experiential professional and volunteer opportunities. “YLD’s focus on developing young leaders enables us to groom the future leaders of the Federation, and to develop young professionals into future leaders and board members of all of our community’s Jewish organizations,” said Natan Milgrom, 2018 YLD Board Chair.
2019 Campaign for Jewish Needs Chair Jeffrey J. Wild credits his volunteer and professional success in part to the knowledge he gained while in YLD leadership roles. “YLD provided me with the necessary skills to lead within my law firm, to run a Federation agency, and to run strategic planning processes at different philanthropic organizations – and they are skills that are with me to this day in much of what I do professionally and communally.”
This leadership growth is also being adopted in Cleveland’s sister city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where we are helping to renew Jewish life after 70 years of Communist rule. The Lehava Leadership Program was created for young Jewish adults in St. Petersburg to become more involved in their local Jewish community. “We’re empowering young people to continue their impressive feat of Jewish renewal,” said Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Managing Director of International Operations at the Federation. “We believe that Lehava will illuminate the path forward for the next generation.”
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