10/01/2013

Hanoch Piven Artist Statement

Tags: Arts, Blog

Hanoch Piven Artist Statement

I owe my career, in part, to…Saddam Hussein, or more accurately to an accident involving him.

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09/01/2013

A Torah Story

Tags: Overseas, Campaign, Federation, Video

A Torah Story

A Torah is among a congregation’s most cherished possessions, containing the foundational narrative of the Jewish people.

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08/01/2013

Gedalya's Story

Tags: Campaign, Federation, Israel, Video

Gedalya's Story

Under the hot Israeli sun stands a soldier. Beneath his battered helmet, a lock of red hair; behind his sunglasses, twinkling blue eyes that survey the scene. This Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) paratrooper and combat medic is a long way from his home in Cleveland, OH but he’s right where he wants to be.

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08/01/2013

Marc's Story

Tags: Campaign, Federation, Volunteer, Video

Marc's Story

If you can read, you can fly… Marc knows this and that’s why, for the past decade, he’s made the trek each week through city neighborhoods, across a concrete playground to an inner city school. As a volunteer tutor, he reads books with kids.

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10/26/2012

From Russia, With Love

Tags: Overseas, Blog

From Russia, With Love

The personal reflections of Neil Waxman (Overseas Connections Commitee Chair) on the St. Petersburg Mission.

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09/10/2012

Our Work Began in 1998

Tags: Russia, Overseas, Blog

Our Work Began in 1998

JCF’s work began during the worst economic conditions facing Russia since WWII: the ruble crashed, the stock market fell 75%, and the government defaulted on its debt.

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09/10/2012

The Beginnings of a Great Partnership

Tags: Russia, Overseas, Blog

The Beginnings of a Great Partnership

JCF’s work began during the worst economic conditions facing Russia since WWII: the ruble crashed, the stock market fell 75%, and the government defaulted on its debt.

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08/27/2012

Cleveland's Engagement with St. Petersburg

Tags: Russia, Overseas, Blog

Cleveland's Engagement with St. Petersburg

The back-story to Cleveland's engagement with St. Petersburg, Russia.

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08/27/2012

JFC Mission to St. Petersburg, Russia

Tags: Russia, Overseas, Blog, Missions, Trips, & Travel

JFC Mission to St. Petersburg, Russia

Until the late 1700’s, Russia generally prohibited Jews from living within its boundaries, but suddenly found itself the “beneficiary” of over 1,000,000 Jews upon the annexation of Poland. From that period until recent times, Russian policy toward its Jews has vacillated between assimilation, discrimination, and isolation, compounded by 4 years of Nazi assault on the Pale of Settlement, bringing desecration and mass execution.

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