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01/11/2018

My Jewish Learning: What’s in a Name?

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

My Jewish Learning: What’s in a Name?

Babies, babies, babies! It seems like I’m learning of a new birth or pregnancy daily. I love hearing these couples’ good news, celebrating with them, witnessing the love and excitement, hope and anticipation of discovering who these new souls will become and what their future accomplishments will be. Each new baby brings new opportunities, new possibilities, new joys.

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01/11/2018

Young Families: Meet the Bell Family

Tags: Federation, Education, Family, Women, Young Adults

Young Families: Meet the Bell Family

What's Jacki Bell's one piece of advice for young families? Be patient! "Kids are really smart, so often times I can talk through an issue with my 3 year old. Plus, it's all a phase and they don't last long." Meet Jackie and her family now:

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12/14/2017

My Jewish Learning: When Your Role Model Disappoints You

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

My Jewish Learning: When Your Role Model Disappoints You

He lied to me. Yep, that’s right. A person I looked up to and admired lied straight to my face. At first, I was pretty ticked off. Then, I felt disappointed. Later, I was just plain sad. I’m not really sure how to process this. I want to resolve my feelings, but am finding it difficult to get past this moment.

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12/08/2017

West Side Mother Teaches About Chanukah with PJ Library Books

Tags: Federation, PR, Women, Family

West Side Mother Teaches About Chanukah with PJ Library Books

Last year around Chanukah, Rebecca Kopp Levine noticed that despite interest in Jewish traditions amongst teachers at her son’s day care in Westlake, there were no other Jewish families and very little knowledge of such traditions within the school.

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11/15/2017

Young Families: Meet Leah!

Tags: Federation, Education, Family, Women, Young Leadership

Young Families: Meet Leah!

Leah Kasmenn is the new Manager of Young Family Engagement at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She grew up in Jewish Cleveland and is excited to be part of the community. Leah has two quirky cats, Bert & Auggie and is getting married in 2018. She’s a big fan of all that Cleveland has to offer!

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09/26/2017

Young Families: Meet the Gabelman Family

Tags: Federation, Education, Family

Young Families: Meet the Gabelman Family

Joel and Ashley Gabelman of Cleveland Heights love being a part of Jewish Cleveland. They enjoy spending time around the city, taking walks with their two sons and dog as well as quiet reading time at home. Both Joel and Ashley are also recent alumni of YLD’s LEADS program, where they’ve been able to enhance their leadership skills.

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09/14/2017

My Jewish Learning: Feeling the Love in Israel

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

My Jewish Learning: Feeling the Love in Israel

If you don’t know your history, you don’t know where you are going,” said one of the participants as we were seated together in a circle. Twenty couples with diverse backgrounds, faiths and practices. Some have children. Some do not. But what we all have in common is some connection to Judaism and a desire to learn so we can figure out the next steps to our own personal journeys.

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08/25/2017

5 Rosh Hashanah Stories to Read with Your Preschooler

Tags: Education, Family

5 Rosh Hashanah Stories to Read with Your Preschooler

Chances are, your preschooler isn’t an expert on Rosh Hashanah celebrations (they’ve only been alive for a few of them so far). But it’s never too early to teach them about the traditions that make Rosh Hashanah so special!

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08/25/2017

Young Families: Meet the Isaacs Family

Tags: Federation, Education, Family

Young Families: Meet the Isaacs Family

Andy and Taryn Isaacs of University Heights love being a part of Jewish Cleveland. From hanging out at the JCC pool with their two children to enjoying the food at the various delis around town, the Isaacs enjoy the many choices for spending time in the city.

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08/21/2017

Books I Love to Read with My Brothers

Tags: Federation, Education, Family

Books I Love to Read with My Brothers

Looking for a fun book that siblings of different age groups can enjoy together? Siblings Noa (age 5), Sam (age 2.5), and Jonah (age 2.5), worked with their parents, Stacey and Polly, to compile a list of their favorite PJ books to read all together. When they're not reading, this PJ Library family can be found exploring, and spending time with their two dogs, Toby and Idgie.

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