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08/21/2015

Aiding Families when Tragedy Strikes

Tags: Campaign, Federation, Family, Women, Partner

Aiding Families when Tragedy Strikes

Just a year ago, Marci and Mark were busy young parents whose days revolved around their kids. Then the unexpected happened. Marci and her two boys returned from the park to find Mark unconscious. He had suffered a pulmonary embolism, and died 72 hours later.

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07/14/2015

Remembering Mort November

Tags: Federation, Family, Leadership

Remembering Mort November

We remember philanthropist Mort November, who passed away on July 12, 2015, leaving a legacy our community will always cherish. Mort understood the importance of Jewish journeys for Cleveland – even for the community's youngest members. Thanks to Mort, and his wife Iris November, in 2012 Cleveland became the very first of 180 communities across the country to endow its PJ Library® program with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

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07/02/2015

A Balanced 4th of July Barbecue

Tags: Food, Holidays, Women, Teens, Family, Young Adults, Federation

A Balanced 4th of July Barbecue

July 4th is not a religious holiday, however, many of our American ideals are predicated on Biblical values. As I was contemplating how revolutionary it was for our Founding Fathers...

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06/29/2015

Family Fun at PJ Goes to Camp

Tags: Family, Federation

Family Fun at PJ Goes to Camp

Tons of ruach (spirit) and lots of smiles! Jewish Cleveland families had a great day at PJ Goes to Camp for Family Fun Day.

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06/09/2015

“PJ Our Way” Clevelander Shines

Tags: PJ Library, Family, Women, Teens, Video

“PJ Our Way” Clevelander Shines

Meet Hannah. At just 10 years-old, Hannah represented our Cleveland community on the National PJ Our Way Design Team! She is part of the PJ Our Way community, a new pilot program created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, that was designed to give 9- to 11-year-olds ownership over the material they read by allowing them to select their own books and express their opinions online.

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05/22/2015

Believe-land?

Tags: Blog, Young Adults, Women, Dating, Family, Volunteer

Believe-land?

In 2004, I moved to Cleveland, clad with a winter coat that more resembled a sleeping bag than any sort of shapely outerwear, nostalgic memories of a sun tan, and the phone number of some distant relatives. I knew no one else.

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05/20/2015

Cheesecake for Shavuot

Tags: Food, Holidays, Women, Teens, Family, Young Adults, Federation

Cheesecake for Shavuot

Shavuot, which begins on the evening of May 23, is also known as Chag HaBikkurim, which celebrates the season’s harvest of its first and best fruits. In ancient times, farmers would tie reeds around the first ripening fruits and grains in their fields. The designated produce, called bikkurim, was harvested upon ripening. Following harvest, the farmers made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem for Shavuot where each farmer presented his bikkurim to a priest. During the presentation ceremony the farmer thanked G-d for his sustenance provided by nature.

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05/19/2015

A Meaningful Cemetery Cleanup

Tags: Volunteer, Federation, Teens, Women, Family, Young Adults

A Meaningful Cemetery Cleanup

There is no greater mitzvah (good deed) than honoring those who came before us! Thank you to the many volunteers who joined together for our Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) and Commission on Cemetery Preservation (COCP) annual Spring Cemetery Cleanup. From across the community, came young and old alike, spending their Sunday raking, pruning, and beautifying the 124 year-old Lansing Cemetery.

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05/01/2015

A Mother’s Day PJ Library Gift

Tags: Family, PJ Library

A Mother’s Day PJ Library Gift

Robyn and Daniel Raskin had never seen a tzedakah box like it before. It was white. Flat. And made of construction paper. But since they started receiving books from PJ Library six years ago, mother and son are used to getting unexpected surprises delivered right to their door.

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