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09/02/2016

Back to School: There's a Prayer for That

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

Back to School: There's a Prayer for That

I feel a little anxiety. A little sadness. I’m excited, but also a little helpless. For the first time, my kids don’t want me to drive them to school. I expect this from my middle schooler, but my 9 year old? When did he stop needing me?

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08/10/2016

Read Now: Rabbi Mersack's "My Jewish Learning" Blog

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

Read Now: Rabbi Mersack's "My Jewish Learning" Blog

It was mid-morning on a Wednesday. I was serving as visiting faculty at our regional Reform Jewish overnight camp and was sitting with 50 high school age campers when Hitler started speaking. I had to resist the urge to leave the room when I heard that voice and its inflammatory speech. I listened uncomfortably to those hate-filled words, but what came next was inspiring. This program was part of a regularly scheduled daily shiur (educational lesson).

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08/10/2016

Shinshinim Bring Israeli Culture to CLE

Tags: Federation, PR, Israel, Overseas, Teens, Family, Kids, Partners

Shinshinim Bring Israeli Culture to CLE

For the past 11 ½ months, four Israeli teenagers have been serving as emissaries in Greater Cleveland to educate the Jewish community about Israeli life and culture, with a focus on connecting with other teens.

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07/10/2016

Watch Now: Street Team Meets Taryn

Tags: Federation, Video, Young Adults, Family

Watch Now: Street Team Meets Taryn

The Federation’s Street Team (that’s Raquel and Seth!) hit the ground running to see what makes Jewish Cleveland cool!

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06/27/2016

Jewish CLE Spends a Day at Summer Camp

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

Jewish CLE Spends a Day at Summer Camp

Family, ruach (spirit), and fun in the sun! Over 600 parents, kids, and grandparents joined us to celebrate summer at PJ Library Goes to Camp for Family Fun Day.

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06/20/2016

Jewish Teens Connect Across Borders

Tags: Federation, Education, Family, Teens, Israel, Overseas

Jewish Teens Connect Across Borders

Sammy and Raz. Two girls, two different parts of the world. And this year, they met here in Cleveland for the first time and formed an unbreakable bond for life. All because of Israel.Cleveland.Next (icnext), a Federation-supported initiative.

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06/09/2016

Meet Cathy: PEI Volunteer

Tags: Federation, Education, Advocacy, Family, Women

Meet Cathy: PEI Volunteer

Meet Cathy. A business-owner, dedicated volunteer, and proud Jewish Clevelander. She is a busy person, who always finds time to help others. When she started working as a literacy tutor when her own children were learning to read, she found a passion. And now, Cathy volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Public Education Initiative (PEI).

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05/12/2016

Israel's Independence Day Celebration

Tags: Israel, Overseas, Events, Holidays, Federation, Women, Teens, Family, Advocacy, Arts, Young Adults

Israel's Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Israel's 68th Independence Day on May 12 with Rita in concert!

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05/04/2016

Survivors Honored, Victims Remembered

Tags: Israel, Events, Holidays, Federation, Family

More than 800 people gathered to honor the survivors of the Holocaust and remember those who perished in it at Cleveland’s annual Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah commemoration May 4 at Green Road Synagogue in Beachwood.

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05/03/2016

Mandel JDS 8th Graders in Israel

Tags: Partner, Israel, Family, Teens, Overseas, PR

Mandel JDS 8th Graders in Israel

On the last Friday before Spring Break, the 8th grade class of Mandel JDS (along with their parents, and the entire school) stood proudly in front of the Israeli flag, singing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem. This tradition, commemorating the eighth grade’s upcoming voyage to Israel, has been around for nearly as long as the annual pilgrimage itself.

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