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01/15/2016

We are a United Community

Tags: Teens, Kids, Holidays, Overseas, Federation

We are a United Community

The last day of Chanukah this year was extra special.

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01/06/2016

Sharing My Joy with My Community

Tags: Teens, Kids, Blog, Family, Volunteer, Holidays

Sharing My Joy with My Community

My name is Tyler Moses and I am 13 years old. I live in Orange Village and go to the University School (US).

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01/04/2016

Tu B'Shevat in Snowy Cleveland

Tags: Family, Kids, PJ Library, Interfaith, Holidays, Federation, Blog

Tu B'Shevat in Snowy Cleveland

Tu B’Shevat is around the corner. As 10-year-old Gabe says, it’s hard to celebrate the “festival of trees” in Cleveland this time of year when the ground is covered in snow. Youngsters like Gabe understand the importance of this holiday through Federation-supported programs like PJ Our Way and our Community Relations Committee’s (CRC) Interfaith Tu B’Shevat Seder. Read how Gabe learned about the values of Tu B’Shevat right here in snowy Cleveland:

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12/04/2015

Creating Miracles in our Community

Tags: Holidays, Federation, Blog

The front page of the New York Times on Friday (yes, I still read it) had a story on how Americans are now looking over their shoulders as they go to work or send their kids off to school. To my eye it read a lot like what I experienced in Israel recently and what I hear from my friends there. And now we are all contemplating the “real story” behind the attack in San Bernardino or whether Paris can happen here.

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12/01/2015

Lovely Leek Patties for Chanukah

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

Lovely Leek Patties for Chanukah

Thirteen years ago last Shabbat my best friend’s brother was murdered by Palestinian terrorists while providing reinforcement to IDF soldiers who had been ambushed outside the Cave of the Patriarchs. He left behind a wife and six children.

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09/25/2015

A D'var Torah on Sukkot 5776

Tags: Divrei Torah, Blog, Federation, Holidays, Women

A D'var Torah on Sukkot 5776

The following d’var torah was presented at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s All-Staff meeting on September 24, 2015.

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09/18/2015

Wishing you a Meaningful Fast

Tags: Holidays, Federation, Blog

Wishing you a Meaningful Fast

The Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are a time of deep personal reflection. Organizationally I take the same responsibility. Is the Federation living up to its stated mission and values? Are we conducting our business in an ethical manner? How are we helping the community in a time of deeply felt differences – on the political front, on the religious front, on foreign and domestic social policies?

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09/09/2015

A Rabbi’s High Holidays Message

Tags: Holidays, Blog

Kol Hakavod, Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk, of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, for a thought-provoking column on the High Holidays, as featured in Cleveland.com. Read his article below.

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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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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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