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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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05/20/2015

A D’var Torah on Shavuot

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

The following d’var torah was presented at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Board of Trustees Meeting on May 20, 2015. This upcoming Shabbos we read Parsha Bamidbar, the first parsha in the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar.

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04/24/2015

2,000+ Celebrate Israel’s 67th

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

2,000+ Celebrate Israel’s 67th

A night to remember! Thousands of community members celebrated Israel's 67th birthday, big and loud. 

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04/24/2015

A Druze Hero in the IDF

Tags: Israel, Holidays, Blog, Federation, Campaign

A Druze Hero in the IDF

My name is Major Rushdi Bader, and I am an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. I want to tell you about my brother, Zedan, while I am here in Cleveland and far away from our holy country.

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04/23/2015

Wishes from Israel

Tags: Israel, Holidays, Federation, Teens

Wishes from Israel

The entire Cleveland Delegation of March of the Living is sending wishes for Israel’s 67th Yom Ha’atzmaut from Jerusalem! Wishing everyone here a joyous celebration!

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04/22/2015

Honoring Israel's Fallen Soldiers

Tags: Israel, Holidays, Blog, Federation, Advocacy

Honoring Israel's Fallen Soldiers

Shalom (Hello). My name is Kobi Dostakam, and I am proud to be a Colonel in the IDF and head of the 2015 IDF delegation to Cleveland. I am married to Marina, have four children and have been serving in the IDF for 26 years. Tonight, we mark Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel.

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04/15/2015

Beit Shean’s Mimouna Celebration

Tags: Beit Shean, Israel, Blog, Holidays, Volunteer, Passover

Beit Shean’s Mimouna Celebration

It really is no secret that observing the dietary laws of Passover in the United States is somewhat of a chore and not exactly easy. Passover in Israel is a completely different story. For the most part, the grocery stores and restaurants do all the work for you and it is much harder to break the laws of Passover in Israel than it is to keep them.

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