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12/22/2016

Alternative Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

Tags: Federation, Interfaith, Family, Interfaith, Education

Alternative Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah

Looking for a new ways to celebrate Hanukkah with your family this year? Check out 8 Nights of Alternative Giving, brought to you by jHUB, a joint initiative of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) that connects interfaith families to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland, and to each other.

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09/30/2016

What My Road Trip Taught Me

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

What My Road Trip Taught Me

My husband and I took a weekend getaway to Toronto. Crossing the Peace Bridge into Canada, it struck me how only one lane was allowing entry into the United States, while several lanes were entering Canada. I wondered, “How welcoming does it feel to those who wish to enter the United States?”

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09/30/2016

New Year is Time to Thank Interfaith Families

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

New Year is Time to Thank Interfaith Families

Thank you: two simple words with tremendous meaning. Thank you for being part of our community. Thank you for raising your children with us. Thank you for being with us.

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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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04/22/2016

Seder in a Box Can Help Start your Passover

Tags: Interfaith, Young Adults, Family, Education, Federation, PR

Seder in a Box Can Help Start your Passover

Ariella Payne of Lakewood found jHUB’s Seder in a Box so helpful last year, she requested More Seder in a Box for Passover this year.

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03/01/2016

jHUB Connects Interfaith Families

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

jHUB Connects Interfaith Families

When Emma and Brandon met and fell in love, their different faiths didn’t stop them from getting married and starting a family.

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02/09/2016

Q&A with Rabbi Melinda Mersack

Tags: Planned Giving, Charitable Giving, Family, Interfaith

Q&A with Rabbi Melinda Mersack

According to our population study, 38% of Jewish Cleveland married households are interfaith and the majority of those who consider themselves interfaith want to feel connected to their Jewish roots. That’s why we partnered with the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) to launch jHub, an innovative new program made possible with a grant from the Federation’s Endowment Fund.

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01/07/2016

Rabbi Mersack Selected for Rabbis Without Borders Program

Tags: Family, Education, Interfaith, Partners

Rabbi Mersack Selected for Rabbis Without Borders Program

Rabbi Melinda Mersack, director of jHUB, which connects interfaith families to Jewish life in Greater Cleveland, has been chosen to participate in the Rabbis Without Borders program.

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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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