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01/10/2019

Five Questions with Yossi Klein HaLevi

Tags: Federation, Advocacy, Israel, Overseas

Five Questions with Yossi Klein HaLevi

Author and speaker, Yossi Klein Halevi’s latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is a unique approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a way forward for the entire people in the Middle East.

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01/08/2019

"Sharing Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship" at CRC Annual Meeting

Tags: Federation, Advocacy, Israel, Overseas

"Sharing Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship" at CRC Annual Meeting

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland will host two professionals from Roots-Shorashim-Judur, a network of Israelis and Palestinians working together to make changes in an effort to end the ongoing struggle between the two sides. Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Roots Co-Founder, and Shadi Abu Awwad, Roots Palestinian Youth Director, will discuss “Sharing Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship” at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the Community Relations Committee (CRC) and Sidney Z. Vincent Memorial Lecture.

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01/03/2019

Experiencing Our Impact in Israel

Tags: Women, Federation, Israel, Overseas

Experiencing Our Impact in Israel

I recently had the incredible opportunity to visit Israel with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland where I attended the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Tel Aviv, along with the Israel at 70 Mission that took a deep dive in more remote communities.

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12/14/2018

From Puerto Rico to Cleveland to Israel

Tags: Federation, Israel, Overseas, Young Adults

From Puerto Rico to Cleveland to Israel

Like most college freshmen, Alejandra Fishman arrived on the campus of Kent State University feeling equal parts excited and nervous. The native of Puerto Rico chose Kent State University to study at the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Moving to Northeast Ohio for college was a change for her, but it felt like home immediately after stepping on campus.

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12/10/2018

The Miracle of Partnership: Connection Saves Lives

Tags: Federation, Israel, Overseas

The Miracle of Partnership: Connection Saves Lives

Tomer Oren fought on reserve duty during during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. While he returned home physically sound, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Months later, his daughter was sent to the ICU for a life-threatening condition. Oren participated in The Jewish Agency's Beit Shean/Valley of Springs - Cleveland Partnership within Partnership2Gether (P2G), The Jewish Agency’s strategic initiative that connects the Jewish people by creating enduring relationships between Israel and Jewish communities of the Diaspora. “When I look back at these two episodes — how P2G helped me recover from the shock of battle, and helped to save my daughter’s life — I understand very well the miracle that happened to me and my family.”

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11/28/2018

Finding a Home Away from Home in Beit Shean

Tags: Federation, I-connect, Beit Shean, Israel, Overseas, Young Adults

Finding a Home Away from Home in Beit Shean

I first heard about the Masa Israel Teaching Fellowship (MITF) just before I graduated from Ohio University. Joining Hillel on campus was my first real Jewish experience; I felt a new sense of pride in myself and my heritage. That also pushed me onto the path I am now. After graduating, I reached out to the Federation and they encouraged me to participate in the program in Beit Shean, Cleveland’s sister city. I am so happy I did! It’s such a unique experience and to be able to live in Beit Shean – not many people get to do that.

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10/25/2018

Rudin-Luria Impressed with Israeli President Rivlin

Tags: Federation, PR, Israel, Overseas

Rudin-Luria Impressed with Israeli President Rivlin

Before the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual general assembly in Tel Aviv began, incoming Jewish Federation of Cleveland President Erika Rudin-Luria shared how the gap between North American Jews and Israel can be bridged during a panel in front of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

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10/22/2018

Global Exchange Programs Can Be Key Learning Tool for Businesses

Tags: Federation, Overseas, Israel, PR, Advocacy

Global Exchange Programs Can Be Key Learning Tool for Businesses

Traveling to Israel with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland helped Nicole McGee see her work in a new light.

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10/08/2018

Molly Kazan Named Roslyn Z. Wolf-JDC International Fellow

Tags: Young Adults, Israel, Overseas, Federation

Molly Kazan Named Roslyn Z. Wolf-JDC International Fellow

Molly Kazan has always treasured her Jewishness. Born in Cincinnati, Molly moved to Cleveland during middle school and attended Agnon (now Mandel JDS), a Federation beneficiary agency. That time in her life is something she’ll never forget. “My time in Cleveland was very formative,” Molly said. “Agnon instilled in me such a passion and such a drive to understand my Jewish identity and serve within the Jewish community and really helped me be excited about who I am.”

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07/24/2018

A Garden for the Future

Tags: Federation, Overseas, Israel

A Garden for the Future

Where once lay the battered husk of an abandoned army base in the heart of Beit Shean, Israel, now grows a beautiful community garden for all to enjoy. This physical transformation is a perfect representation of the Jewish Federation’s lasting impact on its sister community in Israel. It had become an eye-sore for the beautiful neighborhood across the street, ignored by the residents of the community.

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