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03/22/2016

Celebrating Purim with PACT

Tags: Federation, Israel, Overseas, Holidays, Blogs

Celebrating Purim with PACT

Life in Israel is more than what you read in the news. This time of year, Jews all over Israel are getting ready to celebrate Purim! Bags of pre-packaged mishloach manot filled with oznei Haman (hamentashen), candy, games, drinks, masks and more have been on sale in the supermarkets for weeks. Costumes of all sizes and funny hats are sold in small stores on almost every block. Children, teens and even adults appear on the streets in costumes, hats or bits of make-up. Jerusalem billboards announce a myriad of upcoming parties all over the city. Even during the Jerusalem Marathon this past Friday, there was a festive atmosphere as the city’s residents came out en masse to cheer 25,000 friends and relatives.

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03/14/2016

Celebrate 20 Years with Our Sister City

Tags: Federation, PR, Israel, Overseas, Beit Shean

Celebrate 20 Years with Our Sister City

CLEVELAND – The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is proud to announce a historic celebration marking a 20-year partnership with its sister city of Beit Shean and Valley of Springs, Israel. The event, Celebrate our Partnership, will explore the incredible impact Cleveland has had on its sister city and how residents from both communities have created personal, powerful bonds. All are invited to attend and experience the connection through live music by HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, a theater performance by Playmakers Youth Theatre, stunning images from local photographers, plus speeches by public officials, honoring of past chairs, and more. The event takes place on March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Mandel Jewish Community Center (26001 S. Woodland Road, Beachwood).

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03/07/2016

Russian Young Leader Finds Jewish Identity

Tags: Young Adults, Overseas, Leadership

Russian Young Leader Finds Jewish Identity

I grew up in Tomsk, Siberia (formerly part of the Soviet Union). Unlike Cleveland, Tomsk has a very small Jewish community with just one synagogue. Many of the Jews who live here don’t call themselves Jews. Some are scared to reveal this because it brings back memories of anti-Semitism. For others like my parents, it doesn’t mean much because they were raised under the Soviet Union where religion was outlawed. To them, their Jewish identity is not important.

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03/03/2016

Resilient Relationship

Tags: Federation, Overseas, Israel, Young Adults

Resilient Relationship

Through long times and across long distances, Joshua Davidson and Rebecca Richman's love flourished.

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02/24/2016

Jewish Camp in FSU

Tags: Overseas, Russia, Young Adults, Federation

Jewish Camp in FSU

Many Jewish children in the former Soviet Union grow up unaffiliated. Summer camp, as discussed earlier this month at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building in Beachwood, is a key way for those Jews to connect with their heritage.

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02/23/2016

Birthright Eligibility Expanded

Tags: Federation, Young Adults, PR, Israel, Overseas, Beit Shean

Birthright Eligibility Expanded

CLEVELAND – Do you know a Jewish Clevelander, ages 22 to 26, who is ready for a travel experience unlike any other? If so, they might be eligible for Birthright Israel, a free 10-day trip to Israel for Cleveland residents from June 20 – June 30, 2016. Complete the Interest Form now.

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02/22/2016

Become a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow

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

Become a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow

Become a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow (MITF)! Teach English to students in Israel and spend one year immersed in an authentic, small Israeli city.

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02/16/2016

Clevelanders Volunteer in Beit Shean

Tags: Federation, Blog, Israel, Overseas, Volunteer

Clevelanders Volunteer in Beit Shean

Fifteen Jewish Clevelanders are beginning an unforgettable two-week volunteer experience in Cleveland’s sister city, Beit Shean.

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02/10/2016

3 Ways to Travel to Israel Right Now

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

3 Ways to Travel to Israel Right Now

If you are a young Jewish Clevelander interested in Israel travel experiences, we have 3 great ways to get you to Israel this summer. Applications are being accepted now. Join us!

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02/10/2016

Groups Shifting Into GEAR

Tags: Federation, Overseas, Israel, PR

Groups Shifting Into GEAR

The success of community development initiatives has long been measured at the end of a program, through outcomes and statistics. But a new tool being piloted in five Cleveland neighborhoods looks to evaluate progress along the way.

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