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Federation Support for Cleveland and Region

Federation Support for the City of Cleveland and the Region

Global Cleveland -- Connecting Newcomers to Opportunity and the Region

As part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland's ongoing commitment to the growth and prosperity of our region, the Federation has been bringing Cleveland’s diverse educational, business and community organizations together to discuss how we can all contribute towards Cleveland's growth by supporting the Global Cleveland Initiative. The Federation is proud to be working with our community partners to bring Global Cleveland to fruition. Watch videos and see pictures from the recent press conference.



The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland is well integrated into the local Jewish and general communities of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Some of the Federation’s initiatives and programs are identified below.

Economic Revitalization

1. Federation donor advised philanthropic funds and/or supporting foundations provide significant funding to endeavors in the local general community. In FY 2005/2006 and 2006/2007, grants totaling $12.93 million were realized by organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, and Summit Counties for programs in the areas of arts, culture and humanities; education; human services; community improvement and capacity building; and philanthropy and volunteerism.

2. Strengthening and Growing Jewish Cleveland (SGJC)’s professional networks focus on attraction and retention of young Jews to Cleveland. Its Human Resources Alliance, the cornerstone of SGJC’s aggressive talent recruitment efforts, brings together an “alliance” of business and community leaders to place highly-skilled talent in Northeast Ohio jobs. The ongoing monthly series, “A.M. Networks,” attracts Jewish Cleveland’s young professionals for valuable networking.

3. SGJC’s print and digital marketing campaign, and regional “satellite Cleveland” campaign, promote the entire Jewish community (agencies/programs/services/networks) to attract Jews to Cleveland.

Community Relations/Tikkun Olam

1. The Community Relations Committee (CRC) works with the broader community to foster positive intergroup relations, engage in public action to expand opportunities and resources for all, and respond to immediate crises which threaten civil liberties, human rights and Jewish security. Relationships have been established with individual leaders from many ethnic, racial and religious communities. The CRC has active programs with the Hispanic, African American, Arab/Muslim/Palestinian, Evangelical, Catholic and labor communities.

2. The Federation operates two direct service hands-on volunteer programs created to increase involvement in the City of Cleveland – Jewish Volunteers in Action (JVA) and the Public Education Initiative (PEI).

  • JVA has tallied nearly 12,000 volunteer experiences since its inception a decade ago. Volunteers have assisted at organizations including the AIDS Task Force, American Red Cross, Berea Children’s Home & Family Services, Bishop Cosgrove Family Center, New Life Community, Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, Ronald McDonald House and the Salvation Army.
  • More than 200 PEI volunteers from all faiths serve as reading tutors to help develop language and literacy skills and make a positive impact on school climate at six Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) sites. The program, which began nine years ago at one school now includes partnerships with four elementary schools, the Juvenile Detention Center, and beginning this fall, The Entrepreneurship Preparatory School (E-Prep).

3. The Federation’s government relations efforts to increase and direct funds for Jewish institutions benefit the neediest in both the Jewish and general communities – government advocacy efforts, for example, have helped to sustain Medicaid coverage for residents of Montefiore, Menorah Park and all other long-term care institutions that serve the Jewish and general communities.

  • Jewish Family Service Association’s (JFSA) clientele is comprised of over 45% from the general community. JFSA services include home-delivered meals, prevention of family violence, skilled nursing, counseling, psychiatry, residential supports, and vocational training (in conjunction with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries).
  • Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau (BJCB) serves many children and families from Cleveland proper on their campus and has counselors in over 35 schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. BJCB also has satellite offices in the Cudell and Buckeye/Woodland areas of the City of Cleveland.

4. The Federation has a long-standing history of providing financial support to the campaigns for Cuyahoga County levies as well as for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. In an ongoing relationship to better understand each others’ issues, public officials – the mayor, members of council and others – are regularly invited to Federation events.

Engaging the Next Generation

1. SGJC, in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation, funded the Cleveland Hillel Foundation Summer Internship Program. 23 students participated, with 14 placements west of mid-town. Interns were exposed to Cleveland’s social/professional/civic opportunities. A new and aggressive program goal for 2009 is to place 20 students entering their senior year in college with internships that will lead to career placements in Cleveland.

2. SGJC fosters connections between job seekers and employers and/or community members to build interactive networks. Currently under development, SGJC is creating an aggressive recruitment/job matching program that leverages industry knowledge with online resources and referral.

3. Through the work of the Federation’s Human Resources Department, there is an emphasis on identifying emerging leadership and working with community organizations to place strong candidates on boards in the general community.