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Jewish Volunteer Network

The 2014 Campaign for Jewish Needs is an opportunity to do a mitzvah (good deed) to help those in need. Donate. Volunteer. Change the world.

Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) is the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s network of volunteer programs and opportunities. JVN identifies and creates connections to volunteer programs serving the Jewish and general communities.

The Jewish Volunteer Network has many opportunities to volunteer. Here are a sample of some of the types of opportunities you can get involved with:

  • Feeding the Hungry
  • Protecting the Environment
  • Caring for the Sick
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Special Needs
  • Assisting the Elderly
  • Caring for Animals

We have many opportunities to volunteer in the Cleveland Jewish and general communities. Contact JVN Director Susan Hyman at or 216.593.2887 to find out how JVN can help you find a volunteer opportunity.

Jewish Volunteer Network Task Force Chair:
Amy Wain Garnitz

Become a part of our caring volunteer community

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Upcoming volunteer opportunities


Feed the Hungry: Produce to People

Help fight hunger in Cleveland! Join us for this monthly distribution program as we pack, sort and distribute fresh produce to hungry children and families in need. 

where: Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 S. Waterloo Rd,
Cleveland, OH 44110

Thursday, March 20; Thursday, April 17; Thursday, May 15 (3rd Thursday of each month), 3:00- 7:00 p.m.
REQUIREMENT: Volunteers must be 12 years and older.
REGISTER: Register for Produce to People directly through the Cleveland Food Bank.


Passover Mitzvah: Food Delivery to Homebound Seniors

Break the matzah, prepare the bitter herbs and help our Jewish community members in need. Deliver Passover food packages to homebound seniors. This is a family-friendly opportunity. This Food Bank is the kosher department of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and serves all people in need, regardless of race or religion.

WHEre: RIAS Kosher Food Bank, 2004 S. Green Rd, Cleveland, OH 44121
Sunday, April 6 - Sunday, April 13
Register: Help community members by delivering food for Passover by calling Susan Hyman at 216.593.2887
by April 2. 


Celebrate Israel’s Birthday: Volunteer at Yom Ha’atzmaut

Have a blast at this year’s Israel’s Independence Day Celebration! Assist with children’s arts and crafts, or be a greeter. Perfect opportunity for teens and adults. 

WHEre: Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Dr, Cleveland, OH 44124
Monday, May 5, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Register: Volunteer at the Israel Independence Day Celebration.


On Memorial Day: Honor our Jewish War Veterans

Honor our fallen heroes by placing flags on our veterans' graves. A Jewish war veteran will share his experience that will be appropriate for young children.

Where: Mt. Olive Cemetery, 27855 Aurora Rd, Cleveland, OH 44139
Sunday, May 18, 9:30- 11:30 a.m.    
Register: Join us for a great family educational opportunity, register now.

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, contact: Susan Hyman, JVN Director at or 216.593.2887.

Recent volunteer events & our impact

Chanukah in a Basket

An outstanding event! On November 25, nearly 100 volunteers packed into the Federation, ready to wrap gifts and make gift baskets for Jewish Children in need. See Event Photos

Volunteer Resources

See a list of our partner agencies volunteer opportunities on Access Jewish Cleveland

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Volunteer Opportunities Spotlight
Public Education Initiative

PEI pairs caring volunteers with Cleveland Metropolitan School students for one-on-one help with reading skills, learning games, writing and mentoring. PEI provides volunteer training, an on-site coordinator, a structured supplemental reading program, and materials.

For more information on the Public Education Initiative or to find out how you can get involved, call 216.593.2900, ext. 263 or e-mail

Volunteer in Israel

Through our partnerships with grassroots and community-based organizations, we can connect you to a wide variety of volunteer programs in Israel. Whether you’re looking for a short-term opportunity or a more in-depth experience, we’ll help you integrate service with an exploration of Jewish values in Israel.

Learn about volunteer opportunities in Israel for all ages.

Volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in Beit Shean

Spend two weeks in our Sister City of Beit Shean. Enjoy the opportunity to get to know the people of Beit Shean through volunteering, develop new friendships and experience the rich culture of Israel. Volunteer opportunities include: Harvesting crops, assisting tourist entrepreneurs, and working on community development. Exact Travel dates TBA but will be in the Winter, 2015.

If you are interested in finding out more please see the 2014 participant blog. The application for winter 2015 program will open in the Fall of 2015. If you would like to be notified when the application is available please email Ilanit Gerblich Kalir at