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Public Education Initiative (PEI)

The Public Education Initiative (PEI) is a program of the Federation's Jewish Volunteer Network (JVN) to further our mission of tikkun olam (healing the world). PEI began in 1999 to create more opportunities for members of the Jewish community to become involved in the life of Cleveland.

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Bolton School (K-6)
Buckeye-Woodland School (K-8)
Buhrer School (K-6)
Citizens Leadership Academy (6-8)
E-Prep School (6-8)
Village Prep (K-3)
Juvenile Detention Center
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) High School (11th grade ACT Prep or Literacy Enrichment)

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information or to find out how you can get involved, call 216.593.2900, ext. 263, e-mail jsemel@jcfcleve.org, or fill out our online registration form.


PEI provides training, an on-site coordinator, and a structured supplemental reading program and materials. The program recruits a corps of caring volunteers to help build reading skills, offer homework help, and develop one to one relationships with students. The program functions during school hours as a supplementary program, apart from the school's regular reading curriculum. As a result of this program, hundreds of volunteers from all faiths have come together to read, write, play learning games, and build relationships.

Funders: Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal and Liffman Foundation
ServeOhio, the commission on service and volunteerism
Supporting Foundations of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland:

  • Chelm Family Foundation
  • The Conway Family Foundation
  • Peggy and John Garson Family Foundation
  • Lois and Martin Marcus Philanthropic Fund
  • Neumann Family Philanthropic Fund
  • Norma and Ernie Siegler Family Foundation
  • David and Robert Stein Family Foundation
  • Zilber Family Foundation

Partners: Fuchs Mizrachi School; John Carroll University Center for Social Service and Social Action; Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights; St. Ignatius High School; The Temple-Tifereth Israel.

Read more about the personal rewards...

Read more about PEI...
Instilling a Love of Reading in Children: Margaret Bernstein (The Plain Dealer, February 2013)
Passing knowledge from age to age: Brent Larkin (The Plain Dealer, May 2011)
Success Doubles for Cleveland Metropolitan School Students in PEI Program (June 2010)

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