About Us

Gary L. Gross

Meet Gary L. Gross, Board Chair

When we started in 1903, our leadership was exemplary. They paved the way for today's donors and volunteers to continue the legacy of working as a collective. We were the first Federation in the country to support day school education as a means to ensuring our Jewish future and launch an endowment fund as a safety net in times of crisis. We were one of the first to rally behind Ethiopian Jewry and help them make aliyah to Israel thirty years ago, and this year, the final 400 joined. We made history then, and we are still making history today. Locally and globally, we are changing lives. Thank you for your continued support. May we go from strength to strength.

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Our Mission

We promote the well-being of our community, its members, and Jews throughout the world; enhance the continuity, security, and unity of the Jewish community; increase understanding of Jewish values and their application to improve people’s lives; encourage our members to fulfill the responsibility of tikkun olam, to make the world a better place; support Israel as a Jewish and democratic state; and promote collective action by individuals and organizations to advance these purposes.

What We Do

We are the voice of the community collective, navigating the present and future needs of our local and global Jewish world with our community, for our community.


Over 1,000 Cleveland volunteers help lead decision-making about our local and global community’s welfare. They are our lay leaders and they are active in guiding our community’s direction.


Based on our recent population study, there are 80,000 Jewish Clevelanders; and, each one can feel safe knowing that our community collective is here for you in good times or in bad times.

$117 Million

We are one of the largest grant makers in Ohio, we made over 6,600 grants totaling over $117 million to Jewish and general causes in the past year. We are helping make our community stronger.

We provide unwavering support for our local, national and international partner agencies that care for Jews wherever they are―in Cleveland, Israel, and 70 countries around the globe.

Together with our partner agencies we are...

Feeding the hungry

Comforting the sick

Caring for the elderly

Educating Youth

Ensuring a Jewish future

Bridging cultural divides

Supporting Israel

Meet our Partner Agencies

We help people in need during times of crisis, no matter who or where they are.

Natural Disasters

Three unforeseen natural disasters shook the lives of thousands at home and overseas in 2013. We were on the ground providing emergency relief efforts and helping save lives. From our endowment fund and individual donations, we contributed $65,000 to support victims of the typhoon in the Philippines, the flooding in Colorado, and the tornado in Oklahoma.

Terror Attacks

5,000+ Israelis were provided respite from rocket attacks during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012. Partnering with other Federations around the country, we sent $210,000 toward the total $5 million contributed by our national system, ensuring Israelis who were under fire could find relief during a time of terror.

Did you know? 100% of proceeds from emergency fundraising go directly to relief efforts led by our national and international partners.

Economic Crisis

$10 million in emergency grants have been provided in times of crisis to assist victims of natural and economic disasters in the United States, Israel, and around the world in the last four decades.

Find out more about our work around the world

Why We Do It

We aspire to leave no community member behind in Cleveland, Israel and 70 countries around the globe. Here’s how you can help:

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