Celebrating Stephen H. Hoffman

Please Join Us

Monday, November 12, 2018

6:30 pm

Dinner and Main Event
Featuring tributes to Steve and a special musical performance.

Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

5:30 pm Pre-Event Sponsor Reception
(Kosher dietary laws observed)

RSVP by October 29, 2018 to Jayme Honigman at 216-593-2823 or jhonigman@jcfcleve.org.

Stephen H. Hoffman’s Legacy

Stephen H. Hoffman has served as President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland since 1983. Through his deep commitment and passion, he has elevated all areas of the work of the Federation during his tenure. His leadership has enabled the Federation to anticipate the ever-changing needs of our community in Cleveland and around the world.

Stephen Hoffman began his career at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in 1974, and served as director of social planning and research and assistant director, before becoming the CEO in 1983. Stephen’s impact has been national and international in scope. He was the founding director of the Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education. From 2001-2004, he was “loaned” by Cleveland to serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federations of North America, the national umbrella organization of the federation movement. In 2004, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the United States delegation to the Conference on Anti-Semitism, held in Berlin, Germany, by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He is a founder and past co-chair of the Secure Community Network, a national organization concerned with communal security issues and preparedness. He also served as interim president of the Jewish People Policy Institute (Jerusalem), an international policy think tank based in Jerusalem.

Stephen serves on the President’s Visiting Committee of Case Western Reserve University. He is a board member of the Musical Arts Association (the Cleveland Orchestra), the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Foundation, the David and Inez Myers Foundation, and the Maltz Foundation. He also has served in a number of leadership positions for United Way Services.

The Stephen H. Hoffman Endowed Professorship of Hebrew Language
The Stephen H. Hoffman Hebrew Fund

To celebrate 35 years of distinguished leadership as the President of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, The Stephen H. Hoffman Endowed Professorship of Hebrew Language at Case Western Reserve University and The Stephen H. Hoffman Hebrew Fund at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland are being established in his honor.

Why Hebrew?

In 1987, Stephen Hoffman visited the former Soviet Union where, in secret, he met with students and teachers of the Hebrew language. Despite the risk of imprisonment if caught studying Hebrew, this community was dedicated to maintaining this ancient and beautiful language. Stephen was moved and inspired by their courage and passion. He returned to Cleveland with a renewed commitment to promoting Jewish education and Hebrew language literacy for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Hebrew is the language of the Jewish People, and for centuries, the way in which Jewish culture and history has been passed down from generation to generation.

The Hebrew language teaches values and beliefs that unite and sustain the Jewish community. Through understanding Hebrew, we know that the past and the future are connected; the word ‘before,’ ‘kedem,’ and ‘forward,’ ‘kadima,’ come from the very same root.

This is just one example that helps us connect to our history while also planning for a brighter future.

What is an Endowed Professorship?

An Endowed Professorship represents a commitment by a university to an area of scholarship and is a statement of long term institutional priority. Endowed Professorships strengthen a university’s capacities in research and education and ensure that academic work of the highest caliber will continue in perpetuity in a designated field of study.

The Stephen H. Hoffman Endowed Professorship of Hebrew Language at Case Western Reserve University will create a legacy of professors, scholars, and educators of Hebrew language at CWRU and in the greater Cleveland community. The Endowed Professorship of Hebrew Language will be situated in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature and will be a leader in the interdisciplinary Judaic Studies program. This Endowed Professorship will provide the university with a means of attracting and honoring exceptional faculty members in the field of Hebrew Language.

Creating an Endowed Professorship in Stephen’s name pays tribute to his values of intellectual pursuits and higher education, as well as his commitment to Hebrew and Jewish learning. This professorship will provide meaningful opportunities for CWRU students and staff and will foster a deeper connection between the University and the Cleveland Jewish community and Israel.

The Stephen H. Hoffman Hebrew Fund

The Stephen H. Hoffman Hebrew Fund, a fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, will be used to support a broad array of programs and experiences for all ages that promote the Hebrew language. Opportunities may include: leadership development through the lens of Hebrew; Hebrew immersion programs; arts and culture; experiential education such as camp programs; and travel to Israel.

Pre-Registration is now closed. Please contact Jayme Honigman for more information at 216-593-2823 or jhonigman@jcfcleve.org


Kerry & Reneé Chelm
Gary & Cari Gross
Harley & Rochelle Gross
Stephen & Penni Weinberg
Ilana & Charles Horowitz Ratner
Albert & Audrey Ratner

Honorary Co-Chairs

Jane L. Friedman
Larry & Cathy Goldberg
Robert Goldberg & Linda Weisenberg
Henry & Lois Goodman
William & Anita Heller
S. Lee Kohrman & Belleruth Naparstek
Charlotte Kramer & Leonard Schwartz
Milton & Tamar Maltz
Morton & Barbara Mandel

Samuel & Maria Miller
Robert & Sylvia Reitman
Betty Rosskamm
Peter & Aliki Rzepka
Gordon & Evie Safran
Michael & Anita Siegal
Morry & Judith Weiss
Stanley & Sally Wertheim
Tim & Sandy Wuliger

Tribute Committee
(in formation)

Terri & Sheldon Adelman
Hedy & David Adler
Trish & Mark Adler
Joanie & Tom Adler
Vicki Agron
Lawrence & Karen Altschul
Roma & George Aronoff
Mitchell Balk
Oren Baratz & Sue Wish-Baratz
Rabbi Rosette Barron Haim &
Marshall Barron
Avinoam Bar-Yosef
Marilyn M. Bedol
Fran & Jules Belkin
Nancy & Larry Bell
Mike Benz
Joanie Berger & Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk
Kelly & Rob Berick
Susan Bichsel
Rabbi Binyamin & Faith Blau
Sherri & Marc Blaushild
Rabbi Rick & Susie Block
Richard Bogomolny & Patricia Kozerefski
Barbie & Randy Boroff
Bob Brandon & Beth Wain Brandon
County Executive Armond Budish & Amy Budish
Rabbi Naphtali & Rachel Burnstein
Alice & Bob Cahen
Tami & Aaron Caplan
Rabbi Joshua & Leah Caruso
Gerald & Winnie Chattman
Florence Chelm
Jill & Paul Clark
Lynne & Philip Cohen
Jessica & Eric Cohen
Victor & Ellen Cohn
Deborah Coleman & Dan Polster
Bruce & Sharon Daskal
Mindy & Martin Davidson
Harriet & Paul Dennis
Rabbi Simcha & Yitty Dessler
Rabbi Eli & Suri Dessler
Reuven & Naomi Dessler
Jennifer & Grant Dinner
Fran & Mark Doris
Cindy & Michael Duber
Leslie & John Dunn
Amy & Ted Einhorn
Barry Feldman
Lu Anne & Ronny Fisher
Joel & Ronna Fox
Margaret Richards Frankel & Jonathan Frankel
Bonnie & Larry Frankel
Sam & Rina Frankel
Harvey A. & Harriet D. Freiman
Darrell Friedman
Mady Friedman & Norman Levin
Joyce Fromson
Gadi & Ginny Galili
Peggy & John Garson
Ann & Scott Garson
Elaine Geller & Elliot S. Azoff
Ilanit Gerblich Kalir
Rhona & Alan Gill
Adam & Shelley Gimbel
Nancy & Ira Goffman
Brenda & David Goldberg
Jennifer & Jordan Goldberg
Bruce Goodman
Florence Goodman
Francine M. Gordon
Anita Gray
Roe Green
Steve & Edith Greenberg
Penny & Bob Greenberger
Sally & Bob Gries

Andrea Kanter Grodin & Bill Grodin
Joan & Alan Gross
Toby & Morton J. Gross
Aaron Gross
Matthew Grossman
Mark Gurvis & Leah Pomerantz
Barry & Samantha Guttman
Melanie & Andrew Halvorson
Becky & David Heller
Mindy Hepner
Kathy & David Hexter
Michelle & Evan Hirsch
Annette & Shaul Hochstein
Malcolm Hoenlein
Rabbi Joshua & Ilana Hoffer Skoff
Jessica Hoffman & Phillip Friedman
Amy Hoffman
Emily Hoffman & Eric Weingart
Nadia & Alan Hoffmann
Karen R. Horowitz & Jeffrey M. Kahn
Richard Horvitz & Erica Hartman-Horvitz
Susan & Robert Hurwitz
Susan & Michael Hyman
Bob & Susan Immerman
Jared Isaacson
Jerry & Deborah Isaak-Shapiro
Dr. Adam G. Jacobs
Amir & Edna Jaffa
Dr. Alex Johnson
Roseanne & Michael Kadis
Suellen & Larry Kadis
Joe & Pam Kanfer
Ira & Amy Kaplan
Steve Katz & Ilana Isakov Katz
Paul M. Katz & Lisa Arnson
Rhonda & Randy S. Kertesz
Rabbi Roger C. Klein
Nati & Chany Klein
Yoni & Shoshie Klein
Terri & Stuart Kline
Gail & Seymour Kopelowitz
Sue Ellen & Jeffrey Korach
Jennifer & Randy Korach
Norma & Harvey Kotler
Doron Krakow
Eugene Kratus & Jeanne McMahon
Karen & Alan Krause
Marv & Carol Lader
Harry & Rabbi Enid Lader
Abbie & David Levin
Marcia Levine
Eliana LeVine & Josh Polster
Allison & Les Levine
Keith & Nancy Libman
Larry Mack
Dr. Louis & Chanie Malcmacher
Rabbi Sharon & John Marcus
Cookie & Herb Marcus
Shelley & Greg Marcus
Lois & Marty Marcus
Sheila & Kevin Margolis
Susi & Peter Meisel
No’a & Sallai Meridor
Hedy & Mike Milgrom
Kate & Natan Milgrom
Stephanie & Jared Miller
David P. Miller
Lindsay & Aaron Miller
Rob Minster
Beth E. Mooney
Bunny & Ronald Moskowitz
Jan & Linda Moskowitz
August Napoli & Joan Katz Napoli
Kesia & James Newbrough
Iris November
Aya & Amnon Ophir

Stephanie & David Orlean
Katie & Jeremy Paris
Shari & Michael Perlmuter
Kim & Paul Pesses
Loree & Steve Potash
Susan & James Ratner
Ron & Deborah Ratner
Mark & Nancy Ratner
Jehuda & Shulamit Reinharz
Barry & Susan Reis
Beth & Brian Robbins
Barbara S. Robinson
Rabbi Scott & Aviva Roland
Bruce & Sharon Rosenbaum
Enid & Dr. David Rosenberg
Beth & Frank Rosenberg
Barbara S. Rosenthal
Barbara & Alan Rosskamm
Dr. Fred C. & Jackie Rothstein
Hal & Erika Rudin-Luria
John Ruskay & Robin Bernstein
Michele & Harvey Sass
Bradley & Heather Schlang
Kyla & Mitchell Schneider
Diane & Harvey Scholnick
Paula R. & Walter S. Schwartz               
Rabbi Steve Segar & Andy Getz
Marla & Joseph Shafran
Dr. Nachman Shai, M.K
Gary & Mary Ann Shamis
Caroline & Eliav Sharvit
Elisabeth & Bradley Sherman
Zachary & Shelby Siegal
Eileen W. Sill
Jerry & Erica Silverman
Tamra Gould & Alan Silverman
Naomi G. & Edwin Z. Singer
Margaret & Larry Singerman
Richard K. Smucker
Barbara R. Snyder
Cathy & Jonathan Stamler
Erica Starrfield
Stephanie & Brian Stein
Carmie & Todd Stein
Penny & David Strauss
Maria & Daniel Strom
Jan & Will Sukenik
Jeanne & Dr. Jordan Tobin
Rabbi Allison & Charlie Vann
Moshe Vigdor
Emily & Seth Vilensky
Barbara & Norman Wain
Amy Wain Garnitz
Daniel & Molly Walsh
Philip & Peggy Wasserstrom
Neil & Connie Waxman
Caryn & Steve Wechsler
Rachel & Ken Weinberg
Rabbi Stephen & Naomi Weiss
Gary & Hildee Weiss
Karen Rutman-Weiss & Jeffrey Weiss
Stephanie & Adam Wieder
Danielle & Jeffrey Wild
Judy & Steven Willensky
Jonathon Wise & Cheryl Davis
Carol & Michael Wolf
Idelle & Abe Wolf
Sherri Wolf
Mitch & Laura Wolf
Dr. Nancy G. Wolf & Dr. Aric Greenfield
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Anne Marie & Renny Wolfson
Elissa Wuliger
Dara & Alan Yanowitz
Shannon & Andrew Zelman
Ellen & Dan Zelman