Just for Young Adults

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Jonathon Nisenboum, Young Leadership Division (YLD) Chair

Welcome to YLD! If you are between the ages of 21 and 45, living in the Cleveland area and want to meet new people, become more invested in your community, develop your leadership skills, and make a difference in the world we share, then you are in the right place. Please contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you become more involved in your community. Also, please check out our social media:


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Young Leadership Division (YLD)

This is where young people connect, to Jewish life and to each other. You don’t have to be very religious, or maybe you are; you might be really into volunteer work, or maybe just interested in trying something new; you could have met your soul mate, or this feels like a good time to mix and mingle with other singles; wherever you are in your life journey, we probably know others who are there too! We will help you connect to Cleveland’s vibrant, diverse, and welcoming Jewish community of young adults age 21 to 45.

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Networking & Social Events

We host events throughout the year, from volunteer events to happy hours to fundraisers; there is always a reason to get together as a community and strengthen our relationships with each other. We hope you’ll join us at an upcoming event.

Here’s a few of our favorite moments captured

Newish and Jewish

Newish and Jewish is an opportunity for those who are new or returning to Cleveland, or newish to Jewish to connect with each other and celebrate all things Cleveland. Plus, learn more about our vibrant community from a wide variety of Jewish young professional groups.

Ben Gurion Society

The Ben-Gurion Society (BGS) empowers young adults to combine their knowledge, passion and resources to build a stronger Jewish community in Cleveland, Israel and around the world. The Ben-Gurion Society is for individuals and couples between the ages of 22-40 who commit a minimum gift of $1,000 to the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs.

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Big Event

Join YLD for this annual event and join hundreds of Jewish young adults as we show our support for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs. It's always unforgettable night of community and philanthropy!

Summer Soirée

Less formal than the Big Event, the annual Summer Soiree is a chance to reunite with old friends, make news ones, and enjoy an awesome young adults' night out.

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Meet a few of our friends

Check out how our young leaders are becoming the change they want to see in the world. Watch the video.

Let’s Have coffee!

We love getting emails from new community members—or folks thinking about moving and wondering about what it’s like to be young and Jewish in the Cleveland area. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Drop us a line to meet up for coffee. We are happy to welcome you to Cleveland!

Carly Hertz Dunno

Carly Hertz Dunno, PhD
Director, Young Leadership Division

216-593-2900, x164
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Maddy Greene

Meet Maddy Greene
Associate, Young Leadership Division

216-593-2900, x137
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Hands-On Volunteering

Jewish Clevelanders, ages 21 – 45, come together for a day of hands-on volunteering. In the last five years, hundreds of young adults have made new friends who share an interest in doing good around our community. Together, they are helping improve local lives working at non-profits around the community.

A few of our favorite places to volunteer

Cleveland Metroparks

We roll up our sleeves and spend the day in nature with some of the greatest people that we’ve ever met: JFSA's YouthAbility. We help clean and beautify their adopted trail in the great outdoors during hands-on volunteer events.

Ronald McDonald House

We help to relieve families’ stress by dedicating an afternoon to cook and serve lunch to the residents. A simple meal helps create lasting connections with the families of the Ronald McDonald House and our greater community.

Warrensville Community Apartments

We laugh, learn, and engage with a few of Cleveland's best storytellers when we volunteer at the J's Senior Lunch Plus Program. Who knows...next time you might even get to play bingo!

Moishe House Cleveland Residents

Moishe House Cleveland

We are proud to sponsor Moishe House Cleveland, one of 63 houses across the country that cultivates young leaders to create Jewish community—on their own terms—for their peers, in ways that are meaningful and relevant. Check out their Facebook Page.

In their own words:

“What is Moishe House Cleveland? Oh, you know, just your average, run-of-the-mill, avalanche of awesomeness. We are three remarkable, creative, interesting, modest young Jews who want to make Cleveland an even better place to live and play. At our home base, MoHoCle, located in downtown Cleveland, we regularly host a wide variety of engaging events for Jewish professionals and grad students. Whatever your background, come join us! We look forward to welcoming you to our community! Keep up to date with our schedule! Join our listserve by emailing mohocle@gmail.com, subject: join listserve.”

Message from D.C.

Check out the video from the Moishe House in D.C. where it all started.

Be a Leader

LEADS is designed to introduce young professionals between the ages of 21-45 to YLD, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the greater Jewish Community. By participating in LEADS, you will have the opportunity to be a part of a cohort of young leaders who share your desire to become more involved in our strong Jewish Community. Together we will explore the ways you can most effectively put your skills, passion and expertise into action in a professional and volunteer capacity.

Gain access to and work with senior leaders

Connect to a strong and growing Jewish community

Become a leader—today and in the future

See the World

The Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellows Program

Every year, we provide a college graduate the opportunity to spend a year abroad, to help isolated or re-emerging Jewish communities develop programs that educate youth, care for the elderly and train future leaders. The experience can be life-changing, for both the fellows and the communities they serve.

About Roslyn Z. Wolf

Roslyn Wolf devoted her life to volunteerism and community leadership through the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA), Mt. Sinai Foundation, and many other charitable organizations. Her legacy is remembered through multiple awards, memorials, and programs in her honor, including the Roslyn Z. Wolf Cleveland-JDC International Fellows Program. This joint project of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Jewish Service Corps (JSC) was established through the generosity of the late Ambassador Milton A. Wolf, Ph.D. and their children to permanently honor and memorialize her. A Federation Trustee for Life, Roz's Jewish community commitments set an example for many and continue to motivate other volunteers to help make this world a better place.

“The fellowship is a significant and tangible way to both honor Roslyn Wolf and affirm her practice of our sacred Jewish value, kol Yisrael areveim zeh le zeh, each Jew is responsible for one another,” said Charles A. Ratner.

Past Fellows

  • Maya Rosen
    2022 – 2023
  • Klementyna Pozniak
    2021 – 2022
    Kraków, Poland
  • Klementyna Pozniak
    2020 – 2021
    Virtual Fellowship
  • Katya Rouzina
    2019 – 2020
    Kharkov, Ukraine
  • Molly Kazan
    2018 – 2019
    Riga, Latvia
  • Rachel Kraus
    2017 – 2018
    Israel-Unlimited in Israel
  • Shoshana Weiner
    2016 – 2017
    Tallinn, Estonia
  • Ben Fleisher
    2015 – 2016
    Bat Yam, Israel
  • Rachel Sieger
    2014 – 2015
    Berlin, Germany
  • Justin Kadis
    2013 – 2014
    Krakow, Poland
  • Menachem Weiss
    2012 – 2013
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Joseph Eisman
    2011 – 2012
    Riga, Latvia
  • Ariela Alpert
    2010 – 2011
    Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda
  • Molly Fried
    2009 – 2010
    Berlin, Germany
  • Dina and Sol Adelsky
    2008 – 2009
    Odessa, Ukraine
  • Aliyah Phillips
    2007 – 2008
    Minsk, Belarus
  • Alyson and Matt Fieldman
    2006 – 2007
    St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Jordan Namerow
    2005 – 2006
    Warsaw, Poland
  • Jessica Chait
    2004 – 2005
    Warsaw, Poland

Israel Travel Opportunities

Want to explore Israel with other young adults or on your own? I-Connect provides young adults in Cleveland with opportunities to experience Israel in whatever way you choose—programs that last 10 days, two months, or one year—deepening your connection to Israeli life and culture and changing your life forever, for the better.

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