Just for Young Adults
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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Join the Community!
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.
Get to Know Us:
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.
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!
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.
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, PhD
Director, Young Leadership Division
Let's talk - schedule time now!
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
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
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 email@example.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.
Maya Rosen2022 – 2023
Klementyna Pozniak2021 – 2022Kraków, Poland
Klementyna Pozniak2020 – 2021Virtual Fellowship
Katya Rouzina2019 – 2020Kharkov, Ukraine
Molly Kazan2018 – 2019Riga, Latvia
Rachel Kraus2017 – 2018Israel-Unlimited in Israel
Shoshana Weiner2016 – 2017Tallinn, Estonia
Ben Fleisher2015 – 2016Bat Yam, Israel
Rachel Sieger2014 – 2015Berlin, Germany
Justin Kadis2013 – 2014Krakow, Poland
Menachem Weiss2012 – 2013Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Joseph Eisman2011 – 2012Riga, Latvia
Ariela Alpert2010 – 2011Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda
Molly Fried2009 – 2010Berlin, Germany
Dina and Sol Adelsky2008 – 2009Odessa, Ukraine
Aliyah Phillips2007 – 2008Minsk, Belarus
Alyson and Matt Fieldman2006 – 2007St. Petersburg, Russia
Jordan Namerow2005 – 2006Warsaw, Poland
Jessica Chait2004 – 2005Warsaw, 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.