2023 will mark 75 years of Israel’s Independence!

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, in addition to dozens of community partners and organizations, and thousands of attendees from across Northeast Ohio, will come together to celebrate this remarkable milestone. Join the community’s year-long celebration of Israel’s ‘diamond anniversary’ – a testament to the commitment and care Cleveland and Israel has for each other.

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Yom Hazikaron - Israel’s Memorial Day

Monday, April 24, 7 - 8 pm

Unite with the Cleveland community in commemorating the legacy and sacrifice of Israel's fallen soldiers and terror victims.

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Jewish Cleveland is going to be celebrating Israel all year long! Organizations across the community will be hosting events and activities celebrating Israel at 75, check out our community calendar to find programming all year.

Create Your Own Israel at 75 Program

The Israel at 75 Microgrant program is part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Israel at 75 Initiative. Individuals and organizations may apply for funding to create their own programming that will enable the Cleveland Jewish community to find new and different ways to connect to Israel.

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Jewish Cleveland and Israel Over The Years


Over the years, Jewish Cleveland and Israel have forged a powerful connection. This connection resulted in numerous break-through achievements that have benefited Jews everywhere. Below are some of the most meaningful milestones we've achieved together.

  1. 1947

    Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver presents case for an independent Israel at the United Nations in dramatic, historic session

  2. 1948

    The Israeli Declaration of Independence is made in Tel Aviv, a few hours before the British Mandate is due to expire. At midnight the British Mandate of Palestine is officially terminated and the State of Israel comes into being.

  3. 1949

    Israel's War of Independence ends with an armistice; Arab countries still refuse to recognize Israel.

  4. 1956

    Israeli, French, and British forces invade Egypt following the closing of the Suez Canal and Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping. Subsequently, Israel withdraws from the Sinai.

  5. 1964

    National Water Carrier completed, bringing water from Lake Kinneret in the north to the semi-arid south.

  6. 1967

    Six-Day War; Jerusalem reunited.
    Annual Campaign nearly doubles in response to Six Day War, reaching a record $11.5M

  7. 1970

    Interfaith study mission to Israel

  8. 1973

    Yom Kippur War; highest campaign achievement in Federation history is one phase of tremendous community response

  9. 1979

    Federation begins partnership with Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neve Sharett in Project Renewal program, linking Jews in Cleveland to Jews in Israel

  10. 1985

    Clevelanders contribute $1.5M to Operation Moses to rescue Ethiopian Jews; another $1M raised in Operation Solomon in 1991

  11. 1988

    Cleveland one of the few to send missions to Israel during Intifada

  12. 1995

    Federation selects Beit Shean, Israel for Partnership 2000 program to forge new definition of Israel-Diaspora relations

  13. 1996

    Ohio-Israel Cultural Exchange program created with governor’s office

  14. 1997

    Federation Overseas Connections Committee is formed to handle overseas distributions and co-sponsor programs including PACT, a literary project for Ethiopian immigrants in Beersheba, and ISHA, a women's health partnership between medical professionals in Cleveland and Israel

  15. 1998

    Parents and Children Together (PACT) program begins in Be’er Sheva, Israel, to aid absorption of Jewish Ethiopian preschoolers.

    Ohio-Israel Cultural Exchange program created with governor’s office

  16. 1999

    Cleveland plays a major role in the restructuring of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI)

  17. 2000

    Formation of the Beit Shean Valley Community Foundation

  18. 2001

    Cleveland sends largest single community solidarity mission of the year – 200 people – to Israel in its time of crisis; repeats record-setting mission in 2002

  19. 2002

    Israel’s health minister comes to Cleveland to kickoff the ISHA program, a $3M initiative to improve women’s health in Israel with Cleveland volunteer participation

    Israel Emergency Campaigns raise $8,904,560 in two years, which includes $1M Endowment Fund Grant

  20. 2005

    Cleveland sends a delegation of 54 young adults on a national Tel Aviv One mission to Israel, in an effort to strengthen the connection of the next generation to the Jewish community

  21. 2006

    Israel Emergency Campaign is launched

  22. 2011

    Launch of I-Connect to connect young Clevelanders to Israel travel experiences

  23. 2012

    Federation launches Bridge to The Future, an Israeli community revitalization organization in Beti Shean to transform disadvantaged communities

  24. 2017

    icnext (Israel.Cleveland.Next) is established to engage the next generation of Jewish Clevelanders and Israelis

Stories of Israel and Cleveland


Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver Speech to the United Nations

Without the tireless efforts of Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, spiritual leader of The Temple-Tifereth Israel for 46 years, there might not be the State of Israel.

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From Rallies to Capital to Hands-On: Federation and Israel

The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland has been considered the central address of the local Jewish community for over a century.

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Clevelanders Key to Founding Israel and Helping It Prosper

Since before Israel declared its independence in 1948 through contemporary times, Clevelanders have played crucial roles in the founding and prosperity of the Jewish state.

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Israel at 75 Co-chairs Lynne Cohen and James Ratner Board Chair Daniel N. Zelman President Erika B. Rudin-Luria

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