Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation Creates Special Matching Gift Program for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 2021 Annual Campaign

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Match part of $5 million donation to Federation’s Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland has announced today that the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation has created a special matching gift program for the 2021 Campaign for Jewish Needs, the Federation’s annual fundraising campaign for the Jewish community.

Through this program – known as the “Mandel Match” – for every new or increased gift to the Federation’s 2021 Campaign, the Mandel Foundation will make a donation to the Federation’s Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund in the amount of the new gift or the amount last year’s gift is increased. This matching gift program is part of the Foundation’s $5 million donation to the relief fund, which will provide the dollars necessary to address the needs of people who find themselves newly vulnerable – financially, emotionally, or otherwise – because of the pandemic, as well as those who were already vulnerable and now face even greater challenges.

“The needs of our community were great long before it was confronted with the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Stephen H. Hoffman, chairman, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation. “Through the Federation’s annual Campaign, Jewish Clevelanders help to ensure we are all able to live in an open, safe, and vibrant community – one that addresses near-term issues and thoughtfully plans for future needs.”

“By creating this match, we are helping to ensure that the agencies and institutions that are so critical to meeting the needs of individuals and families throughout Jewish Cleveland are able to serve the community during this time of crisis,” added Dr. Jehuda Reinharz, the Foundation’s president and chief executive officer.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing and generous support and leadership the Mandel Foundation has provided to Federation over the years,” said J. David Heller, Federation board chair. “I cannot thank Jehuda, Steve, and the entire Mandel Foundation Board enough for their generosity at this critical time in our community’s history.”

“Cleveland is known as one of the most caring Jewish communities in the world and actions like this by the Mandel Foundation make it easy to see why,” said Bradley A. Sherman, general chair of the Federation’s 2021 Campaign. “Through the Mandel Match, we are now in a position to overcome a once-in-a-generation challenge without having to sacrifice the future potential of Jewish Cleveland.”

The 2021 Campaign runs from August 27 through December 9, 2020. For more information about the Campaign for Jewish Needs and the match, visit www.jewishcleveland.org.

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