Clevelanders Meet Up in Israel

Tags: Israel, Overseas, I-Connect, Federation, Young Adults

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Emily Friedman and her boss, Dror Aharon, the founder of the start up Daystage, meet with Cleveland civic and philanthropic leaders.

Jewish Cleveland’s Emily Friedman is participating in Onward Israel, a summer internship program supported by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. She’s interning in Tel Aviv at Daystage, a discovery platform that enables musicians to gain more exposure and get booked. She recently presented to members on the Thomas and Joann Adler Civic Leaders Israel Mission, also supported by Federation. She talked about what that experience meant to her.

“Growing up in Cleveland has been such a blessing, so having the opportunity to share the city that has been my home for the past 21 years with my new second home (Israel) was such an amazing experience. Being able to attend the Thomas and Joann Adler Civic Leaders Mission conference with my company was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I felt so proud that Daystage was given the opportunity to present all of our hard work to a group of just-as hard-working Clevelanders. After my boss introduced Daystage, he then introduced me and mentioned the fact that I too am from Cleveland. Almost before he could finish his sentence, the entire audience of civic leaders from Cleveland was out of their chairs cheering and clapping. The excitement in the room was purely because of the fact that my boss, Dror, mentioned that I am a Clevelander. This gesture of love and support from the audience is exactly what Cleveland is about. Clevelanders love to see people from the community making a difference in the world and spreading the civic responsibility that we are all raised to believe in. Cleveland is a city of Rock and Rollers and it is our mission at Daystage to give every musician the chance to make it big.”

For more information about Onward Israel, contact Mirit Balkan at mbalkan@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2921. For more information about the Thomas and Joann Civic Leaders Israel Mission, contact Jessica Cohen at jcohen@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2782.

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