Daniel N. Zelman Named Chair of Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Board of Trustees

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Daniel N. Zelman

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland announced today that Daniel N. Zelman has been named board chair for the 2022-2025 term. Zelman, 65, is the chief executive officer of Paro Services Corporation which owns businesses in the chemical manufacturing and janitorial services industries.

“Dan Zelman is a proven community leader who has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of our diverse community,” said Erika B. Rudin-Luria, president of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. “We are thrilled to have him steward our talented and committed Board at this time.”

Zelman has been actively involved in Cleveland’s Jewish community for many years and an officer of the Federation’s Board of Trustees since 2013. Over the years, he has held various leadership positions on the Federation Board, including serving as the general campaign chair from 2015 to 2016.

Zelman just completed a three-year term as the chair of the Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA) Board of Trustees, where he continues to serve on several committees. He is also a board member of Jewish Federations of North America, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and Menorah Park. In service to the Greater Cleveland community, he is a board and committee member at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and just recently concluded serving on the board of University Hospitals – Ahuja Medical Center.

“Jewish Cleveland is a special community for many reasons – perhaps none bigger than the genuine concern our community members have for one another and Jews everywhere,” said Zelman. “We were reminded how special our local Jewish community is by how it responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with will and determination. I am truly humbled to serve this wonderful community in this capacity and look forward to working even more closely with the Board, Erika, and Federation professionals.”

Zelman and his wife, Ellen, live in Moreland Hills and are members of Park Synagogue. He succeeds J. David Heller, who has served as Federation’s board chair since April 30, 2019. The Federation’s new slate of officers also includes Vice Chairs Peter Meisel, Bradley A. Sherman, Erica G. Starrfield, Jeffrey J. Wild, and Dara G. Yanowitz. Jeffrey Weiss will serve as treasurer and Amir Jaffa will serve as associate treasurer. Zelman and the new slate of Federation officers were elected at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, 2022.

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