'Power of Women' Support Chesed Center

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The Cleveland Chesed Center opened in March 2016 in Cleveland Heights to help our local community in need. In the past year, the Chesed Center has provided 1,370 individuals (750 children and 620 adults) with basic necessities including kosher food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, clothing, and furniture thanks to the efforts of Jewish Cleveland and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

“When we began, we were servicing 80 families a month, and now we're servicing over 225 families a month,” said Rabbi Avrohom Adler, director of the Cleveland Chesed Center. “Cleveland is growing, and we’re going to keep doing whatever we can to help the people in our community.”

Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy saw this as a call to action. At their annual Spring Luncheon, attendees brought in clothes, school supplies, and other items to donate to the Chesed Center. After the luncheon, they continued their generosity by hosting a Power of Women (POW) event at the Cleveland Chesed Center. “Women came and donated of their time,” said Rochie Berkowitz, a POW Volunteer and Co-Chair of the event. “More than 50 women came to sort items, organize the warehouse, and invest in the future of this unbelievable resource for our community.”

“I'm just so proud to be part of the Jewish community here in Cleveland,” said Marcy Schwartz, a POW volunteer and Co-Chair of the event. “We're just so fortunate that we can be here to help support such a wonderful organization.”

The Torah says ‘speak little and do much.’ It’s time for all of us to follow that lead. “We all have to look out for one another,” said Adler. “Because without community, we have nothing.”

For information about Women’s Philanthropy, contact Lisa Hacker at lhacker@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2792. For information about the Cleveland Chesed Center, contact Meira Friedman at info@clevelandchesedcenter.org or 216-932-3115

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