Meet the Lehava Young Leadership Group from St. Petersburg, Russia.
Each year, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland recognizes extraordinary volunteers for the impact they make on our community.
Six Jewish Cleveland young leaders recently returned from a once-in-a-lifetime journey, visiting Jewish communities in Morocco and Spain with the National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC) Study Mission. The trip, which highlighted the special relationship both countries have with the Jewish people, also helped the group understand the importance of supporting vibrant Jewish communities throughout the globe.
S. Lee Kohrman, a longtime Jewish community volunteer, leader and lawyer, will receive the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s highest annual honor at the group’s 114th annual meeting April 26 at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood.
The Gries Awardee each year is someone who has “demonstrated leadership in Federation activities as well as significant leadership in Greater Cleveland’s general community.”
The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Charles Eisenman Award. As the Federation’s highest honor, the award recognizes an individual or non-profit in the community for their exceptional civic contributions. Recent winners have included Michael Siegal (2017), Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. (2016), and Thomas W. Adler and Greater Cleveland Food Bank (2014). Nominations are due February 2, 2018.
Our Jewish Cleveland story began about three years ago. We moved back to Northeast Ohio and were eager enough to get in touch with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) Director, Jessie Bruder.
I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. In middle school, my family moved to Florida, but we always kept our ties with Northeast Ohio. My brother went to Camp Wise; many years later, I ended up moving back to Cleveland and taking a job as the Assistant Director for Camp Wise.
Imagine learning you are Jewish – at age 30. What would you do?
For more than 20 years, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland has been a partner in helping to build Jewish life in St. Petersburg, Russia, Cleveland’s sister city. Federation’s Overseas Connections Committee (OCC) recently hosted a Capacity Building delegation with all of the directors and associate directors of every major Jewish organization in St. Petersburg.