Thank You for Making Cleveland Special

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With the arrival of Thanksgiving next week, we want to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude (hakarat hatov) to all who make Cleveland such a special community.

Thank you to the front line hospital and healthcare workers who continue to work around the clock at the Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, University Hospitals and the other medical offices and centers to care for those impacted directly by COVID-19.

Thank you to the social services professionals who have found alternative ways to safely care for and protect those most vulnerable in our community, including the hungry, the homeless, and the disadvantaged.

Thank you to the teachers, tutors, administrators, and staff who have reimagined their classrooms and curriculums in order to support our children’s academic growth and social emotional health.

Thank you to our local police departments, FBI, and other law enforcement professionals for putting their lives on the line every day in order to protect our community and fight hate in all of its forms.

Thank you to our friends and neighbors for the continued support, cooperation, and mutual respect. We are truly blessed to live in such a diverse community.

And, most of all, thank you.

Thank you for your willingness to work together across religious practices, political differences, and diverse backgrounds for the purpose of strengthening Greater Cleveland, Jewish Cleveland, and our world.

Thank you for caring about each other even when we disagree.

Thank you for being present and making your presence felt in so many different ways that spread warmth and demonstrate good.

Thank you for helping to secure the present and fortify the future for our children and grandchildren with your support of the annual Campaign for Jewish Needs*.

Finally, on behalf of those who cannot say thank you themselves, thank you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Thank you for practicing physical distancing, wherever possible, to keep yourself and others around you safe and healthy during this difficult time.

In gratitude,

J. David Heller

J. David Heller
Board Chair

Erika B. Rudin-Luria

Erika B. Rudin-Luria

*If you’ve not made a gift yet, we hope you will consider doing so. In fact, starting next Monday, we are launching our “Grand Challenge”! Sponsored by Benesch, the goal of the Grand Challenge is to secure 1,000 gifts between November 23 and the end of Giving Tuesday (December 1). Every dollar we raise makes a huge difference in Cleveland, Israel, and around the world.

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