YLD Microgrant Program Recipients

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Jewish Federation of Cleveland Announces Young Leadership Division Microgrant Program Recipients

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) has launched a new Microgrant Program. With the YLD Microgrant Program, YLD hopes to create a thriving, vibrant Jewish Cleveland young adult community by empowering individuals or groups to create, plan, and host experiences for Jewish Clevelanders (ages 22-45).

“Supporting innovation and creativity is one of our top priorities as we look to grow our thriving young Jewish community in Cleveland,” said Barry Guttman, YLD Board Chair. “The initiatives our YLD Board has chosen to fund through the Microgrant Program are diverse, fresh and forward-thinking, and YLD is eagerly looking forward to the impact these initiatives and our Microgrant Program will have on our community.”

YLD Microgrant Program recipients may receive up to $1,000 to support their projects per calendar year. As the YLD Microgrant Program continues, funding will be made available twice annually. Applications will be due in July and December.

July 2017 YLD Microgrant Program Recipients:

  • Aaron Wolkoff of Beachwood, representing B’nai Jeshurun Congregation’s BJ Atid, will host Shabbat dinners for the synagogue’s 20s and 30s group.
  • Adam Rosen of Cleveland, representing Jewish Heritage West of the Cuyahoga, will host a tour of Cleveland’s two oldest Jewish cemeteries and a social at the Forest City Shuffle Board Club.
  • Ali Stern of University Heights, representing Cleveland Partnership Minyan, will host “Bridging Divides,” a scholar-in-residence Shabbaton.
  • Andrew Kahn of Cleveland, representing Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple’s Fairmount Young Professionals, will host “Jew Year’s Eve,” a celebration for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
  • Holly Sukol of Pepper Pike will host a Judaica Series, where young adults can craft their own Judaica pieces like Shabbat candlesticks, a Kiddush cup, and more.
  • Holly Sukol also joins Mandy Kwait of Lyndhurst, representing Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Association, to host a Bigs’ Night Out Recruitment Event.
  • Rosalynne Sommer and Naomi Fein of University Heights, representing Green Road Synagogue’s Young Leadership of Green Road, will host a Shabbat Lunch for new synagogue families.
  • Rabbi Rosette Baron Haim, representing The Temple-Tifereth Israel’s NextGen group, will host Purim Pandemonium.

For more information about the YLD Microgrant Program, visit www.jewishcleveland.org/yldmicrogrant, or contact Jessie Bruder at jbruder@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2869.

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