Impact Stories

Delivering Comfort and Food In Jewish Cleveland

Twice a week, Katie, a Holocaust survivor, gets a friendly knock on her door – it’s a meal being delivered to her home by a volunteer through Jewish Family Service Association (JFSA). “I can't stand up or walk as much as I used to be able to,” Katie said. “So, I really appreciate having the meals come to me. But I enjoy the people who deliver it even more; they're such lovely, wonderful people.”

A Lasting Friendship Through the Tragedies of the Holocaust

In the late 1940's, cousins Rachelle Malcmacher Korland and Anne Malcmacher Adelman; Fran Dorfsman Spike; Edie Miller Block; Ruth Bergrin Gordon; and Shirley Frum Cohen were born in Feldafing, the largest “Displaced Persons” (DP) camp in Germany created for Holocaust survivors.

Setting the Stage for Holocaust Education

Testimony Theater Cleveland is a program in which 7th-12th grade students interview Holocaust survivors and their families about their experiences and then act out those stories as a powerful and emotional stage performance.

"Alone in These Four Walls": Liliya's Story

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a Federation overseas beneficiary agency, is the leading global Jewish nonprofit organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities.

"Without JDC, I'd Be Lost": Vladimir's Story

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a Federation overseas beneficiary agency, is the leading global Jewish nonprofit organization, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities.

Regaining Confidence through Youth Futures

Through Youth Futures, at-risk children and their families receive one-on-one counseling and support from trained mentors.

Adding Up The Progress Of STEM In Israel

The Cleveland community invested in our learning environment. My teachers in the classrooms are able to focus on giving the children the skills and tools to learn and succeed.

The Addis Family: Reunited at Last

For more than 50 years, The Jewish Agency for Israel – with the support of Jewish Cleveland – has assisted over 95,000 Ethiopian Jews in their journey to Israel.

Making the Move to Israel and Scrubbing In

Growing up in a family of doctors in Ukraine, going back to his great grandparents, Stanislav always knew he would end up a doctor too.

Jewish Cleveland Supporting Education During COVID-19

The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in Northeast Ohio created once-in-a-lifetime challenges for our community. And yet, amid all the change, one thing remained the same: Jewish Clevelanders' commitment to one another and our community.

Serving Cleveland and Repairing the World

For Shaker Heights resident Nadav Marcus, serving the community is something that’s been engrained in him since he was a young child. So when the opportunity to join Serve the Moment here in Cleveland presented itself, he jumped at the chance.

Navigating Alzheimer’s and Dementia Together

In early 2020, Betty was tasked with becoming the primary caregiver for her husband, Alan, after he was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia.

Rally for Israel

In May of 2021, Jewish Cleveland came together to show our support at a Rally for Israel.

The Story of ‘The British Schindler’

Sir Nicolas Winton, also known as ‘The British Schindler', organized the rescue of 669 children from Czechoslovakia to Great Britain during World War II.

Federation Task Force Seeks to Ease Grieving in COVID-19

When Anita Gray lost her ex-husband and friend of 50 years, Alvin L. Gray, in late March 2020, she felt as if she and her family were on a cold, foreign planet.

New Psychiatric Children's Hospital Addresses County's Pressing Need

Bellefaire JCB, founded over 150 years ago as the Jewish Orphan Asylum in Cleveland, Ohio, continues to innovate to meet the emerging needs of our community. Today the agency helps more than 43,000 youths and their families annually with a wide array of programs providing behavioral health, substance abuse, education, and prevention services.

SAYing and Doing the Right Things in Local Public Schools

At the beginning of his sophomore year in high school, a local teen began to notice his motivation for school was not as it once was.

Bringing Holocaust Education to Students Across Ohio

Howie Beigelman, director of the Ohio Jewish Communities (OJC), did not need to see the research to know there was a problem.

Congregational Learning Has a New Look During a Pandemic

The world of education changed overnight with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic – and synagogue educational programs were not immune.

Feeding the Hungry

We feed the hungry wherever they are in the world, with a wide range of resources and services.

Safety in Our Jewish Day Schools

When a shooting had been reported at the Embassy Suites hotel in Beachwood on April 20, many buildings within the city immediately went into lockdown.

Combating Antisemitism Through icnext

Israel.Cleveland.Next (icnext) is two-year program that brings together Cleveland’s Jewish high school teens from all denominations.

Fostering the Next Generation of Civic Leaders

The first 248 Virtual Global Summit on May 17 highlighted community initiatives from North America, Europe and Israel.

Jewish Continuity Starts Here: The Vitality of Jewish Overnight Camp

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer was not like others for thousands of kids who were planning to go to Camp Wise – the ‘Home of Happiness’ – and other Jewish summer overnight camps.

Jewish Cleveland Stands Up to Hate in New York

Last January, Jewish Clevelanders came out in big numbers to participate in the "No Hate. No Fear. Solidarity March" in New York City to stand up against hatred and anti-Semitism.

The “Heart” of Jewish Cleveland

How Three Organizations Came Together To Ensure That College Students Would Have an Impactful Summer During the Pandemic

Cleveland Students Create the Art of Yom Hashoah

Each year, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Community Relations Committee (CRC) partners with the Kol Israel Foundation to host the Yom Hashoah Creative Arts Contest for Jewish and non-Jewish middle school and high school students.