Growing Strong Community Leaders
Campaign for Jewish Needs | PREPARE for the Future

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division (YLD) is helping to prepare the next generation of Jewish Cleveland leadership through unique professional and volunteer opportunities. “One of YLD’s main focus is to groom and develop young professionals into future leaders and board members of all of our community’s Jewish organizations,” said Natan Milgrom, 2018 YLD Board Chair.

2019-2020 Campaign for Jewish Needs Chair Jeffrey J. Wild credits his volunteer and professional success in part to the knowledge he gained while in YLD leadership roles. “YLD provided me with the necessary skills to lead within my law firm, to run a Federation agency, and to run strategic planning processes at different philanthropic organizations – and they are skills that are with me to this day in much of what I do professionally and communally.”


“One of YLD’s main focus is to groom and develop young professionals into future leaders and board members of all of our community’s Jewish organizations”


This leadership growth is also mirrored in Cleveland’s sister city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where we are helping to renew Jewish life after 70 years of Communist rule. The Lehava (which means flame) Leadership Program was created for young Jewish adults in St. Petersburg to become more involved in their local Jewish community. “We’re empowering young people to continue their impressive feat of Jewish renewal,” said Ilanit Gerblich Kalir, Managing Director of International Operations at the Federation. “We believe that Lehava will help the next generation shape their own Jewish community in a uniquely Russian way.”


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