The Impact of Kindness

With help from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and other key stakeholders, the Cleveland Chesed Center opened in March 2016 to supply community members in need with kosher food and other basic necessities (Chesed is the Hebrew word for kindness). Throughout its two years in operation, the Chesed Center has provided nearly 1,800 individuals (more than half of whom are children) in 24 zip codes around Greater Cleveland with food, personal care items, cleaning supplies, clothing, and furniture.

“When we began, we were serving 80 families a month, and now we're serving nearly 200 families a month,” said Rabbi Avrohom Adler, Executive Director of the Cleveland Chesed Center. “Jewish Cleveland is growing, and we all have to look out for one another. Without community, we have nothing.”

Staff at the Chesed Center is constantly identifying and addressing new needs to help families on their journey to financial stability. “The Chesed Center has never been satisfied with the status quo,” said Ira Kaplan, Chair of the Federation’s Community Planning Committee. “By helping them partner with Jewish and general organizations, we are able to leverage existing services and resources to benefit their clients.”

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“Jewish Cleveland is growing, and we all have to look out for one another. Without community, we have nothing."