Community Building from Cleveland to Israel

Two years ago, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, with additional support from the Begun Foundation, began a partnership with Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior neighborhood and our sister community, Beit Shean and the Valley of Springs, to share successful community development models. Professionals from each city participated in two exchanges – one, bringing Israelis to Cleveland; and the second, bringing Clevelanders to Beit Shean.

“There’s a whole world of differences and ways to think about community building that otherwise I wouldn’t have considered,” said Jamar Doyle, former Assistant Director of the St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation. “It’s a wonderful experience because we’re now able to incorporate their expertise and experience in terms of community building.”

During these exchanges, members of both groups were paired with a cohort from each city who does similar work; they were able to learn about the challenges they each face and work together to try and come up with solutions. “The fact that the Jewish Federation of Cleveland is bringing hope to our community with different kinds of projects, different kinds of programs, with knowledge and resources is giving hope to our community that we can build on our strengths to create success,” said Efi Mazor, Project Manager in Beit Shean.

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“The Jewish Federation of Cleveland is bringing hope to our community with different kinds of projects, different kinds of programs, with knowledge and resources.