Jul 30

Tribute Weekend Honoring our Holocaust Survivors

  • Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue

Shabbat, July 29th

Rabbi Zvi Leshem, Scholar in Residence

Shacharit at 9 am
Drasha at 11 am

Holocaust and Faith: Insights from the Piaseczner Rebbe through the Lens of a Survivor's Child

Tribute to Survivors followed by a special kiddush lunch

Seudah Shlishit at 8 pm

The Inner Light of Tisha B'Av in the Writings of the Hasidic Masters


Son of our members Mike and Sylvia Blain, Rabbi Zvi Leshem grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He made Aliyah with his wife Julie in 1979. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and holds a doctorate from Bar Ilan University in Chassidic Thought. He is the Director of the Gershom Scholem Collection at the National Library of Israel.

Sunday, July 30th

Guest Speaker, Irene Marocco, LISW

Community Breakfast at 10am

Growing up Second Generation

Breakfast is co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation


A psychotherapist, Ms. Marocco has worked with a variety of patients since she obtained her MSW from Ohio State University in 1986. She holds a BS from Case Western Reserve University and an MA from John Carroll University. During her 24 years with Jewish Family Service Association she served as Director of Refugee Resettlement, conducted DBT groups, and provided counseling for those with a variety of mental health issues. She also holds LISW-S and LICDC-S certifications, and currently offers therapy services in a private practice setting. 

Both programs are free and open to the community
RSVP by calling 216-382-6566 or e-mail to office@oz-cedarsinai.org
23749 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst (west of Legacy Village)

12:00 pm12:00

2017 Kol Israel Picnic

  • Mandel JCC, Safran Park

Please join us at the 2017 Kol Israel Picnic!

Ticket Type

Sunday, August 6th
Noon -3:00pm

Mandel JCC, Safran Park
26001 South Woodland Road, Beachwood

*Bring Your Own Main Dish*
Food & Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the door
LATKES, CORN, CHIPS, WATERMELON, DESSERT, POP & WATER {all food & beverage available for purchase is Kosher} 50/50 Raffle Tickets!

PRE- REGISTER BY JULY 30th : $5.00/member $8.00/ non-member

Online with CREDIT CARD— choose your ticket type and click "Buy Now"
By CHECK — mail to Kol Israel 3861 S. Green Road, #306, Beachwood 44122 (prepaid only)

 REGISTER AT THE DOOR: $8.00 member/non-member



Kol Israel Annual Meeting
6:30 pm18:30

Kol Israel Annual Meeting

  • South Euclid Regional Library- Meeting Room C

Please join us for the Kol Israel Foundation’s annual membership meeting!

We will be electing our new officers and board members, and updating you on all that has been happening at Kol Israel. Click here to see the slate of officers and board members recommended for election by the Nominating Committee.

The past year has been very busy and we are taking important steps to strengthen Kol Israel so that it continues as a strong organization preserving the legacy of the Holocaust for future generations. This past year, we held a very successful gala brunch honoring Richard Bogomolny. We embarked on a strategic planning process so that we can build a sustainable organization for the future. We are honored to have been selected to participate in the Legacy Heritage Foundation OnBoard program, which will enable us to significantly develop our leadership capacity. We continue to expand our mobile Holocaust education program to school and community groups. Our next generation of leaders, the 3Gs, have been meeting and planning activities and outreach to their peers.

Building and maintaining the kind of organization that can properly preserve and transmit the legacy of the Holocaust requires significant financial resources. We are blessed with extremely capable and dedicated professional staff who support all of the programs and activities that we want to offer to our members and the broader community. Therefore, our Board of Directors recently approved the reinstatement of annual membership dues.


 Effective July 1, 2017, our dues will be as follows:

  • Survivor: FREE
  • Age 40 and under: $36
  • Over 40 years old – Individual: $54
  • Over 40 years old - Household: $72


Members will pay reduced admission rates for programs with fees, and will also receive a free listing of up to six names in a new special Memorial section that will be created on our website, with the option to renew annually. Enclosed is a form and return envelope for your convenience. You can also pay dues on our website at kifcle.org.

We look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting, and welcoming you at upcoming events!!


Shalom Italia co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation
Apr 9

Shalom Italia co-sponsored by Kol Israel Foundation

  • Tower City Cinemas


Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 6:40 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 11:35 AM
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Please join us to view the spectacular film, SHALOM ITALIA. A compelling documentary of 3 Jewish-Italian brothers, who are Holocaust Survivors, and their attempt to find the landmark cave in the Tuscan Countryside where they hid from the Nazi’s 70 years ago.

Tickets go on sale - Friday, March 17th at 11 a.m

To receive a $2 discount on each ticket:

Online: Use the code KOL when purchasing tickets atwww.clevelandfilm.org .
Phone: Use the code KOL when calling the Film Festival Box Office at 877.304.FILM (3456).
In-person: Use the code KOL at the Film Festival Box Office in the Tower City Cinemas lobby.

Ticket Prices (before $2 discount):

$14 Cleveland International Film Festival Members
$16 Non-members
$14 Students and seniors (in-person only)

Learn more about the film festival.

7:00 pm19:00

Exclusive 3G Event- Next Generation...Next Steps

  • Home of Allison & Marc Newman

3G Invites you to...

Next Generation...Next Steps

Join us in our efforts to develop meaningful 3G events.

Dessert & Drinks
Thursday, March 16, 7-9 pm
Home of: Allison & Marc Newman
5086 Lansdowne Drive, Solon

We welcome your contributions.


3G is a newly forming group of third generation Holocaust Survivors, their family, friends and supporters. The mission of 3G is to share Survivors stories in an effort to educate and inform the next generation.
11:30 am11:30

Bagels and Book Event

  • The home of Sylvia and Roger Kramer

This Event is Open to the First 20 Respondents.

The event is similar to a “book club” – all participants read the book ahead of time. You will be emailed a list of 10 questions to ponder as you are reading.  The day of the event there will be an in-depth conversation led by Sylvia Malcmacher Kramer and Rachelle Malcmacher Korland about the book, the main character (who is the author),etc. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Please RSVP to: info@kifcle.org or (216) 831-3754

New York Times reporter Berger tells the story of his family, Polish Jews and Holocaust survivors, who migrated to New York City in 1950. Having been born in Russia in 1944 and arriving in the United States at the age of five, Berger recounts the tale of his own coming of age, with his parents' reminiscences as backdrop. The story of such refugees, about 140,000 of whom came to the United States between 1947 and 1953, remains a little-known aspect of Holocaust history. Berger's account is painful at times, as he recalls his own struggle to belong as both he and his parents fought to "shoehorn" their way into American life in the 1950s and early 1960s. His childhood remembrances of simple pleasures like Sunday visits to the bakery, the pleasure of new school supplies housed in cigar boxes, and the proud excitement of the arrival of the neighborhood's first TV set will bring smiles to the faces of general readers. Most touching is the celebration of family, community, and continuity so prized by these survivors. Highly recommended.

- Library Journal

6:00 pm18:00

Kol Israel Special Event for Second Generation Survivors

  • Shapiro Law Offices

As part of our ongoing education programs, Kol Israel Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new program for 2nd generation Holocaust Survivors-  “Your Story Simply Told”.

This program is provided courtesy of Natalie Bauman, founder and CEO of The Digital Mosaic, LLC. It enables 2nd generation video interviews through an easy-to-use app in the comfort of one’s own home and scheduling.

Ms. Bauman will demonstrate the proprietary program, how the app works, and talk about the process, options, and ease of use. There is no charge for these services due to the generosity of Ms. Bauman.

If you are a second-generation Holocaust Survivor, you won’t want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to find out how to tell YOUR STORY

RSVP: By January 11th to:  info@kifcle.org or call the Kol Israel Foundation office at 216.831.3754

Did Holocaust Survivors Pass on Trauma through their Genes to their Children?
7:00 pm19:00

Did Holocaust Survivors Pass on Trauma through their Genes to their Children?

  • 25700 Science Park Drive Suite 100 Beachwood, OH, 44122 United States

Many have wondered if the trauma suffered by Holocaust Survivors, or any victims of emotionally and physically traumatic experiences, can be passed on to second and even third generation offspring. Fascinating new research in the field of Epigenetics (tags left on genes that change their functioning and can be passed on to offspring) show that this may be the case. Hear from leading international researcher and practitioner Dr. Rachel Yehuda, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and Director of the Mental Health Patient Care Center of the Bronx Veterans Affairs Hospital in New York City, whose work started here in Cleveland 25 years ago studying area Survivors.

Malice, Murder, and Manipulation
7:30 pm19:30

Malice, Murder, and Manipulation

  • Menorah Park

Citizenship and legal status affected every aspect of the Jewish life in the "old country." Follow a 100-year story of how the Lithuanian government abused national laws, causing multiple Jewish deaths in 1922, and how the same government still continued that behavior four generations later.

Follow the documented saga of one Jewish family's deportations, starvation, death, abductions, and movement.

Understand the implications of heritage citizenship for past, current, and future generations.

Annual Fall Memorial for Victims of the Holocaust
2:00 pm14:00

Annual Fall Memorial for Victims of the Holocaust

  • Zion Memorial Park

Officiated by Rabbi Matthew Eisenberg, Temple Israel Ner Tamid

Please join our community for the Kol Israel Fall Memorial to remember the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Jewish people say Kaddish, a special prayer for the deceased, on the anniversary of a loved one’s death, and many visit the grave sites of ancestors during the High Holydays. But most Holocaust Survivors do not know when their family members died, nor do they have a burial place to visit. Gather with our cherished Survivors, and hundreds of their descendants and supporters from throughout the region and across the country, as we commemorate the lives lost and communities destroyed during the Shoah. 

We must never forget. We hope you'll join us. 

"A Legacy of Hope": An Evening of Reflection Honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel
6:30 pm18:30

"A Legacy of Hope": An Evening of Reflection Honoring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel

  • Lake Erie College C. K. Rickel Theatre

This unique event, commemorating the life and legacy of Elie Wiesel, is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th at Lake Erie College from 6:30-8:30 PM and is open to students and the community. According to Andrea Farenga, LEC professor in charge of the event, “Our rationale includes the unfortunate realities that anti-Semitism is increasing, and students have not been taught about the Holocaust, which fuels the denier movement.”

The two hour event has three parts:

  • First, a reader's theatre performance of the play, "The Trial of God." 
  • Second, there will be a video clip of Elie Wiesel. 
  • Finally, there will be a three-person panel of community members uniquely qualified to speak and answer questions about the Holocaust. Each individual will present for 15 minutes, after which audience members will be invited to ask questions. A Holocaust historian, the daughter of Holocaust Survivors and Ellen Jacob, V.P. of Kol Israel Foundation and Chair of Holocaust Education Outreach, will participate
Book Discussion and Signing with Andrew Nagorski
7:00 pm19:00

Book Discussion and Signing with Andrew Nagorski

  • Barnes and Noble Eton Collection

The Cleveland Chapter of the American Council on Germany and Kol Israel Foundation cordially invite you to a Book Discussion and Signing with Andrew Nagorski Author and Former Vice President and Director of Public Policy for the EastWest Institute who will discuss his new book The Nazi Hunters.

There is no charge to attend this event. Copies of The Nazi Hunters will be available to purchase. Please register by emailing hduchon@kifcle.org.


Kol Israel Foundation Biennial Fundraising Brunch
11:00 am11:00

Kol Israel Foundation Biennial Fundraising Brunch

  • Landerhaven

Join with KIF members and supporters from throughout the city for our most important fundraising and community-building event of the year. Enjoy mimosas and specially-prepared brunch items from Cleveland’s premiere Kosher caterers. Honor our founders and long-time members. Our honoree will be Richard Bogomolny, former CEO of First National Supermarkets, chairman of the board of the Cleveland Orchestra, guiding force behind the Violins of Hope project, and longtime supporter of Holocaust remembrance and education in Cleveland. Formal invitations will go out in July. Honorary Co-Chairs: Albert Ratner & Robert “Mendy” Klein.

Defiance with special guest Bob Zelwin
5:00 pm17:00

Defiance with special guest Bob Zelwin

  • Jewish Community Center of Cleveland

Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation during the Holocaust. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood, and there they form a guerrilla army to resist the Nazis. KIF member Bob Zelwin is the grandson of one of these heroes and will be on hand to introduce the film and engage in Q & A with guests afterwards. 

A Story of Survival: All We Had Was Hope
7:30 pm19:30

A Story of Survival: All We Had Was Hope

  • Menorah Park

KIF member Hank Bitterman has been researching his family’s past for years. But new technologies and access to formerly forbidden archives have helped Hank find information that has been hidden for years, including pictures of long lost relatives that no one in his family had ever seen! Come learn how to uncover your family’s past in this special hands-on workshop. 

Kol Israel Foundation Annual Meeting
7:00 pm19:00

Kol Israel Foundation Annual Meeting

  • Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Join together with KIF members to look back on a year of growth and new initiatives. Hear from KIF Board members and committee chairs about their plans for the coming year, including seeking National Landmark status for our Monument at Zion Memorial Park, growing our education program and involving more young adults in our 3G group. Help us envision our future with your suggestions for future events and programs.