Gabrielle Lincoff Jerusalem

Gabrielle at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Super Sunday. 

Gabrielle, 31, is associate counsel in the office of general counsel at Case Western Reserve University. Growing up in Cleveland and later leaving for Washington, D.C., the Green Road Synagogue member wasn’t sure she was going to return to her hometown. But wanting to return to a community with strong Jewish ties, she was thrilled when her husband was placed at Cleveland Clinic. After moving back, Gabrielle became involved with as many organizations as possible, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division and the Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, photography and cooking with my husband.

Why did you choose Cleveland?

Although I grew up in Cleveland, I don’t think I necessarily expected to return. However, after my husband and I completed our graduate degrees in Washington, D.C., we prioritized seeking future professional and training opportunities in cities with strong Jewish communities. We were therefore delighted when my husband was fortunate enough to match for his medical residency at Cleveland Clinic. We are continuously impressed by the vibrancy of the Jewish community in Cleveland, as well as the growth and vitality of the city of Cleveland itself. We feel very lucky we ended up here.

What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

I am involved with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. I serve as co-chair of campaign for the Young Leadership Division board and co-chair of intergroup outreach subcommittee of the Federation’s community relations committee. I am also a volunteer for the Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance Program through the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. Monthly, I provide brief legal advice to individuals in transitional housing at the Cleveland Salvation Army PASS Program.

Do you have an Israel experience?

I am extremely fortunate to have been to Israel numerous times for family trips, as well as to have lived there for an extended period when studying. I traveled to Israel in March on the 2019 Weinberg Mission. Thanks to the incredible team at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the extremely generous support of Penni and Steve Weinberg, my husband and I joined 13 other young Cleveland leaders as we toured the country, learned about Cleveland’s Israel partners and had an immersive cultural, arts, technology and community experience. While my husband and I were excited to return to Israel, we had no idea how different and impactful the trip would be compared to our prior Israel journeys. We were completely captivated by the diverse programs and sites we visited, as well as the incredibly meaningful moments we had when creating relationships with both our partners in Israel and our peers on the mission. It was truly a transformative trip and I urge other young leaders in Cleveland to consider going on the next Weinberg Mission.

What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?

Judaism permeates all facets of my life on a daily basis. It defines or influences my spirituality, my cultural interests, my choice of community, how I educate my children, my relationships with family and friends, my day-to-day customs and my ethical and moral framework.

Who are your mentors?

My mother has been an incredible influence on all aspects of my life and I credit her as my top mentor. As a full-time working professional and a mother to three children, she normalized my desire and modeled for me how to have a thriving family life, a successful and challenging career, and community involvement. I never felt that I had to forge a new path when it came to the challenges of parenting and working outside of the home, because frankly, I had seen her successfully navigate those difficult waters my entire life. She succeeded and grew professionally in a male-dominated industry from the time she graduated college and she simultaneously was an unbelievably present and available parent to my brothers and me and partner to my father. She has taught me to strive not for “balance” and perfection, but instead for meaning and satisfaction in the different aspects of my life. She is an absolute force and because of her, I’ve always felt like I can do pretty much anything.

Where was your bat mitzvah?

Solon Chabad.


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