Shoshana Dessler Jacobs

Shoshana with her friend, Ofer, the first patient she brought to the USA to be fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg. 

Shoshana, 35, wanted to be a foreign diplomat or a doctor. But as the co-founder of Israel Medical Fund, the Congregation Alexander congregant has the ability to mix her dreams with reality, all the while helping Israel and its people. A resident of University Heights, Shoshana frequently travels to Israel, where she lived with her husband for four years, to interact with her colleagues and with those to whom she delivers important aid.

What are your hobbies?

Life is hectic. Between six children and the Israel Medical Fund, seldom is there time for hobbies. When that does happen, you can be sure I have been hijacked by a really good book, relaxing on a beach somewhere or traveling the world.

What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?

While I was in college, I had the opportunity to travel back and forth to Moscow, Russia, a dozen times, to help support the community there and to share our Jewish heritage with our brethren there.

Why did you choose Cleveland?

Cleveland chose us. We were living in Israel and planned to move to California. My husband was offered a great opportunity working for Chelm Properties and the rest is history. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to return to my hometown and raise my children along the same values that Cleveland has to offer and I grew up with.

What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

Israel Medical Fund, a most integral part of who I am.

Do you have an Israel experience?

My husband and I were blessed to live in Israel for four years after we got married. I also had the opportunity to study there. Today, a lot of my work with Israel Medical Fund takes place in Israel and I get to travel there and interact with our Israeli brothers and sisters very often.

What was your first reaction when you learned you were selected as a 12 Under 36 honoree?

Honestly, I was shocked. My initial response to (Cleveland Jewish News CEO and Publisher) Mr. (Kevin) Adelstein’s email was, he clearly has the wrong Shoshana.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A doctor or a foreign diplomat. At least now that I’m grown up, I get to mix both passions; medicine and diplomacy and advocate to fix the gaps in a socialized health care system. My childhood dreams played out even better than I could ever imagine.


Meet the honorees

Ben, 32, manager of public programs and “Stop the Hate” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, feels Judaism plays a big part in his communit…

Joshua, 28, is an attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA. Whether he’s playing tennis, working out or spending time with …

David, 28, a litigation associate at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, incorporates Judaism into every facet of his life. The values instilled in h…

Justin, 35, who works in business development at Federal Equipment Co. lists philanthropy as one of his main hobbies. A member of B’nai Jeshur…

Ethan, 32, is CEO and president at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, and loves spending time with his three daughters. Ot…

Kristin, 26, is a member of Temple Israel. Finding her niche as a law clerk at the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, the Akron resident does …

Ari, 24, grew up wanting to play point guard for the New York Knicks. Though today he’s managing partner at the Green Block Group, Ari uses hi…

Gabrielle, 31, is associate counsel in the office of general counsel at Case Western Reserve University. Growing up in Cleveland and later lea…

Alina, 27, is a member of Jewish Family Experience and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Professionally, she’s the national industrial engineer f…

Rebecca, 27, is social media manager of Hillel International. A resident of Cleveland Heights, The Temple-Tifereth Israel member said her pare…

Jeremy, 35, grew up wanting to be a mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. Though he’s an attorney at Spangenberg, Shibley & Libe…

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