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About Circle of Life

From time to time, the Cleveland Jewish News will feature local agencies, organizations and synagogues and the programs and activities taking place within their Circle of Life.

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Szarvas Camp was established in 1990 after the fall of Communism. The camp was founded by the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, an organization committed to reviving Jewish life in Central and Eastern Europe. Being such, the camp’s intention was – and still is – to revive European Jewry after the…

Recently at our Shabbat table, while playing Jewish geography, one of our guests said he remembered Rabbi Zalman Kazen, and was excited to learn he was my wife’s grandfather. He told us that in 1972, when he was 5 years old, his family immigrated to Cleveland from the former Soviet Union.  

The archway at the entrance of Camp Wise in Claridon Township contains a simple yet powerful phrase: “Our past paves the way to our future.” The words are hard to miss and during our summers at camp, we took the message to heart. 

“Between every two Israelis, you have three opinions. Hopefully, you will leave Israel with your own view of my country,” said Nir Nitzan of Nitzan Tours, who guided us each day. As for our opinions, the consensus was unanimous: The Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple adult Israel trip was amazing.