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The 2022 class of 18 Difference Makers

This year’s Cleveland Jewish News Sam Miller Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Lois Goodman has made a positive difference in the local Jewish community for decades through her work to support interfaith understanding and fight hate, as well as her efforts to ensure equal rights and oppor…

For the Yanowitz family, giving back is a tradition ingrained through the generations, going back at least to the 1800s when Donna Yanowitz’s grandfather helped found and lead a synagogue in the family’s hometown of Duluth, Minn. The Yanowitz family, this year’s Cleveland Jewish News 18 Diff…

Finding ways to support one’s community, both big and small, is a cornerstone of University Heights resident Rebecca Bar-Shain’s life.

For Clevelander Julia DiBaggio, making a difference can take a lot of forms.

Rebekah Dorman has always had a professional and personal focus on improving the lives of children and families facing challenges like poverty and mental illness.

For Aaron S. Evenchik, helping others – in pro bono law work, as a speaker and in any way he can for Jewish organizations – is just part of sharing the blessing.

Downtown Cleveland may not seem like the Wild West, but for Rabbi Yossi Freedman, it bears some resemblance.

As a former college tennis player, Rob Glickman challenges his competitive side into his work as an attorney at McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA.

Len Gold had to get creative in his efforts to keep the Temple Emanu El Brotherhood alive when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It was important to him to make sure members of the group still had that outlet for peer support and fun.

When Todd Gurney joined ORT America in 2018, he had not heard of the organization before. Now preparing to serve as the next president of ORT’s Ohio region after becoming the first vice president, his vision includes getting the organization’s name out more and attracting younger generations.

For Stewart Kohl, co-CEO of the Riverside Company, making a difference in the community is personal, whether it be his early influences or his inspiration for giving today.

Following in her father’s footsteps, Susan D. Krantz became an accountant, treasurer and president of her temple, and became active on boards serving Cleveland’s Jewish and general community.

Eliana J. LeVine keeps busy in her volunteer work throughout the Cleveland Jewish community. A member of several boards of directors, and former board chair of her alma mater, the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School, she gives her time to the causes she holds dear.

Following in the footsteps of generations of family involved in Northeast Ohio politics, Andrew Mizsak is a principal consultant at Main Street Consultants. There, he helps cultural organizations build relationships with public officials.

For Andrew E. Randall, president and CEO of Cleveland Private Trust, giving back is ingrained by his family, strengthened by the community around him and informed by his faith.

When Clevelanders hear the name Alan Rosskamm, many associate him with his 12-year tenure as CEO of Breakthrough Public Schools, a network of public nonprofit charter schools in Cleveland dedicated to giving inner-city students more high-quality education options, or his time as president an…

Helping others is a full-time job for Heather Schlang. She has dedicated her days to the betterment of youth lives, specifically those in need, through her work for Share What You Wear, an initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women / Cleveland.

Dr. Daniel I. Simon, who became one of Cleveland’s most trusted medical advisers during the COVID-19 pandemic, has a long history of leadership at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University.

Over the decades, Jim Strassman has run his own insurance agency and set an example for corporate giving and citizenship with his commitment to nonprofits in the Jewish and general community.

Growing up in a two-family home in East Cleveland, Neil Tramer said he witnessed quite a bit of antisemitism, and this, along with having a father who served 18 months in World War II, had a lasting impact on him.

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Cleveland Jewish News 18 Difference Makers alumni

Rabbi Avrohom Adler, 2020

Tom Adler, 2016

Edna Talmor Akrish, 2021

Devorah Alevsky, 2018

Mindi Axner, 2019

Justin Bachman, 2015

Mitchell Balk, 2016

Samantha Baskind, 2015

Barbara Bellin Janovitz, 2017

Martin Belsky, 2016

Ronald Berkman, 2015

Irv Berliner, 2018

Stanley Bernath, 2018

Patti, Dani and Josh Berns, 2016, Generation Award

Jack Bialosky Jr., 2015

Susan Bichsel, 2018

Andrew Brickman, 2019

Seth P. Briskin, 2016

Bart Bookatz, 2015

Mia Buchwald Gelles, 2015

Michael Cantor, 2015

Jennifer Chestnut, 2015

Sam Chestnut, 2021

Loren Chylla, 2021

Jessica Cohen, 2019

Nan Cohen, 2015

Beth Nusbaum Curtiss, 2021

Esther Cohen Hexter, 2015

Charles Daroff, 2020

Steven Dettlebach, 2016

Harlan Diamond, 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award

Gregg A. Eisenberg, 2017

Rabbi Eli Dessler & Rabbi Simcha Dessler, 2016

Art Elk, 2018

David Elk, 2018

Howard Epstein, 2016

Barry Feldman, 2015

Matthew Fieldman, 2015

Brynna Fish, 2016

Roman Frayman, 2018

Peter Freimark, 2015

Marc W. Freimuth, 2019

Debbie Friedman, 2015

Shelly Friedman, 2016

Michael Friedman, 2016

Norma Geller, 2017, Lifetime Achievement Award

David Gilbert, 2016, Civic Leadership Award

Erika Gold, 2015

Judge Francine Goldberg, 2017

Anita Gray, 2015

Roe Green, 2018, Lifetime Achievement Award

Ronald Gross, 2021

Maya Holtz Groys, 2021

Michael Haas, 2016

Irwin and Ida Haber, 2017

Lisa Hacker, 2015

Jill Helfman, 2015

J. David Heller, 2015

Sheryl Hirsh, 2017

Michael Davis Hoenig, 2019

Ilana Hoffer Skoff, 2015

Debbie Hoffmann, 2017

Michael Horvitz, 2018

Sara Hurand, 2016

Susan R. Hurwitz, 2020

Jerry Isaak-Shapiro, 2015

Gary Isakov, 2016

Adam Jacobs, 2018

Adam G. Jacobs, Ph.D., 2021

Michael Jacobson, 2017

Larry Kadis, 2015

Suellen Kadis, 2017

Eva Kahana, 2016

Ira C. Kaplan, 2019

Amy R. Kaplan, 2021

Elizabeth Klein, 2019

Kenny Koblitz, 2020

Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein, 2018

Ruchi Koval, 2015

Joshua Kramer, 2017

Mandy Kwait, 2018

Enid Lader, 2018

David W. Leopold, 2020

Fern Ruth Levy, 2018

Keith Libman, 2016

Ken Liffman, 2017

Thomas A. Lockshin, 2019

Lawrence A. Mack, 2019

Milton and Tamar Maltz, 2019, Lifetime Achievement Award

Michal Marcus, 2019

Rabbi Yossi Marozov, 2015

Carol A. Marshall, 2020

Marc B. Merklin, 2017

Sam Miller, 2016, Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara Miller, 2017

Jared Miller, 2019

David Millstone, 2020

Dan Moulthrop, 2019, Civic Leadership Award

Deena Nyer Mendlowitz, 2018

Sally and Donald H. Messinger, 2021

August "Augie" Napoli, 2019

James Newbrough, 2020

James Pasch, 2021

Marla Petti, 2017

Miriam Pearlmutter, 2020

Debbie Picker, 2018

Earl Pike, 2020

Hon. Dan Aaron Polster, 2018, Civic Leadership Award

Jeffrey, Lee and Zac Ponsky, 2017, Generation Award

Susan Ratner, 2021

Carole Schwartz Rendon, 2019

Margaret Richards-Frankel, 2015

David M. Rosenberg M.D., MPH, 2020

Enid Rosenberg, 2015

Carrie Rosenfelt, 2021

Debbie Rothschild, 2015

Stephen L. Rudolph, 2021

Aliki and Peter Rzepka, 2021

Mark Sack, 2018

Cantor Sarah Sager, 2019

The Saltzman Family, 2021

Benjamin Sattin, 2015

Donald Scherzer, 2018

Bradley J. Schlang, 2015

Lane Schlessel, 2015

Mitchell C. Schneider, 2020

Jeffrey D. Schwartz, 2021

Lee C. Shapiro, 2018

Patricia A. Shlonksy, 2021

Michael Siegal, 2016

Harvey Siegel, 2017

Scott Simon, 2017

Heidi Solomon, 2015

JodiLyn Solomon, 2020

Wendy Spitz, 2020

Erica Starrfield, 2018

Eleanor Steigman, 2017

The Stein family: Geraldine Stein, Carmie and Todd Stein, Michelle Hirsch, Rachel Weinberg, Abby Diamond and Jodi Meridieth, 2018, Generation Award

Ali Stern, 2020

Mark Stovsky, MD MBA, 2021

Kim Strausser, 2016

Thomas Sudow, 2021

Jeanne Tobin, 2016

Rabbi Zachary Truboff, 2015

Beverley Uria and Richard Uria, 2020

Roni Wallace, 2017

Murel Weber, 2021

Steve Weinberg, 2015

Michele Weiss, 2019

Lauren Werber, 2019

Chuck Whitehill, 2015

William Wortzman, 2020

Darrell Young, 2017, Civic Leadership Award

Jerry Zahler, 2015

Dan Zelman, 2015

Sandra Zieve, 2017

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