When you can do a mitzvah and nobody knows about it, it’s an even higher mitzvah.”
That’s the philosophy preferred by Barry Feldman, president of Kottler Metal Products.
“If I can sit in the background, I’m fine,” he said.
Yet, he is coming to grips with publicity of his philanthropy, if only for the sake of leading by example.
“It sets the pace and sets the example for others, which is really important,” Feldman said. “When you’re in the forefront, you set the pace and baseline for others to do great things.”
There’s little doubt Feldman is at the forefront. He chairs the St. Petersburg committee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, which brings residents of St. Petersburg, Russia (a sister city of Cleveland through the Federation), lay people and people that work in the city’s Jewish community alike, to Cleveland to see how the Jewish community of Cleveland is organized.
He is also deeply involved with Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland at University Circle, where a mobile was recently installed to the delight of the children.
“When you go there and you see children looking at it and you see the movement and you see the smiles, like MasterCard said, it’s priceless,” Feldman said.
And of course, as recognized by his 2015 Tree of Life Award, he is deeply involved with Jewish National Fund, working to put a playground, complete with the necessary bomb shelters, in the border community of Sderot.
“It’s very rewarding to work to see children have better lives,” Feldman said.
At a Glance
As a professional: Kottler Metal Products
Synagogue: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
In the community: Jewish National Fund, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Menorah Park Foundation, UH Circle of Friends, Hillel, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Ronald McDonald House, AFMDA national, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation, Jewish Federation of Cleveland trustee and chair of St. Pete committee; Menorah Park Foundation