Charles “Chuck” Whitehill has made a difference by representing the epitome of a mensch. Honor and integrity, the key words in defining a mensch, sum up Whitehill.
He recently has spent a majority of his time caring for his wife, Joan, who has Parkinson’s disease.
“If you have the opportunity to do a mitzvah for your wife, there is no greater calling,” he said.
After retiring three years ago to care for his wife full time, Whitehill still has worked to remain a strong influence in the Jewish community.
He has put a great deal of focus into the education system.
As a member of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Whitehill combines fundraising efforts for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland to enhance educational opportunities for the community.
Whitehill doesn’t let disabilities impact the opportunities that can be provided. Through Friendship Circle of Cleveland, he provides his time and money to help mentally disabled children find confidence to improve everyday life for them and their families.
Whitehill said the Cleveland Jewish community is the source of world-class leadership.
“This is the only city, I believe, where people can so easily gravitate towards the top,” Whitehill said.
Whitehill also has spent time focusing on ways to help Israel. His main contribution is through donations to American Friends of Magen David, which result in increased care in the form of blood services, trauma relief and ambulances.
At a Glance
As a professional: Retired
Children: Dorie Galipo
Synagogue: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
In the community: Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Friendship Circle of Cleveland, Jewish Federation
of Cleveland, Jewish National Fund,
American Friends of Magen David Adom, Israel Bonds, Cleveland Jewish News Foundation