Larry Kadis

Larry Kadis has been a supporter and leader of ORT America in Greater Cleveland for more than 30 years. In March, he is expected to become national president of the New York-based Jewish organization dedicated to providing education to students throughout the world.

“Education is very important,” said Kadis, who serves as chair of the executive committee of ORT America’s national board of directors. “It’s a value system my wife and I share.

“ORT America is the largest Jewish education and vocational training organization in the world. It’s an essential advocacy and fundraising organization, and the funds we raise make a difference in young people’s lives. For me, the opportunity to help ORT fulfill its mission is very meaningful.”

Kadis was selected in January to chair a search committee to select a new national executive director of ORT America. Marty Greenberg was selected in June to replace Alan Klugman, who resigned Jan. 11 as executive director.

“When I look back at leading the search committee, the fact that we were quite confident that we found a really good person to lead the organization now and in the future makes me feel good,” he said. “We had a number of very qualified candidates, and we ended up selecting Marty. We’re very pleased with him and what he has accomplished so far.”

Kadis said he feels very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do “some amazing things in our Jewish community.”

“Cleveland has a history of doing some great things not only on the local stage, but also on the world stage, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to be a part of it,” he said.

At a Glance

Age: 67

As a professional: President, CEO and co-owner of Federal Equipment Co. in Cleveland

Spouse: Suellen

Children: Justin; Alex; Samantha

Synagogue: B’nai Jeshurun Congregation

In the community: Chair of executive committee of ORT America’s national board of directors; immediate past chair of AIPAC Cleveland Council; immediate past chair of Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s overseas connections committee; past chair of Israel Bonds Cleveland; past chair of Cleveland chapter of American Friends of Hebrew University; past member of Federation board of trustees

Noteworthy: Last June, Kadis, his wife and son Justin participated in Ride for the Living, an annual 50-mile bicycle ride from Auschwitz to JCC Krakow in Poland.

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