In his first year as general chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs, Dan Zelman spearheaded a campaign that raised more than $30.3 million last year – the first time in seven years that the $30 million mark had been surpassed.
It’s difficult to imagine a more tangible way of making a difference as a volunteer in the Cleveland Jewish community.
“I think the campaign we ran in 2015 and so far in 2016 have both been outstanding campaigns in which we have raised a significant amount of money to help many people in need, both here and in the Jewish world,” said Zelman, now in his second year as general chair. “I have worked hard to be as inclusive as possible and enlist help from as many people as possible, because no one could do it by themselves.”
Zelman said he has been involved with the Campaign for Jewish Needs for 37 years – since he was 22. He said the Federation and its campaign are the backbone behind what he calls a “phenomenal Jewish community” in Cleveland.
“A very high percentage of our Jewish residents are active and supportive of the campaign,” he said. “As a direct result of that, we have one of the finest agencies in the country.
“Jewish law says you do tikkun olam so to the extent that I’ve been fortunate enough to spend both my time and my resources to help those in need, I want to do that.”
At a Glance
As a professional: CEO of Paro Services Corp.
Children: Andrew; Brett; Kara
Synagogue: Park Synagogue
Noteworthy: Dan’s family shares a common passion for the publishing business. His son, Andrew, is CEO of Euclid Media Group, which publishes Cleveland Scene magazine, and his sister Debby Zelman Rapoport is editor and publisher of Beachwood Buzz.