Rabbi Zachary Truboff, rabbi of Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue, has extended his horizon to make a difference in Cleveland’s Jewish community. His motivation to go beyond the Orthodox community in order to spread Jewish unity has brought Jewish society closer together.
“I’ve worked to champion this shul in becoming more open and inclusive to the community,” Truboff said.
The last few years, Cedar Sinai Synagogue has become revitalized and seen twice as many members as it had five years ago.
Truboff constantly urges to connect between denominations and increased involvement throughout the entire Jewish community. He does a rare deed in going to synagogues and temples of different denominations to spread Jewish unity.
Truboff has been an active member in the community working to reach as broad of a crowd as he can.
In his journey, Truboff co-founded the Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab, providing an annual fellowship for Jewish artists throughout the city.
The fellowship, presented each year in May, represents Jewish diversity and gives artists the chance to study a Jewish theme in order to inspire artwork.
“Arts are an opportunity to bring Jews together without barriers that synagogues and denominations present,” Truboff said.
The fellowship is in the midst of broadening its reach to satellite cities including St. Petersburg, Russia, and Beit She’an, Israel. The Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab has worked to extend this opportunity across the country to augment Jewish culture through inspirational themes.
At a Glance
As a professional: Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue; co-founder of Cleveland Jewish Arts and Culture Lab
Children: Nahum, 8; Elihai, 5; Shaiya, 2
Synagogue: Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue
In the community: Cleveland Board of Rabbis, Jewish Law Association,
Officer of International Rabbinic Fellowship, Project Love