The 2020 class of 18 Difference Makers

Rabbi Avrohom Adler’s move to Cleveland about 25 years ago was a turning point in his life.

Charles Daroff quickly discovered that if he could combine his well-honed skills as a real estate lawyer with his long-time love for helping others, he could make a lasting impact on the community.

Soon after her son Eric was born and her daughter Hallie (a CJN columnist) was in kindergarten, Susan R. Hurwitz decided to try helping other parents.

Kenny Koblitz’s life mantra comes in the form of music lyrics.

It was David W. Leopold’s father who bestowed him with his tenacious fight for social justice and giving back.

Once, when Carol A. Marshall was ushering at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, she noticed a mother and daughter engaged in a conflict during High Holy Day services.

David Millstone’s mother did not approve of his decision to practice at Squire Sanders & Dempsey in his first job out of law school.

The first time Jim Newbrough toured Menorah Park will stay with him forever.

Born in Saratov in the former Soviet Union, Miriam Pearlmutter has vivid memories of her relatives bringing food to her family as they prepared to leave their homeland to come to the United States.

On first impression, Earl Pike is a kind, caring and relatable person, clearly drawn to helping others.

A mission to Cuba about a decade ago with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland spurred Dr. David M. Rosenberg to step up his efforts to address the health care needs of those who are underserved in Cleveland.

Although Mitchell C. Schneider was born and raised in the area, the attorney-turned-real estate developer did not enter Cleveland’s Jewish community until adulthood.

JodiLyn Solomon’s daughter, Rose, attended an overnight summer camp for transgender children in New Hampshire in 2015 and 2016.

Wendy Spitz is a Beachwood native whose genuine desire to give back to her hometown is evident during even a short conversation.

Ali Stern is grateful to live in a place like Cleveland.

When Beverley and Richard Uria met as teenagers through Johannesburg’ South Africa’s Jewish community, they had no idea that they would spend their lives together – let alone in the United States.

William Wortzman secured a bakery job as an elementary school student and stayed until college.

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