Roe Green, a philanthropist, arts patron, arts advocate and champion for arts education, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented when the Cleveland Jewish News honors its 2018 class of 18 Difference Makers next month

“Roe Green is one of the our community’s most generous and thoughtful leaders, and she has had a profound impact on all of Northeast Ohio,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the CJN and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company. “Her passion and commitment for the arts and culture, health care and education, Israel and Cleveland – and so much more, will leave a lasting impression on all of us for generations. We are truly elated to recognize Roe for what she has consistently done to repair our world. Her actions speak to every interpretation of tikkun olam.”

Green, a Lyndhurst resident who is CEO of the Roe Green Foundation, has given recent gifts to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Kent State University in Kent, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in Beachwood and University Hospitals in Cleveland.

She donated $10 million to CWRU to support the next phase of renovations at the Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood. The performance space planned for the center will be named the Roe Green Proscenium Theater in her honor. That’s in addition to an earlier gift of $4 million she and Char Fowler gave to name the studio theater at the Maltz Performing Arts Center.

Called “the fairy godmother” of Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance, she bestowed the school a gift of $2.2 million to support the Roe Green Visiting Director Series. Her latest donation was a $175,000 outright gift and a $2 million bequest to endow the series in perpetuity. That’s on top of the $6.5 million she gave for the new Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, the largest donation the school’s college of arts has received. 

Green also established a $10 million endowment to the Federation in support of its Campaign for Jewish Needs and the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection.

University Hospitals established the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine in recognition of a $5 million gift from the Roe Green Foundation.

All of this year’s 18 Difference Makers honorees will be recognized during a celebratory event at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Green’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by ERC.

The 2018 Civic Leadership Award recipient will be Judge Dan Aaron Polster, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio who has handled many high-profile cases, including the current case involving more than 400 federal lawsuits brought by cities, counties and Native American tribes in the national opioid epidemic.

This year’s Generation Award will be presented to the Stein family: Carmie and Todd Stein; their children, Abby Diamond, Michelle Hirsch, Jodi Meridieth and Rachel Weinberg; and Todd’s parents, Geraldine and the late Morton Stein. This award, presented by Ganley Bedford Imports, recognizes a family that has instilled the values of tikkun olam across generations.

The signature event will feature cocktails, food stations and socializing, followed by the main program. Kosher dietary laws will be observed. Tickets are $95 each and can be purchased at

The co-presenting sponsors of this year’s 18 Difference Makers are Classic Lexus, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management and HW Financial Advisors.

The video sponsor is the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the cocktail sponsor is

The gift bag sponsor is Kottler Metal Products, Inc.

For additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Events Manager Gina Lloyd at or 216-342-5196.

The honorees will be featured in a special pull-out commemorative section in the Nov. 16 issue of the CJN as well as on and

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