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An estimated 1.3 million people were in attendance for the Cavs' championship parade in downtown Cleveland.

5776 was a year to remember as Cleveland celebrated a sports championship, a presidential convention, a new kosher restaurant and new buildings, but also lost some icons of the Jewish community.

Despite firing David Blatt, the Israeli-American head coach at midseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers capped off an improbable comeback in the NBA Championship against the Golden State Warriors in mid-June.

Just weeks later, the Republican National Convention descended upon Cleveland, where Donald Trump accepted the party’s presidential nomination to face off against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Kantina restaurant opened inside the new Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland debuted, Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern campus unveiled the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center in Highland Hills, The Temple-Tifereth Israel dedicated its state-of-the-art Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building in Beachwood, and the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland renovated the former Oakwood Country Club in Cleveland Heights for a school campus.

Sadness marked the year with the passing of entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph C. Mandel at 102, “Cleveland’s Produce King” Maury Feren at 99, Ohio Jewish Communities Executive Director Joyce Garver Keller at 68 and Marek “Moshe” Unger, owner of Unger’s Kosher Market in Cleveland Heights, at 67.

As for the Cleveland Jewish News, it was named best non-daily newspaper for the second consecutive year in the Cleveland Press Club’s All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards contest. Staff Reporter Kristen Mott was named best reporter in Ohio by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and columnist Regina Brett was recognized for best column in the All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Here’s a look at stories that made headlines in the Cleveland Jewish News in 5776:

SEPTEMBER

• The Cleveland Jewish News presented its class of 18 Difference Makers, which increased to 36 in its inaugural year

18 Difference Makers

• The sparkling new Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland was unveiled

• Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro left the organization to lead the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office

• Chabad of the West Side opened in Westlake

• Michael Scharf and Jessica Berg were named deans of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

• Abe Silverstein posthumously was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame near Dayton

OCTOBER

• “Violins of Hope,” comprised of violins saved from the Holocaust

Violins of Hope

70 years ago, was the first performance at the new Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland

• Cuyahoga Community College Eastern campus in Highland Hills dedicated its new Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center

• The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and the Jack Mandel Supporting Foundations gave an $8 million grant to the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic

• The CJN unveiled a new design, featuring a sleek and modern look

• Violence struck in Israel in what some called the start of a third intifada

• Some 300 people packed into Beachwood High School for “CJN Inside Politics: Beachwood City Council Debate”

• NASA Glenn Research Center’s first Hall of Fame class included Robert Deissler, Simon Ostrach and Robert Siegel

• Rabbi Ephraim Karp, former director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, was sentenced to 22 years in prison and five years of supervised probation upon release after he pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and a third-degree sex offense

• Some 3,600 people attended the opening of the new $13.4 million, 30,030-square-foot South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

• Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood celebrated its 75th anniversary

• Jared Isaacson was named executive director of Cleveland Hillel

• Super Sunday raised $1,065,621 in support of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Campaign for Jewish Needs

• The Shabbos Project Cleveland’s Challah Bake attracted 1,060 girls and women

NOVEMBER

• Shalom Domb, a graduate of Mosdos Ohr Hatorah in Cleveland Heights, was slightly injured after being stabbed near the light rail station at Ammunition Hill in Israel

• Beachwood voters elected Barbara Bellin Janowitz, the first woman to hold a city council position, while Mark I. Wachter was voted off the council for the first time since 1999

• Adam Lehman, who grew up in Shaker Heights, was selected Hillel International COO

• Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., visited Cleveland

Bernie Sanders

• The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland in Cleveland Heights received an anonymous $10 million lead gift to help finance its proposed new campus

• Rabbi Daniel Roberts, rabbi emeritus at Temple Emanu El in Orange, was crowned “Cleveland’s Funniest Rabbi”

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington, D.C.

• Michael Siegal completed his three-year term as chair of the Jewish Federations of North America

• Barry Curtiss-Lusher finished his three-year term as national chair of the Anti-Defamation League

• Rabbi Avraham Cohen was named director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, replacing Rabbi Ephraim Karp

DECEMBER

• University Hospitals Case Medical Center President Dr. Fred Rothstein retired

• Dr. Dan Simon was named president of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland

• Aish HaTorah of Cleveland celebrated 25 years of serving the Jewish community

• CJN and Buffalo Wild Wings Warrensville Heights honored the fall class of high school players of the week

• Carol Rose was hired as the new administrator at The R.H. Myers Apartments in Beachwood

• The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s former headquarters on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland was demolished

Demolition 2

Workers demolish the former Jewish Federation of Cleveland buildings on East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

• B & K Bicycle in South Euclid closed after 70 years

• The Jewish Federation of Cleveland raised $30,761,661 in its Campaign for Jewish Needs

• Mosdos Ohr HaTorah was acquired and renamed Yeshiva Derech HaTorah

JANUARY

• Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslem’s Haslem 3 Foundation made a $10 million matching grant to the local Breakthrough charter school system

• “Fiddler on the Roof” returned to Broadway in New York City

'Fiddler on the Roof'

Zero Mostel plays Tevye on Broadway.

• After eight years, Adina Porat of suburban Dayton received her “get,” or divorce

• The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security began an investigation of Kent State University professor Julio Pino for possible involvement with ISIS

• The 12,720-square-foot Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland opened

• Kantina, a new kosher restaurant, opened inside the Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

• Steven M. Dettelbach announced that he would step down as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio

• The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt

David Blatt

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt watches his players from the bench.

• Morton L. Mandel received the Scholar-Patriot Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

FEBRUARY

• Drew and Tyler Krantz of University School in Hunting Valley and Ally Persky of Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights combined to win seven gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile

• With a victory in New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., became the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary

• “Operation Finale,” the Adolf Eichmann exhibit, opened at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood

• Temple Israel in Bath Township announced Rabbi Josh Brown would replace Rabbi Robert Fineberg, who was stepping down

• Larry Kadis was selected national president of ORT America

MARCH

CJN.org was redesigned to provide the highest quality of journalism and content in a more user-friendly platform

• Oberlin College launched an internal investigation into assistant professor Joy Karega regarding her controversial social media posts

• Free agent Mitchell Schwartz left the Cleveland Browns and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs

• The Jewish Federation of Cleveland and its sister city Beit Shean celebrated their 20th anniversary

• The CJN established the Yoda-Newton Editorial Internship

• Gary Gross was elected board chair of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

• Scott Wolstein received the King David Award, presented by The Jewish Heritage Commission of the United States and Aish International

APRIL

• The student government at Capital University in Columbus approved a policy against anti-Semitism

Capital University

The front gate of Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.

• Rabbi Seth Linfield was named head of school at Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, replacing Rabbi Barry Kislowicz

• Rabbi Scott B. Roland was hired as rabbi at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah in Beachwood, replacing Rabbi David Kosak

• Interplay Jewish Theatre began its fifth season

MAY

• Jewish Family Experience celebrated its 10th anniversary

• Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel purchased $50 million in Israel bonds – the largest single purchase of those bonds in Ohio history

• NA’AMAT USA marked its 90th anniversary

• University Hospitals celebrated its 150th anniversary

• Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff of Park Synagogue was named one of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis” for 2016 by The Forward, a national weekly Jewish newspaper

Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff

Rabbi Joshua Hoffer Skoff

• August “Augie” Napoli was named president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cleveland

• Steve Potash, founder and CEO of OneDrive, was honored by the UJA-Federation of New York

•Aliki and Peter Rzepka donated $1.5 million to the Joseph & Florence Mandel Jewish Day School

• Rabbi Megan Doherty was named the new campus life and Hillel director at Oberlin College

• Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt accepted a position as coach of the Turkish team in the Istanbul Euroleague

• The CJN was named the best non-daily newspaper in Ohio for the second consecutive year in the Press Club of Cleveland 2016 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards contest; the CJN garnered 29 awards during the year, including Staff Reporter Kristen Mott named best reporter in the state by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and columnist Regina Brett recognized for best column in the All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards.

• Karen Jaffe received the Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award

• Jewish leaders reflected on the death of former U.S. Gov. George Voinovich

JUNE

• Cleveland Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert and an estimated 1.3 million people celebrated the city’s first championship in a major professional sport in 52 years with a parade downtown

• Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library celebrated its 100th anniversary

• Rabbi Moshe Adler of Temple Beth El-The Heights Synagogue in Cleveland Heights retired after 50 years in the rabbinate

• Steven R. Raichilson was recognized as he prepared to retire after 29 years as executive director and CEO of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood

JULY

• Cleveland’s Jewish community reacted to the death of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel 

• Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Lyndhurst elected an all-female slate of officers, a first in the country for a Modern Orthodox synagogue

• Biggie’s Foodmart in Cleveland, the site of numerous anti-Semitic murals for decades, closed

• The Republican National Convention was held in downtown Cleveland

Rabbi Ari Wolf

Rabbi Ari Wolf of Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe delivers the invocation July 18 at the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena.

• The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood became a local beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

AUGUST

• Oberlin College assistant professor Joy Karega was placed on paid leave following anti-Semitic posts on social media

• A $1 million gift helped to establish The Lois J. and Larry Davis Family Endowment Fund at the Hebrew Shelter Home

• The International Olympic Committee held a mourning ceremony in memory of weightlifter David Berger of Shaker Heights and 10 other Israeli Olympians who were murdered in the 1972 Summer Olympics by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September

• Jewish Clevelanders remembered former U.S. Rep. Steven C. LaTourette

• Ilene Shapiro became the first women to be named Summit County Executive

• The Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Cleveland Jewish FilmFest celebrated its 10th anniversary

SEPTEMBER

• CJN announced its second class of 18 Difference Makers

• Beachwood High School played its first home game under lights at its new state-of-the-art football stadium

• The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood dedicated its renovated state-of-the-art Jack and Lilyan Mandel Building in Pepper Pike

main entrance

The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.

• Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov announced that he is stepping down in June 2017

• Char Rapoport Nance was named director of ORT Ohio, replacing Roni Wallace, who is set to retire after 31 years

• The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland moved its junior high and high school into the renovated Oakwood County Club in Cleveland Heights

• Hallie Duchon was named executive director of the Kol Israel Foundation

• Pincus Bakery in University Heights closed after 48 years

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