18 Difference Makers

Do you know someone who is making invaluable contributions to the betterment of the Jewish community? Maybe you’re that person.

The Cleveland Jewish News introduces “18 Difference Makers,” a spotlight on 18 individuals who embody tikkun olam – repair of the world – and encourage it among others.

The inaugural recognition is being created to recognize those up-and-coming leaders who are making a difference in Northeast Ohio today.

The community is being encouraged to submit their nominations and honorees will be notified by Sept. 18 and will be announced on Sept. 25. The 2015 class of 18 Difference Makers will be recognized at a reception Nov. 18 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

“We are blessed to live in a community filled with a plethora of talented, giving and gifted individuals who make invaluable contributions to our society,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, publisher and CEO of the CJN.

“We take great pride in exposing 18 of these individuals as nominated by our own community, and allow them to be recognized for the impact they are making on Jewish Cleveland.”

Nominees must be at least 18 years old by July 30, 2015, and have ties to Northeast Ohio. That means you could live and work here, or live and work outside Northeast Ohio but make an impact here.

Nominees should be successful in making a difference in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community; have taken an active role in the community whether through a nonprofit organization, volunteer group or professional endeavor; and demonstrate “mensch-like” characteristics, those of honor and integrity.

Nominees need not be Jewish, but the nominee’s efforts must help better the Northeast Ohio Jewish community.

Nominations must be received by Aug. 24. Late nominations will not be considered.

To nominate a person, visit cjn.org/differencemakers to complete the online application or obtain a nomination form at the CJN, 23880 Commerce Park, Suite 1, Beachwood.

Each nominee’s application can include a maximum of 300 words to explain why that person is a difference maker. Additional information will come from the candidates and other sources during the selection process.

Judges from the CJN and select members of the community will comprise the selection committee that chooses the 18 difference makers. The committee’s choices will be based on the available information at the time of selection and the judges’ decisions are final.

Winners will be featured in stories in the CJN and on cjn.org and must be available to participate in a video interview that will appear on cjn.org.

For sponsorship opportunities and other information, contact Events Manager Gina Lloyd at 216-342-5196.

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