The nominations for 18 Difference Makers rolled in. And they kept coming.

With so many uniquely qualified candidates recommended for the inaugural class of the Cleveland Jewish News’ new signature event, it quickly became apparent that selecting 18 individuals would be extremely difficult.

So, the committee of judges decided to increase the first class of recipients to 36 – or double chai.

And if 36 inductees aren’t enough, the committee selected an additional person to receive a newly created Lifetime Achievement Award: Harlan Diamond, CEO of Executive Caterers.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Nov. 18 for a night when these 37 people who are making a difference in the Northeast Ohio Jewish community will be recognized. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Landerhaven. Kosher dietary laws will be observed.

The spotlight will shine on these individuals, who embody tikkun olam – repairing the world – and encourage it among others.

“Choosing only 18 Difference Makers in this inaugural class wouldn't have done justice to the many who hare helping better Northeast Ohio's Jewish community," said Kevin S. Adelstein, CJN publisher and CEO. "We were thrilled to receive such an overwhelming response for nominations, and we're even more thrilled to honor these 36 deserving and talented individuals.”

The Difference Makers and Diamond will be featured in a special pull-out commemorative section in the Friday, Nov. 13 issue of the CJN as well as on cjn.org.

The criteria for Difference Makers were as follows: they had be at least 18 years old by July 30, 2015, and have ties to Northeast Ohio; they should be making a difference in Northeast Ohio’s Jewish community by being active through a nonprofit organization, volunteer group or professional endeavor; and they must demonstrate the “mensch-like” characteristics of honor and integrity.

Difference Makers do not have to be Jewish, but their efforts must help better the Northeast Ohio Jewish community.

Tickets for the event are $72 each and can be purchased at cjn.org/differencemakers beginning Oct. 1.

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland is co-presenting sponsor. WKSU 89.7FM is a supporting sponsor of the event.

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

Here is the inaugural class of Difference Makers:

• Justin Bachman: Student, Syracuse University

• Samantha Baskind: Professor of art history, Cleveland State University

• Ronald Berkman: President, Cleveland State University

• Jack Bialosky Jr.: Senior principal, Bialosky & Partners Architects

• Bart Bookatz: President, Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel

• Michael Cantor: Managing director/principal, Allegro Realty Advisors Ltd.

• Jennifer Chestnut: Vice president of campus partnerships at Hillel International

• Nan Cohen: Partner, Creekside Financial Advisors LLC.

• Barry Feldman: President, Kottler Metal Products, Inc.

• Matthew Fieldman: Vice president of external affairs, MAGNET

• Margaret Frankel: Owner-dentist, Richards Frankel Dentistry

• Debbie Friedman: Family Place Coordinator at Mandel Jewish Community Center

• Peter Freimark: President, Century Framing

• Mia Buchwald Gelles: Operations director, Milestones Autism Resources

• Erika Gold: Retired

• Anita Gray: Regional director, Anti-Defamation League

• Lisa Hacker, Director, women’s philanthropy at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland

• Jill Helfman: Partner, Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister LLP

• David Heller: Principal, The NRP Group LLC

• Esther Cohen Hexter: Community volunteer

• Larry Kadis: CEO and president, Federal Equipment Co.

• Ruchi Koval: Associate director, Jewish Family Experience

• Rabbi Yossi Marozov: Executive director, Friendship Circle

• Enid Rosenberg: Community volunteer leader

• Debbie Rothschild: Director, The Montefiore Foundation

• Benjamin Sattin: Attorney, Norchi Forbes LLC

• Bradley Schlang: Partner, Cedar Brook Financial Partners

• Lane Schlessel: Director, Ohio Chapter of of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces

• Ilana Hoffer Skoff: Executive Director, Milestones Autism Resources

• Heidi Solomon: Program coordinator, Horvitz YouthAbility program of Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland

• Jerry Isaak-Shapiro: Head of school, Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School

• Rabbi Zachary Truboff: Spiritual leader, Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai Synagogue

• Steve Weinberg: President and CEO, Weinberg Wealth Management, LLC

• Chuck Whitehill: Retired

• Jerry Zahler: Commercial real estate developer, Zahler Realty

• Dan Zelman: CEO, Paro Services

Lifetime Achievement Award:

• Harlan Diamond, CEO, Executive Caterers

WHAT: Cleveland Jewish News’ first 18 Difference Makers

WHEN: 6 p.m. Nov. 18

WHERE: Executive Caterers at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive, Mayfield Heights

WHO: 36 individuals who espouse the spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world), plus Lifetime Achievement Award to Harland Diamond, CEO of Executive Caterers.

TICKETS: $72 per person and can be purchased at cjn.org/differencemakers beginning Oct. 1.

SPONSORS: Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland is co-presenting sponsor. WKSU-FM 89.7 is a supporting sponsor of the event. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Events Manager Gina Lloyd at 216-342-5196.

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