Sam Miller

Perhaps no one embodies the spirit of tikkun olam more than Samuel H. Miller.

Whether it is in or outside the Jewish community, Miller has made his mark for decades by giving and giving. He has given his time, his money and his energy.

That’s why the 95-year-old Miller will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the second annual Cleveland Jewish News 18 Difference Makers event Nov. 2 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights.

Miller, co-chairman emeritus of Forest City Realty Trust, has been a champion of Jews and Jewish causes around the world, a civic leader, and a person who has met popes, presidents and movie stars.

This will not be his first lifetime achievement honor. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland in 2015.

His list of awards, honors and recognition doesn’t stop there. He is a lifetime honorary trustee of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and an honorary trustee of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He was a past chair of Israel Bonds and the Cleveland Jewish Welfare Fund.

Miller has served on many boards of trustees, including: Jewish National Fund, WVIZ, Urban League, Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, Baldwin Wallace University, Notre Dame College, Crime Stoppers, Police Memorial, Medical Mutual of Ohio and Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

“When you think of lifetime achievement, there are few who have given so much of themselves for the greater good of the world in which we live,” said Kevin S. Adelstein, CJN publisher and CEO and president of the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company.

“Few who have provided for each of us in some manner – directly or indirectly – here at home, in Israel, and throughout the rest of the world. Sam Miller is among those select few and it is an honor and a privilege for the Cleveland Jewish News to honor him and his family in this meaningful way.”

Harlan Diamond of Executive Caterers received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to honoring the 2016 class of 18 Difference Makers and Miller, the CJN will present two new awards at this year’s event.

David Gilbert of Solon will receive the Civic Leadership Award. In addition to being president and CEO of both Destination Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, he was the chairman of the Republican National Convention’s Host Committee during the summer.

The Generation Award will be presented to the Berns family of Hunting Valley – Dr. Patti Beckman Berns and her children, Dani and Josh – who co-founded The Race, a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

Tickets for the event are $72 each and can be purchased by visiting or by contacting Sherry Tilson at 216-342-5204. Guests will enjoy cocktails, food stations and dessert. Kosher dietary laws will be observed.

The award winners will be featured in a special pull-out commemorative section in the Oct. 28 issue of the CJN as well as on

The criteria for Difference Makers were as follows: The nominees had to be at least 18 years old by July 30, 2016, 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.

To view a complete list of the 2016 class of CJN’s 18 Difference Makers, visit

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland and Classic Lexus are co-presenting sponsors and Ganley Volkswagen, Subaru and Fiat is a supporting sponsor of the event.

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

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