On July 12, volunteers from the Jewish community and the African-American community came together to beautify the Hebrew and African American Cultural Gardens as part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Young Leadership Division’s YLDay of Caring. 

Volunteers from both communities helped landscape, plant flowers, and clean up these historical and cultural landmarks. Through this special event – one of the first collaborative efforts between the different Cleveland Cultural Gardens – volunteers also learned more about the gardens’ history and engaged in a meaningful dialogue. 

We can attest to the ongoing care and appreciation with which we have attended to the Hebrew Cultural Garden over the past several years, and it was a pleasure to welcome our friends in the African-American community to beautify both gardens together.  

It was inspiring to see these communities work together and continue to make Cleveland one of the greatest cities in the country. The efforts of the Federation to help clean up the Hebrew Cultural Garden will always continue. 

We encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering at the garden to contact Susan Hyman, director of the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network, at shyman@jcfcleve.org or 216-593-2887. 

Donna Yanowitz, Hebrew Cultural Garden Committee Chair Jewish Federation of Cleveland. 

Alyssa Rothstein, YLDay of Caring Co-Chair Jewish Federation of Cleveland. 

Aaron Saltzman, YLDay of Caring Co-Chair Jewish Federation of Cleveland. 

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