The Maurice Saltzman Youth Panel is a wonderful way for our students to learn about philanthropy. I hope they share their experiences with others.

However, I found the list of participants in the June 7 issue of the Cleveland Jewish News disturbing. I am sure all 41 of them were well-qualified and did amazing work. I wonder, though, how representative they are of the Jewish high school students in our community:

Sixteen of them attend private schools, 10 of which are at Hawken. Among the public high schools, none attend Cleveland Heights High School or Brush High School. Mayfield and Orange high schools each has only one.

Out of the 27 synagogues in Cuyahoga County listed in the CJN’s paid synagogue directory, which would have high school students among the membership, only nine are represented: Seven students attend an Orthodox synagogue, 12 a Reform synagogue and 15 a Conservative synagogue, 13 of whom go to Park. 

I hope that future Saltzman youth panels are more diversely representative.

Julie Amsel

Mayfield Heights

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