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How did the Jewish Community Council, a broad coalition of Jewish communal organizations - religious, fraternal, educational and political - many of them small and most of them composed of and led by Eastern European Jews and their descendants, form in 1935? Is it accurate to say that it was formed by the Jewish Welfare Federation?

How did it merge in 1951, 16 years later, with the Jewish Welfare Federation to form the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland (today the Jewish Federation of Cleveland).

This page is a start to adding web-based content about a complex and important chapter in Cleveland Jewish history.

December 30, 2016


The merger was approved by the Jewish Community Council, over the objections of many who believed that Federation, which they saw as controlled by wealthy, assimilated Jews, as not sharing their values and concerns.

Federation adopted this new logo in 1952.
Source: from Federation website in 2010

Above: Editorial, Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 2, 1951

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