Jewish Federation announces a U.S. security first with community monitoring system: Press Run

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio — A security first: The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, of Beachwood, has announced that its security provider, JFC Security, has launched a new, technology-based community monitoring system that is directly linked to a 24-hour emergency communications center.

The system, which utilizes more than 700 sophisticated, 360-degree view security cameras and 26 automated license plate readers, provides a live feed to the communications center, where trained security personnel watch for suspicious behavior or anomalies to typical day-to-day activities.

The system, created and implemented by JFC Security, comprises Jewish institutions across northeast Ohio and is the first of its kind in the United States. It is modeled after similar systems currently being used successfully in various European cities.

“The creation of this system is part of our ongoing efforts to help keep Jewish Cleveland open, welcoming, and safe to all in the face of growing Jew hatred and anti-Semitic violence in our society,” said Keith Libman, chair of the Cleveland Federation’s Security Committee, in a release. “This advanced system transforms passive security cameras into a real-time monitoring tool. When it comes to community security, it is always better to ‘review and rule out’ than ‘respond’ after the fact.”

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The Jewish Federation of Cleveland has announced a new security system that monitors the community 24 hours per day.

The system was recently featured at the 2022 National Homeland Security Conference in a session called Creating Public/Private Partnerships to Protect Faith Based Communities. The annual conference brings together hundreds of professionals from across the country with backgrounds in homeland security, law enforcement, fire and emergency management, to learn best practices in homeland security and see new emerging technology to support their mission.

“Our new system accelerates the two-way communications with law enforcement at a time when Jewish institutions and lives are under a greater threat,” said Oren Baratz, the Federation’s senior vice president of external affairs. “It’s a natural complement to the extensive safety training we do throughout the community.”

Heights Library Honor Roll: A roll is usually good accompaniment to a dinner, so the Heights Libraries will, quite naturally, be holding an Honor Roll Dinner. Yes, Heights Libraries is inviting everyone to join it at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 for its Fund for the Future of Heights Libraries 2022 Honor Roll Dinner at the Coventry Library, 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights.

The Libraries will be recognizing those who have made a sustained, outstanding contribution to the local community by promoting literacy or educating through literacy. This year’s recipients are Charles “Chuck” Williams, of Black Deaf Advocates, and Rose Breckenridge, of Cleveland Orchestra Music Study Group

A buffet supper will be provided by Tommy’s Restaurant, followed by the award presentation. Your $60 ticket will go toward the funding the future of Heights Libraries.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your spot by Sept. 10. Attire will be casual. To learn more about this event, visit here.

County executive candidates to debate: The City Club of Cleveland has announced that a date has been set for the debate in the race for Cuyahoga County Executive, and that date is Sept. 20. Both candidates, Democrat Chris Ronayne and Republican Lee Weingart, have agreed to participate in the noon encounter at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Tickets will be sold through the City Club’s website, cityclub.org.

Modeled after the successful Voters First mayoral debates of 2021, the City Club will recruit questions from Cuyahoga County residents in advance. Residents whose questions are selected will attend the debate for free and ask the questions at the event. Residents interested in submitting a question should complete a form found at //forms.gle/w1i4AwMyoH3m3v56A

Ideastream Public Media will provide production support and a moderator for this debate. The Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation are sponsoring the debate, with additional support from the Sisters of Charity Foundation and Advance Ohio.

“Debates are at the heart of what we do here at the City Club,” said CEO Dan Moulthrop, in a release. “Our mission is to create conversations of consequence that help democracy thrive, and that’s what this is — it’s a chance for candidates to be at their best and for voters to evaluate them, side by side, to inform how they’ll cast a ballot in November.”

Tickets and more information are available at cityclub.org/forums/2022/09/20/2022-cuyahoga-county-executive-debate.

Cantor Berman at Congregation Shaarey Tikvah: Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, 26811Fairmount Blvd.in Beachwood, has put out the word that it “is thrilled to announce that Cantor Laura Berman will join their Kehilla as cantor for the 2022/5783 High Holy Days.”

Based in Pittsburgh, Cantor Berman is a member of, and leader within, the Cantors Assembly and received a master’s degree in Sacred Music, Diploma of Hazzan, and a Masters of Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

She most recently served as cantor and educator for Temple Sinai, a 735-member-unit Reform Congregation. Prior to returning to Pittsburgh, Cantor Berman was the cantor for more than a decade at The Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Conn., a 435-member-unit congregation.

Berman has extensive experience organizing, rehearsing, and conducting volunteer and youth choirs at the highest levels of performance, and has collaborated and worked alongside many other professional musicians.

Berman will collaborate with Rabbi Scott Roland and choir director Peter Clausen for the Shaarey Tikvah High Holy Days celebrations.

For more information or non-member tickets to High Holy Days services, contact Shaarey Tikvah Executive Director Martha Sivertson at 216-765-8300, ext. 101,orby email at martha@shaareytikvah.org.

Juju Chang to headline NCJW/CLE opening meeting: The National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland will welcome Emmy Award-winning ABC News Nightline anchor Juju Chang as host of its first in-person Opening Meeting on Sept. 12.

In a highly personal talk, Chang will share her journey to Judaism and Jewish identity and discuss the historical parallels between Asian hate and anti-Semitism.

The event will include a luncheon, keynote speech and the presentation of the Hannah G. Solomon Award to NCJW/CLE member and past-president Elaine Geller. It is one of the organization’s most prestigious honors and is given to a person who has changed the lives of others through leadership, advocacy and community engagement.

To learn more about the event or to register to attend, visit here. Doors open at 11:30a.m. at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights. Ticket prices are $75 or $125.

Clean audit for Beachwood: The city of Beachwood has put out the word that it has been recognized with an “Auditor of State Award of Distinction” by Ohio Auditor Keith Faber for its clean audit report.

“We are pleased that our efforts are reflected with this recognition and that the residents of Beachwood can rest assured the city’s finances are being handled in a highly responsible manner,” Beachwood Finance Director Larry Heiser commented in a city release.

Fisher joins University Heights staff: Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan has announced that Deanna Bremer Fisher has been hired to join the team at University Heights City Hall.

Fisher started this week as the new executive assistant to the mayor for special projects, succeeding Ben Schaefer, who accepted a position with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

“I aimed high when I recruited Deanna for this position,” Brennan stated in a release. “She has a ton of experience. Deanna works hard and gets things done, and I am thrilled she is on board.”

Fisher is currently the interim administrator for the Heights Schools Foundation. She will continue in that role part-time while working at University Heights City Hall part-time. Later this year, Fisher will transition to full-time at the city of University Heights.

Prior to joining the Heights School Foundation, Fisher worked 14 years as the executive director at FutureHeights. At FutureHeights, she launched the Heights Observer community newspaper, produced Heights Music Hop, and created the Community Capacity-Building and FutureHomes Program.

She previously worked as director of marketing and development for the Cleveland Restoration Society.

“I am very excited to join the team at University Heights and work with Mayor Brennan,” Fisher said. “I’m looking forward to bringing my knowledge of community development to the city to lead in a variety of special projects, including working with Power a Clean Ohio to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Exploring Negro League Baseball: Did you know that in the 1940s, Negro League Baseball was the third largest Black business in the country, behind insurance and cosmetics? Or that there were women who played for the Kansas City Monarchs and Indianapolis Clowns in the mid-1950s?

If these facts intrigue you, you can learn even more about the Negro Leagues at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 when Shaker Library hosts historian Leslie Anne Heaphy, via Zoom.

Heaphy is associate chair and associate professor in the history department at Kent State University’s Stark Campus, where she teaches history survey classes, as well as courses in Asian history, 20th century US and sports history. She also co-directs the honors program on the Stark campus. Heaphy loves all sports, especially baseball, and admits to being a fan of both the New York Mets and Yankees.

Heaphy grew up watching the Mets and the Yankees, which inspired her love of baseball. While she never played baseball, her interest was mainly in research and the history of the game. She is the director of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and winner of the 2014 Bob Davids Award, the Society’s highest honor,which is given to honor a member whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past president of SABR, L. Robert “Bob” Davids.

To receive a Zoom link to her talk, register here.

Heights Libraries happening: The Coventry Village Author Series will present “An Evening with W. Dennis Keating” from 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Coventry Village branch, 1925 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. Keating will present his newest book, Cleveland and the Civil War, a detailed account of the active role the city played in national events before, during and after the Civil War.

Emeritus Professor Keating is the past president of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable and former member of Future Heights Planning and Development Committee. A book signing will follow. Registration is required, and you can do that here.

Brazilian jazz in Beachwood: The Moises Borges Brazilian Jazz Band will perform from 2-3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd.

This free show, open to the public, is brought to you by the Beachwood Arts Council and sponsored by grants from the Ohio Arts Council and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Moises Borges is a gifted guitarist and vocalist born in Bahia, Brazil. His South American Afro/Indigenous ethnic background forges a mix of cultural exposures of entertainment for all lovers of Brazilian jazz, samba, and bossa nova.

A run to benefit YMCA programs: The North Royalton Family YMCA will host its fifth annual Bubble Blast Kathleen DePiero Memorial 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk on Sept. 17. The race will take place at the branch, 11409 State Road North Royalton.

The race is dedicated to the memory of Kathleen DePiero, a former Y board member whom is credited with the inception of the event in 2016 and who was an advocate for youth and families.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Y’s Annual Campaign, granting area youth and families the opportunity to access Y programs and services, such as swim lessons, youth sports leagues, and before and after school childcare, they otherwise could not afford.

DePiero started work at Fox 8 in 2005, yet stepped away from her career to spend more time with her children. She re-joined Fox 8 to do special reporting for Tribune stations during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. DePiero died after a brief illness.

To learn more and sign up for the event, visit here.

Tri-C learning for those 55 and up: Registration for a new session of Encore 55+ Learning at Cuyahoga Community College, or Tri-C, is now open.

The Fall 2022 session offers virtual and in-person options.

Encore On-the-Go (virtual classes) begins Sept. 20, with classes taking place Tuesdays and Thursdays via Webex. Assistance is available for those unfamiliar with Webex, and practice sessions are offered to familiarize users with the platform. The cost is $30 per course.

Encore Campus Fridays begin Sept. 23, with classes taking place at the Eastern, Western and Westshore campuses. The cost is $99 for up to six courses at a single campus, or $30 per course.

Courses cover a wide variety of subjects including finance, fitness, history, literature, music, philosophy, science, and more.

Encore’s Neighborhood Scholars program also offers in-person and virtual programming this fall. The schedule includes tours of local places of worship, the Cleveland Public Library and The Keithley Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Most Neighborhood Scholars offerings are single-day programs with fees starting at $14.

Call 216-987-2274, or email encore@tri-c.edu for more information. Registration and full course listings are available at tri-c.edu/encore.

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