Jewish Education Center of Cleveland - ETGAR
In 1993, the Commission on Jewish Continuity was combined with the Bureau of Jewish Education (founded in 1924) to create the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC). The JECC directs the continuity work of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and administers the multi-million dollar Fund for the Jewish Future, the endowment that continues to support continuity projects. The JECC ensure continuity in Cleveland by fostering and strengthening life-long Jewish learning in various settings and forms. Today, the JECC is at the cutting edge of educational practice, working with agencies, congregations and schools to develop and implement programs that dramatically improve our Jewish educational systems.
The Etgar program provides supplementary religious education to Jewish students who are not able to learn in the regular congregational setting due to a variety of special needs. Etgar serves students, ages 6 to 21 years old, from a consortium of Cleveland synagogues. Etgar classes, led by highly qualified special education teachers, provide the structure, materials and teaching format crucial for a successful religious school experience. The classes, held in several Cleveland synagogues, familiarize students with prayers, Jewish holidays, Hebrew vocabulary and the concept of tikkun olam.