Chanukah in a Basket Program 8th Night of Chanukah Project S hare the warmth of the holiday by donating new gifts to children and families in need. The Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Chanukah in a Basket program is collecting items to be wrapped in festive baskets by volunteers and delivered to area families facing economic challenges. For many children, these gifts may be the only ones they receive this season. “There are many ways to take part in this program. No matter how people choose to get involved, their participation is important. We look forward to a great gift collection and a great event,” said Trish Adler, co-chair of the Chanukah in a Basket program. Items sought (new items only please) include blocks, books, cars, and puzzles for toddlers, children and teens; stuffed animals; children’s mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves; arts and crafts supplies; Lego building sets; men’s and women’s beauty products; sports equipment; handbags and wallets; Chanukah-themed items; and gift cards in $10 increments including Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Certified Kosher establishments, movie passes, gas, and grocery stores. Donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, until Tuesday, November 25, at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive, Beachwood. Volunteers are needed to assemble and wrap the baskets on December 2, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Federation. They are also needed from 12 to 2 p.m. to help spread holiday light by delivering baskets to day schools and synagogues. Chanukah in a Basket is a program of the Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Network and Women’s Philanthropy Initiative. For more information or to RSVP, please visit, email Susan Hyman at, or call 216.593.2887. F amilies and children 8 and under are invited to celebrate giving as part of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s 8th Night of Chanukah project. Children will decorate tzedakah (charity) boxes, and then donate their collections at a community-wide celebration that features music, mitzvah-themed (good deed) crafts, PJ Library® story times and a parade. The event will take place on Sunday, December 7, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Federation’s Mandel Building, 25701 Science Park Drive in Beachwood. Tzedakah boxes will be distributed at day schools and synagogues beginning Monday, November 3. After collecting money to help people in need, kids can bring their donations to the December 7 event to benefit the Federation’s Campaign for Jewish Needs. Their generosity will be recognized at the event with stickers and fun. The 8th Night of Chanukah project educates families that “kids count” when they donate to the 2015 Campaign for Jewish Needs and their gift changes lives in Cleveland, Israel, and 70 countries around the globe. The project is a collaboration of the Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Initiative, PJ Library, and partner organizations. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more, get a free tzedakah kit, or to RSVP, please visit, email Kelly Rubanenko at, or call 216.593.2865. Cleveland Clinic welcomes Chad Raymond, DO. Providing world class heart care at South Pointe Hospital Chad Raymond, DO Cardiovascular Medicine Same-day appointments 216.491.7380 Make sure your healthcare plan includes Cleveland Clinic. November 2014 n Beachwood Buzz 9