by Marilyn Karfeld, Cleveland Jewish News, 4/11/08
About 50 civic leaders have joined forces to contest the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland’s proposed move to an eastern suburb.
A group headed by David Goldberg, co-chairman of AmTrust Bank, formerly Ohio Savings, was to present objections to the move at a meeting today (April 11) of Federation’s Community Relations Committee (CRC).
Goldberg, immediate past chair of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance and a longtime Jewish communal leader, declined to argue his case in the newspaper before the CRC hears firsthand of his group’s concerns. “We respect the trustees to make the decision,” he says, adding that it should be made with broad community input.
Federation leaders have “slowed the process down” in response to those who wanted more community input, says Stephen H. Hoffman, Federation president. While he insists he has no opinion on the move at this time and is in “a listening mode,” Hoffman says a decision on the location of the new headquarters is likely this summer “at the latest.”
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