Some highlights of these 110 years show where we have been and set a path for where we will go in the future.
1903NCJW became the founding member of Federation of Jewish Charities, known now as the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.
1907NCJW established, with CEA and Federation For Jewish Charities, Camp Wise, for needy children, mothers, and babies.
1919NCJW established Big Sisters, trains, volunteers as tutors, aides, and friends to Jewish orphan girls as the Jewish Orphan Home, forerunner of Bellefaire/Jewish Children's Bureau.
1938NCJW's Vocational Counseling Program leads to the establishment of Jewish Vocational Services (JVS)
1960NCJW initiates the first Cleveland Meals On Wheels with St. Luke's Hospital, East End Neighborhood House and City of Cleveland Division of Recreation.
1962NCJW breaks ground to establish Council Gardens, a model nonsectarian independent living apartment complex for the well elderly with moderate incomes. It is the first of its kind in Cleveland.
1970NCJW holds the first Designer Dress Days (DDD) in the lobby of the Shaker Theater. This annual fund-raising project earns additional dollars for distribution to community, national, and Israel commitments.
1971NCJW welcomes Jewish newcomers to the community through Cleveland Shalom.
1978NCJW launches, with the JCC and the Jewish Community Federation, Jewish Transportation Service, for conveying the elderly and disabled to their medical appointments.
1979NCJW opens Council House, co-sponsored with JFSA, a model group home for Jewish men with chronic mental illness.
1980NCJW launches Parent Resource Project/Totline, in cooperation with the Federation For Community Planning and the Center For Human Services. This telephone counseling helps develop positive parenting skills. Later renamed Bellflower Center/Tot Line.
1983NCJW undertakes the Holocaust Archives Project: videotaped testimonies of 136 Cleveland area survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles.
1990NCJW, through its Soviet Host Family Project, sponsors new Soviet immigrant families.
1991NCJW allocates major funds over three years and provides volunteers to the only Jewish hospice in Cleveland, known as the NCJW/Montefiore Hospice Project.
1996NCJW established Parents As School Partners at Buckeye Woodland Elementary School to help parents of early elementary age enhance their children's reading skills.