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Greater Cleveland Congregations

Greater Cleveland Congregations

Within Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple and the entire network of Greater Cleveland Congregations, Jews, Christians and Muslims are studying a range of issues and opportunities for advocacy to build a more just and prosperous greater Cleveland.

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Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

Beachwood, OH



  • Create a network that could use the tools and methodology of community organizing to make lasting and sustainable change


Greater Cleveland Congregations is comprised of over 40 Cuyahoga County congregations and organizations which work directly together to achieve goals


July 2011

Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) convened founding assembly with over 2,000 attendees, several hundred from Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

December 2011 and April 2012

GCC publicly advocates for education reform in the Cleveland Metro School District, seeking to bring together school leaders and educators to focus on shared solutions.

Mobilized community in “Get Out The Vote” campaign to pass school levy


GCC convenes Northeast Ohio Medicaid Expansion Coalition and mobilizes thousands to secure over $222 million for healthcare in the community with Heath and Human Services levy.

GCC establishes itself as a major player in Criminal Justice Reform in Cleveland by hosting highly contested Prosecutor forum and taking pledges from candidates for change.

May 2014

GCC gathers over 1,000 people to all on local officials for law enforcement initiatives around guns. This begins the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign that is now a part of the national agenda for GCC’s umbrella organization, the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF).


GCC calls for a Community Equity Fund for the Q Arena deal in Cleveland in order to directly link the growth and prosperity of one of the region’s strongest engines, downtown Cleveland, with the improvement of the neighborhoods and communities of the whole city and county.


  • CMSD School levy passed
  • Health and Human Services levy passed
  • Medicaid Expansion passed
  • Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign established