Finding aid for the Volunteers for Clevelanders in Israel Photographs

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Volunteers for Clevelanders in Israel
Title: Volunteers for Clevelanders in Israel Photographs
Dates: 1979-1994
Extent: 0.80 linear feet (2 containers)
Abstract: Volunteers for Clevelanders in Israel (VCI) was founded in 1978 as a non-profit organization with the goal of helping people from Cleveland, Ohio, who had moved to Israel. VCI offered services to Clevelanders planning a long-term or permanent move to Israel and to former Clevelanders now living in Israel. The group was founded by Shirley Goodman, who served as its director until her death in 2006. In Cleveland, VCI offered weekly workshops for those planning to move to Israel. Topics included packing and shipping, buying appliances, culture shock, and dealing with Israeli bureaucracy. VCI also offered Hebrew language classes. In Israel, the majority of services were provided through the Daniel Haas Center, located in Jerusalem, opened in 1983. Former Clevelanders could rely on VCI to help them stay connected to one another and to friends and relatives in Cleveland. A directory of Clevelanders living in Israel was published every few years, and meetings and social events were held regularly. Other services offered included employment assistance, housing interviews, counseling, emergency financial aid, and interest free loans. The Daniel Haas Center closed in 1996 due to lack of funding. VCI now continues its work through the Cleveland Hometown Association in Israel. The collection consists of approximately 300 color and black and white photographs. These photographs depict volunteers and members of VCI at events and locations in both Cleveland and Israel. The majority of the individuals in the photographs have been identified.
PG Number PG 572
Language: The records are in English