The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland builds, connects and strengthens our Jewish and Greater Cleveland communities through exceptional lifelong programs and services that reflect the richness of Jewish life and enhance physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being.


  • To serve as the premier Jewish institution that embraces the diversity of Jewish life and culture and connects and engages individuals and families of all ages and backgrounds.
  • To identify and develop visionary leadership and outstanding staff who are prepared to meet the continually evolving needs of our Cleveland Jewish community.
  • To systematically build, grow and sustain our core programs and services in a fiscally disciplined manner.
  • To ensure that we have state-of-the-art facilities to support quality programming.
  • To engage in community partnerships and collaborative efforts to offer a continuum of programs and services. 
  • To foster the personal growth of all our valued members through cultural, educational, social and wellness activities.
  • To be the place where all feel welcome.

Core Values

Pursuit of Excellence

The Mandel JCC strives for excellence by hiring and developing outstanding staff, maintaining state-of-the-art facilities and providing the highest quality programs and services to our members and the community.  Excellence is realized through continuous improvement, exceeding expectations and inspiring innovation.

Jewish Experience

The Mandel JCC instills Jewish values, ethics and traditions into all of our programs and services in order to enhance Jewish continuity and identity. Our members, staff and the community are enriched and inspired to connect with and be part of Jewish life.

Welcoming Environment

The Mandel JCC is a place where everyone is treated in a warm, respectful and friendly manner. Within our inviting atmosphere, people make connections, build friendships and feel involved in our community.


The Mandel JCC provides integrated programs and services for our members and employees to help them achieve optimal well-being and a high quality of life. Membership in this nonprofit social service agency is open to all. 


A Place for Everyone


Culture of Belonging

At The J, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, open and inviting place where everyone is welcome and anyone can be a member. The Mandel JCC is committed to building, nurturing and elevating a culture of belonging in which we welcome, recognize and celebrate people of all abilities and identities in accessible, safe settings.

Access and Opportunities

The Mandel JCC strives to make our programs accessible to everyone. Additionally, we collaborate with community organizations to provide enriching opportunities through partners such as Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium, Youth Ability, Bellefaire JCB, Naaleh and Rec2Connect. These opportunities provide vocational classroom experience, workforce training, and physical and recreational activities.

Preston's H.O.P.E. is an extensive accessible playground park for children with all levels of abilities and disabilities. It provides children with the opportunities to explore, play and learn. Located on our campus and managed by The J, Preston’s H.O.P.E. includes Imagination Village, with make-believe houses that are connected by a raised walkway, play theatre, sand area and traditional playground area with swings, tunnels and slides that are appropriate for children from preschool through school age.