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Tikkun olam is a Hebrew phrase that (roughly) means “to heal the world.” Here’s the origin story I heard: In the beginning, God wanted to create a just world, one filled with goodness and loving-kindness. God created a vessel and poured God’s light into it; however, the vessel was too small and it cracked, with the shards leaking into all corners of the world. Each act of human generosity uncovers a piece, and all the pieces together will rebuild the world.
I love this story for a couple of reasons. I like puzzles. And, as a person who values compassion and collaboration, I love that we all have to work together. I love the idea that God needs our help, and I love that each act of goodness — no matter how small — adds together to create the world as it is supposed to be.
The causes that I support the most right now are personal. Both of my parents passed away within 18 months of each other. Of course, I’m devastated. I’m also committed to using my grief to help others. Our work and our dollars send students to college, help find a cure, and support people when they need it the most. Please join me in giving.
Eileen Kleinert Memorial Scholarship
My father and I created an annual scholarship, awarded to a college-bound Communication Arts student at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, to honor the memory of my mother, Eileen Kleinert, for her love of children and for her years of volunteering at the school.
We've awarded two scholarships since its creation in 2017, to deserving students attending Harvard and Carnegie Mellon. Please help me send kids to college.
Find a Cure:
Cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, is a devastating disease that is most commonly diagnosed in an advanced stage, due to a lack of symptoms and its fast-moving effects. Researchers are just starting to understand this elusive cancer. My father, Eric Kleinert, died from this disease in 2017.
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation’s mission is to find a cure and improve the quality of life for those affected.
Gilda's Club is an organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and empowering cancer patients and their loved ones, founded in memory of comedienne Gilda Radner. Based on the belief that nobody should face cancer alone, the clubhouse reaches over 20,000 people yearly with support groups, creative classes, workshops, healing practices, and Club Sparkle.
The support I received at Gilda’s Club — and from the people in my group (pictured above) — gave me the strength and courage to persist though the worst years of my life.
Please help me give to another family touched by cancer.
Literary Cleveland is dedicated to creating and nurturing a vibrant literary community in Northeast Ohio.
I’m a Board member, and I think 2019 will be an exciting year for this organization. I’d love your help in furthering the work.