Immigration, “My Kind of Town,” and a Rose Garden – Ezra Ellenbogen

Immigration, “My Kind of Town,” and a Rose Garden – Written by Ezra Ellenbogen Pictured Above is a sign commemorating the sister city relationship between Volzhsky, Shaker Heights, and Cleveland Heights; this relationship was eventually merged with the Volgograd-Cleveland sister city program to form the Greater Cleveland – Volgograd Oblast Alliance Cleveland has many sister … Continued Read More

Naturalization Ceremony August 16th, 2019

Welcome to America! This is what an American looks like. Families, students, professionals, dreamers, workers. There is nothing like watching humanity join together is swearing their allegiance to this beautiful, messy, country. Global Cleveland offers every single new American a welcoming packet full of information about resources in our area that we hope makes them … Continued Read More

Talking Points for Public Charge Changes

PUBLIC CHARGE The proposed rule change so broadens the definition of “Public Charge” as to include millions of people who are already contributing members of society and the economy.  It implicitly and incorrectly assumes that people who receive benefits now cannot become productive contributors in the future. Most immigrants are not eligible for public benefits … Continued Read More

The Irish are Coming

  Everyone knows that the Irish-American connection is strong. Cleveland has a great relationship with our Irish partners, as evidenced by the recent visit by The American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to Cleveland on August 8th. Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Governmental Agency that supports Irish companies expanding to global markets. … Continued Read More

Global Cleveland’s Position on New White House Rule to Limit Legal Immigration

While it has been in effect since 1882, the term “public charge” was never defined and therefore has meant different things over time. Different standards have been applied. It is a nebulous set of standards that can be adjusted to fit a particular climate or set of principles, depending on the current President’s views and value of international newcomers. Today’s … Continued Read More

Updates From Our President

Three days, 2 ups and  1 down, three opportunities to make Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio more welcoming. One week. This past Thursday I had the opportunity to speak with representatives of the Executive Branch in Washington, DC. I was invited by the National Jewish Federation to speak to the policy being considered now known … Continued Read More


Bratislava – Cleveland  Written by Ezra Ellenbogen    Cuyahoga County has a reasonably large Slovak population; in fact, it has the highest of any county in Ohio, and Ohio is the state with the second-highest Slovak population overall.[1] In short, Cleveland and surrounding areas have a significant Slovak population. Among Cleveland’s many great sister cities, … Continued Read More

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