A Rare Diamond: Philanthropist Honored Again with Prestigious Tree of Life Award


CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 5, 2022 — Longtime Cleveland philanthropist and Jewish National Fund-USA partner (donor), Harlan Diamond, has once again been named a recipient of the organization’s prestigious Tree of Life™ Award, which recognizes outstanding community involvement, professional leadership, dedication to the cause of American Israeli friendship, and a devotion to peace and the security of human life. Diamond received his first award in 2006.


Harlan Diamond


Hundreds are expected to honor the former president of Executive Caterers, Inc., at a reception at 5:30 pm on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at Landerhaven — a venue previously owned by Diamond. After acquiring Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights in 1983, Diamond turned it into the most prominent event center in Northeast Ohio and the hub of Executive Caterers. Harlan hosted notable events including the Cleveland Bicentennial, the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the annual Phil-an-thro-pi-a luncheon which raised more than $2 million for local charities.


“I’ve been a proud supporter of Jewish National Fund-USA for decades and have been a Zionist my entire life,” said Diamond. “When I learned I’d been nominated for the Tree of Life™ Award, I was so moved and excited to accept. One of the most appealing aspects of this honor is the opportunity to support the Jewish National Fund-USA project that is closest to my heart — The Galilee Culinary Institute. I worked in the food and beverage industry for 70 years, and to have the opportunity to give back to that industry in this way is such an incredible opportunity.”


As part of Jewish National Fund-USA’s strategic initiatives supporting the Galilee region’s economy and infrastructure and with a goal of attracting 300,000 new residents to the area, the Galilee Culinary Institute (GCI by JNF) is expected to reinvent culinary education and revolutionize the culinary arts scene in northern Israel when it opens in 2023. GCI by JNF will offer an intensive total immersion program that is designed to help students acquire a combination of practical skills and a broad understanding of the major themes impacting the food world today. The program will include a 12-month hands-on educational experience, where students from around the world will learn about cooking as well as critical life skills like architecture, marketing, business, finance, and the local farm-to-table concept that promotes sustainable locally sourced produce. The campus will also include a restaurant, café, and brewery.


Event chairs include Kevin S. Adelstein, Rebecca Bar-Shain, Barnett Bookatz, Mindy Feigenbaum, Barry Feldman, Daniel Geller, The Honorable Francine Goldberg, Michael Jacobson, Noreen Koppelman-Goldstein, Margaret Singerman, and Charles Whitehill.


For more information or to register to attend the reception honoring Harlan Diamond, visit jnf.org/NOhiotreeoflife or contact Ari Milgrom, JNF-USA Director, Northern Ohio at amilgrom@jnf.org 216.292.8733 x790.





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