May 6, 2014 (Beachwood) – Last week Jewish Family Service Association welcomed The Diversity Center, a Beachwood non-profit dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism, to lead a culture diversity workshop for JFSA employees. Approximately 25 employees attended the 2 hour workshop which focused on creating an inclusive workplace. The workshop was led by Professional Development Program Specialist Amanda Cooper, MA, CDP. Amanda specializes in the development and facilitation of diversity and inclusion training programs relating to cultural diversity, cultural intelligence, and intercultural communication.

Three JFSA employees also attended a “Train the Trainer” workshop to become certified facilitators of the Cultural Diversity 101 professional development program. Both sessions were sponsored by JFSA board member and Beachwood resident, Jean Heflich, through her Employee Recognition & Enrichment Fund, which was created to further JFSA employees’ knowledge and skills, to enhance their careers and augment the work they perform, and award their extraordinary performance in the workplace.  “It was an excellent program,” said one participant. “It was very informative and also interesting. Amanda did a great job!”

Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland, a private non-profit organization, serves to strengthen families and individuals in both the Jewish and general communities in Northeast Ohio. Guided by traditional Jewish values of communal responsibility and social justice, JFSA is committed to enhancing every individual’s ability to thrive in our community. For more information on services, go to

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio was founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) as a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism. The Diversity Center is committed to building communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued. They focus on increasing knowledge, raising awareness, and building skills to help create organizations, schools, and communities that are safe.