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Privacy Policy


Jewish Federation of Cleveland and its affiliates (collectively, "JFC," or "we," "us," "our") respect your concerns about personal data protection and value our relationship with you. This Website Privacy Policy (the "Policy") applies solely to personal data collected through JFC web sites, web pages, portals, interactive features, applications, telephone support lines, e-mail, widgets, blogs and their respective contents in addition to our Twitter, Facebook or other social networking sites, and their respective contents (collectively, the "Website"), whether accessed via computer, mobile device or other device (collectively, "Device"). 

This Policy describes the types of personal data we collect through the Website and how that personal data may be used and/or with whom it may be shared. This Policy also describes how you can reach us to update your contact information, access and control the use of the personal data we collect in connection with our marketing communications and activities, or get answers to questions you may have about our privacy practices at the Website. Please read this Policy carefully, because by using the Website you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the terms of this Policy. In addition, please review our Terms of Use, which governs your use of the Website and any content you submit to the Website. 


Except as otherwise defined in this Policy, capitalized terms have the meanings set forth herein. 

"Identifiable natural person" means a person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity. 

"Personal data" or "personal data" means any information about an identified or identifiable natural person.  

Compliance with Local Laws 

This Policy is meant to guide JFC with respect to personal data collected from or about you at this Website.  While this Policy applies to personal data generally, the local laws, rules and regulations of jurisdictions that are applicable to JFC ("Local Laws") may require standards which are stricter than this Policy and, in such event, JFC will comply with applicable Local Laws. Specific privacy policies may be adopted to address the specific privacy requirements of particular jurisdictions. 


Consent to Data Collection and Processing
You hereby agree with and consent to the collection and processing of your personal data as described in this Policy.

Consent to International Data Transfers
Your personal data may be collected, processed, and stored by JFC or its service providers in the United States and other countries where our, or our service providers', servers reside.  Please be aware that privacy protections and legal requirements, including the rights of authorities to access your personal data, in some of these countries may not be equivalent to those in your country.  You hereby agree and consent to the transfer of your personal data to the United States and other countries where our, and our service providers', servers reside.

Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Data 

The privacy and security of the personal data that JFC collects from you is a priority for JFC.  Generally you can visit the Website without providing personal data, unless otherwise mentioned in the Website itself. However there may be circumstances when you may be asked or choose to provide personal data that could reasonably be used to contact you or to identify you personally. The categories of information that JFC collects about you may include, but are not limited to:

JFC collects and uses personal data for the following purposes: 

JFC also may use and disclose your personal data:  (1) to the extent required to respond to a legal or ethical obligation, (2) to the extent necessary to meet national security, public interest or law enforcement obligations, and (3) to the extent expressly permitted by an applicable law, rule or regulation. 

Of course, you may choose not to provide JFC with personal data.  However, this choice may prevent JFC from providing you with the product, service, event, or other information you requested or that could be offered to you.  

JFC may use your personal data as set forth in this Policy (or any other JFC policy, as applicable), and for any other purposes for which your consent is required under applicable law so long as JFC obtains your consent.   

Additionally, where JFC is permitted to do so under applicable law, JFC may share your personal data with its affiliates, employees, contractors, volunteers, consultants, and other parties who provide services to JFC or otherwise support our business including, without limitation, parties that provide information technology and data and payment processing services to JFC with respect to the operation of its businesses.   We may disclose your personal information to third parties to market their products and services to you.  You may opt out of such disclosures by contacting us using one of the methods set forth in the "Opt Out" section below.

Where JFC is permitted to do so under applicable law, JFC may transfer or provide your personal data to affiliates or third parties for the purposes set forth herein both in and outside of the nation where you reside. 

Additionally, your personal data may be disclosed as required by applicable law, to comply with a court order, subpoena, warrant or other legal process, or where the personal data is publicly available (unless otherwise restricted by applicable law). 


Like many websites, JFC uses "cookies" and similar tools on the Website to improve its performance and enhance your user experience. 

What are Cookies?   
A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your Device. Cookies help to analyze web traffic and allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. Certain cookies may contain personal data - for example, if you click to "remember me" when logging in, a cookie may store your username. Most cookies won't collect personal data that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information, such as how users arrive at and use our Website, or a user's general location. 

What do we use Cookies for? 
JFC may place cookies or similar files on your Device for security purposes, to tell us whether you have visited the Website before, to remember your language preferences, if you are new visitor or to otherwise facilitate site navigation, and to personalize your experience while visiting our Website. Cookies allow us to collect technical and navigational information, such as browser type, time spent on our Website and pages visited. Cookies also allow us to select which of our advertisements or offers are most likely to appeal to you and display them while you are on the Website. Cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular Website. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better Website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your Device or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. 

What kinds of Cookies do we use? 
Generally, the cookies that are used on the Website can be broken down in to the following categories: 

Can the Cookies be blocked? 
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you would prefer not to accept cookies, most browsers will allow you to: (i) change your browser settings to notify you when you receive a cookie, which lets you choose whether or not to accept it; (ii) to disable existing cookies; or (iii) to set your browser to automatically reject any cookies. However, please be aware that if you disable or reject cookies, some features and services on our Website may not work properly because we may not be able to recognize and associate you with your JFC account(s). In addition, the offers we provide when you visit us may not be as relevant to you or tailored to your interests. 

Instructions for blocking or allowing Cookies in Popular Web Browsing Software 
Internet Explorer 7 and 8 
Google Chrome 
Apple Safari 

Google Analytics


Even after you have consented to JFC's collection and use of your personal data and submitted personal data to JFC at this Website, you may opt-out of having your personal data collected or used by JFC by contacting JFC.  Please note that in order to fulfill certain obligations, we may need to continue sending you notices or other important information concerning any events or services you request. You may contact JFC by sending us a letter at: 

Jewish Federation of Cleveland 
25701 Science Park Drive 
Cleveland, OH 44122 
Attention:  Privacy Officer 

Or by e-mail to: 

Or by telephone at: 216-593-2900 

Or by facsimile at: 216-593-2901 

General Principles for the Processing of Personal Data 

Personal data will be collected, stored, processed and transmitted in accordance with JFC's established policies and applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws, rules and regulations.   

The principles of JFC with respect to the processing of personal data are as follows:  (1) personal data will be processed fairly and lawfully, (2) personal data will be collected for specified, explicit, and legitimate purposes and not further processed for incompatible purposes, (3) personal data collected by JFC will be adequate, relevant, and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which it is collected, (4) personal data collected by JFC will be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date to the best of our ability, and (5) personal data collected by JFC will be retained as identifiable data for no longer than necessary to serve the purposes for which the personal data was collected. 

If JFC engages in the processing of personal data for purposes other than those specified in this Policy, JFC will provide notice of these changes, the purposes for which the personal data will be used, and the recipients of personal data. 

Your Rights Over Your Information

By law, you have a number of important rights.  In summary, those include the following:

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please call, email, or write to us with the following information to identify you; (2) proof of your identity and address; and (3) the information to which your request relates.

Transfers of Personal Data 

JFC may transfer your personal data in connection with a merger, consolidation, or reorganization of the assets of JFC or affiliates, or other transaction, or by way of assignment (whether by operation of law or otherwise) in connection with any such or similar transaction or in connection with the administration of a bankruptcy estate.  However, your personal data will continue to be protected by any pre-existing privacy policy of JFC, unless you agree otherwise.  Your personal data may become the property of the successor and, subject to your agreement, will be subject to the successor's privacy policies. 

We do not sell any of your personal data (including your name, mailing address, or e-mail address) to any companies or third parties.  We do provide some of our services through contractual arrangements with affiliates, service providers, volunteers, and other third parties that require us to share your personal data with them in order to deliver those services.  For example, we must release your credit card information to the card-issuing bank to confirm payment for events and services purchased on this Website; release your address information to our mailing service to deliver letters; release your name, children's names, and address for families registering children to receive books and services from  PJ Library; provide your name, phone number, or other contact information to volunteers that help with donation solicitation and events; and  provide name and address to third parties that help us provide donor services.  We require our service providers to adopt and post privacy policies consistent with this Policy.   

Linking to and Privacy Policies of Third Party Sites 

This Policy applies to information collected from this Website by JFC.  Once you click on a link to another website (the "Linked Site"), you are no longer on this Website.  This Policy does not apply to the content or privacy practices of any Linked Site.  We encourage you to read the privacy statements of each and every website or Linked Site that collects personal data.  You should contact advertisers, other websites or Linked Sites directly if you have any questions about their privacy policies or their use of the information they collect. 

Miscellaneous Privacy Issues 

JFC is committed to protecting the privacy of children.  Though this Website is not directed to individuals under the age of 13, JFC may collect personal data of children from a child's parent(s) or legal guardian(s) for purposes of soliciting a donation or registering with PJ Library, or other events or services as provided by JFC.  JFC will never use personal data of children for any commercial marketing purposes.   

You should be aware that when personal data is voluntarily disclosed (e.g., your name, e-mail address, etc.) in any public areas on this Website (such as a message board) - that information, along with any information disclosed in your communication, can be collected and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from third parties.  Such activities are beyond our control and this Policy does not apply to such information.  Any submissions to public areas on this Website are accepted with the understanding that they are accessible to all third parties.  If you do not want your comments to be viewed by third parties, you are advised not to make any public submissions. 

User Registration and Password 

Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and/or account information.  To ensure effectiveness of your password, we recommend that you do not disclose your user identification or password to anyone.  Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online.   


JFC will take reasonable steps to protect the personal data in its possession from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction, and will take useful precautions with regard to the nature of the data and the risks of the processing, to preserve the security of the data and, in particular, prevent its alteration and damage or access by non-authorized third parties. JFC has put in place appropriate technical, physical, and organizational procedures and security measures to safeguard and secure the personal data from destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized access or disclosure, or other forms of unauthorized or unlawful processing commensurate with the risks posed by the particular type of processing, the nature of the personal data and in accordance with applicable law and applicable guidelines, and taking into consideration the cost of implementing such measures.   

Please be aware, however, that no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure and any information disclosed online can potentially be collected and used by parties other than the intended recipient.  If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please notify us as soon as possible.


It is your responsibility to provide JFC with accurate personal data.  Except as otherwise set forth in this Policy, JFC shall only use personal data in ways that are compatible with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized by you.  To the extent necessary for these purposes, JFC shall take reasonable steps to ensure that personal data is accurate, complete, current and relevant to its intended use. 


Upon request by you, JFC will grant you reasonable access to your personal data, except where your rights are limited by applicable law.  JFC will permit you to correct, amend or delete inaccurate or incomplete personal data, except where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the privacy of the individual in the case in question or where the rights of persons other than the individual would be violated.   

Subject to the above, you may change any of the personal data you have provided to us by writing us at:   
Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 25701 Science Park Drive, Cleveland, OH 44122, Attention:  Privacy Officer, or by e-mail at  Please include your name, address, and/or e-mail address when you contact us.   

You may ask to have the information on your account deleted or removed; however, we may be required in certain circumstances to retain information related to your donor history and other past transactions on this Website.  In addition, it may be impossible to completely delete your information without some residual information because of backups. Such information will be deleted from our backups in accordance with our retention policy.


We retain your personal data for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law or to otherwise fulfill a legal obligation.


JFC will use a self-assessment approach to verify compliance with this Policy and periodically verify that the Policy is accurate, comprehensive for the information intended to be covered, prominently displayed, implemented and accessible.  

If you believe that your personal data has been processed or disclosed in violation of this Policy, JFC encourages you to raise any concerns using the contact information provided in this Policy.  JFC will investigate and attempt to resolve any complaints and disputes regarding use and disclosure of personal data.   

Changes to this Policy 

This Policy may be amended from time to time, consistent with the requirements of applicable law. A notice will be posted by JFC on this Website when this Policy is changed. 


Date of last update:  September 14, 2021    


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