|Fred and Judy Klotzman|
For two years after
college I worked for the Roseman Structural Iron Works. Then
I went to The Sanford Construction Company,
where I estimated and supervised commercial, industrial, and
public construction projects until 1956. I then went on
my own and started
The Klotzman Construction Company, building the same
kind of projects, successfully - more than 100 large
contracts, all in the greater Cleveland area.
In the early 1990s Fred would turn the management of these properties over to his sons Kerry and Bruce.
Where they lived
In 1951, immediately after their marriage, Fred and Judy moved to what Fred now describes as "the third floor of a two family home" on Tuscora Avenue, in Glenville, near the Tetiever synagogue. Their first child, David, would be born there a year later.
In 1955 Fred and Judy moved to a house Fred designed and built on Lander Road in Mayfield Heights. Their second and third sons, Kerry (1955) and Bruce (1957), would be born there. They lived in that home for 34 years.
In 1989 Fred and Judy
moved to Bentleyville,
next to Solon, which in recent years has seen the
arrival of many Jewish families. Fred designed the
house which used all-steel construction.
Fred grew up and became Bar Mitzvah in the Orthodox Tetiever synagogue on Linn Drive in Glenville, where his father and grandfather were long-time members. He remembers his grandfather Sam Klausner, a leader of the congregation, seated on the bimah during High Holy Day services.
In 1947 Cleveland had only two Reform congregations, "Silver's" (Tifereth Israel) in University Circle and "Bricker's" (Anshe Chesed) on Euclid Avenue and East 82nd, known as "The Euclid Avenue Temple". Two of the nation's largest synagogues, they saw that there was a need for another congregation located in the suburbs, where many young, unaffiliated Jewish families were moving after World War II. They worked with the national Reform movement to start Temple Emanu El, and chose a Cleveland native, Rabbi Alan S Green, to lead it. In just two years Emanu El would have 500 member families.
August 2008 - The Klotzman - Chang Wedding