Friday April 5, 1935
Approve Community Council
Representatives of approximately 100
Jewish organizations undertook the formation of a
last Thursday evening, when they unanimously went on
record in favor of the creation of such a Council
and elected Max Simon temporary chairman. Mr. Simon
was directed to appoint an organization committee,
which is to draw up a constitution and framework for
the Council, and submit it to the delegates for
approval. Practically every large Jewish
organization in the city was represented, including
the temple and synagog congregations, men's clubs,
women's groups, alumni organizations, philanthropic
and benefit societies, educational and cultural
groups, lodges and social clubs, local chapters of
national and international organizations.
In addition to these lay leaders and
the editors of the Jewish newspapers, the following
rabbis were present: A. H. Silver, B. R. Brickner,
Armond Cohen, Israel Porath, Hugo Klein, I. M.
Walden, David Genuth, I. Krislow, and Emanuel
There was complete
agreement concerning the need for such a body, and
not a single expression of opposition was voiced.
Those present were in full accord that there should
be a medium for the discussion of broad community
problems by the representatives of all groups and
points of view. It was hoped that through such a
body there might come a greater understanding of
these issues and of the various elements that
comprise the community.
The only questions
raised were with regard to the inclusiveness of the
Council, and the scope of its action. The consensus
of opinion was clearly, however, in favor of a wide
representation, in order that every segment of the
Community and every point of view might have a voice
and participate. They did not believe that it could
serve its fundamental purpose if there were any
considerable exclusion. No attempt was made to
outline the functions of the Council in detail,
since it was not believed that these could be fully
anticipated. It was intended that the Council should
deal with all problems which concerned the entire
community, in such manner as it believed would serve
the best interests of the community. Whether the
Council should confine itself to the discussion and
interpretation of problems, or attempt to come to
some decision with regard to them, was discussed at
length. It was clear that the only power which the
Council could wield would be the power of public
opinion, and this would depend upon the prestige and
the degree to which the Council really represented
the views of the community. No organization or
minority would be ostracized because it differed
with this opinion of the majority, it was said, It
was also pointed out no organization would be bound
by the action of its delegates. Each would serve as
a representative of the community, and would act in
his capacity as an individual. "Several persons have
told me that history was written tonight," Mr. Simon
commented after the meeting. "Time can only tell
whether it was. We do not expect the Council to be a
panacea, nor do we expect it to solve all Jewish
problems. "We do, however, hope that it will help us
to solve those problems which can be solved, and to
understand and adjust better to the others. At least
by discussing them jointly, by bringing together the
leaders of the community—selected by the
community—we can consider them rationally and
intelligently. There is no doubt but that the
Council can be a most vital instrument in bringing
out the best inner forces of our group life." Mr.
Simon said that he would select a representative
committee, and would announce its composition as
soon as this had been determined.
Services were held here yesterday
for Max Simon, long a leader of the Cleveland Jewish
community, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 80. Mr.
Simon was a founder and first president of the
Jewish Community Council, established in 1935, and
was a prime mover in the merger of the Council in
1951 into the Jewish Community Federation. He served
as Federation president from 1956 to 1959 and two
years later was elected a Federation trustee for
life. An active Zionist, he was a founder of the
local Israel Bond Organization. In January, 1967, on
his 79th birthday, the Jewish National Fund gave him
a testimonial dinner and announced that a
10,000-tree forest in his name was being planted in
Israel. He served nationally on boards and
committees of the Council of Jewish Federations and
Welfare Funds and the United Jewish Appeal.
|A life-long Zionist, Mr. Simon was
brought to Cleveland from Russian Poland at an early
Simon, founder of H. Simon
iron and steel brokerage firm, and operator of the
concern until he retired in 1919, died last Friday. He
lived at 2035 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Heights.
Mr. Simon was a former president of the Cleveland
Zionist District. He was a trustee of Park Synagogue.
Surviving Mr. Simon are his wife, Mollie, a daughter,
Mrs. Selma Weiss, and a son, David L. Simon. Mr. Simon
is also survived by his brother Max and sister,
Miss Sadie Simon.
Mrs. Lena Simon,
pioneer Jewish resident of Cleveland, and mother of
Simon, former president of the Jewish
Community Council, died Wednesday evening, June 4,
at her home, G34 E. 115th Street. Mrs.
Simon was 73 years of age.
She was a member of the Cleveland Jewish Center.
Surviving her in addition to Max
Simon, is another son.
Harry Simon; her daughter,
Miss Sadie Simon, and five
grandchildren . Mrs. Simon
was the widow of Abraham Simon
and mother of Herman, deceased.
|1910 census Abraham (grocer) and Lena
born in Russia
2749 East 51st near Woodland
Max is 28 Born 1892 year they came over
Abraham came in 1886, Lena and children
followed in 1892
Max born in Russia speaks Yiddish
1940 3107 Washington blvd CH
west of Lee Road
Then to Shaker Heights
Simon, prominent Cleveland
Jewish layman and secretary of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, was elected
president of the district.
|JRO April 27, 1923
For trustees-at-large — Three-year term: Eugene S.
Halle. Solomon Goldman, Samuel Regar, Abba H Silver,
Louis Wolsey. Two-year term: Max
|JI Sept 10, 1926
Simon, chairman of the Jewish Conference on
Health and Care of Handicapped of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, has announced the
various committee appointments of the conference.
|Jan 19, 1934
FEDERATION CONSIDERS PLANS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT
Representatives of the Cleveland
Jewish community, who attended the first national
assembly of the National Council of Jewish
Federations and Welfare
Funds, while returning from the assembly with a
feeling generally that the administrators of Jewish
philanthropic enterprise in Cleveland had, through
the three decades of the
Federation's history, done a very comparable
and valuable work in keeping the organization
abreast of the trends and demands of these
succeeding years, were nevertheless deeply impressed
with the urgency of a further adaptation of Jewish
community enterprise to the requirements of the
newer problems of Jewish life brought on by world
conditions. The board of trustees of the
Federation, recognizing the
importance of a broadening of
Federation influence in Jewish communal
affairs, approved the appointment recently of ;i
special committee, under the chairmanship of
Simon, to study present trends more fully and
to prepare recommendations for the hoard's
consideration. The other members of the committee
are: Harry F. Affelder, Edward M. Baker, Judge
Maurice Bernon, Rabbi H. S. Davidowitz, Mrs.
Siegmund Herzog, George Mayer, Max Myers, Rabbi A.H.
Silver, Sidney N. Weitz, S. D. Wise and Meyer
|Dec 1913 marriage license 2749 East
51 age 26 to Mollie Winograd age 24
Independent, Friday, February 25, 1916
Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Max Simon,
of 10220 Ostend avenue, on Thursday, February 17, a
daughter. Mrs. Simon was formerly Miss Mollie Winograd.