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Historical Marker at Beth Israel The West Temple

 

 


The Ohio History Connection (website) selects Ohio Historical Markers and maintains an online searchable list at www.RemarkableOhio.org

At the right, shown as an example, is the Ohio Historical Marker at the Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial at Zion Memorial Park on Northfield Road in Bedford Heights.

This year's new markers, a total of 27, have been announced. One will be erected in front of Beth Israel The West Temple. Dedication (and inclusion in the online list) is expected in late 2020.

Below is the proposed text for the marker. Side one honors the human rights struggle to free Jews in the former Soviet Union. Side two recognizes the long-term community effort to provide help to those who chose to come to northeast Ohio.
 

 

A MODERN-DAY EXODUS

Here in 1963 congregants of Beth Israel The West Temple founded the Cleveland Committee on Soviet Anti-Semitism, the first group to advocate for freedom for Soviet Jews. This work led to formation of the Union of Councils for Soviet Jews whose national offices were located here 1970 - 1973 under the leadership of Louis Rosenblum. By 2000, the effort begun here helped 1.5 million Jews leave the former Soviet Union.

(Continued on other side)

BETH ISRAEL THE WEST TEMPLE
JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND
WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE OHIO HISTORY CONNECTION
2019
 

A MODERN-DAY EXODUS

(Continued from other side)

In a nationally recognized multi-year resettlement effort, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, the Jewish Family Service Association and other social agencies, schools, congregations and thousands of volunteers helped more than ten thousand new Americans from the former Soviet Union find housing, education and employment.  They and their children now live in freedom, enriching our region.
 

BETH ISRAEL   THE WEST TEMPLE
JEWISH FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND
WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE OHIO HISTORY CONNECTION
2019
 


Beth Israel    The West Temple

The Ohio Historical Marker will stand in front of Beth Israel's building at 14308 Triskett Road in Cleveland.
 

  LEARN MORE

  • Cleveland's role in the freeing of Soviet Jewry is told in the memoir of Dr Louis Rosenblum z"l, published on these pages in 2006.  click here
     
  • Resettlement of Russian-speaking Jews in Cleveland is described in a report prepared for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland in 2013 by Rachel Davidson.   click here
     
  • Ohio Historical Markers that honor Jewish history.
    We know of three: the Kol Israel Holocaust Memorial in Bedford Heights and two in Cincinnati - the Hebrew Union College and Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, and the Plum Street Temple, where he organized the stream of Judaism he saw as American Judaism and we call Reform.

September 28. 2019

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