In 1998 a search for abba hillel silver found only 200 pages. Today it will find many more pages: 30,800 on Google or 18,000 on Yahoo! Knowing that I would have to be very selective in expanding this site, in the summer of 2005, with the help of Marc Raphael's biography of Rabbi Silver, I began to invest more time. Here's what's been done since.
July - October 2005
All pages got a new look. The Home page was made easier to find on searches. Seven pages were added including Biography (web-based and in-print), Site Guide, and the memorial prayer sung at the funeral service. Links from other sites were obtained. Soon these pages would rank first or second in a search on abba hillel silver.
May - July 2006
I visited Wheeling West Virginia to gather materials on Silver's first two years as a rabbi. Research at The Temple - Tifereth Israel and the Western Reserve Historical Society helped me finish five pages on the Wheeling years of 1915-17. Our "Links" page becomes three: Zionism, Publications and Recognition. We triple the number of links. For serious visitors, we create an Endnotes page for linked comments and more information and a Resources (links for further study) page.
August - December 2006
My interest in Cleveland Jewish history having become much broader. , on December 27, 2006 I register the domain clevelandjewishhistory.net and copy the Abba Hillel Silver pages to this new website.
After a few months of dual
life on the old and new sites, the old Abba Hillel Silver pages are deleted.
With 30 pages and more than 70 images, this Abba Hillel Silver website is mature — but not yet complete. Pictures of the Silver home in Harlem were added.
Late in the year we were pleased to hear from descendants of Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky and receive a copy of their English translation of his memoirs. We added what may be their best coverage on the internet.
In March it was announced
that the Temple Building at University Circle was to start a new, renewed
dual life as CWRU's Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center. We added
a page on this new life and were gratified to see
our site used by
and linked to from the Jewish News and Plain Dealer websites.
In August we found, at last, and posted the 1906 Tannersville photo.
WHAT'S COMING in the months ahead
I have obtained copies of his New York Times obituary and the Cleveland Jewish News stories on his death and the memorial service. As most visitors now have high speed connections that will support audio files, I will try to take advantage of the TTTI's huge audio library and post some small sample so you can experience his eloquence.
I have also secured a video file of Raphael Silver speaking at the Cleveland's City Club on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. My plan is to put several parts of the Q&A portion of the City Club session on the website.
By the way, a Google search on Abba Hillel Silver now finds 35,000 "hits", with this website ranked #1. Try it.