CJH

Cleveland Jewish History
More than a hundred stories of our history, plus links to learn even more.

 

Our first Jewish burial (1840)
In August 1840 the body of a Jewish peddler was brought to Cleveland, but the Jews here did not yet own a burial ground.
Read an untold tale of loving-kindness.

Hear Abba Hillel Silver
"What is Judaism" is a rare LP record produced in 1954 by The Women's Association of The Temple - Tifereth Israel.
Listen to it online.

Our  oldest signed document
In 1840 the city's Jewish pioneers signed a petition asking for a section of Erie Street Cemetery. The City said No.
Learn about the 1840 petition.

Our first Bat Mitzvah ceremony
It was at Park Synagogue on March 18, 1949, exactly 27 years after Judith Kaplan's Bat Mitzvah ceremony, our nation's first.
Read more, including her recollections.

Coming soon:  Aaron J. Fox, Cleveland's first Jewish policeman    The Jewish Community Council

 

WELCOME TO THESE PAGES

Now in our 22nd year, we offer a guide to Jewish history resources, four major essays (Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, Rabbi Israel Porath, the movement to free Soviet Jewry,  and the family of Sam and Minnie Klausner), plus about 70 shorter essays. 

For more, use our What's New and What's Not So New pages, our Site Map that shows each page, and the detailed menu shown below.

Arnold Berger, editor

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ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Our largest contributions are on Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver (Arnold Berger), the freeing of Soviet Jews (Louis Rosenblum), Rabbi Israel Porath (his grandchildren), and the Sam and Minnie Klausner family (their grandchildren). For our full list of contributors, with links to their essays, click here.

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HISTORY RESOURCES
Cleveland Jewish History
Cleveland Jewish News Digital Archive
Cleveland Jewish Organizations
Cleveland Cultural Organizations
American Jewish History
Virtual Treasures
Cleveland History Websites
 

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GENERATIONS
Simpson Thorman and descendants
Alsbacher Document, Moses Alsbacher 
Jewish Cleveland before the Civil War
Sam and Minnie Klausner family

PEOPLE
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver
Rev Zvi Hirsch Masliansky
Rabbi Israel Porath
Rabbi Michaelis Machol
Jewish Members of City Council
Harry (czar) Bernstein
Leon Wiesenfeld
, journalist

PHOTO GALLERY
Herb Ascherman's Rabbis

INSTITUTIONS
Cemeteries
Cleveland's Holocaust Memorial
Jewish Federation
Jewish Orphan Home - Bellefaire
Jewish Scene Broadcasts
Aaron Garber Library

Hebrew Free Loan Association
Jewish Carpenters Union
Newspapers - Magazines

SYNAGOGUES
The great gift to Cleveland's Jews
Old Still-Standing Synagogues
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
The Temple - Tifereth Israel
B'nai Jeshurun Congregation
Brith Emeth and Rabbi Philip Horowitz

 

SOVIET JEWRY
Memoir by Dr Louis Rosenblum

25th anniversary of Summit Sunday
Natan Sharansky on the movement
Herb Caron: how the movement began

EVENTS
Cleveland's Jews mourn Abraham Lincoln
Confirmations in Cleveland

First Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies
1904 Zionist Convention

PLACES and NEIGHBORHOODS
Woodland Avenue  
Glenville 
Nate Arnold's tour of old Jewish Cleveland
Geneva Ohio Jewish Farmers

 

   

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