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This page acknowledges the help of those who so generously gave their time to share their memories. or in other ways supported the creation of these pages. They have been mentioned in the section they helped develop and I am glad to list them again, with links to the pages they have helped to create. Credits for objects such as a published news account, photo or quotation are displayed near the contribution itself and are not included in the list below.

Contributors and Supporters


We have often linked to two history websites for more information, and at times they have linked to our pages:
 ● The Jewish Virtual Library, editor Mitchell Bard PhD, and
 ● The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, editor John Grabowski PhD.

The Cleveland Jewish News has several times reported on our work. We use its Archives, which went online in 2010, almost daily. Thanks to former editors  Michael Bennett and Cynthia Dettelbach and current Managing Editor Bob Jacob, present and former staff members including Jennifer Daddario, Arlene Fine, Lila Hanft, Marilyn Karfeld, Margi Herwald Zitelli, plus consultants/columnists Susan Rzepka and Violet Spevack.

Until its sad closing in August 2014 the Aaron Garber Library was very helpful. Thanks to Director Emeritus Jean Lettofsky and Site Director Ilka Gordon.

We often benefit from the resources at the Jewish Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society and the help and encouragement of Sean Martin PhD, Associate Curator for Jewish History, Ann Sindelar, the Reference Supervisor and Vicki Catozza and others at the reference desk. The archives would not be there without the vision of the late Judah Rubenstein and the financial support of the Gries and Rather families.

John Grabowski PhD of CWRU and WRHS has been helpful in ways direct and indirect - the indirect help being the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History that he helped create years ago. It was a pioneering web history project and is a much-used resource.

Nate Arnold and Jeffrey Morris are today's most knowledgeable and helpful lay historians of the Cleveland Jewish experience. They are my "go to" guys for questions and feedback. Some of our conversations are classic. A recent example: I asked about the site of an old shul. Jeff told me when the deed had been recorded. Nate then added "The land had been owned by the president's brother-in-law."

Bill Barrow, CSU's Special Collections Librarian, has been helpful in answering questions, growing the Cleveland Memory Project, bringing together web historians to share ideas, web publishing Alan Peskin's "This Tempting Freedom" and the Jeffrey Morris treasure "Haymarket to the Heights."

Mike Baron, who loves history. Through his volunteer efforts leading Teaching Cleveland he does so much to bring history to students, school teachers and the public. As a friend and colleague, he gives me encouragement, helpful criticism and insight.

Myra Shays, my twin sister, who has always been available for the final editing of pages. She can spot an extra comma or misused word all the way from Providence, RI.


Nate Arnold   Cleveland's Old Synagogues, Virtual Tour
Herbert Ascherman   Cleveland Area Rabbis: a photo essay
Robert N Brown   Photographs of Tiffany art at Euclid Avenue Temple
Herbert Caron PhD   a founder and leader of the campaign for Soviet Jewry
Jocelyn Cooper   archivist Temple Shalom, Wheeling, WV
Silver in Wheeling
Ruth Dancyger   Historian of The Temple - Tifereth Israel 
Abba Hillel Silver comes to The Temple
Rachel Davidson   Oberlin graduate, author of a study on resettlement of Jews from the former Soviet Union in Cleveland.
Avi Goldman   Kol Israel Foundation's Holocaust Memorial
Louis Gordon   owner of the last Jewish-owned business in Glenville
Gail Greenberg   Building The Temple in University Circle and its Photo Gallery
Martin Hauserman Chief City Archivist, Cleveland City Council
Cleveland Jewish Councilmen
Lou Horacek   librarian at the Ohio County Public Library  Silver in Wheeling
William Joseph   Simpson Thorman family photos
Fred Klotzman,
Carole Schonberg
and the Klausner family
  The grand and great-grand children of Sam and Minnie Klausner, especially Fred Klotzman and Carole Schonberg. See list
Paul Klein   Professional genealogist.
Index to Cleveland Jews in Who’s Who books
Susan Koletsky   Director of Museums, The Temple-Tifereth Israel
Abba Hillel Silver comes to The Temple, Funeral
Stanley Lasky PhD   Jewish Cleveland before the Civil War
Alan Levenson PhD   Professor of Jewish Intellectual and Religious History, U of Oklahoma: Brith Emeth and Rabbi Philip Horowitz
Fred Livingstone   Tetiev (Ukraine) Today
Roger Mastroianni   Photo - Dedication of Silver Hall
Rafael Medoff PhD   Director, David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies  Abba Hillel Silver's Zionist Leadership
Jeffrey Morris   Cleveland Synagogues and Leon Wiesenfeld's memoir
Zviah Nardi Editor, Zvi Hirsch Masliansky memoirs and biography
Allan Peskin PhD Professor of History, Cleveland State University
This Tempting Freedom
Gary Polster PhD   Professor of Sociology, Ursuline College   The Jewish Orphan Asylum
family of Rabbi Israel Porath
Yehudit Spero, Paul Porath,
Rabbi Jonathan Porath.
Laura Steinberg, Hannah Porath
and Rabbi Shubert Spero
  The content on our Rabbi Israel Porath pages 
Julian Preisler   webmaster, West Virginia Jewish History   Silver in Wheeling
Rabbi Marc Raphael PhD   author of the biography of Abba Hillel Silver
Robin Rood   B'nai Jeshurun timelines: 140 years and 150 years
Daniel Rosenblum   Interviews of Louis Rosenblum
Louis Rosenblum PhD   Cleveland's Role in the Soviet Jewry Movement
Judith O. Rosenthal
Lil Silverman Milder
Sanford S Silverman
  Geneva Jewish Farmers
Jane Rothstein   Edith Anisfield Wolf and much more
Susan W. Saltzman   The images in Confirmations in Cleveland
Nancy F Schwartz   Jewish Cleveland before the Civil War
Irv Seidman PhD   Going to the Schvitz in Kinsman-Mt Pleasant in 1945
Kindra and Marc Shecter   The Jewish cemetery in Unsleben, Bavaria
Michele Seligmann   Adopted grandchildren of Esther and Leon Wiesenfeld
Cynthia Spikell   Adopted grandchildren of Esther and Leon Wiesenfeld
Bud Weidenthal   Confirmations in Cleveland
Marshall Weinberg   The Tannersville Picture
Rabbi Ari Wolf   Text of his invocation to the Republican convention
Rabbi Gary Zola PhD   Director, Jacob R Marcus Center, American Jewish Archives.
Zvi Hirsch Masliansky and Abba Hillel Silver


Pat Corrigan   Manager, United Jewish Cemeteries 
Abba Hillel Silver gravesite, Moses Alsbacher Grave
Dennis Lehman
Bob DiBiasio
  Cleveland Indians executives who helped in the research for In Pursuit of the Plaque
Josh Teplow Director of Graphics, Zionist Organization of America

If you are thinking about contributing:

Contact us telling a little about your suggested content. It could be a story you've told before that you want to share on these pages, an old family picture that relates to an important community event, or part of a much larger work. We'll pay up to twice our standard per-page rate. (This is an attempt at Jewish humor. Our per-page rate is zero.)

Arnold Berger

as of 1/09/20