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Northeast Ohio Jewish History is a public Facebook group focused on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio Jewish history. Facebook users can see all our content. Members may post and comment and can get notifications of new posts. 

This group aims to:

   Share what's new, good, or hard to find
      (Includes announcing this website's new pages.)
   Help 'citizen historians' in their research and
   Expand the audiences for historical materials.

The group started in December 2017 as Jewish History Hub. We celebrate our birthday on the first night of Hanukkah, for the word means "dedication".

Arnold Berger  Administrator

  • Posts and comments must be respectful and informative. Offensive, irrelevant, hateful, political and promotional material will be deleted.

  • History research requests are welcome. Explain what you are doing and what sources you have already tried.

  • No family research questions. Direct them to a genealogy group. Link to Cleveland's group.

  • Event announcements are welcome if they are in our area of interest and within two weeks of the event or its registration deadline.

  • To report a recent post or comment, or to ask about promoting a Jewish history event, email

For new members
  • For the first 30 days your posts will require approval by an administrator.
  • Feel free to post to introduce yourself and mention your history interests.

Northeast Ohio Jewish History Group Picture

About the seven images in the collage

1840 Oldest document. Jews petition for a section of the city cemetery.
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1894 - Oldest building. East 55th and Central. Was home of Tifereth Israel
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1926 - The Klausner family gathers in Sam & Minnie's new home in Glenville.
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1938 - Leon Wiesenfeld, Yiddish journalist and community activist.
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1958 Two leading rabbis, Israel Porath (Orthodox) and Abba Hillel Silver (Reform), were good friends.
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1965 - at 1750 Euclid Avenue, first building owned by our Cleveland Jewish Federation.
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1970s - Solomon's Restaurant and Delicatessen at Cedar Center. Popular then and our most visited post to date (5.6K views).


1840 petition - scanned in the City Council Archives by Arnold Berger
Willson Ave Temple - old picture postcard found on eBay
Sam and Minnie Klausner family - from the family, collected by Carol Schonberg
Leon Wiesenfeld - Merging Traditions p 103 (WRHS)
Rabbis Porath and Silver - from Hannah Porath
Federation building at 1750 Euclid Avenue - photo by Lauren Pacini 
Picture postcard in the Walter Leedy Collection in Cleveland Memory at CSU