1916 age 23 1927  age 34 1934 age 41 1942 age 49 1962 age 69

 Photo credits:

   1916 - found in the archives of Temple Shalom, Wheeling WV, his first pulpit.
   1927 - from a photo with Chaim Weizmann at the Hebrew Cultural Garden. see full picture
   1934 - courtesy of The Temple - Tifereth Israel
   1942 - Probably in London at a Zionist meeting, from
   1962 - photo by Yousof Karsh, courtesy of The Temple-Tifereth Israel
About this Site

Introduction how these pages came to be
What's New and What's coming
Site Guide how we present information
Permissions - Privacy statement
Recollections my memoriess of Abba Hillel Silver

Youth The family's arrival, photos, maps and 1910 census record
Wheeling June 1915 - June 1917 in Wheeling, coming to Cleveland  
The Temple The Temple - Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio   

Ascent to leadership, success and later.
Tannersville photo - 13 year old Abe Silver in knickers 

Publications Books by AHS
Poem: "America"  
In The Time of Harvest  (A festschrift, 1963)

Biographies of Abba Hillel Silver, on the internet and in-print
The work of Ofer Shiff.

Recognition Welcome, stamp, streets, inauguration, Kfar Silver, Silver chair
Abba Hillel Silver Chair in Jewish Studies at CWRU 
Photos A small gallery of personal and family photographs 
Video/Audio May 8, 1947 - Silver reads statement before UN Political and Security Committee
1954 - LP record: What is Judaism
Death Silver's death, funeral servicegravesite, obituary and Death Notices
Masliansky Zvi Hirsch Masliansky, Biography, Photos, Memoirs  Silver's Eulogy  Birthday
Endnotes Webkeeper's notes and supplementary information.

The Abba Hillel Silver Archives  
Recommended sites on Cleveland and American Jewish history.   

In other sections Porath and Silver: the friendship of two great Cleveland rabbis 
What inspired the design of The Temple in University Circle?
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When Abba Hillel Silver came to Cleveland in 1917, The Temple was on East 55th Street. Its new home at University Circle, completed in 1924, was his vision. It was there that he preached for nearly 40 years. After the move to Beachwood by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland (learn more ...) it is now the last major Jewish facility in the City of Cleveland. (We also note the West Temple on the west side.)

In March 2010 it was announced that the building would begin a new dual life as the Maltz Performing Arts Center at Case Western Reserve University, while remaining sacred space for the members of The Temple - Tifereth Israel.  Learn more.


This is the only website whose focus is the life of Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver. He is gone more than 50 years now, yet somehow he is still my rabbi.

Please contact me with your comments, recollections, suggestions and reports of any broken links.  Send your email to

For some information about me, click here.

I invite you to see the main Cleveland Jewish History website.

Arnold Berger  

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