Cleveland Jewish History

A guide to what's on the web, plus our own pages.
More than 400 pages, 600 links and 1300 images 
created or collected by more than 30 contributors.

 

Unsleben Bavaria - home of Cleveland's first Jewish settlers
See our Photo Gallery for past images.      Read our page on the Unsleben Jewish Cemetery

            Photo  Marc Shecter

This photo shows the Village of Unsleben in Bavaria, home of the 15 Jews whose arrival in Cleveland in 1839 marked the start of our Jewish community. It was taken in early April 2015 from the Jewish cemetery, which is one mile east of the town.

Learn more on our page on the Unsleben Jewish Cemetery, our pages on Simpson Thorman who invited his townsmen to join him in Cleveland and enjoy the freedom and opportunity here, and the Alsbacher Document they brought with them.

 
 

NEW HISTORY PAGES

Eight little treasures - the Blue Books - published between 1915 - 1925 with histories of Jewish organizations and lists of their officers and members. Learn more about the Cleveland Jewish Society Books.

In the early 1900s Cleveland welcomed many Jews, including Sam and Minnie Klausner, from the town of Tetiev, near Kiev in Ukraine. Fred Livingstone shares pictures from his 2013 visit. More on Tetiev Today.

We display new pictures of the Jewish Cemetery in Unsleben Bavaria. The village is still rustic and isolated, as it was in June 1839 when the Alsbacher Party departed for Cleveland.
Learn more

Cleveland's Jews mourn Lincoln. The train taking his coffin to Springfield, Illinois for burial stopped here on Friday, April 28, 1865. Among the thousands paying their respects were Cleveland's Jews. Learn more.

 

WHAT'S NEW ON THESE PAGES

To mark our 16th anniversary in July we designed this new larger Home page and added a Photo Gallery, for large displays of interesting images. Our second image, only a year old, is shown above. In several inter-related pages we try to shed some light on pioneer Moses Alsbacher and his family.

To read our "What's New" page, click here.

Arnold Berger, editor

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ABOUT OUR CONTRIBUTORS

Our largest contributions are editor Arnold Berger's pages on Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver, Louis Rosenblum's memoir on the movement to free Soviet Jews, and the pages on Rabbi Israel Porath and the family of Sam and Minnie Klausner with content from their descendants. Some contributors have provided important published works that were not on the web. A few had published stories we could present much more completely.

See a list of contributors with links.

GUIDE TO HISTORY RESOURCES

Our History Resources pages contain annotated links to other web sites. The pages most often viewed are Cleveland Jewish History Links and American Jewish History Links.

To draw attention to the best history pages we also have annotated links to the history pages of many Cleveland Jewish Organizations and Cleveland Cultural Organizations.

For our main History Resources page that links to all our resources pages, click here   

FAVORITE PAGES
 
Our three most-visited pages:
  ● B'rith Emeth and Rabbi Philip Horowitz
  ● Tiffany Windows at Anshe Chesed
  ● Jewish City Council Members
Three memorable short stories:
  ● The Great Gift  (1843)
  ● Bernstein's Elbow (1895)
  ● The Stranger (1947)
Because we must remember:
  ● Cleveland's Holocaust Memorial

A FEW LAST WORDS

Our pages have many links that allow one-click viewing of a page on another site. Links to other websites will open in a new browser window, which you can close to return to our page.

Only subscribers to the Cleveland Jewish News Archive will be able to see CJN stories we link to.

We welcome your comments and reports of any broken links. To contact us, click here.

Enjoy your visit.

 

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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
 

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
Rabbi Philip Horowitz
Jewish Members of City Council
Harry Bernstein (the czar)

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

SYNAGOGUES
The great gift to Cleveland's Jews
Old Still-Standing Synagogues
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
The Temple - Tifereth Israel
Brith Emeth

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

NEIGHBORHOODS
Woodland Avenue  
Glenville 
Nate Arnold's tour of old Jewish Cleveland

PHOTO GALLERY
Herb Ascherman's Rabbis

   

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