Cleveland Jewish History

A guide to what's on the web, plus our own pages 
created by a growing group of volunteer contributors.

FEATURED PHOTO  ●  JEWISH CARPENTERS UNION LOCAL 1750   ●  Labor Day 1911
See our Photo Gallery for past images.    Read our page on the Jewish Carpenters Union and Carpenters Hall.

In one of the most popular images of Cleveland Jewish life in the early 1900s we see most of the nearly 200 members of Local 1750 United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners assembled on the steps in front of Congregation Oheb Zedek at Scovill Avenue and East 38th Street. They were Jewish carpenters, whose banner displayed a Magen David symbol.

It is Monday, September 4, 1911. Wearing their white uniforms they would soon march with more than 10,000 other working men and women in the Labor Day parade. The headline in the Plain Dealer was "Marching Unions To Show Strength Labor Leaders Promise Biggest Parade in City's History on Monday".

The reviewing stand would be at City Hall where there would be speeches in several languages.

Four months earlier the Jewish Carpenters Union had marched in the much smaller May Day parade, where the Plain Dealer headline was "Red Flags Fly As Socialists March Lead Procession of Cleveland Party in Celebration of May". These were times of unrest when workers were acting through their labor unions to achieve a larger share of the nation's growing prosperity.

Read our page on the Carpenters Union and Carpenters Hall.

 

NEW HISTORY PAGES


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The Hebrew Free Loan Association of Cleveland  will soon celebrate 110 years of interest-free lending with dignity - and we link to Stanley Lasky's amazing history of its first century.
Learn more

Our Jewish Carpenters Union story above began in early October. The next week we took pictures of its building on Kinsman Avenue. Alas, within two weeks this landmark was gone.
Learn more.

Carpenters Auditorium

 

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
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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
Cleveland Proclamation (1966)
Herb Caron: how the movement began

EVENTS
Confirmations in Cleveland

NEIGHBORHOODS
Woodland Avenue  
Glenville 

PHOTO GALLERY
Herb Ascherman's Rabbis

   

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