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.

"A Stitch in Time" - The Cleveland Garment Industry

Cleveland's garment industry -- the garment makers, knitting mills, and their suppliers -- which began before the Civil War, had always attracted Jewish entrepreneurs and Jewish employees. When immigration was at its peak our garment industry ranked close to that of New York City, which had seven times our population. Cleveland's garment factories were also viewed as a better place to work, for in their treatment of workers many employers practiced what they knew as Jewish principles of social justice.

Though only a small remnant of the industry survives today, it left a precious legacy for immigrant workers and for the community and its institutions.

The book and the exhibit, which opened on November 6, 2015, drew heavily on the resources of the Jewish Archives at the Western Reserve Historical Society. Those archives are supported by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, which numbered many garment industry entrepreneurs among its founders and leaders.

This new book is the outcome of the vision of Marc Frisch and Gary Rand, the extraordinary support of the families of garment industry owners and employees, the perspective of Dr. John Grabowski and the masterful writing and redacting of Dr. Sean Martin. It is a major addition to our knowledge of Cleveland's Jewish history.  Read more ...... 

You can buy copies of "A Stitch in Time" at the Western Reserve Historical Society in University Circle and at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

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Coming soon
HaysMar The family compound on Lake Erie that would be home to many Jewish leaders including Kaufman Hays, Martin Marks, Moses Gries and then Abba Hillel Silver -- and also to much tragedy.

Fred Livingstone shares pictures from his 2013 visit to Ukraine and notes that Tetiev and its nearby villages, once home to 6,000 Jews, are now without a Jewish presence.
Tetiev Today.

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 1945 Irving (Earl) Seidman visited the schvitz - still standing, near East 116th and Kinsman - with his father. From his family memoir published in 2014 he  shares his sweet memories. Read Going to the Schvitz.

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.
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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.



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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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.


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   

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


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.

Thanks to the Cleveland Jewish News Archive for giving free access to all its content.

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

Enjoy your visit.



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Simpson Thorman and descendants
Alsbacher Document, Moses Alsbacher 
Jewish Cleveland before the Civil War
Sam and Minnie Klausner family

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)

Cleveland's Holocaust Memorial
Jewish Federation
Jewish Orphan Home - Bellefaire
Jewish Scene Broadcasts
Aaron Garber Library

Hebrew Free Loan Association
Jewish Carpenters Union

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

Memoir by Dr Louis Rosenblum

25th anniversary of Summit Sunday
Natan Sharansky on the movement
Herb Caron: how the movement began

Cleveland's Jews mourn Abraham Lincoln
Confirmations in Cleveland

Woodland Avenue  
Nate Arnold's tour of old Jewish Cleveland

Herb Ascherman's Rabbis


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