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  ●  AARON GARBER LIBRARY  
For past images see our Photo Gallery.

The Aaron Garber Library, which closed its doors at the end of August 2014, was Northern Ohio's largest Judaica and Hebraica library. Its holdings spanned the vast range of Jewish knowledge with more than 40,000 volumes, plus periodicals, CDs, tapes, music and software in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. They were cataloged online as an affiliate of the CWRU library and were available through OhioLINK. 

The library began in 1924 as the library of the Bureau of Jewish Education. In 1939 the Bureau named it to honor the memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Garber (1877 - 1938), a founder and president of the Cleveland Hebrew Schools.
 

In 1976 it moved from the Friedland Center, the Bureau's building on South Taylor Road, to become the library of the College of Jewish Studies in its new building on Shaker Boulevard. A few years ago, when the College's degree programs ended, use of the collection dropped sharply.

Some of the library's holdings will move to the Case Western Reserve University library. Those on education will go to the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. The remainder will be offered to synagogue and day school libraries. The beautiful space in what is now known as the Siegal - Agnon Building will begin a new life as the library for Agnon School students.

 

NEW HISTORY PAGES


2013 photo 

The Aaron Garber Library - the central library of our community - has closed. We offer its history and a tour of the facility which will now be used by Agnon School students. Learn more

Our Jewish community started in 1839 with the arrival of a group from Bavaria led by Moses Alsbacher. Our pages tell about Moses, his children and grandchildren, the Alsbacher Document and Abe Nebel who found it, and, sadly, Moses Alsbacher's unmarked grave.
Learn more

1868 photo

 

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 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
 
These are our most-visited pages:
  ● B'rith Emeth and Rabbi Philip Horowitz
  ● Tiffany Windows at Anshe Chesed
  ● Jewish City Council Members
Some 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
History Resources main page
Cleveland Jewish History
History Pages: Cleveland Jewish Organizations
History Pages: Cleveland Cultural Organizations
American Jewish History
Virtual Treasures
Cleveland History Websites
GENERATIONS
Simpson Thorman and descendants
Moses Alsbacher and his descendants  
Jewish Cleveland before the Civil War
Sam and Minnie Klausner and their children

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
Jewish Federation
Jewish Orphan Home
Aaron Garber Library

SYNAGOGUES
The great gift to Cleveland's Jews
Old 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

NEIGHBORHOODS

PHOTO GALLERY
Herb Ascherman's Rabbis

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