In 1840, months after
the Alsbacher party
arrived from Unsleben, Bavaria, there were
enough Jews here to form
a mutual benefit
society, the Israelitic Society.
They tried to buy a section of the Erie (East 9th)
Street Cemetery, near the Jewish
community, but were turned down by City Council
because a cholera epidemic had left the cemetery
with little space.
For $100 they bought an acre of
land on the west side
of the Cuyahoga River, then Ohio City, from Josiah
Barber. Today it is
just north of I-90, where Fulton Road (the new name
of Willet Street) and Monroe Avenue intersect. The address is 2254 Fulton Road.
The phone number (216) 321-1733, is that of Mayfield
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The first burial would be only a month later when
the body of a peddler, a Jew from Bavaria named
Kanweiler, was brought to Cleveland expecting that
his brethren here would look after his remains.
The Israelitic Society soon became Congregation Anshe Chesed.
In 1850 many members left and formed
Tifereth Israel. That year they
bought a 1/2 acre lot next to the Anshe Chesed
cemetery, though there would be a fence between the
two burial areas.