From the start of Jewish Cleveland,
its rabbis have
shaped our community, the spiritual life of its
Jewish citizens, our community structure and our
response to external challenges and opportunities.
This site began with an examination
of the life and accomplishments of
Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver,
Cleveland's best known Jewish leader of the 20th
century. We plan to present information on other
leading rabbis of the nineteenth and early twentieth
In much of
Cleveland's Jewish community there has been a steady
shift from rabbinic leadership to lay
leadership. Lay leaders play a larger role in
congregational governance than a few generations
ago. Today the Jewish agencies have the resources of
operating funds, endowment, staff and energetic
informed volunteers for new initiatives -
particularly "Federation", the community's central
Yet rabbis continue to lead our
congregational life, which for many Jewish
Clevelanders is the primary aspect of their communal
We are glad to start this section
with noted Cleveland photographer Herbert
Ascherman's Rabbis, a photo essay first published
in the Cleveland Jewish News in 2008.
In May 2010 we added a page on
who served on Cleveland's City Council.
In November 2010 as a start to a
Gallery section we added our first page:
family contributed by Nate Arnold.