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I remembered Abe Nebel from my years as a member of Tifereth Israel in the late 1950s an early 60s. I would see him most Sunday mornings, for he was The Temple's oldest and longest-serving usher. I recall some saying that he was connected to Cleveland's pioneer families.




Cleveland Necrology File

Id#: 0004045
Name: Alsbacher, Moses
Date: 1905
Source: Cemetery record;  Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #002.
Notes: Mayfield Jewish Cemetery Cleveland Hts., Ohio.

wife Yetta Plain Dealer death notice 2/11/1892 72 years  358 Woodland (born 1820)

Yetta leaves her estate to daughter Matilda. One child in court protests. (As only living children are Isaac in Cleveland and Hanna in Saginaw Michigan and atty Emil Joseph and Issac are in Tifereth Israel, we will assume it was Isaac.)

Moses wife Yetta's died 2-10-1892
will (PD 2-17-1892) gave it all to Matilda Rukeyser  one child hired att Emil Joseph saying that the will was unfair

daughter Julia (Jetta) died ?

Mayfield Cemetery  section 4    row 94 grave 3

Hanna married 1870

Matilda married Hugo Rukeyser  Hugo (from Russia) died 1883 (left with two children, ages 1 and 3. 

Isaac died 1903 age 63 lived at 341 woodland became 2241 Woodland

In 1880

meat shop 362 woodland 1885

1903 Isaac A  Dec 27, 1903 died age 63
funeral service at Mayfield Chapel Sunday Dec 27  probably died Sat 12/26

residence 341 Woodland

Jan 8 will noted
1931 Feb 7, 1931 Rebecca (Rena's mother) died funeral from Deutsch's Funeral Home (the on East 55th)

1912 PD story Dr David had his offices in home (later moved offices to 30th and Woodland

Translated by Rabbi Stephen Sherman of Hillel (died 1957)


1943 Sidney A obituary    mentions Dr David Jessie and Rena 2241 Woodland

by 1967 Boy Scout Council 2241 Woodland

He had six children. All six lived their whole adult lives in the family home on East 22 and Woodland. None of them married. Only two left, spinsters. They had to leave when in the 1960s the house was demolished to clear land now used for the Boy Scout building just past the Community College.



Centennial  PD 10/25/1937 page 5 editorial  read link bookmark   link from email


Abe Nebel born Dec 17, 1891 died August 1973  82

Jessica Blanche Peixotto, economist and author by Abraham Lincoln Nebel (- 1966)

Rena Alsbacher  born Dec 9, 1887, died July 1977 age 89

Jessie Alsbacher born August 1, 1885 died March 15, 1969 age 83

Abe Nebel
wife Cora  descendant from Jacob L Richard, said to be a founder of Anshe Chesed

From Peskin This Tempting Freedom  charter members of Anshe Chesed 1846

2241 Woodland

St. Joseph's Franciscan Church  on Woodland and E 23  1873-1993

Nebel picture perhaps 1960

Call to Chuck Cohen July 1, 2011

age 83

Father-in-law loved history. Often, when traveling around northeast Ohio, he would take time from visiting customers and prospective customers to spend time visiting cemeteries.

Married in 1960. Showed him his memorabilia collection and it included Alsbacher document.

Worked with Judah Rubinstein

Rubinstein link

PD July 2, 1961 Cleveland's First Jewish Settler   link

"Abe L. Nebel, whose home at 3259 Dorchester Road, Shaker Heights, is filled with documents for a history of Cleveland Jews he

1980 city directory shows Jessie and Rena at 13726 Cedar Road, a brick two-story two-family home on Cedar near Washington.

1968 together still, Apt 140 20550 University Blvd, near Fairmount Circle  garden apartment.

1972 Jewish Encyclopedia article on Cleveland does not mention it

But Peskin, in his 1973 work "This Tempting Freedom" thanks Federation for it and uses the "Federation translation"

Allan recalls that when he worked on book Nebel had AD

1937 Jewish Centennial Committee
"The Jewish Community of Cleveland Historical Digest 1837 - 1937"   Leo Weidenthal

AD not mentioned, but text about Moses Alsbacher mentions that descendants still live in house. As report (which gives no credit to ALN or other authors) published 1937 uses ALN's findings, we can date his visit (and his "awarded with" to 1937.

Home info (

4 bedroom, 2 bath centra; air, two family, multiple occupancy, built 1954 University Heights

Was AD displayed in CPL exhibit?

Re; AD, WRHS has in its files an acknowledgment letter from Meredith B. Colket, Jr., WRHS Director, to Judah Rubinstein at the Jewish Community Federation, dated May 22, 1976.


JI October issues (exhibit)

Cleveland Herald Oct 15, 1937 mention of exhibit

ALN archive:
invitation to Cent Committee,
original translation,
Nobel's own notes (awarded)

Judah Rubenstein archives

American Jewish Archives


WRHS Finding Aid;query=abraham%20nebel;brand=default


Biography of previous hit Abraham Lincoln Nebel 

Abraham Lincoln Nebel (1891-1971), Collector, was borne in Zanesville, Ohio, the son of Benjamin and Rose Nebel, as one of seven children. His family, Jewish immigrants, left Austro-Hungary several years earlier to settle in the United States. In 1892 the family moved to Shawnee, Ohio, where Benjamin Nebel established a general merchandizing store. In 1900, seeking better economic opportunities, the family moved to Cleveland. Financial success, however, eluded Nebel's father and at the age of 15, young Nebel quit school to contribute to the support of his family. With the help of his brother Emmanuel, they formed the Commonwealth Oil Company, the first chain of gas stations in Cleveland. In 1915 the gas company was sold, and Abraham Nebel established the Nebel Manufacturing Company.

Although he never graduated from high school, Nebel involved himself in scholarly activities. His interest in his Jewish heritage inspired him to devote much of his spare time to collecting material relating to the history of the Jewish community in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area.

previous hit Abraham Nebel next hit was an amateur historian whose interest in the Jewish community was prompted by a desire to learn more about his wife's family, the Richard's, who had been living in Cleveland for several generations. As his research progressed on the Richard family, Nebel began acquiring material on other prominent Jewish families. By 1948, he was avidly collecting material on families with the following surnames: Peixotto, Seixas, Kalisch, and Cohen. His collecting eventually expanded to include the records of well known Jewish businesses and of several of the early synagogues. Nebel hoped that his research would result in a publication that would document the political, economic, and cultural contributions of the Jewish community in the Western Reserve. Unfortunately, the book was not written during Nebel's lifetime, but Nebel's research notes provide much historical information about the Jewish community in Northern Ohio.

Processed by Dianne Girman in 1977.

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cohen in 1976.

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