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Cleveland's Synagogues
Euclid Avenue Temple (Anshe Chesed)


Anshe Chesed's second home, on Scovill Avenue at Henry (East 25th) Street, was dedicated in 1886 and occupied just before the High Holy Days in 1887. It was used by the congregation for only 25 years. We present a remarkably rich newspaper account of the laying of its cornerstone on October 21, 1886.

In March 1912, led by Rabbi Louis Wolsey, Anshe Chesed Congregation - then known as The Scovill Avenue Temple - moved to a new home at Euclid Avenue and East 82nd Street where it would be known as the Euclid Avenue Temple. The old building, at what is today Community College Avenue and East 25th Street, is gone, its land part of "Tri-C".

The architect was Israel Lehman, who had designed the Scovill Avenue Temple and also the Willson Avenue Temple (Tifereth Israel).

Barnett Brickner, born in New York City, a Columbia University graduate who had been ordained at the Hebrew Union College, became rabbi of the congregation in 1925. In the 1930s and 40s many would call the congregation "Brickner's Temple". In 1957 it moved to Fairmount Boulevard in Beachwood where it is now known as Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.

The Euclid Avenue building is now owned by Liberty Hill Baptist Church.

Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple honors its past with regular visits to the old Euclid Avenue Temple.


Enlarged copy of an picture postcard, circa 1916, showing the Euclid Avenue Temple.
It was dedicated in 1912, at Euclid Avenue and East 82nd Street in Cleveland.
Note "Sixth City" in the upper right. The 1920 census would show Cleveland as the nation's fifth largest city.

The Tiffany windows on the Eastern wall of the sanctuary.

The Tiffany windows on the Western wall of the sanctuary.

For larger images of these eight Tiffany windows,
click here.

The balcony at the rear of the sanctuary.

The front of the sanctuary with choir loft and organ.

Looking up from the center of the sanctuary.

The auditorium seats 1,200.

Photos: Arnold Berger 


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