Shifting attitudes within Cleveland’s Jewish community are the focus of “The City Without Jews,” a talk by Mark Souther, associate professor of history at Cleveland State University.
The Jan. 27 presentation launches the “Cleveland Jewish History & Public Policy Series,” sponsored by the Cleveland Jewish News Foundation, Teaching Cleveland Digital, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Laura & Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University.
Souther’s 7 p.m. talk at the Maltz Museum will focus on the shift from the American dream to the suburban dream. He will explore how Jews, faced with rapid departure from the city of Cleveland to its eastern suburbs, worked to recentralize communal life.
Also free and public is “Jewish Philanthropy in Cleveland,” a March 16 talk featuring David Hammack, Case Western Reserve University Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History. He will contextualize Cleveland Jewish philanthropy by examining donors in Cleveland and elsewhere in the United States. The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Maltz Museum.
The Souther and Hammack talks will expand on themes both are exploring in essays for the book, “The Jews of Cleveland.” That collection, edited by John Grabowski and Sean Martin, is to be published by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Grabowski is Krieger-Mueller Joint Professor in History at CWRU. Martin is curator for Jewish-American history at the historical society.
“Teaching Cleveland Jewish History” April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4 will feature longtime educator Terry Pollack on development of the Jewish community in Northeast Ohio. He will track this from early immigration to America and the Alsbacher Document to the continuing Jewish migration to the suburbs. Cost of this five-part experience is $80, covers study materials and includes a visit to the Maltz Museum’s core collection. These are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.
The final event in the series is “Cleveland’s Radio Superstars,” a May 23 panel discussion featuring broadcast veterans Milton Maltz, the founder of Malrite Communications, and Norman Wain, a co-founder of WIXY, a legendary Top 40 AM radio station. Carlo Wolff, staff reporter for the Cleveland Jewish News and author of “Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories,” will moderate. Free and open to the public, this will take place at the Siegal facility.
Publisher’s note: Norman Wain is a past president of the Cleveland Jewish News Board of Directors.