Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland


Previous Programs

Listed below are descriptions of selected programs we held in 2013

September 11, 2013

Sean Martin

The Geography of Eastern Europe

Where was your family from? The answer is both simple and complex.  One's town of origin may have come under the control of several different states in the space of just a few decades. Sean explained how uUnderstanding where your family was from, and who was in charge when, will help you to appreciate what life was like for your ancestors, and how it will help you to learn more about the traces of Jewish life in Eastern Europe today.

August 14, 2013

Michael Pupa

Spoke about his wartime experiences

Michael had never told anyone of his war time experiences. His story was uncovered in 2011 when the National Archives in Washington, D.C. selected him to be featured as one of thirty-one individuals with special stories of their emigration. Mr. Pupa came from Manyevitch, Poland. In 1942 at age 12 he hid in the forests. After the war - spent time in four displaced persons camps in Germany. He Came to the U.S. in 1951, arrived in Cleveland and was placed with a foster family. Until the call came in 2011, not even his wife and children knew about his past

January 6, 2013

Nate Arnold

An appearance by "Rabbi Michaelis Machol"

Nate appeared as Rabbi Michaelis Machol, who was minister of the Anshe Chesed Congregation here in Cleveland, Ohio from 1876 to 1906.

Rabbi Michaelis Machol (13 Nov. 1845-26 Aug. 1912) advanced moderate Reform Judaism in Cleveland as rabbi of Anshe Chesed (1876-1906); during his tenure, the temple, then Eagle Street Synagogue, instituted occasional English sermons , installed an organ and moved to uncovered heads. However, Machol demonstrated personal Conservative leanings in sermons and published articles, e.g., deploring the destruction of "every ceremony." He was born in Germany, one of 4 children of Zadek and Esther Machol. After graduating from the Theological Seminary of Breslau, Germany, and obtaining a doctorate from the university in the same city (both in 1869), he traveled to America. He settled first in Leavenworth, KS, and then became rabbi at Kehillath Anshe Maariv, Chicago, IL. As rabbi of Anshe Chesed, he oversaw the congregation's growth in the 1880s and the building of a new temple (1886). Active in advocating for the Jewish community, Machol joined other rabbis and lay leaders in protesting the 1901 decision of the board of the Cleveland Public Schools to begin each school day with the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the 23rd Psalm. Anshe Chesed designated Machol rabbi emeritus in 1907