<![CDATA[Workmen's Circle Educational Center of Ohio - News Feed]]>Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:00:18 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Swirsky, Simon]]>Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:51:36 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/swirsky-simonPicture
Simon Swirsky, 102, was born six months before the outbreak of World War I in the shtetl of Postawy, near Vilna. He passed away on Jan. 18, 2017. As a young man, Simon led his mother and siblings out of Poland, ahead of advancing Nazi troops, saving them from the mass execution of Postawy Jews in 1942. Drafted into the Russian army, he was assigned to tailor Soviet officers’ uniforms. This allowed him to provide for his family and keep them together. (He continued to head and support his extended family into the years beyond their move to Cleveland.) By war’s end, Simon had been transferred to railroad service, again employed as a custom tailor to Soviet officials. This brought the family to Kiev, where he met and married Myra.
The family was repatriated to Poland in 1960 and immigrated to America in 1966. After retiring as a pattern maker for Dalton Industries, Simon helped lead the resettlement of Soviet refugees in Cleveland. He also turned his talents to the preservation of Yiddish language and culture. He organized a local book rescue for the National Yiddish Book Center and cofounded the Yiddish Concert in the Park. He was honored for lifetime achievments by the Workmen’s Circle and the International Association of Yiddish Clubs, in which he stayed active into his 90s.
Simon is survived by Myra, his devoted wife of 68 years; his children, Michael Swirski (Marian) and Ninel Borodi (George); his grandchildren, Adina Wolf (Seth), Rachel Dadusc (Daniel), Dan Swirski (Molly) and Nikki Borodi; and great-grandchildren, Orly and Anna Wolf and Sarah, Meir, Aryeh Leib, Shayndel and Tzipporah Dadusc.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights. Interment will be at Zion Memorial Park.
The family will observe shiva at the residence, 2200 Kerwin Rd. No. 613 in University Heights Thursday following burial until 9 p.m., 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 20, 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 21, 9 a.m.-noon and 7-9 p.m. Jan. 22-24.
Contributions to the Yiddish Book Center (yiddishbookcenter.org) or Workmen's Circle Educational Center of Ohio (workmenscircle.org).
To view this service at 2 p.m. Thursday navigate to: bitly.com/smallchapel.
To view this service at a later date navigate to: bit.ly/2ivKyww and enter "Simon Swirsky" in the search window.

<![CDATA[Gawiser, Julian]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:49:08 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/gawiser-julianPicture
A beautiful voice will live on in our memories. Julian Gawiser, formerly of Erie, Pa. and Cleveland, Ohio, graduate of Erie Academy in 1937, died on December 12, 2016 at age 97. He attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. He was a life-long member of Workmen's Circle where he received the Circlelite of the year award. He was President of Cleveland Wash Tray Manufacturing Company and a Vice President of Mor-Flo Industries from which he retired in 1987. He served for 4 1/2 years in the US Army. Julian was an enthusiastic singer for his entire life. In the Workman's Circle chorus, he met his love, Evelyn Wynbrandt to whom he was married for 66 years until her death in 2009. After moving to Columbus in 1997 in order to live close to their daughter, he and Evelyn joined the Harmonaires chorus at Griswold Center and he continued to entertain at care centers until May. Julian is survived by his cherished children, Sheldon and Naomi Gawiser, Peggy Shecket (Larry Buhrow). He adored his grandchildren, Eric Gawiser (Sevil Salur), Ben Gawiser (Heather Tarman), Michael Shecket and Jon Shecket. His happiest times were with his great-grandchildren, Zachary, Lucy, Deniz and Selin. Julian's final gift was to donate his body to The Ohio State University College of Medicine. There will be a celebration of Julian's life on a date to be announced. To honor Julian's memory, please share his words with your loved ones: "Make the most of each day."

<![CDATA[Beck, Brian]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 16:48:07 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/beck-brianPicture
age 63, of Chesterland. Devoted and loving father of Benjamin (Kelly) Beck of Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother of Warren (JoAnn) of Olmsted Falls, Ohio and the late Neil Beck; devoted uncle of Caitlin and Jennifer Beck; and dear friend of Amy Singer. A Celebration of Brian's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at E.S.U.U. Church, 10848 Chillicothe Rd., Kirtland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Brian's memory may be made to The Cleveland Sight Center or the charity of your choice . Online tributes and condolences at www.gattozziandson.com.

<![CDATA[A Jewish Christmas Eve. Save The Date]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:33:22 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/a-jewish-christmas-eve-save-the-date]]><![CDATA[November Edition of Schmooze News]]>Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:50:07 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/november-edition-of-schmooze-newsOur new edition of the Schmooze News is now AVAILABLE! Please be sure to signup for our EMAIL list if you haven't already so that you can get our newsletter quicker.
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<![CDATA[Crochet, Knit & Kibbitz]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:29:14 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/crochet-knit-kibbitzThe Workmen's Circle Educational Center is now presenting a knitting and crochet class hosted by our own Stacy Spetrino. Check out our flyer for details. We hope to see you there.
<![CDATA[EDITH DRAZIN]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:58:34 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/edith-drazinPicture
(nee Matlow), age 89, passed away August 26, 2016. Beloved wife of 61 years of late Sidney, loving mother of Laura Boyes (Will) and David (Carol Seymour), devoted grandmother of Adrian Boyes. She is survived by brother George and sister-in-law Marilyn. Memorial Service October 16, 2016. 

Edith was a long time Pianist for the Workmen's Circle Klezmer Orchestra where she touched the lives of so many with her musical gifts.

<![CDATA[CHARLES EHRLICH]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:56:51 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/charles-ehrlichPicture
CHARLES EHRLICH, age 78, died June 8, 2016. Devoted father of Todd (Grace) Ehrlich of FL, Michelle (Joel) Schaffer of Eastlake and Barbara (Ken) Jones of FL; loving grandfather of Joshua Schaffer, Jennifer (Anthony) Semones, Jessica and Jacquelyn Schaffer, Tova Jones, Jorden (Scott) Gilen, Deena (Caleb) Jeppesen and Courtney (Matt) Callaway; loving great-grandfather of six; dear brother of Donald (Susan) Ehrlich of CA, Sandy (Dr. Fred) Teren and the late Larry Ehrlich. Graveside services will be held in Mt. Olive Cemetery (Jewish War Veteran Section) on Friday, June 10 at 11 AM. Family will receive friends, FOLLOWING BURIAL UNTIL 5PM, at Marlene Schaffer residence, 2506 Brainard Rd., Pepper Pike. Contributions are suggested to Bellefaire JCB (www.bellefairejcb.org)

<![CDATA[Anthony Natale]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/anthony-natalePicture
Anthony M. (Tony) Natale. Award-winning former Press reporter Tony Natale, 77, died August 3d in Arizona. For more than a year he valiantly fought more illnesses than anyone should have to face. 
Tony won several awards during his nearly 30 years at The Press. After it folded he moved to Arizona as columnist for the Phoenix Gazette. Arizona ACLU awarded Tony Journalist of the Year in 1986. After the Gazette closed he wrote for the East Valley (Arizona) Tribune for 19 years. 
Tony was a Renaissance man who played guitar, sang, gardened, danced and loved opera. He is best loved for bringing people together with his kind presence.
He was born in Cleveland where he met his wife of 51 years, Gail Gianasi Natale. He also is survived by two children, David (Beth Boram) and Leah Natale, three grandchildren, Emma Josephine and Milo Hinke and Jonathan Boram Collas, all of Seattle; his brother John (Mildred) of Berea and sister-in-law Arlene of Westlake. His parents, Josephine and Louis and brother Louis pre-deceased him.
Memorial Gathering Saturday September 3, 2016 at Craciun Berry Funeral Home 7200 Detroit Ave. Cleveland Ohio 3-5pm. 
Family suggest contributions may be made to a social justice or theatre organization.

<![CDATA[Rock the Block; great success]]>Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:30:44 GMThttp://workmenscircle.org/news-feed/rock-the-block-great-successPictureSouth Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo posing for a photograph with our WC crew in our Yiddishe Cleveland T-Shirts.
Friends and neighbors gathered on Saturday for South Euclid's 2nd Annual ROCK THE BLOCK, a community festival on the South side of Mayfield Road between South Belvoir and South Green Road in South Euclid.

Our booth stood proudly among many others of our friends at local businesses and organizations in our community. With the help of our staff and volunteers we were able to call this event a great success.

We spoke to members of our community about our history, our programming and our upcoming events and were pleased at the interest we were able to generate.

We would like to thank the city of South Euclid for allowing us a booth and our amazing staff and volunteers who made it such a great day. We look forward to even more success next year.