BIRNBAUM (nee Wolfe) beloved wife of the late Hyman. Devoted and adored mother of Lane Ferrante and the late Stacy Birnbaum. Loving grandmother of Shawn Baronoff and great grandmother of one. Dear sister of Sam and the late Ike Wolfe. Graveside services will be held Sunday, February 19 at 11 AM at the Chesterland Memorial Park 11521Chillicothe Rd. (St. Rt. 306) Chesterland, OH. Friends who wish may contribute to the Jewish National Fund. -
Learn of Jewish happenings and culture through years gone by at the website www.ClevelandJewishHistory.net. On this site you will be transported to another era and learn about times you may have forgotten.
This incredible site was created and is maintained by historian and webmaster Artie Berger. It is well worth the visit.
This Sunday, March 26th, stop into our favorite hangout, Coffee Phix, in South Euclid, to meet, greet and hear a bisl from Irene Shaland.
An internationally-published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer, Irene has a life-long passion for travel with a higher purpose. Together with her husband-photographer Alex, Irene has visited over 60 countries. Her research trips result in numerous publications and series of educational lectures and slide-shows focused on various countries’ responses to Holocaust, Jewish history, little-known Jewish communities, origins of traditions and myths, sense of identity, and personal stories. Irene regularly presents to academic and lay audiences in universities, museums, libraries, synagogues, JCCs, and art galleries in Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, and New York/New Jersey area.
Irene is the author of two books on the history of theater, drama, and intercultural interpretations. Her third book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” has been published in January 2016. Irene’s over 25 articles dedicated to arts, theater, and cultural and historical travel have appeared in multiple journals both in print and online in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, and the U.K.
Irene holds a BA in Theater Journalism and Art History from St. Petersburg University (Russia), a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio), and a Master’s Degree in Information Sciences from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio). Irene and her husband, travel photographer Alex reside in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
For more information, visit www.coffeephixcafe.com or call (216) 381-5705.
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).
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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."
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.
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The 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.
(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.
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