Cleveland Jewish History

Cleveland Jewish History is proudly sponsored by Cleveland Jewish Funerals. Please enjoy the following videos which cover various aspects of Cleveland Jewish history.

The origin of Cleveland’s Jewish community began interestingly enough in the small Bavarian town of Unsleben. In 1839, a party of 18 Jews made the difficult trip across the Atlantic in order to join one of their townsmen, Simson Thorman. He had settled in the small – but bustling – commercial village located at the mouth of the Cuyahoga. Explore the Willett Street Cemetery – Cleveland’s oldest Jewish burial ground – founded in 1840. Learn about the pioneering generation of Jewish Clevelanders.

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Deanna Clingerman


Deanna Clingerman, MSSA, LSW is an aspiring funeral director/embalmer with a lifelong interest in funeral service. She holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Youngstown State University and Masters of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. After a rewarding career in Social Work, she attended Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to realize her dream of becoming an embalmer and funeral director. She has worked in the Akron-Canton area for most of her funeral service career. She is the location manager and a funeral director for Cleveland Jewish Funerals.