This month’s Magical History Tour is the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, an easy 30-minute drive on I-480 East to Beachwood. The information in this article was sourced from the museum's guidebook, available for purchase in the giftshop, and the exhibits themselves.
Nestled at the base of a small hill sloping down from Richmond Road is the Maltz Museum of Jewish History, the single-story structure of glistening glass and golden Jerusalem limestone complementing the graceful domes of Temple-Tifereth Israel rising up from behind. Once inside, the understated lobby offers access to three brilliant exhibits: The Jewish Experience in Northeast Ohio – An American Story; The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery; and Jews and Medicine in America.
Opened in October 2005, the museum tells the story of the Jewish immigrants who settled in Cleveland. What began as a tiny, marginalized community grew into a large, thriving one, whose impact was felt across the United States and around the world. Interestingly, while telling this story the museum discovered the stories of every group of immigrants, and so alongside that of the Jewish community, "the Museum relates another story as well – one of diversity, of understanding and of mutual respect for all the peoples and cultures that comprise the myriad threads of the American tapestry." As part of this understanding, the museum proudly sponsors an annual "Stop the Hate" campaign, empowering students to speak out and make a difference in the world.