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From "Cleveland Jewish Independent", March 11, 1953: "Rabbi Saul Bezalel Appelbaum, a native Clevelander and spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El, Rockford, Illinois, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree for Distinguished Service to Judaism and the Causes of the Jewish People - Creative Work - and Inspiration to Judaism, by his Alma Mater, the Hebrew Union College at Cincinnati.

Rabbi Appelbaum was born in Cleveland and attended the publich schools and Western Reserve University here and the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Hebrew Schools.

Last June he was the subject of a dramatization of a nationally televised "Crossroads" program. He has contributed widely to various periodicals and is the author of many works. He is a member of the Board of Counselors of Rockford College, Rockford Illinois and a counselor at youth camps.

Rabbi Appelbaum is the son of Mrs. Rose Appelbaum and the late Rev. Meyer Appelbaum. The family residence is at 2769 Lancashire Road, Cleveland Hts. Rabbi Appelbaum lives with his wife and two children at 1911 Springbrook Avenue, Rockford, Ill."

Rabbi Appelbaum was one of the Rabbis who officiated at the wedding of Burton Levinson and Sylvia Hurwitz.


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From Cleveland Public Library Necrology File:

Gezella Levinson, at her residence, Gary, Ind., formerly of Cleveland, beloved wife of Pallip, dearly devoted mother of Alvin Levinson of Gary Ind., dear sister of Maurice Kinger and Mrs. Margaret Leeb, both of Cleveland, loving mother. Services at Berkowitz-Kumin Inc. Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights. Sunday, Oct. 13. For time call ?.


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Considered one of the great Talmudic scholars of the time. He was one of the five great students of the Vilna Gaon. Serita Baskind claimed that he was one of her ancestors. At this point, it is unknown whether this is truth or myth.

Life Highlights:

After marriage, lived with wife according to the tradition of Kest (living with the wife's family). He hated this tradition, and spoke against it his whole life.

He was a prolific writer, but most of his writings were destroyed in the Ilya fire of 1884 (I've now run across two references to this fire: in the Judica Encyclopedia, as well as in the Shtetl finder, where it talks of donations from other communities to help with the rebuilding).


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Anna's place of birth may be open to debate. Her death certificate lists her as born in Vilna. Her obituary lists her as being born in Latvia.


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Carol Emerling received this information from an interview with Gertrude Appelbaum and her Niece:

The family name was originally Lewandowski. Then it was Seviesky for a while - she didn't seem to know why - and when they came to New York, they stayed with a family named Appelbaum, so they took that name. The
Appelbaum part of the story matches what my mother had told me. Gertrude thinks that Mordechai Appelbaum (Lewandowski) came to the U.S. as well. His first wife was named Gertrude, which explains why three of
the sons had daughters named Gertrude (for their mother). Each of the three also had daughters named Sylvia, but they didn't know who she was.

Mordechai was from Lodz, Poland. He and Gertrude had Abraham, Meyer, David (the NYC Gertrude's father, born about 1872), Jack (who went to Dublin, Ireland instead of the U.S. and took the name Lewis; his family
moved to (Birmingham?) England about 15 years ago) and Lottie who married Harry Goldstein who owned a store in East Moriches, Long Island, NY; they had no children but Harry had children from his first marriage.

Gertrude didn't know why Meyer came to Cleveland, but it may have been because he was offered a job in the rabbinate there.

Mordechai then married again and had a second family. Gertrude didn't know anything about them.

David was a member of the Beethoven Society in New York and there was a famous composed of Jewish music whose name was Lewandowski, but Gertrude and her niece didn't know whether the family was related to him.

There is a listing in the 1890 City Directory for Max Appelbaum, with the type of business listed as "Shoes", at 170 Forsyth.


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The November 15, 1871 issue of "Hamaggid", the hebrew language newspaper from the Pale of Settlement, listed Michel, along with Rabbi Yehuda Lewinsohn, Yehoshuah Lewinsohn, and Shevach Lewinsohn as having donated to Persian Famine Relief. Michel personally donated 63 Kopeks to the relief fund from Mariampol, while Shevach donated 3 rubles 27 Kopeks. Yehuda and Yehoshuah donated 18 Kopeks each. The donation list from Mariampol, printed in the newspaper in its entirety, listed them in four separate sections of the list, so I can't tell from this if there is a connection between them. A portion of the article was a letter from the Jews of Mariampol (The Newspaper calls the town "Marianpol, in Poland") to the Jews of Bagdad, apologizing for not sending money earlier, but the community had been especially hard hit at that time, due to a colera epidemic.

An article about the Famine by Jeffrey Maynard that appears on the Jewish Genealogy Website states:

As a result of a famine in Persia in 1871, the London Jewish Chronicle ran a leading article on 4th August 1871 entitled "Famine in Persia". The article explains that Sir Moses Montefiore gave a hundred pounds for famine relief and laid the subject before the Board of Deputies. (The Board of Deputies of British Jews, which has been in existence since the eighteenth century, is the parliament of British Jewry, with members representing constituents such as synagogues and communal institutions). "The calamity is fearful. The Persian Government can do little and all that it does will be for its Mussulman subjects."

The appeal was picked up by the Hebrew newspaper HaMagid and it was reported in the Jewish Chronicle on 17th
November 1871 that "The Jews of Persia have addressed an earnest appeal for aid to their brethren in Bagdad. The famine in Persia has attained a most terrible point. The Magid has given a Hebrew translation of the leading article 'The famine in Persia' which appeared in a recent issue of the Jewish Chronicle."

HaMagid appealed in its columns for donations. Donations were collected in communities and forwarded to the editor. Names of donors were printed in the newspaper as proof of receipt and the money was forwarded to the London Committee and then on to the needy Jews in Persia.

The appeal "caught fire" in the Pale of Settlement, and particularly in Lithuania, where it had an especial poignancy because the Lithuanian Jews had been going through hard times and food shortages themselves and understood the meaning of food deprivation. Collections were made in many towns, often at the instigation of the local Rabbi. Sometimes collectors were appointed who went from house to house, and sometimes an appeal was made in the synagogue, for example, appropriately on Purim. Many of the donations were extremely small, but they were nearly all recorded.

This article helped to verify what family members remember Rose Appelbaum saying, that her grandfather was a "wealthy Liquor Dealer". First, in Michel's marriage certificate, it states that his father was a liquor dealer. It is therefore probable that Michel went into his father's business. The 63 Kopeks donated by Michel was one of the larger amounts donated by the Jews of Mariampol; only 30 or so people donated more than that.