AAA Editor Notes
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is off I-271 Chagrin Blvd. exit, 1 mi. w. on Chagrin Blvd., then .6 mi. n. to 2929 Richmond Rd. The structure was built with Golden Jerusalem limestone, which was mined and hand-chiseled in southern Israel. In the lobby, a timeline introduces visitors to key events in world history, but it may not always be on view. Artwork, artifacts, films, interactive exhibits, oral histories and photographs are all put to use telling stories about Cleveland history, Jewish heritage and the corrosive effects of hate and intolerance. A 7-minute orientation film is shown in a 60-seat theater.
Each of seven themed areas is dedicated to sharing a piece of the main story—from immigration to assimilation—and all the culture, religion, joys and heartaches that accompanied the process are woven throughout. An emphasis is placed on Cleveland's Jewish immigrants, the role they played in the city's history and how they were affected by the atrocities of World War II. A highlight of the facility is the Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery, where Judaica is displayed, including textiles, sacred objects, works of art and Israeli stamps. Special exhibitions from museums around the country, as well as those created in-house, are presented year-round.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.