Qualls: Honoring A Rabbi
Councilwoman Roxanne Qualls put forth a resolution at council Wednesday night to honor Rabbi Eliezer Silver, who died 40 years ago.
Silver was born in 1882 in Lithuania and immigrated to the United States in 1907 to escape czarist Russia. He moved to Cincinnati in 1931 to take a position with the Kneseth Israel congregation. He became known as a "ceaseless activist" who worked to save the lives of thousands of refugees of Eastern Europe during the Holocaust as well as helping raise millions for causes, including the Cincinnati Hebrew day school.
Qualls said she wanted to call attention to the man because of the impact he had in Cincinnati and on the lives of so many people.
Silver's grandson, Barry Silver, attended the ceremony. He said it was really gratifying to have someone still honor his grandfather's work.