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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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.


at 4:37 PM, January 17, 2008 Anonymous Lifelong Cincinnatian-Linda Franke-Shelton said...

Sorry, but who cares? Let Lithuania honor him. Looks like city clowncil is back to its old ways now that Qualls is back at the public trough.

at 1:12 AM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any liberals want to criticize Qualls for mixing religion and politics? Or are liberals exempt from that standard?

at 3:27 PM, January 18, 2008 Blogger Kevin LeMaster said...

Sorry, but who cares? Let Lithuania honor him. Looks like city clowncil is back to its old ways now that Qualls is back at the public trough.

What a callous thing to say.

at 9:10 PM, January 18, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but who cares? Let Lithuania honor him. Looks like city clowncil is back to its old ways now that Qualls is back at the public trough.

Oh my word, what a racist, anti-semitic comment from the mouth of the Queen of the Homeless, the downtrodden, the drunk & the addicted.

Rabbi Silver helped to shape Cincinnati & contributed a lot of good & charity in this city, not only to the Jewish faith, but other faiths & cultures as well.

I viewed the City Council proceedings & the rest of the Council, including the Mayor, conducted themselves in very poor taste. They couldn't offer up a few pleasant words for Rabbi Silver's son. After the honors seemed to be completed, Laketa Cole started questioning items out of order. That individual has absolutely no manners or any sense of decorum.

Linda Franke Shelton, you're a portion of what's wrong in this city. You need to be thoroughly ashamed of your slurs.

at 8:41 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Cincinnati 60 years late in honoring this man ?

at 11:07 PM, January 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Linda Shelton said city council should focus on the here & now instead of some dead guy from Lithuania - and that makes her racist, antisemitic, blah blah blah? Uh...nope! It's merely an opinion and throwing around such charges only diminishes actual cases of racism.

Liberals love to cry racism because it's their attempt to suppress the free speech of others. Go cry on the Smitherman's NAACP blog, not here.

at 12:02 AM, January 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did we get along without Roxanne when she left us for academia? Great that she's back doing good things!

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