Paula Fishman Interview, 30 November 2009

In this November 2009 interview, Paula Fishman discusses the Hebrew Cultural Garden, one of the first gardens added to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in the 1920s. Ms. Fishman, a Cleveland native, became involved with the Hebrew Garden in 1997. She describes the process of cleaning up the long-neglected garden, generating interest about it throughout Cleveland's Jewish community, and working with the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland to initiate a long-term plan to take care of the Hebrew Garden. Fishman details some of the difficulties involved with garnering interest for the Hebrew Garden across a widely dispersed and largely suburbanized Jewish community. She also describes the physical features of the garden and sheds light on the debate over which Jewish person will be honored next with a monument in the Hebrew Garden.

Participants: Fishman, Paula (interviewee) / Rotman, Michael (interviewer)
Collection: Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Cleveland Cultural Gardens

The interviews in this series originated Dr. Mark Tebeau’s Local History Seminar in 2002 and again in 2005. In a partnership between Dr. Mark Tebeau and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, students in Tebeau’s fall 2002 seminar conducted interviews about the Cultural Gardens to support “sound portraits” that were produced in collaboration with WCPN as part of its Accents radio program. Additional submissions were conducted in 2005, 2009, and 20012 with select excerpts being added to the…