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The Cleveland Jewish News Spring 2017

Fashion. Food. Décor.

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CONTENTS Spring 2017


Great Heights Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee District looks better than ever – and with new spring styles, so can you  Editor’s Note

 Within reach?

 Infill inspiration

Michael C. Butz writes about supporting local businesses

Area Orthodox and Modern Orthodox women are pushing boundaries and making their voices heard both in the synagogue and in feminist circles

Southern Moreland neighborhood in Shaker Heights is in line for fresh design blood

 Nosh News

Terrific textures

The latest on Jewish chefs and restaurateurs

 Room Service

 Chai Life  interesting things to do in Greater Cleveland

 Great Heights Spring fashion in Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee District

 Beauty Back to the future

 Dapper Man


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Julian Bruell left New York City to return to Cleveland, and now he’s leading the way for Collision Bend Brewing Co.

Jacket jubilation

 Fresh start

 Ask Elana

Scott and Jamie Hersch’s Munch is in a new location, but the couple’s approach to serving fresh and healthy food remains the same

Unwanted appearances and disappearances


 Steering the ship

 Get the Look

Closet clean-out

 Fashion Focus Spring looks from local retailers

 Pursuits Stage and screen



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Supporting local


’ve always felt that one of Jstyle’s key ingredients is its focus on local – the local Jewish community, local organizations and institutions, local stores, local restaurants and bars, and local purveyors of décor goods. After all, Greater Cleveland has a lot going for it, so why not highlight and celebrate those things? Not only do we report on what’s happening locally in Jstyle, we also work with local businesses to put together editorial components of the magazine. The best example of this is the fashion shoot that appears in every issue. From time to time – including for this issue of Jstyle – shop owners with whom we work express concern over sharing images or even basic information about products we use for fear that people will read about it in the magazine and then go shop for it online rather than in their store. With that in mind, I want to stress the importance of shopping locally and supporting small businesses.

Studies repeatedly demonstrate that locally owned businesses create more prosperous communities, in part because money spent at a small business gets better circulated within the community but also because small-business driven communities are linked to more prevalent entrepreneurship and greater civic engagement, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. I can personally vouch for this, at least to some degree, because I come from a family of small-business owners. The efficiency of buying from one’s home or phone is one thing, but an experience in which you develop relationships with shop

owners or store assistants who can offer regular customers personalized service is another. That experience shouldn’t be taken for granted. Of course, if buying online is a must due to family or work demands, then I’d urge you to buy directly from a local store if it provides the option. While I certainly don’t anticipate I’ll personally be able to stem the ever-growing tide of online shopping or prevent every instance of someone buying online what they see in Jstyle from a local store, I do hope more people will consider local first and foremost, or that they’ll give greater weight to the experience of doing something over the efficiency of it. I do, and frankly, it’s a more fulfilling endeavor to know I’m supporting people in the community – friends, neighbors or other stakeholders – in the process.

President & CEO Kevin S. Adelstein Vice President of Sales Adam Mandell Editor Michael C. Butz Design Manager Jon Larson CJN Managing Editor Bob Jacob Controller Tracy DiDomenico Manager of Digital Marketing Rebecca Fellenbaum Events Manager Gina Lloyd Editorial Ed Carroll Amanda Koehn Becky Raspe Contributing Writers Reagan Anthony Carlo Wolff Digital Content Producer Lillian Messner Custom Publishing Manager Paul Bram Advertising Marcia Bakst Marilyn Evans Ron Greenbaum Andy Isaacs Adam Jacob Nell V. Kirman Sherry Tilson Design Jessica Simon Stephen Valentine Business & Circulation Diane Adams Tammie Crawford Abby Royer Subscriber Services --/

On the cover Stevi Wolf wears a look from Fringe Boutique while at CLE Urban Winery in the Cedar Lee District of Cleveland Heights. Wardrobe details are on Page 20. Cover photo and table of contents photo by Howard Tucker of Mort Tucker Photography Inc.



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Dress, 1897; silk, lace, rhinestones; worn in Cleveland by Annie Otis Sanders (18551933); gift of Mr. Harold T. Clark

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Cocktail dress, 1968; designed Dress, 1865-68; American; silk; worn in by André Courrèges (1923Cleveland by Ann Eliza Sheppard Otis 2016); cotton, silk, sequins; worn (1838-1883); gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold T. Clark in Cleveland by Marguerite Sterkerl Millikin (1903-1989); The Marguerite Sterkerl Millikin Collection, gift of Mrs. Millikin

“Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes” – which highlights the Western Reserve Historical Society’s collection of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers and international designers such as Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera – opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. April 28 at WRHS’s Cleveland History Center in University Circle.

Jewish Federation of Cleveland holiday events Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebrate Israel’s Independence Day on May 2 at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights with a family-friendly, fun-filled evening during the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s largest annual community event. Plus, don’t miss Israeli superstar Idan Raichel in concert. Activities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:45.

Blue & White Party

Idan Raichel Toni Delong / Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Taking place during the Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration on May 2 will be the Blue & White Party, a collaborative event among young professionals groups throughout Northeast Ohio, for which attendees are encouraged to dress in blue and white attire as they toast to Israel with cocktails, Israeli street food and music. This ticketed event begins at 6 p.m. in Landerhaven’s Rotunda & Terrace.

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Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah

Remember those who lost their lives protecting the State of Israel on Israel’s Memorial Day on April 30. Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland at the Mandel JCC in Beachwood as it observes together in Hebrew and English to remember victims of war and terrorism.

The Jewish Federation of Cleveland hosts Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah, Northeast Ohio’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and heroism, on April 23 at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in Beachwood.

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THE CHAI LIFE Next Gen Trivia Night ORT America Next Gen will host its fifth annual trivia night on May 18 at Winking Lizard Tavern in Bedford. Proceeds will support the Ohio Region of ORT America’s efforts to renovate the Science Building at Kfar Silver Youth Village in Israel. The evening will begin with a silent auction in which participants can bid on items donated by local businesses. The Cleveland Jewish News and Singerman, Mills, Desberg & Kauntz Co., L.P.A. are presenting sponsors of the event.

Jason Miller / Pixelate Photography & Design / Legacy Village

Art in the Village The works of more than 100 artists – featuring mediums such as paintings, jewelry, photography, sculptures, ceramics and much more – will be on display June 3-4 at the 27th Annual Art in the Village with Craft Marketplace at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst.

AHA! Festival Six-Day War Commemoration The Cleveland Jewish News Foundation and FIDF Ohio Chapter will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War with a week of events highlighting Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. The week kicks off June 5 with an evening dessert reception at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights and concludes June 11 with a free, communitywide family fun day at The Ratner School in Pepper Pike.

David Rubinger/GPO David Rubinger’s iconic photo showing Israeli paratroopers standing in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the SixDay War, June 7, 1967.

Elena Seibert / Penguin Group Delia Ephron

The worlds of book, theater, music, art, dance and ideas will come together June 7-9 during the inaugural Arts and Humanities Alive! (AHA!) Festival in downtown Cleveland and presented by Cleveland State University. Among the headlining participants will be Jonathan Safran Foer, author of “Everything is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” and author, screenwriter and playwright Delia Ephron, who co-wrote “Love, Loss and What I Wore.”

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The Salient Facts About Facelifts By: Valerie Clark

Experience of the surgeon is another crucial factor in achieving ideal results. When done properly, a facelift will leave the skin looking refreshed, with a completely healthy glow and natural younger appearance.


s we get older, four distinct changes occur on the face. The skin wrinkles as a result of loss of elasticity, the tissues sag due to gravity, and there is loss of volume in some areas, while fat accumulates in others. Even the bones change. Aging skin loses its glow and fine lines develop. Sun damage can change how the skin looks and feels. For most people, the earliest signs of aging appear in their 30s and 40s. A facelift can make one look 7 to 15 years younger, and it may even slow the aging process. Results are natural, immediate, and permanent, as explained below. The goal of a facelift is to reverse the effects of aging by tightening loose skin, lifting tissues that have moved downwards, and restoring volume in thinning areas. “I lift the skin and the deeper layers of tissue under the skin, which unquestionably delays aging and takes the tension off

the skin and provides lasting results,” says Dr. Guyuron. “I often inject fat to replace lost volume in certain areas, which has the added benefit of generating new, healthy tissue, giving the skin a natural glow, because the injection contains stem cells,” added Dr. Guyuron. Lasers can also erase the sun damage. Recovery time from the facelift and lasers has been shortened with medications that minimize bruising, swelling, and pain. A common misconception is that facelifts are for people in their 50s or 60s. “In my experience, the best time for a facelift is when the aging signs start prevailing,” says Dr. Guyuron. Men and women in their mid-30s and 40s are excellent candidates because the skin is healthier and the change is less dramatic. When the change is subtle, the result looks more natural. However, surgery at a later age is still highly successful.

It is a myth that the rejuvenation achieved through facelift is temporary. On average, a facelift will permanently erase up to 15 years of aging signs including wrinkles, loss of volume, sagging skin, and sun damage. Time will continue passing, but the clock will never catch up to your skin. If we compared two identical twins, one who had a facelift and one who did not, the one with the facelift will always look younger than the other twin. The surgical rejuvenation effect is

cumulative, meaning that if you decide to have a facelift when you are 40 and another facelift when you are 60, you will look 15 to 20 years younger. If you are bothered by how your aging skin looks and traditional treatments have not worked, you may be a candidate for a facelift. “My highest priority is patient safety. For that reason, I conduct a detailed assessment of the overall health before recommending any procedure,” concludes Dr. Guyuron. Dr. Guyuron specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face and neck, rhinoplasty, non-surgical facial rejuvenation and surgical treatment of migraine headaches.

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THE CHAI LIFE Summer Soirée Join the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s Young Leadership Division and JCLE as they present the ninth annual Summer Soirée on June 8 at the Acacia Clubhouse in Lyndhurst. Enjoy refreshing summer cocktails, a DJ, great food and more. Jewish Federation of Cleveland Last year’s Summer Soirée co-chairs Alyssa Rothstein, Chad Leikin, Melissa Friedman and David Leb toast to summer.

LaureLive The Head and the Heart, Gary Clark Jr., Young Giants, Dawes, Kate Voegele (a Bay Village native) and Michael Franti & Spearhead are among the 30 acts participating in LaureLive: Music with a Mission, which returns June 10-11 for its second year at Laurel School’s 140-acre Butler Campus in Russell and Chester townships.

Wade Oval Wednesdays University Circle’s ever-popular Wade Oval Wednesdays kicks off this year on June 14. Enjoy free concerts, food trucks, vendors, theme nights and family-friendly activities from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 30.

Solstice Celebrate the long summer days and hot summer nights at Cleveland Museum of Art’s ninth-annual Solstice on June 24 – a night where art and music come together. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy dynamic and cutting-edge music from around the world and explore the museum galleries late into the night.

University Circle comes alive with color, music, and art for all ages when the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade to Circle returns on June 10. International and national guest artists join Greater Cleveland artists, families, schools and community groups in a spectacular display of bright costumes, giant puppets, stilt dancers, handmade masks and colorful floats.

A Kosher Taste of Cleveland A Kosher Taste of Cleveland will have a “Summer Breeze” theme this year with seven restaurants making their specialties tapas-style in the Congregation Shaarey Tikvah Kosher kitchen. This year, under the supervision of Rabbi Scott Roland, cooking and other preparations will start the week before culminating in “the Kosher Food event of Ohio” on June 11.

Centuries of Childhood On June 11, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage opens “Centuries of Childhood: An American Story,” an interactive, hands-on, kid-friendly exhibit that charts the histories of five children and their families. By chronicling the lives of characters like Jacob, the Jewish immigrant living in Cleveland, to Michael, the African-American youngster moving from the South to Chicago, the exhibit helps kids connect the stories of American history to their own experiences.

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Americana, hip hop, rock and world music will be among the genres showcased during the Larchmere PorchFest, which returns to its namesake neighborhood this year on June 17. In between sets by local musicians, visit the Larchmere’s shops and restaurants (or visit nearby Shaker Square).

Tri-C JazzFest Chris Botti, Boney James, Boz Scaggs and Dianne Reeves are among the performers who will take the stage at this year’s Tri-C JazzFest, June 22-24 in the historic theaters of Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland. Outside, some of the hottest bands in the region will perform free on the Strassman Insurance Stage from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday of the festival.

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GREAT HEIGHTS With a trendy mix of restaurants, bars, theaters and galleries, and with a recently completed streetscape project, Cleveland Heights’ Cedar Lee District looks better than ever – and with new spring styles, so can you as you explore the neighborhood Fashion coordinator Julia Brown Hair and makeup Elizabeth Cook Photography Howard Tucker of Mort Tucker Photography Inc.



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GREAT HEIGHTS Stevi wears a hot-pink cold-shoulder dress by Amanda Uprichard with a multicolored clutch (on Page 18) by Sondra Roberts, both from Fringe Boutique

Shana wears a tunic dress by Free People, drape jacket by Tart Collection, fringe suede booties by Coconuts, bracelet by Good Works, and lace choker, earrings and ring, all from Knuth’s

Sonya wears a gray off-shoulder top by Lola and Sophie, gray jeans by Parker Smith, and a private-label clutch and earrings, all from Audrey’s Sweet Threads

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Sonya wears a purple dress by Yoana Baraschi and a long black necklace, both from Audrey’s Sweet Threads

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Shana wears a white jean jacket by L’AGENCE and black dress by Veronica Beard, both from Kilgore Trout; and a gold double chain-link necklace from Knuth’s

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Unwanted appearances and disappearances Dear Elana,

Dear Elana,

Dear STUD,

Why do guys ghost? I’ve had three guys disappear this year. Am I scaring them off? With one guy, we went out on several dates and it seemed like he had a great time. He even introduced me to his friends. Then, he stopped responding to my texts and I never heard from him again. – Girl Hoping One Stays True

Why do I only attract girls I’m not attracted to? I’m not horrible looking, but I’m not handsome either. I know I can’t get a supermodel, but I want a girl who I’m at least somewhat attracted to. – Still Trying Under Duress

Beautiful women tend to want to date handsome men. But, if you happen to be a shorter, stouter, balder man, there’s still hope. You might just need to adjust your expectations. It’s human nature to try to attract the best possible mate. Men who want to date women who are more attractive than they are often trade a winning personality, wealth or status for looks. However, if you don’t have these social resources to leverage, then you might need to shift your perspective. If you can’t get the one you love, then love the one you can get. When I was a teenager learning to accept my changing appearance, I had a John Cage quote taped to my bedroom mirror: “The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful? And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.” We tend to think of sexual attraction as being biologically determined, as if there were a hierarchy of sexiness that correlates with better genes and greater happiness. In fact, much of your perception of beauty is culturally defined. You might think that a woman in a Rubens painting is overweight, but your ancestors would have considered your JSwipe crush waifish. Similarly, you might view body modification as grotesque, but the Kayan Lahwi women of Burma and Thailand elongate their necks with copper rings because long necks are a sign of beauty in their culture. Who you get the hots for is greatly influenced by your socialized beliefs about beauty. If you learn a new way of seeing, you can fall in love with a nontraditional beauty. Maybe she doesn’t fit your physical ideal, but she has stunning eyes, elegant style and graceful posture. And who knows, your great-grandchildren might consider her the gold standard of beauty in the future. Whatever you do, don’t wallow in vanity for too long. Remember that looks fade, but having a partner and best friend to share your life with is irreplaceable.

Dear GHOST, Guys disappear when they are afraid of communicating. It’s so much easier to simply ignore a text than to have a difficult conversation about their feelings. Maybe he wanted a casual relationship and he doesn’t know how to break the news that he’s moved on. Maybe he thinks that avoiding you will be less painful than telling you the truth. It’s confusing and disheartening when a guy who showed interest abruptly vanishes. The experience leaves you questioning his motives and wondering if you did anything wrong. You need to know that it’s not your fault when a guy disappears. There’s no excuse for the immaturity and selfishness of ghosting after connecting with another person. Could you be the spooky one causing men to ghost? I don’t know, maybe. Are you saying that you want to move in together and open a shared bank account on your first date? Regardless of your behavior, a mature and emotionally stable man will not simply disappear. He might say that you’re not a good match, but at least he’ll have the guts to tell you that he’s not interested in a relationship. Remember that you can’t force men to be emotionally aware or honest. However, you can communicate that you can handle the truth, even if it is unpleasant or disappointing. You can also seek out men who are thoughtful, self-aware and good communicators. Eventually, you’ll sort through the ghosts and find a mensch who maintains a corporeal form.

Elana Hunter started KickStartLove in 2010 when she was single, and after years of dating, she is now happily married. She provides individual dating coaching for private clients who are ready to change their lives. Learn more at

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Area Orthodox and Modern Orthodox women are pushing boundaries and making their voices heard both in the synagogue and in feminist circles By Amanda Koehn



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n December 2016, Rivki Silver, a 36-year-old Cleveland Heights woman, wrote an opinion piece for Kveller, a Jewish parenting website, that she says made her feel “nauseous and terrified.” The piece was about how as an Orthodox mother of four children, Silver opposed a now-vetoed Ohio bill that would ban abortions past when a fetal heartbeat is heard (or at about six weeks of pregnancy). Silver wrote that women should make such decisions themselves and with their religious leaders, and not the government. “I felt like coming from an Orthodox perspective and coming from Ohio, it had the potential to be a very powerful piece,” she says, adding however that she was afraid of it being ill received by her community. “People don’t expect someone who’s Orthodox to be writing an article on that topic.” Silver, a member of Congregation Beis Doniel in Cleveland Heights, is no novice to writing publicly about issues important to observant Jewish women. She’s also written about using birth control the first time (which she says most of her Orthodox friends have used at some point) or why it’s important to find balance between familial privacy and sharing for communal support. Despite fears, Silver says she ended up receiving “a tremendous outpouring of support” for the abortion piece. “Some people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe that you did that,’ but the vast majority were like, ‘I think it’s important that you said it,’” Silver says. Silver, who converted to Orthodox Judaism from a Christian background when she was 25, is one of many women in the Cleveland area who is making her voice heard in a way that speaks to both religious and secular feminists. While Silver has chosen to speak out on community and secular issues, area Orthodox women are also changing women’s roles in the religious world in ways that defy stereotypes.

‘Feminist’ issues While some say the term “feminist” can be divisive and politicized, others believe its baseline definition – that men and women should have equal

The biggest strides in the Orthodox world in general are in women’s learning.”

opportunities – is too sprawling and needs to be reserved only for those who advocate for policies that actively deconstruct a patriarchal society. Thus, for many Orthodox women, the word is complicated – possibly even more so. Silver says that while she describes herself as a feminist in some scenarios, it’s a “loaded” word. “I feel like some people think it threatens the value of their role if they are a more traditional type,” she says. Silver says she is traditional in the sense that she is largely a stay-at-home mom and appreciates traditional values. However, as a clarinetist and writer, she also likes to refute the stereotype that “traditional” is at odds with those artistic and feminist identities. “People should know that you can be in the box and also out of the box,” she says. “You can be traditional, and you can be a feminist.” For Orthodox women like Silver, such complexities become even more pronounced because of gender-based issues specific to religious observance. Divorce (which men traditionally need to approve), women in leadership and ritual inclusion are three issues Orthodox women consider in regard to what halachah, or Jewish law, allows, according to the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, a national group for women’s progress in the Orthodox community. “The biggest strides in the Orthodox world in general are in women’s

People should know that you can be in the box and also out of the box. You can be traditional, and you can be a feminist.” Rivki Silver

learning,” says Alanna Cooper, a cultural anthropologist who is on the all-woman board of officers at the Modern Orthodox Oheb Zedek-Cedar Sinai synagogue in Lyndhurst. According to JOFA, Cedar Sinai was first in the U.S. to elect an all-woman board in June 2016. It was a quick rise, too: Muriel Weber, now 59, had just become the synagogue’s first female president three years earlier. She says then, the synagogue’s leadership was still somewhat of an “old boys club.” “There were some people that, you know, maybe had issue not with me personally but just the concept,” says Weber, who is now the synagogue’s treasurer. Arlene Smith, 62, who succeeded Weber as president in June 2016, says after Weber improved the financial health of the synagogue and grew the “shul family,” there were fewer roadblocks for women’s leadership. “I think we’ve proven ourselves along the way,” Smith says. However, other areas of women’s inclusion are more controversial within Orthodoxy. One of those areas, ritual inclusion, is another area where Clevelandarea Jews are just beginning to push boundaries.

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There were some people that, you know, maybe had issue not with me personally but just the concept (of a female synagogue president).” Muriel Weber

Partnership Minyan One March Shabbat morning, about 30 people, mostly Modern Orthodox, gathered at a private residence in Beachwood for a service. Like an Orthodox synagogue, there was a barrier between men and women, which in this case was a 5-foot-tall white sheet hanging on what looked like clothes racks. Unlike an Orthodox synagogue, women led all the parts of the services halachah allows, based on JOFA guidelines for partnership minyans, or services that maximize women’s participation. This Cleveland Partnership Minyan, which began last Sukkot and now occurs monthly, has many counterparts around the world, but is a first for Northeast Ohio. During the service, men led parts, like kaddish, that require a minyan, or 10 men, while a female gabbai, or the ritual leader, did much of the rest. Also not seen in Orthodox synagogues, women accepted

aliyahs, or read from a Torah, which was kept in a large wardrobe behind a makeshift bimah, created from folding tables and a white sheet. The men’s and women’s sides were also equidistant from the bimah, which to Ali Stern, the 33-year-old Modern Orthodox founder of the minyan, is an important detail. “If you go to an Orthodox minyan and there is no access to the bimah (for women), to me it reflects that the value of the shul is that women are not having access because we don’t need you to have access,” she says. Stern, a University Heights resident who attended a Reform synagogue growing up in Boulder, Colo., transitioned to Orthodox Judaism as a college student at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. Stern says while she was struck by her spiritual connection to Orthodoxy and loved the way observing Shabbat was a kind of resetting from our technology-centered world, she was frustrated by women’s absence from rituals. “To say I’m OK with never having access to the most beautiful part of the service, I’m never going to see those letters (of the Torah) again – how am I going to be able to deal with that in my heart for the rest of my life?” she says, noting that she has been an advocate for women’s issues for as long as she can remember. “How am I going to be able to do that not just as a Jew, but as a woman?’” After attending partnership minyans in Cambridge, Mass., and Israel, when Stern learned about three years ago that she was moving to Northeast Ohio for her husband Noam’s medical residency, she was surprised there wasn’t one there. “When we got here, I felt there must be other women – and men – who feel the way I do,” says Stern, who also attends Green Road Synagogue in Beachwood and Cedar Sinai. After adjusting to the Cleveland Jewish community for a few years, this past political

season was one of the factors that gave Stern the push to create a partnership minyan herself, explaining that people were looking to connect spiritually in the face of partisan negativity. “I think that people weren’t willing to settle anymore for models that weren’t what they want,” she says. Stern also found a fellow Cambridge minyan alum and Cleveland-area transplant in Cooper. Cooper, 49, started the Cambridge partnership minyan in 2003, after seeing early models in Jerusalem and New York City. She notes that partnership minyans came about – not by accident – at about the same time two well-known articles came out supporting such arrangements. “Qeri’at ha-Torah by Women: A Halakhic Analysis,” by Rabbi Mendel Shapiro and “Congregational Dignity and Human Dignity: Women and Public Torah Reading,” by Rabbi Daniel Sperber both argued, somewhat controversially, that women can read from the Torah in some circumstances. “The articles by these (rabbis), who have halachic training, kind of gave permission to people to go out and do it,” Cooper says.

Religious difference The partnership minyan model is not universally accepted within Orthodox circles, with some believing it violates halachah or is simply not in line with longheld tradition. Stern says some women will

To say I’m OK with never having access to the most beautiful part of the service, I’m never going to see those letters (of the Torah) again – how am I going to be able to deal with that in my heart for the rest of my life?” Ali Stern



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attend without their husband because he doesn’t feel comfortable with it. “Obviously, we would love if families could come together, but it’s also great that if there is a member of a couple who is not finding spiritual fulfillment, that we are providing an avenue,” she says. “A lot of people think that what we are doing, they would say it’s not Orthodox. And that’s OK with me. I don’t need a stamp of approval from every single person in the community.” Sarah Rudolph, a freelance Torah teacher and friend of Stern’s, says if a woman feels personally drawn to traditionally male roles, like reading the Torah in shul, she should study halachic sources and determine for herself whether she should do so. Unlike Stern, Rudolph, of University Heights and a mother of four, says she has never had the urge to read from the Torah in shul, however she is used to putting herself in scholarly places that have been male-dominated. She frequents Jewish bookstores in search of Talmudic texts and says it sometimes surprises the bookstore owners that a woman is seeking such material. “I’ve been met with surprise but never disrespect,” says Rudolph, who is a member of Green Road Synagogue and Young Israel of Greater Cleveland in Beachwood. Rudolph’s views on feminism and its role in Orthodox life are also complex. She clarifies that within Jewish observance, there is a distinction that “we don’t really talk about rights, we talk about responsibilities and obligations,” and feminism itself is less helpful for her as an

independent value system. Thus, while there are things people have a “right” to do, their responsibilities to halachah are a different matter. “I appreciate that feminism was an important movement for society at large,” she adds. Weber also says although she identified with some feminist ideology when she worked in banking in the 1980s (she’s now retired) and women had to “literally elbow their way in,” she now finds it less essential. “I’m hoping that we are kind of beyond that because to me it’s a label, plus it’s become, in our society, politically charged,” says Weber, adding, however, that there are still some glass ceilings to be broken. “I think you can do those things, in many instances, with your accomplishments and with your skills.” Smith, Weber’s colleague at Cedar Sinai, added while she also has never identified with feminism, her daughter, Rabba Ramie Smith, who is one of only about 14 Orthodox rabbas in the U.S., has made her realize the pushback Orthodox women still face. In February, the Orthodox Union – the movement’s umbrella organization – barred women from serving as synagogue clergy. “Unfortunately, women are really fighting for a role in the synagogues (and) they are fighting for a role in Jewish communal life,” Smith says.

Halachah and women Rudolph also pointed out the idea that feminism always requires pushing back on halachic traditions, could create the misconception that Orthodoxy is inherently repressive – something none of the women suggest and in some ways, they say is the opposite. Stern says that while some practices of Orthodoxy were difficult for her – for

Unfortunately, women are really fighting for a role in the synagogues (and) they are fighting for a role in Jewish communal life.” Arlene Smith



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We don’t really talk about rights (in Jewish observance), we talk about responsibilities and obligations.” Sarah Rudolph

example, the idea of covering her hair (she doesn’t, except at services) and not having access to the Torah – one aspect she came around on was men and women praying separately. She says the separation lets her build relationships with women whom she wouldn’t otherwise approach. “If my friend was sitting with her husband and her kids, I would respect that space, but because that’s inherently not part of the service, we are all just a community, we aren’t divided up by who has a spouse (or) who has kids. We are all just people,” says Stern, whose 1-year-old son, Ori, crawled back-and-forth at the minyan from his father on the men’s side to Stern on the women’s. Silver also says that as someone who’s had “feet in both worlds,” she is glad her daughter, Naomi, 4, is growing up in an environment with strong female role models, both as career leaders and “vibrant Torah teachers,” and where women are closely connected to one another. “There’s a lot of under-appreciated female power that kind of gets amplified when you get so many women together,” Silver says. js

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Fresh off its success on the LeBron James-backed CNBC show “Cleveland Hustles,” Cleveland Bagel Co., is looking to expand eastward. While it delivers batches of bagels to coffeehouses and restaurants throughout Cuyahoga County’s inner ring, its only stand-alone store straddles the border between Cleveland’s Ohio City and Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoods on the West Side. “We’re definitely going to be opening on the East Side next,” says Cleveland Bagel Co. partner Alan Glazen. “We’re looking in the city on the east side and in Cleveland Heights.” The search has been on for about three months, and the goal is to replicate the dynamic of the flagship store. “We’re an urban brand, so it won’t be in a strip shopping center,” Glazen says. “It’ll likely be in a free-standing building and on a major artery, like Cedar Road.” As for how much dough is rolling in, so to speak, Glazen says business has tripled Day One projections. “I’m really excited,” he says. To hear from Cleveland Bagel Co. co-founder Dan Herbst, with whom Jstyle spoke in 2014, visit



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L’Albatros, Parallax go au naturel

Two Zack Bruell Restaurant Group restaurants – L’Albatros in University Circle and Parallax in Tremont, both in Cleveland – recently introduced a new line of natural wines to their menus. Natural wines couple an organic growing process with minimal technological intervention during winemaking and cellaring. No yeasts, sugars or bacteria are added during the process; fermentation is spontaneous from natural yeasts and bacteria present on the grape skins during harvest. “The smells and taste qualities are constantly changing,” Bruell said in a statement. “This is ideal for the rustic French flavors of L’Albatros and the Franco-Asian fusion (of ) Parallax. I’m very excited about this new offering, and I think Cleveland will embrace the same level of appreciation that is growing in momentum around the world.”

Dynomite in Uptown loses spark

While doors are opening for natural wines at two of Zack Bruell’s restaurants, the doors at another of his locations recently closed for good. Dynomite Burgers & Sushi in the Uptown district of Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood ceased operations March 31, making it the second locally owned eatery to close in the district in the past nine months. Chef Steve Schimoler’s Crop Kitchen, which was across a walkway from Dynomite on the south side of Euclid Avenue, closed in July 2016. Fans of Dynomite need not worry, however. Its burgers – almost all of which are playfully named after Bruell’s other restaurants – are still available at its flagship location in Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland as well as at Progressive Field during Indians home games.

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For beer enthusiasts and foodies, the only thing better than

enjoying a tall cold one or noshing on a plate of artisnal appetizers is, arguably, indulging in both while taking in a scenic sunset along the waterfront. Collision Bend Brewing Co. in downtown Cleveland aims to offer it all. Not only does this newest port of call provide the setting thanks to its riverfront patio along the east bank of the Flats in what was once the Watermark Restaurant, it – not coincidentally – has a beer for that very occasion: Lake Erie Sunset, an American wheat with hints of blood orange. At the helm is Julian Bruell, whose surname is synonymous with Cleveland’s culinary scene. Zack Bruell, Julian’s father, is known for Parallax, L’Albatros, Chinato, Cowell & Hubbard, Dynomite and Alley Cat, to name a few. But Julian has already made a name for himself, cutting his teeth in the restaurant business in New York City, and now the 27-year-old is stepping out on his own in his hometown.

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A last name won’t be the only thing Bruell’s brewpub has in common with his father’s restaurants. Julian grew up learning from Zack, and in late March, prior to Collision Bend’s scheduled opening in mid April, he said those who visit Collision Bend can expect the same high quality they’d find at the elder Bruell’s restaurants. “The quality (of the food) will be really high,” he says. “It’s not going to be bar food but it will be a little bit more comfort food. We’ll have the same expectations for beverage, food and services as (my father’s) restaurants, but it will have a different feeling.” Bruell tapped brewmaster Luke Purcell, formerly of Great Lakes Brewing Company, to oversee beermaking operations. Collision Bend’s food is meant to complement its sudsy concoctions, and for that, executive chef Andy Dombrowski, who’s worked in a few of Zack Bruell Restaurant Group restaurants, is on board. Collaboration will be key at Collision Bend, and the trio will focus on pairing menu items with what’s on tap. “The food will always be complementary to the beer we’re brewing,” Bruell says. “I think that beer is much easier to pair with than any other beverage. Wine is a little subtler and it doesn’t pair with spicy or salty as good as beer does. “I think that’s going to make an experience that’s really different for people. We’re going to focus on pairing certain food with (Purcell’s) beer and bringing people back because they’ll remember that and think, ‘Wow, this has changed the way I think about beer or food pairing.’ I think that will be really unique.” For the time being, the only way to taste Collision Bend beer will be to head down to the Flats for that unique experience; there are no immediate plans to

distribute it in grocery stores like some other locally brewed beers. Another part of the experience is the building itself. The 12,000-square-foot space is balanced by the main dining room and bar on one side, where distressed wood and exposed brick dominate the décor, and large, shining silver brew tanks on the other side. There also is the “Brewer’s Room,” intended for private events and small parties, and two patios – the main patio hugging the Cuyahoga River and an upper patio closer to the building that will be temperature-controlled so patrons can enjoy the outdoors throughout Cleveland’s colder-weather months. Including patios, there will be 325 seats. Bruell says the years of experience he, Purcell and Dombrowski bring to the table – as well as the service

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First course experience of employees coming over from Zack Bruell Restaurant Group restaurants, with Zack’s blessing – can set Collision Bend apart from an increasingly crowded Cleveland beer scene. Purcell agrees, and says after a few years of brewing taking a secondary role to his sales and marketing responsibilities at GLBC, the idea of collaborating with the kitchen and getting back to actually brewing re-energized him. “The whole experience of working with the kitchen is very exciting for me,” he says. “I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. And it’s real. I don’t like talking about things that aren’t really happening just to have something to say. There’s a lot of ideas flowing right now and I expect those to continue.”

On tap, on the menu Above: An eggplant and feta wood-fired pizza with fresh mint and tomato sauce. Below: Thai caramel wings with cilantro.



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Collision Bend will have at least eight of its own beers, including the aforementioned Lake Erie

Sunset, which Purcell says was named in part to honor the legacy of the Watermark Restaurant. Bruell says to expect between 20 to 30 food items on the menu, but they don’t want the guests to get too filled up on any one dish or glass of beer. “I’m not going to say there won’t be some bigger dishes, but we don’t want to fill people up, we want people to have a full experience. When you get one dish and you get one beer, you get only a limited experience, so being able to not fill someone up on food and one beer is really important. We’ll be doing flights (of beer), so you can have all these different flavor profiles of beer and food. Maybe that’s just my style personally, but I like to have a lot of different experiences in a night and I think that you can get it all in one place here.” Bruell says while his father is known for extensive menus, Collision Bend will feature mostly small plates with a lot of sharable items.

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“I think that’s the point of going to a brewery,” he says. “I think in Europe, which is kind of our model, it’s about camaraderie and getting together and appreciating the day and forgetting about all that outside of your life and just having a conversation and this communal experience. So that’s why we’re having sharable items. “We’re also having this diversity of flavors, we’re not going to have one type of cuisine like we do at a lot of (my father’s) restaurants, like we have French or Italian or this or that. I think that’s the unique part of our menu, it’s so many different flavor profiles, and that’s why it’s going to be great with (Purcell’s) beer list.”

Like father, like son

Zack Bruell says it hasn’t always been easy for Julian to follow in his footsteps, but he’s confident his son can succeed. “I have no doubt (Julian) can do it,” he says. “He came from a Michelin three-star restaurant. He’s 27 years old but he might as well be 45 with all the experience he has. When he went to New York City, I encouraged him to go straight to the penthouse, don’t stop in between. Go to the top and you can always work your way back down, but the lessons at the top will serve you well at a McDonald’s, if that’s what you choose to do. I believe that this could be something special, this brewery.” Zack says by leaving Cleveland, his son forged his own path into the restaurant industry.



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Front to back, Collision Bend Brewing Co. director of service Julian Bruell, Collision Bend Brewing Co. executive chef Andy Dombrowski and Collision Bend Brewing Co. brewmaster Luke Purcell stand on Collision Bend’s main patio. The turn in the Cuyahoga River from which the brewpub gets its name is a little farther downstream, not the turn behind the trio.

“I did not want him to follow in my insanity,” he says. “But he wanted to. I did not encourage it at all. Julian’s a people person, he’s very passionate about what he does and the one thing he got from me is that if you’re going to do something, you do it right. You don’t do it half-assed. Now he’s got the opportunity to work with two of the best in the city in Andy and Luke.” Zack is excited to see what his son does at Collision Bend. “This could be different from any other brewery or brewpub in the city,” he says. “Usually, the food is secondary in those places. And while the food is secondary in this place, the quality of the food could be off the charts, and it’s very simple.”

Julian spent his early years learning from his father, but Zack says he now hopes to learn from his son and he’s proud to see Julian start off on his own. “Julian’s not trying to emulate me,” he says. “He’s a front-of-the-house guy and he knows his stuff. The idea here is for him to teach me. I wanted to learn from him.” Now that Julian is older, he says his relationship with his father has matured. “I was really kind of his son and employee when I was younger,” he says. “Now it’s kind of evolved. I’ve opened restaurants before, but especially (in Cleveland), it’s a different market. It’s my first one (in Cleveland) but I feel pretty confident. Luke is amazing to have on the team and I’m glad to have him and

Andy, who has done all (of Zack’s) restaurant openings, and he’s really talented. I think you have to have a sense of calm and these gentlemen have that. It’s calm and confident when you open a restaurant, so I think we have a really seasoned team and I think that’s going to make things very smooth in opening.” If necessary, of course, advice from his father is only a phone call away. Regardless, Julian is looking forward to working closer to home and closer to Zack. “I’m pretty grateful to be back working near him,” he says. “He kind of saved me from being burned out (in New York). He never pressured me to come back but he presented the opportunity, and I’m very grateful for that.” js

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bout twice a week, Scott Hersch drives early in the morning from his Solon home to the Northern Ohio Food Terminal on the outskirts of downtown Cleveland, where he has a detailed list of produce to pick up. For Hersch, making the drive is a reasonable price to pay for ingredients he knows haven’t been sitting in a distributor’s warehouse for a week or longer. “I’m getting fresher stuff, I’m getting it at a better price and I’m able to pick it,” he says. Alas, when you walk into Munch, the caféstyle, “flexiterian” (mostly vegetarian but includes some meat) Solon restaurant Hersch owns with his wife, Jamie, the brightly painted walls covered with local artists’ work fittingly complement the colorful pita pizzas, salads and soups – made with ingredients chosen for their exact ripeness and color. While neither of the Hersches started out as chefs and have had a somewhat winding path toward their new location, in the past year their healthy and colorful dishes have put them on their way to solidifying their place in the culinary community.

Lick’s, Schticks and Munch

Scott Hersch, 54, became a chef somewhat by accident. A Beachwood native who attended the former Heights Temple in Cleveland Heights, which later transitioned to B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike, he started cooking in 1991 when his sister owned a “greasy spoon” restaurant called Lick’s on the Case Western Reserve University campus in Cleveland. After Lick’s closed in 1992, he kept in touch

with administrators at CWRU and was eventually hired to open a kosher restaurant for its Hillel program in 1997 – which also turned out to be short lived but led to a new opportunity. ”In the same month that they wanted us to leave, the dean of the law school asked us to move to the school,” he says. The restaurant was known as Schticks. Jamie Hersch, a Shaker Heights native who attended The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood as a child, meanwhile, had been a teacher, waited tables and was working at a now-defunct food service distributor called Ohio Farmers when she met Scott. She was in charge of opening up his account. “I went to open up his account and moved in a week later and we’ve been married 13 years,” she says, adding they both previously lived in Israel in 1986 but never crossed paths. Jamie Hersch, 50, spent about five years as a stayat-home mom raising the couple’s two children – Simon, 12, and Ruthie, 11 – then worked at Trader Joe’s in Woodmere before finally deciding to work with Scott at Schticks. “We seem to work well together. We actually like each other, so it’s easy for us,” she says.

Above: Customers can choose from a sizeable menu at Jamie and Scott Hersch’s restaurant, Munch, at 28500 Miles Road in Solon. Below: Julie’s Tabbouleh, a falafel sandwich with hummus, mixed bell peppers, tabbouleh, sunflower seeds, tahini and sprouts.

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second serving business would drop by 80 percent when classes weren’t in session. “We were tired of being so hidden, we were tired on not having business all December, because (the students) were on break, and all summer,” Jamie Hersch says. “(The law school was) ready for a change, we were ready for a change.” They officially moved Munch to Solon – half a mile from their home – in December 2015.

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Munch’s Cobb salad with eggs, tomato, chicken and avocado, served with a house-made balsamic vinaigrette.

About three years ago, the Hersches began making some changes. First, they changed the name of their eatery from Schticks to Munch, which Jamie says is because some employees couldn’t say the name correctly to customers.



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“We wanted to make it simple,” she says. They also began to feel bogged down by not being allowed to advertise the restaurant due to an agreement that stipulated the restaurant was primarily for law students. Moreover,

Munch’s menu mirrors the “mostly vegetarian” Hersches’ palate. Both were strictly vegetarian for some time before eventually shifting slightly toward eating meat – and their restaurant, despite relying heavily on fresh produce, offers meat-friendly dishes. However, Scott Hersch’s start in making kosher food helped them develop an understanding of how to create prominent flavors via a variety of ingredients, many meat-free. Also, every Munch soup is made vegetarian, so customers never have to question the type of stock used – a common problem for vegetarians eating out. Thus, the restaurant is popular among that crowd. They also believe in making small batches of everything so food is as fresh as possible, which he says requires “constant shopping, constant prepping.” “I think with our food we have somewhat of a purpose of wanting people to eat healthier,” Scott Hersch says. While Munch’s dishes – like its hearty salads,

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ust west of Lee Road, near where Kinsman Road becomes Chagrin Boulevard, is the southern Moreland neighborhood, the most blighted part of Shaker Heights. Its residences, duplexes alternating with single-family homes, sit well back from the street, and the grid is regular and Cleveland-style, like the architecture. There are generous front yards and deep tree lawns. The area feels spacious, even rangy. It also feels different. The 50 vacant lots sprinkled throughout the neighborhood, some quite large, attest to the hardship southern Moreland went through in the past several decades, particularly during the recession of nearly 10 years ago. Some might view these tears in the neighborhood fabric with despair. Others see them as opportunity. Could this part of southwest Shaker Heights be a stalking horse for innovative development on the East Side? Could fresh takes on residential living help southern Moreland integrate into a “streetcar suburb� known for its variety of more European architectural styles? The recently completed Shaker Design Competition aims to provide positive answers to these questions. Twelve firms submitted proposals. The winners, who were honored at a Feb. 10 ceremony, were Donnelly Eber Architects of New York City, working with local contractor Simcon Homes; Decent Goodfellow Architects of London, U.K., won second prize, working with local contractor Blossom Homes LLC; and Moreland Collaborative, a team including a builder, several architects, the Case Western Reserve University Strategic Innovation Lab and a marketing professional, won third. The respective cash awards were $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000. Now the work begins.

Closing the gaps Shaker Heights Mayor Earl M. Leiken stands in front of a vacant lot in the southern Moreland neighborhood. Superimposed on the lot is a rendering from Donnelly Eber Architects in New York City, one of the winning firms in the Shaker Design Competition aimed at re-imagining the neighborhood.

Southern Moreland is bordered by Scottsdale Boulevard to the south and Lee Road to the east. It originally was part of East View Village, a municipality at the south and southeast borders of Shaker Heights. East View existed from 1906 to 1920, when it was absorbed by Shaker Village. Most of the homes were built in the 1920s through the 1940s. According to the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer, the median market value of a southern Moreland home is approximately $85,000.

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Open spaces, high ceilings and skylights are among the features in this Donnelly Eber rendering of what the inside of a new home in the southern Moreland neighborhood might look like.

Proposed new homes aim to attract artists and young professionals eager to experience the authenticity of an established neighborhood along with proximity to the Van Aken District project taking shape at Van Aken Boulevard and Warrensville Center Road. Shaker Heights Mayor Earl M. Leiken says, “Anything that strengthens Shaker Heights also strengthens the potential for success of the Van Aken development. Thus, an infusion of new residents into the Moreland area, artists and otherwise, would simply add to the market that exists for Van Aken’s businesses, restaurants and retailers.“ The first targets of the design competition are three lots – a single, a double and a triple – on Chelton Road, which runs north and south between Kinsman and Scottsdale. While the city of Shaker Heights has arranged for 10-year tax abatements on new construction in southern Moreland,



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developers are expected to finance that construction, Leiken says. On a recent drive through, he pointed out that 50 and 60 years ago, southern Moreland was part of the greater Kinsman neighborhood, one of Greater Cleveland’s key Jewish areas (the other was Glenville). By the 1960s, southern Moreland was largely African-American, and by the 21st century, because of the lack of economic growth in Cleveland, “problems really hit the neighborhood hard with the foreclosure crisis.” There are remnants of southern Moreland’s Jewish past: The Chapel of Hope Christian Fellowship on Lee Road, a block east of Chelton, was the Shaker-Lee Synagogue, and the Buckeye State Credit Union on Chagrin Boulevard is the former Temple Beth El. Following the recession, the area has benefited from federal money, “a lot of county money, especially for demolitions, and starting in 2009, city money,” the mayor

says. All of that led to Moreland Rising, the neighborhood revitalization program designed to more seamlessly fold an area that 100 years ago was East View Village into Shaker Heights. Moreland Rising, which began in 2015, is a city-neighborhood collaboration that aims to strengthen the identity of southern Moreland through neighborhood nights and other social and cultural events. About a 12-minute walk from the Greater Cleveland RTA’s Blue Line Rapid, southern Moreland sits on the eastern edge of today’s Kinsman neighborhood and is a convenient ride to downtown Cleveland and to the rapidly developing Van Aken District under construction to the east. Synergy is envisioned. “The city does not see any conflict between the Van Aken project and Moreland redevelopment,” Leiken says. “In fact, we see the two as being mutually supportive. The Van Aken project is designed to create a place for residents to dine, shop and spend time and also as a location to attract some significant business development to the Shaker community.” Public transit is key to both the Van Aken and south Moreland projects, Leiken notes. “All of this fits with the information we have on desirable lifestyles for younger people, including millennials but also for baby boomers as well, which places increased emphasis on walkability and public transit as an alternative to reliance on the automobile.” Now the plans are in and the vacant lots are ready to be filled with new, forwardlooking residences. All that’s required is refining the plans and coming up with the money to build the homes. As Kamla Lewis, director of the city’s neighborhood revitalization program, says, “our next step is to really do some deep thinking internally about the implications of the various ideas presented.” Another step will be to discuss the project with the design competition winners, she adds. Lewis was impressed with the submissions. What struck her the most? “I would say the designs themselves,” she says. “They really did a good job of reimagining how to reconfigure these traditional lots in a city with a very traditional neighborhood.”


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Rodney Simon, owner of Simcon Homes, which would build homes designed by Donnelly Eber Architects should the Shaker Design Competitions projects get funded, stands in a model home in the Sterling Lakes development of Pepper Pike.

What Shaker Heights’ southern Moreland neighborhood might look like should winning designs in the Shaker Design Competition, like this one from Donnelly Eber, come to fruition.

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Rodney Simon, who owns Simcon Homes, looks forward to discussions with the city. He would build the homes Donnelly Eber Architects designed. They would be a dramatic departure from what’s in the southern Moreland neighborhood now. Simon is eager to be in on the start of what he says could be the next buzz area, but he knows such development takes time and is organic. He says that if southern Moreland residential renovation takes off, it would be the first such effort in an East Side suburb. “There are different parts of Cleveland that have grown organically through the years: Ohio City, Tremont, DetroitShoreway, Hingetown now,” he says, standing in the kitchen of a $620,000 Simcon Home he’s built in Sterling Lakes in Pepper Pike. “It took time. This is something that came out of years and years of younger people realizing there’s a nice area there, they’re really close to bars and restaurants, very cheap housing. Now, of course, those areas are overdeveloped and



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very, very expensive. So, I think Shaker’s trying to get on board.” Southern Moreland has “really good access to hospitals in that part of Shaker and great access to downtown,” he says, calling this revitalization effort “just another extension of what Shaker’s trying to do.” The proposed Donnelly Eber houses are “very unique in look – very, very contemporary, very monolithic, something that Cleveland hasn’t seen,” Simon says. “You don’t find this in Tremont, you don’t find this in Ohio City – these designs are very, very unique.” Instead of drywall in the interior, there’s finished plywood, and the houses are clad in a neutral, cement-like product. Other unique characteristics are vaulted ceilings and open lofts. While the Donnelly Eber concepts aim to fit into current southern Moreland, they also would stand out visually and in cost, Simon suggests. Because the architectural drawings are in the conceptual stage, there are no final figures on size and cost, he says. If he and the architects determine building such a home with the most advanced materials would cost $350,000, but “we can only sell

product there for $300,000, we would have to redesign,” he says. “You can’t start putting up houses that people won’t want to pay for in that area or won’t be able to afford,” Simon says, noting the injection of new housing at prices far higher than in the rest of the neighborhood could generate friction. At the same time, such homes could bring a new sense of pride to the area, spurring current residents to upgrade and improve their own – and lifting property values. To get to downtown from southern Moreland, one has to travel “not the most inviting streets,” Simon says, though there’s also the Rapid. Yet people crave authenticity, not the franchises so characteristic of lifestyle destinations. People want “local beers, they want a drink that’s made nice, and on the East Side, there isn’t what you’re finding on the West Side,” he says, noting Shaker wants “to get on it” and the burgeoning Van Aken District is key. In any case, Simon suggests the homes he wants to build with Donnelly Eber would be something new, not only to Shaker Heights but also to Northeast Ohio. Any developer could build a “standard box that fits on those lots, but I don’t think you’re going to get the right buyer, I don’t think you’re going to get that young couple that wants a little bit of urban living but also with suburban, you know, Shaker schools if they have kids – they’re going to want something different and exciting.” js

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John Marcus of Designer Accents at Home in Beachwood says he’s seeing people looking at closets as rooms themselves. “They’re looking at closets as a room that opens off of a room,” he says. “Everything is customization today. You might want one thing and someone else wants another, and what we’re able to do is come into your home, interview you and design it with you, with all wood grain finishes and beautiful cabinetry. Your closet is all about personalization and customization.” Marcus says Designer Accents at Home will design the closet just the way the customer wants, no matter how big the space is. “You can customize any closet, it doesn’t have to be a glamor closet, we can take a traditional closet and organize it better,” he says. “It’s like anything else, it’s how you use the space.” js

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