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The Legacy of Rabbi Daniel Silver


Rabbi Daniel Silver was born in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Rabbi Abba Hillel Silver and his wife Virginia. He attended schools in Cleveland and graduated from Harvard University in 1948. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago receiving his Ph.D. in 1962. He also served as a chaplain in the Navy. A respected scholar, he was the author of several books and articles including co-authoring a two volume history of Judaism with the late Bernard Martin of Case. He was adjunct professor of Religion at Case Western Reserve University from 1968 until 1986 as well as a senior fellow at Oxford Post Graduate Center for Hebrew Studies in England in 1979.

Rabbi Silver was associated with his father at the Temple, Tifereth Israel, since 1956, one of the largest and most influential Reform congregations in the country, succeeding him at his death in 1963. Father and son served as spiritual leaders for a combined total of 72 years at the Temple where the main sanctuary was dedicated to their honor for their years of service in 1990: The Abba Hillel Silver and Daniel Jeremy Silver Memorial Sanctuary. Rabbi Daniel Silver was a well-known scholar, teacher, author, and eloquent preacher and an important leader and participant in Jewish organizations as well as a social activist showing concern for all people.

Known as an innovator, Rabbi Daniel Silver revitalized the congregation at the Temple in University Circle and oversaw the building of the Religious School and Temple-Tifereth Israel East on Shaker Boulevard in Beachwood. His strong interest in religious education promoted schooling for the young people of the congregation and the introduction of traditions to encourage attendance at services. He engaged the first woman rabbi to serve in Cleveland. His legacy is a strong testimonial to the impact he made on the community and the country.

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Collections FAQ

Why isn't the book on the shelf?
Find out where a book is before you go to the shelf. Search the Case Catalog to see what it says like
- "Check Shelves" (look on the shelves, find it, & check it out);
- "Just Checked In" (ask staff for help, it's nearby, but too soon to be back on the shelves yet);
- "Off Campus" (out at an OhioLINK school);
- "Due mm/dd/yyyy" (it’s checked out until that date.) 
Tip: If it is not available, order an OhioLINK copy
Can I return books to a different Library?

Return Case or OhioLINK items to any Case library, yes. Case libraries have different hours, so your book might not get checked in on the day you return it if you use a bookdrop.

Return the CPL@Case-KSL books only to KSL, so the collection is here for you & others. Case libraries are not responsible for returning other local libraries’ books. Returning public library books here will not check them off of your account at those libraries.

What does "Check Shelves" mean?
"Check Shelves" means it is supposed to be on the shelf. If it isn’t there, double-check what the Case Catalog currently says to make sure that nobody else has checked it out or has kept it out too long.
How long does reshelving take?
The times are different, depending on what is being reshelved and what time of semester it is. KSL goal: to reshelve journals within 24 weekday hours, reshelve books within 48 hours. During peak times (end of semester) the time can be longer. Ask staff at the Main Service Desk for help.
How do I reserve a book?
Books are on the shelves for anyone who needs them, and are not reserved for individual use. If our book is checked out, order a copy from the OhioLINK.
Where are the UL Storage Stacks?
KSL has a university center half a mile from KSL, where lesser used or brittle books are kept, and the catalog search screen will display "UL Storage." You can visit the Center during daytime hours, or use an online request form to bring back the item to KSL. The center is now called RRCC (Retrospective Research Collections Center.)
Can I get a book or video on a specific date?
Yes, Case faculty, staff, & students can find out more details and use a convenient online request form for Book a Video or DVD  (KSL’s other collections are available only on a first-come basis for everyone, and cannot be booked ahead of time.)
What does a Book on Order mean? When will it get here?
When the catalog item displays “1 copy ordered for (library name)” the item is already in the library getting the final processing labels, etc., and will soon be on the shelf! Ask staff if there are other copies avaialable in OhioLINK in the meantime, or if you have an urgent need.
What is a PIN?
Your PIN is not assigned, you choose what it is and enter it on the Case Catalog at “View Your Library Record,” following the instructions. A Case Library PIN is a Personal Identification Number that protects your information, just like your bank ATM asks for a similar security PIN.
How do I get a library account & where can I look at it?
Case faculty, staff, and students automatically have online library accounts. You can look at it on the Case Catalog under “View your library record.” Use your library account to renew items on line and keep track of what you have checked out or ordered from OhioLINK or RRCC or Iron Mountain sites. Your Case ID is your library card!

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