So, the Neustadt clan... to go forward we need to step back a bit. Rabbi Isaac Eli Neustadt also known as Isaac Elchanan Neustadt Negnevitsky (1871-July 23, 1913) was a Lithuanian-born Orthodox Rabbi. One source says Neustadt was born at Novardok in
Rabbi Neustadt had been a worldwide traveler working in Jewish religious circles and raising funds for Russian Jews until settling in
in 1901. He founded the Jewish Educational Association, now called the Bureau of Jewish Education, in Indianapolis in 1910. Neustadt began raising funds for the United Hebrew Schools in 1905 and classes were first held on November 12, 1911. Rabbi Neustadt envisioned a Indianapolis Hebrew School utilizing the latest techniques in Hebrew education and providing Hebrew education to all students in . In 1913, the United Hebrew Schools changed its name to recognize the death of its founder and became the Indianapolis . Rabbi Neustadt United Hebrew School
You're getting the picture now, right? Rabbi Neustadt was what we might call a "kinda big deal." His death from appendicitis in 1913 was front page news in the Indianapolis Star.
So, what happened after he died and how did his family end up in
? Well, it looks like it was all about The Ohio Jewish Chronicle. Woodland Park
The American Printer of March 5, 1922 says, "The Ohio Jewish Chronicle is the name of a new newspaper started during February in
to serve the Jewish people. The paper is published in the Hebrew language. Aaron Neustadt is editor-in-chief and Benjamin J. Neustadt business manager." Columbus
A 1997 interview with Ethel Neustadt (widow of Ben Neustadt) on the Columbus Jewish Historical Society website helps us out. Ethel was asked when the Chronicle was founded and she replied, "In 1922... Ben did a terrific job, worked very hard. His father died when Ben was 17. He was a rabbi with four congregations in
Indianapolis and Ben was asked to come to . I don't know whether it was the Lazaruses, or the Schanfarbers, or Schonthals who were interested in him and in having a newspaper. His younger brother and sister Cele (Celia) worked on it, too. It was a Jewish paper. They talked him into coming here, and starting it. Shortly after starting it, Aaron came - his brother - did part of the marketing, and Cele came and married Herb Byer. Columbus
Cele Neustadt was the oldest girl, and ... she was married about a year before Ben and I were married. Ben was the oldest. As a matter of fact, his baby sister was born after her father died - that's Naomi Canowitz - she was married to Dr. Canowitz. She passed away last year - she was the baby of six girls and three boys. Ben was the oldest.
...Ben raised that family with his mother, he went to school, to college at
, he just did so many things. That's why he was very, very close with his siblings. To them, he was their father, and that's the way it was until they all passed away." Butler University
Ethel commented that, "Ben with his sisters and brother made a very close-knit family." She also commented that Ben was "quite a violinist. In our early days, a lot of organizations, when they had affairs, I would play the piano and he would play the violin."
From reading this interview and some selected parts of old Chronicles, it looks like Ben came to
Columbus first, Aaron soon after followed by Celia, and it was not until sometime in 1923 that Minnie and the others moved to . She purchased the Columbus house in October 1923. Ben's obituary in the Chronicle states that he was a graduate pharmacist and came to Woodland Park in 1921 "at the urging of Fred Lazarus, Jr., E.J. Schanfarber and Joseph Schoenthal, who felt that a Jewish newspaper was needed to unite the community behind a fundraising effort for European Jewry." Columbus
Minnie was born December 15, 1873 in Novogrodek, Minsk, Poland. She came to the
Ben Zion Neustadt was born in
Aaron Manual Neustadt was born on April 1, 1898 in
Columbus State Hospital.
|The Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
October 22, 1926
Celia "Cele" Neustadt Negnevitsky was born July 22, 1901 in
Alice Leah Neustadt was born April 23, 1904 in
Clara B. Neustadt was born in May 2, 1906 in
David E. Neustadt was born October 4, 1907. He married Dorothy "Dottie" H. Rosin in
|Frieda Neustadt Wise|
Hannah Neustadt was born on April 5, 1911. In the 1939 Columbus City Directory she is listed at society editor of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle and residing at 946 Bryden Rd. Aaron Canowitz, Hannah's brother-in-law recalled, " My sister-in-law Hannah, who was teaching, had passed the Ohio State Board but was not allowed to teach in Columbus schools until she had a couple of years practice, so she got a job in Hamilton, Ohio, and after that two years she came back to Columbus and got a job" at Fulton Street School. She is listed in the 1949 Columbus City Directory as a teacher, residing at 2605 Bryden Rd. She traveled to
|Naomi Neustadt Canowitz|
|946 Bryden Road|
Minnie purchased the house at
|Mansfield News Journal|
August 5, 1952
|The Zanesville Signal|
August 4, 1952
|Zanesville Times Recorder|
August 5, 1952
|The Deshler-Wallick circa 1950s|
The Gray Drug marquee is visible on the corner.