A statement made by a person that I think has gotten more than enough publicity started me doing some research as well as some reflection. The link in the Title is to a book I read a while ago that comes to mind, that I recommend O' Brien's Desk it's an interesting book that takes real historical events/people from Toledo and intertwines that into a Mystery book.
One of the primary characters in the book is Sara Kaufman
In 1905 she began volunteering at a settlement house run by the Toledo Council of Jewish Women. Sara worked for 31 years as a juvenile court probation officer starting in 1909. She is quoted as believing "there are no bad children; only misunderstood children". She was also was president of Hadassah, and involved in The Toledo Federation of Jewish Charities, the Jewish Educational League, The Progress Club, The Jewish Shelter Home, the Hebrew Ladies' Benevolent Society and the Young People's Hebrew Society. Sara Kaufman died in 1941 and was inducted into the Toledo Civic Hall of Fame in 2004 for her valuable years spent volunteering.
Toledo's Jewish Community has a long history in Toledo. B'nai Israel, Toledo's oldest synagogue was formed in 1866, but there were Jewish residents of Toledo even prior to 1837. The first record of a Jewish public religious service our area was held in Gitskey Hall during the High Holy Days of 1863.
According to the B'nai Israel website the Toledo area has a Jewish community of approximately 6000. There are three Temples B'nai Israel which is Conservative; Congregation Etz Chayim which is Orthodox; and Congregation Shomer Emunim a Reform synagogue.