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36 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE BEACHWOOD Located 25 minutes east of downtown Cleveland in the center of the city's Jewish life, the Maltz Museum of Jew- ish Heritage shares Jewish heritage through the lens of the American experience. Constructed with Golden Jerusalem Limestone imported from Israel, the museum's size and scope are larger than they appear from the exterior. "Our mission is to celebrate culture and connect diverse people groups, as well as to promote an appreciation for Jewish heritage," said director of marketing and commu- nications Samantha Fryberger. "We desire to bring people together and make history come alive." Northeast Ohio's history and its immigrant groups are explored in seven main exhibits. eir stories are showcased through state-of-the-art displays, fi lms, oral histories, pho- tographs and artifacts. e museum's Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery is fi lled with treasures from around the globe: Torah scrolls, ritual objects, rare prints and original art. Visitors learn about Jewish customs and the roots of Christianity. Fryberger remarked that it's a very respected collection and internationally recognized around the world. Pop culture and Jewish contributions to the entertainment industry are also explored. In one gallery, a giant Superman leaps out of the wall celebrating the fact that two Jewish boys from Cleveland created the superhero. H E R I TAG E DISTRICTS TO DISCOVER G roups can feel transported to another era while walking through Medina and Carrollton's downtowns. M E D I N A After Medina's second devastating fire in 1870, townspeople decided to build structures that would last. They abandoned wooden construction and built nine blocks of brick buildings that would become known as Medina's Historic District. Groups strolling downtown streets lined with Victorian-era buildings feel like they are walking into turn-of-the-century Ohio. Eclectic shops, fine restau- rants and other attractions give guests plenty to do. Not far from the city center in Uptown Park, Castle Noel is a group favorite. The 40,000-square-foot Christmas entertainment attraction offers more than holiday shop- ping, including Santa Klaus Mountain, which was modeled after the Santa slide in the movie "A Christmas Story." C A R R O L L T O N A family so devoted to the Union that it became a symbol of patriotism now plays a prominent role in Carrollton's historic downtown. The McCook House Civil War Museum in the town's New England-style public square is an 1830s home that tells the story of the 15 members of the McCook family who famously enlisted together during the Civil War. Downtown Carrollton offers this historic gem, as well as other restored buildings such as the county courthouse, also on the National Register of Historic Places. Groups exploring downtown can shop at local businesses, among them Ashton's 5 and 10 Cent Store, a general merchandise shop that opened during the Great Depression. Courtesy Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Maltz Museum touring exhibit Courtesy Medina Co. CVB Medina's historic downtown D OW N T OW N S