Ken Rosenbaum

About Ken Rosenbaum

Ken Rosenbaum retired in 2008 after 45 years in the newspaper business as a photographer, reporter, editor, editorial writer, music reviewer and computer guru at places such as the Medina Gazette, Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Press, St. Louis Globe-Democrat and Toledo Blade (for nearly 25 years). While in college, he was editor of the Ohio Jewish Chronicle in Columbus.

He is a 1960 graduate of Elyria High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the Ohio State University in 1965.

Rosenbaum's connection to his Jewish faith is strong, experienced mainly through a middle-class upbringing and synagogues covering Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Judaism. His outlook on life also was affected by summers and lean times in the low-rent tenements of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the New York neighborhood where he was born.

While not currently affiliated with a Toledo synagogue, Rosenbaum retains an active associate membership in the small Temple B'Nai Abraham in Elyria, Ohio.

You'll likely find him for a couple of hours most days solving world problems with fellow retirees over coffee in the Westfield Mall food court.

He and his wife Karen live in Sylvania Township.


Jewish folk medley captures a smidge of Yiddish culture

Ken Rosenbaum | Toledo Faith & Values |

In the 1980s, a resurgence in the popularity of world and ethnic music followed Paul Simon's landmark “Graceland” album, which was infused with the sounds and rhythms of South Africa. The new popularity of world music heightened global interest in Jewish folk songs and Yiddish culture. 

Remembering my two Dads on this Father’s Day weekend

Ken Rosenbaum | Toledo Faith & Values |

On this Father's Day weekend, I am remembering with great love my two Dads who, despite great differences, especially in their religious upbringings, were strikingly similar in many ways. Each taught me such things as integrity, honesty, devotion, hard work — and how to have a good time.