David Berger National Memorial

Overview

This site honors the memory of David Berger, an American citizen who was one of the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. David had no expectations of winning a medal but joined the Israeli weightlifting team to realize his dream - a dream which ended tragically. The Memorial is dedicated to his memory and to the memory of the ten other athletes whose lives were taken. The Memorial sits on the front lawn of the Mayfield Jewish Community Center. The design of broken Olympic rings is meant to symbolize the interruption and cancellation of the Munich games by the tragic events, and the eleven segments on which the rings rest represent each athlete whose life was taken.

The weather at David Berger Memorial is typical of Northeastern Ohio: four distinct seasons offering something for everyone. Winter is cold, cloudy, and sometimes snowy. Spring brings rain and warming temperatures. Summer is often hot and humid, with frequent thunderstorms and hazy skies. Fall offers some relief from the heat, as nights cool.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Reception Desk Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 8:00am - 1:00pm

Hours of operation are adjusted for the following holidays and Jewish Celebrations:
New Year's Evening
New Year's Day
Passover
Labor Day
Rosh Hashanah
Yom Kippur
Sukkot
Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret
Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
The weather at David Berger Memorial is typical of Northeastern Ohio: four distinct seasons offering something for everyone. Winter is cold, cloudy, and sometimes snowy. Spring brings rain and warming temperatures. Summer is often hot and humid, with frequent thunderstorms and hazy skies. Fall offers some relief from the heat, as nights cool.

Directions

Driving: 

The David Berger Memorial is most easily accessed from I-271. Take I-271 to the Chagrin Blvd. exit. Go west on Chagrin Blvd. for 0.5 miles. Turn right (north) on Richmond Rd. Follow Richmond Road 0.6 miles to Woodland Rd. Turn right (east) on Woodland Road and travel 0.1 miles to the community center entrance.