Barnett "Bart" Bookatz entered the funeral profession in 1969 with Cleveland Temple Memorial. In 1977 Cleveland Temple Memorial merged with Berkowitz-Kumin to form Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz. Bart has been with the firm as a principle since that time. Bart's philosophy on the funeral profession is, "We are here to make a difficult situation easier for our families to accept and cope with."
He also strongly believes that not only should a director serve their families fully, but they should also be part of the community and work to better their community, of which they live in and serve. Bookatz has served on numerous community and religious boards, both as a trustee and an officer. Some of these organizations include the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Hebrew Free Loan, chairperson for State of Israel Bonds, Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, American Jewish Community, past recipient of the Federation's Kane award and the AJC's Human Relations Award, twice past president of Cleveland ORT, officer and trustee of National ORT America, chair of Jewish V=Community Federation Security Committee, graduate of the FBI's Citizen's Academy, member of the FBI's Civil Rights Task Force and past president and officer of numerous synagogue's in the Cleveland area. Bart also served as past president of Cleveland Region of the Jewish National Fund, past board member of Shoes for Kids, past officer and Board member of the Northeast Ohio Arthritis Association.
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Michael A Kumin
Michael is the fourth generation of Kumin to serve the Cleveland Jewish community. Starting at age 14 he spent summers washing cars, pulling weeds, painting walls and filing paperwork while working as a funeral home attendant. Michael learned how to serve the community from his mentors; his father Donald Kumin and grandfather Harry Kumin, Saul and Harvey Kumin, Benjamin Berkowitz and Stuart Berkowitz. These men, leaders in the community were major influences in Michael's chosen path. After majoring in psychology at Kent State University, Michael was accepted at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1979. Michael married his wife, Lynne Ellen Ritley in April 1985, and together raised their son Zachary. Michael is the unofficial IT man at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz. He started learning computers while in high school in 1971 and the obsession carries through today. A lifelong baseball fan, he has been a Cleveland Indians season ticket holder through three decades. Michael was a little league coach in South Euclid for many years while Zach played and to understand soccer and like it while Zach played for Solon and various travel clubs. Michael and Lynne love to travel together, going to destinations across the USA and cruises too.
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