In the Beginning: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel


The fifth Burial Ground is located on Vine street hill about three miles from the city. It was purchased in 1848 by the United Brethren congregation, it is on a good pike road, and distant from any corporate control. This ground and the one on the Montgomery road, are the only two which are used now.

— July 28, 1854

150 Years Ago

Pike’s Opera-House

For the last few months, it is well known to our citizens that the enterprising Mr. S. N. Pike has been remodeling his concert hall with a view to its conversion into an Opera-house that might equal, if not eclipse, in beauty and elegance of finish the former structure. With the best mechanical skill in the country, Mr. Pike has been enabled to accomplish the work in what would seem an almost incredibly short space of time.

June 12th, on Monday evening, has been agreed upon for the opening night of this grand temple. On this night Fisk’s new opera bouffe company of the Grand Opera-house will initiate a two weeks’ series of performances, when this grand and beautiful structure will be open for public appreciation, patronage and enjoyment.

Editor’s Note: Opéra bouffe, named for the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens at which Jacques Offenbach produced many shows of this genre in the 19th century, is a type of light French operetta that incorporated comedy, satire, parody, and farce.

— June 9, 1871

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

Dinner giving is nowadays a high art and the successful hostess is she who is endowed with tact and does not attempt too much. This advice is intended for people of moderate means and where the dinner is served by a single waitress. Where these conditions exist there should never be more than six at table, as even a very well trained girl can not serve more than this number properly. The lady of the house must see that the cook knows what is expected of her. She can prepare the salad dressing and dessert herself as few but high-priced cooks understand how to make them. The mistress should oversee the setting of the table and see that all the knives and forks that are needed are placed at each place as this saves much confusion.

Children’s Corner

Did the nieces and nephews of the Corner take a proper interest and a proper part in the services on Decoration Day? Aunt Babette hopes and believes, after what she said to you in the Corner a couple of weeks ago, that you were active in paying tribute to the fallen heroes of the late war. In many a Jewish home there is yet some seamed and tender heart that bleeds afresh over the lost one who responded promptly to his country’s call and who never returned from that weary and desolating pilgrimage to the shrine of civil liberty and self government. Shall we, then, fail in the duty, the religious duty, we owe to the memory of those fallen heroes? No! We will continue to be grateful, and to hold in blessed memory their fame and their deeds.

Editor’s Note: Decoration Day was the original name of Memorial Day. Numerous  Northern communities held a remembrance day for the fallen after the Civil War; by 1868, May 30th had been designated for decorating the graves of the fallen with flags and flowers. In the wake of WW I, the scope was expanded to commemorate casualties of all US wars, not just the Union troops of the Civil War.

— June 4, 1896

100 Years Ago

Memorial Day was observed on the afternoon of May 30, at the Walnut Hills Jewish Cemetery. The exercises were in charge of the Fred C. Jones Post, No. 401, G. A. R. The members of the post, who have dwindled to a very small number, were received at the gatehouse by the president and board of trustees of the cemetery. They then marched to the soldiers’ monument, the band playing a dirge, where the flag was saluted and then the march was resumed to the chapel.

Editor’s Note: G. A. R. stands for Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization of the Union armed forces from the Civil War.


Mrs. Ida Pearlman, 50 years old, 956 Burton avenue, was struck by an automobile at Reading road and Rockdale avenue when crossing the street Sunday night. Melville Hanning, Woodburn and Hopkins avenue, driver of the machine, took Mrs. Pearlman to the Jewish Hospital. After her injuries were dressed she was taken to her home.

— June 2, 1921

75 Years Ago

Mr. Fred Lazarus, president of Federated Department Stores, Inc., was elected recently a trustee of the committee for Economic Development, a group sponsoring research in problems of high production levels, distribution, and employment.


Miss Jacquelin Bein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bein, 1026 Burton Avenue, will enter the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing upon graduating from Hughes High School on June 12th.

— June 6, 1946

50 Years Ago

The American Israelite congratulates Dr. Alfred Gottschalk upon his election as the president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, an institution of international renown that has flourished here since its founding some 96 years ago by the late Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.


The 50th wedding anniversary of Dr. And Mrs. Samuel Wohl (Belle Myers), 3896 Reading Road, will be observed at services at Wise Center Friday, June 25.


Dr. and Mrs. Harold Moskovitz announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jay Alan, Saturday, June 5, at 9 a.m., at Adath Israel Synagogue, Ridge and Galbraith Roads.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to worship with the family and to attend the Kiddush following services.


Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rozan, 1162 Oldwick Drive, announce the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter, Debbie Lynn, Sunday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m., at Golf Manor Synagogue, 6442 Stover.


Jewish Hospital births include: 

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Nadel (Judi Ribin), 2362-A Timberline Ct., Walden Glenn Circle, a son, Bradley David, Tuesday, May 25.

The infant has two brothers, Thomas and Robert.


I sincerely hope that this message will be seen by all the wonderful people whose cards, gifts and visits made my stay in the hospital more cheerful.

My special thanks to Rabbis Bernard Greenfield and David Indich, whose visits were most inspiring. Here, too, I must acknowledge the special care and attention given me by Drs. David Lerner and Arnold Iglauer and the entire Cardiac Staff at the Jewish Hospital.

Phil Bayliss

— June 3, 1971

25 Years Ago

Alan and Margie (Jacobson) Ullman announce the arrival of a son, Zachary Samuel, May 2.


Jeffrey and Shelley Weiner of Cincinnati announce the birth of a daughter, Alexandra Marissa, May 18.


Retired businessman Aaron Levine never dreamed that a project he initiated at age 67 would bring him an honorary degree. Nevertheless, 10 years after founding the Institute of Learning in Retirement at the University of Cincinnati, Levine will be among five individuals awarded honorary degrees by UC in honor of their achievements. The ceremony will take place at commencement exercises, Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m., at Shoemaker Center.


Brenda Shonfield, president of Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah, announced her delegates to Hadassah’s 82nd National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida July 14-17. Shonfield, with delegates Beverly Williams, Carol Ann Schwartz, Fran Darling, Shirley Manes, Dorothy Plotnick, Ruth Zeligs, Beverly Hersh and Kathe Kellar and guests Dr. Lee Shonfield, Michael Schwartz and Pam Furst Williams will join 2,500 delegates and guests at the Fountainbleau Hilton Hotel for a array of sessions focusing on women’s health issues, women’s political muscle, religious pluralism, youth and Jewish continuity.


Forty-one young people will be inducted into Daveners Club at Ohav Shalom on Shabbat morning, June 15. Membership in Daveners is attained by participation in Synagogue services.


Four students of the Regional institute for Torah and Secular Studies (Cincinnati’s Jewish high school for girls) received recognition for achievement in the Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement (OTSA). Rebecca Raubvogel ranked 10th in the state and 4th in the district for English 12. Beth McSweeney placed 16th in the district for English 11. RITSS had two winners for second year Spanish: Chaya Mehlman ranked 18th in the state and 6th in the district, and Ilana Wilson came in 10th in the district in this category. 

— June 6, 1996

10 Years Ago

Harriet and Bill Freedman announce the wedding of their son, Alex, to Laura Seidenberg on August 29, 2010. Laura is the daughter of Michelle and Jimmy Seidenberg of Deerfield, Ill. 


Barbara L. Morgenstern, a senior writer for The American Israelite, will teach specialty reporting in Florence, Italy, this summer for seven weeks in connection with Miami University’s “Italy and the Renaissance 2011” program. 


Mercaz is excited to announce that it will have an exhibit of the students’ artwork from the “Paint Your Jewish World” course this past semester at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Beginning Tuesday, June 14, in the public exhibition space, the exhibit will be open throughout the summer running until August 28. 


On Thursday, May 31, the third leaders’ forum for Cincinnati 2020, a long-term plan for making Cincinnati into a more viable Jewish community, was held at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center. The event hosted 82 people from 32 different organizations, including 11 new people, which brings the total number of participants at all of the forums to 202. 


Jewish National Fund (JNF) is hosting its annual national conference in Cincinnati, and it is thanks to the tireless fundraising efforts and dedication of Nina and Eddie Paul, who have supported JNF’s work in Israel for more than 25 years. 


The Jewish community in Cincinnati is honoring an Israeli soldier being held captive in Gaza with two showings of the film, “Family in Captivity.” Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been held in captivity in an unknown location in the Gaza Strip by Hamas since June 2006. June 25 marks the fifth year of his capture. The Mayerson JCC and Cedar Village Retirement Community are partnering to provide two opportunities for the Cincinnati area community to view this landmark film. 

— June 9, 2011

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