In the Beginning: 1854

Each week The American Israelite will print an item from the first year of our publication, 1854. 



Mr. Abraham Fechheimer, of the firm of Fechheimer & Bro. of this city, died at his residence, November 25th, after a lingering disease of several months. 

Mr. A.F. was but forty-two years old when he died, leaving a widow, three children, and numerous relatives and friends to lament his loss. He was a native of Bavaria, and came to this country in 1838. 

As a man and a merchant he enjoyed the confidence and the highest esteem of all who came in contact with him. He was an unpretending and faithful citizen, a tender husband and father, had a charitable disposition towards every man, especially towards the poor and needy who lost in him a noble benefactor. 

Mr. A . F. was one of the founders of K.K. Benai Yeshurun, and a zealous supporter of it, having occupied nearly every honorary office in the gift of that congregation. He was Parnass in the years 1843 and 1844. His pious and upright conduct secured to him the affections of his brothers-in-faith. May the Lord receive his soul in grace, and dry up the tears of the mourners.

December 1, 1854





Foreign Record

Liverpool. — We understand that the foundation stone of the Liverpool Old Congregation will be laid on Thursday, December 26th. 


Australia. — The Israelites of Victoria have formed an association for the purpose of promoting a “better observance of the Sabbaths and Festivals.” Through the influence of this Society, a large number of business men who formerly desecrated the Sabbath now observe it properly. Is there no necessity for such an organization outside of Australia? 


Austro-Hungary. — Count Andrassy has presented the Jewish community of Toke-Terebes with a plot of ground whereupon to erect a synagogue and adjacent buildings in connection therewith, and has further subscribed a handsome sum toward the cost of the edifice. 


An American missionary in Egypt, Rev. Mr. Graut, found in the old Cairo synagogue a manuscript of the Bible carefully  closed up in a niche in the wall ten feet from the floor. This synagogue was built in 35 B.C., and it is supposed the manuscript is very ancient. 



Berlin gets 2,400 American newspapers daily. 


Prussia has four Academies where scientific agriculture is taught. 


The clatter of 4,000 carpet looms deafens Philadelphia. 


Queen Elizabeth died leaving three thousand dresses, but before her death issued a proclamation against extravagance in dress. Her wardrobe was the work of the woman, her proclamation was the work of the queen. Women have admired her dress, but neglected her address. 


November 29, 1872 

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The Hebrew Journal has suspended publication. Its death is a distinct gain to Jewish journalism, though since the death of Gersoni, its editorial columns were more nearly decent. Still it was a mere querulous fault finder. It stood for nothing, was nothing, and its loss is nothing to anyone except its publisher, whose toleration of the course of his editors has been a source of constant surprise to everyone who knew him. However, the Journal is dead. Let us create over its grave a fervent prayer that there shall be no resurrection. 


The elections last week in London, Eng., are a great victory for those who resent the clerical interference in the conduct of the public schools and its desires to make secular subsidiary to religious education. In fact, our English cousins have administered an overwhelming defeat to the Church of England priests and their allies, and the tendency of the public schools will hereafter be towards secularism. 



“The Emanu-El” is the name of a new Jewish paper started at Los Angeles, Cal. 



Mr. Sam Rosenthal of Jamesport, Mo, sends us $15 to be distributed among the various charities, for which we thank him on behalf of the beneficiaries. 


Tallahassee, Fla., now has a Jewish Sabbath-school, with Mr. Julius Ball as superintendent. 


— December 2, 1897

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Quit or Get out

Legal proceedings, which may make it unlawful for any person in Kansas to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, are forecast in the announcement of Gov. Henry J. Allen that he has been assured by the State attorney general's office that ouster proceedings against the Klan will be filed in the State Supreme court. 

The suit against he Klan will be brought upon the ground that the organization is a Georgia corporation not registered to do business in Kansas. The suit may result further in attempts to remove from office all county and State law enforcement officers known to be members of the Klan. 


National Farm School Campaign 

A national campaign will soon be started to secure a large fund for the National Farm School at Doylestown, Pa., in honor of Dr. Joseph Krauskopf, who founded the school twenty-five years ago. 

It has been announced that a Jubilee Committee will be formed which will be nation-wide in representation. Mr. Harry B. Hirsch, of Philadelphia, will be the National Chairman. 

Applications are coming to the Farm School in larger numbers than ever before, but because of inadequate accommodations many worthy applications are being turned away. Part of the funds to be raise in honor of Dr. Krauskopf will be used, it was announced, to increase the School’s present facilities so that  many more students can be accepted. 



The Jewish Mothers’ Alliance will hold a national convention in the fall of 1923 at Los Angeles, Cal. 


The Cuno Government has dissolved the anti-Semitic National Socialist party in Prussia, ordering the disbanding of all its propaganda offices, only the Munich office remaining. 


Thirty-six new students were admitted to the Jewish Theological Seminary at New York this term, the largest number in its history, making the total enrollment 96. The Teachers’ Institute admitted 81 new students, making the total enrollment 226. 


The articles of the Jewish League of Nations Union have been prepared and are now being edited at Paris by the Juridical Commission of the Committee of Jewish Delegations. They will shortly be submitted to the Council of the International Union of the league of Nations Societies. 



— November 30, 1922




Craft Pupils Trim Rooms for Hanukkah Holidays

Decorations made by the children are giving the Arts and Crafts room a festive appearance for the coming Hanukkah holidays, reports Mrs. Maurice Davis, Arts and Crafts instructor.

Commenting the many fine gifts that can be made by the boys and girls for just a few pennies, Mrs. Davis urges all junior members of the Jewish Center to visit the craft room during the sessions held every week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. 

Among the items which children might enjoy making as gifts are: desk blotters, bracelets, stuffed dolls. 

Through this type of activity, children gain an opportunity to develop their creative powers and gain satisfaction from making something with their hands. 


Cincinnati Social and Personal

Mrs. Robert Kuhn and Mr. George Newburger will be Cincinnati participants in sessions at a regional conference of United Service for Americans at the Hotel Lincoln, Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 7th. The theme will be “Our New Neighbor — the New American.” 



Dr. Maurice Levine, professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and director of the department of psychiatry at UC, has been named consultant to the surgeon-general of the U.S. Army. 


Dr. Abraham Cronbach of the Hebrew Union College faculty is one of 480 Americans who have signed a letter asking President Truman to grant amnesty to conscientious objectors and other selective service violators at once. 


— November 27, 1947





Bas Mitzvah

Mr. and Mrs. Burton Perlman are pleased to announce the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter, Sarah Elsa, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10:45 a.m., at Rockdale Temple. 

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

Sarah is the granddaughter of Mr. Philip Perlman and the late Mrs. Perlman and the Late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Weihl. 


Bar Mitzvah


Mr. and Mrs. Jack b. Grubbs, 265 Hillcrest Drive, Wyoming, are pleased to announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Mark Alan, on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane. 

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

Mark is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. David E. Sherman of Nashville and Mr. E.W. Grubbs and the late Mrs. Grubbs of Cincinnati. 


Mr. and Mrs. buddy Drizin cordially invite you to worship with them on the Simcha of their son Barry’s Bar Mitzvah, Dec. 9 at 11 o’clock at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane. Kiddush will follow services. Barry is the brother of Marc and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Drizin, North Miami Beach, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Feldman, Philadelphia. 


November 30, 1972




Harry Davidow elected president of Federation

By Phyllis Singer


Harry Davidow was elected president of the Jewish Federation at the 101st annual meeting Nov. 24. 

Davidow was co-chairman of the 1994 Jewish Federation Campaign and recently served as chairman of the Federation’s Planning and Allocations Steering Committee. 


Northern Hills to honor new members


Northern Hills Synagogue Congregation B’nai Avraham will honor members who have recently joined at Shabbat services on Saturday morning, Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. 

The honorees include Benetta Abrams, Michael and Etti Scheier, Esther Schmalz, Hannah Share and Stephen Weiss. 

“Honoring our new members brings us great joy,” said Rabbi Gershom Barnard. “Our congregation is like an extended family, and the varied backgrounds and experiences of our new members enrich us.”


— December 4, 1997




Jewish Federation announces program funding from Community Campaign 

In November, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Board voted to allocate just over $4 million in funds raised through the 2012 Community Campaign to local, national and global programs. The final determination was based on the recommendation of the Planning & Allocations committee, chaired by Marcie Bachrach and comprising over 80 volunteers from across the community. 

This year’s allocations process aligned with Cincinnati 2020, the long-range, community-wide strategic plan to transform Cincinnati into a model community and a Jewish destination. 


Travel around the world in eight days with JCC Winter Break Camps 

New Camp at the J director, Ilana Nadel, has a world of fun in store for kids in grades K-6 during school winter break. Children will experience the world through a sport, craft and cooking activity unique to a different country each day. Children can create origami from Japan, play cricket from England and cook pasta from Italy. Kids will also enjoy swimming in the JCC indoor waterpark, playing games in the gym and having fun and exercising in the game room. 

December 6, 2012

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