Each week The American Israelite will print one milestone related to the history of the Cincinnati Jewish community over the last 200 years, provided by the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. Each milestone weaves Jewish history within the greater context of our community’s development, and our country at large.


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New York in the Census 

 The total number of persons of all ages in the State of New York as shown by the census to be engaged in gainful occupation, is 1,491,018. Of these there are between the ages of ten and fifteen, 29,661 males and 24,927 females; between sixteen and fifty-nine, 1,026,865 males and 257,282 females; sixty and over 77,453 males and 4, 830 females. Of the whole number there were born int he United States, 935,098; Germany, 159,683; Ireland, 264,858; England and Wales, 55,168; France, 14,704; British America, 31,945; China and Japan, 102. There are employed in agricultural occupations, 374,323; in professional and personal services, including such as barbers, domestic servants, clergy men, journalists, physicians, &c, 406, 339; in trade and transportation, 234,581; in manufactures and mining, 476,772.

Editor’s Note: According to the 2020 Census, about 19.8 million people now reside in the state of New York. 




Offenbach has 22,689 inhabitants, and among them 1003 Israelites. 


According to last accounts from Constantinople, the empirical government in connection with Prince Charles will settle the Jewish affairs in Roumania to the satisfaction of the Hebrews. 


Dr. Daniel Meyer, of Charleston, West Virginia, it is maintained in the West Virginia papers, has rendered excellent services as a public speaker in the re-election campaign of Governor Jacobs. Dr. Meyer is a magistrate and lawyer in Charleston. He went through the war as a physician to an Ohio regiment, and settled down in West Virginia after the close of the war. 


The ancient rabbis had sometimes ideas peculiar profound and far bearing. So one of them said, “God saith, there is no disease without its remedy; if we did but know the remedy and medicine for every sickness,” (Tanchuma Beshalach). This is a truism based upon the benignity of God's natural laws. The numerous diseases for which the medical science has no remedy, or rather the few diseases it can cure, only prove the deficiency and the state of infancy of that science. We have no doubt that in the general advice of science edifice also will come out of its infancy and become a blessing to man, which it is not as long as it can only give names to diseases and no remedies. 


September 6, 1872




Zion Congress In Disorder

Stormy Scenes Result During the Deliberations at Basle. 

Basle, Aug 31. — Dr. Theodore Herzl, originator of the project to purchase Palestine and resettle the Hebrews there, presided at the morning sitting of the Zionist Congress to-day.  The delegates discussed the scheme to centralize the Zionist movement, the Central Committee, according to the proposition, being located in Vienna and consisting of twenty-three members representing all of the natural groups, all Jews being asked to contribute to the central funds, subscriptions to this fund being made the basis of franchise for the election of delegates to future Congresses. 

The afternoon sitting, held for the purpose of electing members of the committee, led to stormy scenes. Dr. Herzl vacated the chair to M. Nordau, who finally succeeded in restoring order. All of the members of the Central Committee were elected except the English and American delegates. The subject of finances was then discussed. 

Reports were read showing that the colonies in Palestine are in a flourishing condition. A commission was appointed to report on the subject of the proposed university at Jerusalem. The Zionist Congress  closed its evening with scenes of great enthusiasm. The meeting gin 1808 will be held at Jerusalem.



At New Orleans, Temple Sinai will celebrate its 25th anniversary during November. 


The Port Gibon, Miss., congregation has elected Rev. L Schreiber as Rabbi. Mr. Schreiber was formerly of Alexandria, La. 


At Vicksburg, Miss., President McKinley has pointed Mr. Henry Mayer as postmaster and his wife as first assistant. Mrs. Mayer is a daughter of the Rev. Dr. Gotthelf. 


— September 9, 1897




Max Warburg, in fear of Death, Disappears from Hamburg 

New York (JTA) — Max Warburg, brother of Paul M. Warburg, has disappeared mysteriously from Hamburg under the fear that an attempt on his life might be made, says a special cable from Berlin to the New York Herald today. Friends of the financier admit that he is out of Germany but will not say in what country he is living. Meanwhile the disappearance of Mr. Warburg is held to be largely responsible for the failure of the overseas week at the Hamburg fair, which Mr. Warburg had organized in the hope of attracting foreign capital. About the time the fair was planned. Dr. Walter Rathenau was murdered, whereupon Mr. Warbug receiving a letter informing him that he was to be the next victim of an anti-Semitic secret organization. Details fo the plan which were disclosed showed that the assassinations as scheduled to take place at one of the meetings planned at the fair. On receiving this letter, Mr. Warburg immediately resigned as president of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and cancelled all public appearances. His mysterious absence from all events of the fair which has  just closed led to the discovery that Warburg had fled from the country. Mr. Warburg is the head of Hamburg House of Warburg & Co., and is one of the most prominent financiers in Germany. 

Editor’s Note: Max Warburg returned to Germany after this brief removal. Despite the rise of the Nazi Party, Warburg remained hopeful for the future of Germany. In 1935 the Nuremberg laws began the Nazi process of Aryanization which forced him to sell the bank he was running at the time. HE emigrated to the United States in 1938. 



Mr. I Rude, the noted Denver (Col.) philanthropist, has recently paid off the mortgage on the Beth Joseph synagog of that city. 


Last month the foundation stone of the new synagogue being built by the North Johannesburg (South Africa_ Hebrew Congregation was laid.

From the Pages

— September 7, 1922





Board of Education Announces Plans for S. Avondale School 

Further improvement in the public school situation in the Avondale area was indicated this week with the announcement by the Cincinnati Board of Education that working drawings for proposed additions to the Avondale School, Reading Road and Rockdale Avenue, have been requested from the architects. 

Two units and three play areas will be added to existing facilities, the Board announces, and the enlarged site will include all of the block bounded by Reading Road, Knott Street, Prospect Place and Rockdale with the exception of the business district at Prospect Place and Reading Road.

The two new units will be for a kindergarten wing and an elementary school of six grads. The present building will become a junior high school. 

In the existing building, extensive remodeling will take place to modernize the school. There will be shop, library and classroom changes, rearrangement of administrative offices, development of a girl's gymnasium, faculty dining room, and a music wing. 

Play fields are planned for primary, intermediate and junior high school pupils. 


Price Hill News

The 25th annual Picnic of the Beth Jacob Synagogue was held recently, at the synagogue grounds. The congregation wishes to thank Robert Sunshein, chairman of the affair, D.A. Reisenfeld, chairman of the refrigerator project, and the ladies of the Beth Jacob Sisterhood, Mrs. H.H. Slutz president. The refrigerator was won by Mr. Joseph Greenburg, of W. Elder Street, the founder of Beth Jacob Synagogue.


— September 4, 1947




Ringling Brothers Circus at Cincinnati Gardens Sept. 11th - Oct. 1st

The new 102nd edition of Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus is heading this way. 

For the first time in 14 years and for its only southern Ohio engagement the Circus will come to Cincinnati Gardens for 10 performances. 

Its last engagement here was at Crosley Field in 1958. 

“Some 27 acts include Spains Pablo Noel and his African born lions; bulgaria's high trapeze star, Balkankski; three teeterboard troupes, Moisanus, Varadi an Forys. Highlightin the show is Charley Baumann and his Royal Bengal and Siberian tigers. 


Bar Mitzvah


Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jacobs are delighted to announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Thomas Andrew, Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10:45 a.m., at Plum Street Temple. 

Tom’s grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bein of Cincinnati and Mr.Louis A. Jacobs and the late Mrs. Rhea Jacobs, of Hillsborno, Ohio. A Kiddush will follow the ceremony. 


Mr. and Mrs. Marty Schweigre are proud to announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Tod, on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m., at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane. 

It would be our pleasure to have you worship with us and attend the Kiddush immediately following the ceremony. 

Tod is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Friedman and Mrs. Helen Schweiger and the late Mr. Joseph Schweiger.


September 7, 1972



Levines to receive AJC award at reception

American jewish Committee Cincinnati Chapter President Penny Friedman announced, “AJC is proud to present its Community Service Award to Aaron Levine and Nancy Goldstein-Levine at an Initial Gifts Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Levines share a deep commitment to serving the community, and AJC is delighted to salute them.” Bob and Elaine Blatt will host the 5:30 p.m. reception. The event launches the AJC’s annual Appeal for Human Relations, chaired by Chapter Treasurer Dr. Bernard Hertzman. 


Frankel heads Gold Manor board

Golf Manor Synagogue recently installed a new board of director. Under the leadership of Norman Frankel, newly elected chairman of the board, committees are compiling agendas to enhance participation and enjoyment of Gold Manor Synagogue for members of all ages. 

An active programming committee with Sara Augenbraun as chairman has already begun its work. A fall family picnic with sports activities and games took place on Labor Day, and a winter family event and several adult social functions are planned. 

— September 11, 1997





Cedar Village prepares for first-of- its-kind interfaith mission to Israel 

Two nonprofit retirement com- munities — Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason and Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community in Lebanon — are preparing for a groundbreaking interfaith mission to Israel. 

Cedar Village and Otterbein will be taking the 6,000 mile journey to better understand each other’s faiths. Otterbein is connected to the United Methodist Church; Cedar Village is affiliated with the Jewish community. 

An interfaith mission to Israel of older adults has never before been done. In Israel, they will visit sites significant to Judaism and Christianity, including some that are only hundreds of feet apart in the Old City of Jerusalem. They also will attend services at Jewish and Christian places of worship while continuing to have discussions about Christianity and Judaism throughout the trip. 


September 6, 2012

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