In the Beginning: 1854

Many of the fair sex assured us, that they can not attend to cooking, washing, ironing, knitting, sewing, stitching, and other important ings, before they have read the Israelite. We understand how to appreciate the importance of this favor, and it will be one of our most pleasant endeavors, to preserve the attachment of our sisters to the Israelite.

We are bound to confess, that the daughters of Zion have been much neglected, by our literati, and if it were not for an occasional excellent Grace Aguilar, or a kindred spirit, we would say, we had no writers who exerted their energies on behalf of the mothers and daughters of Israel; but we shall never forget to cultivate the friendship of our sisters for the Israelite. 

— Aug. 25, 1854

 150 Years Ago


Wood’s Theater.– The spectacular drama, “The Sea of Ice,” has drawn large houses for the entire week, having the accomplished actress, Rachel Johnson, in the leading act of “Ogarita,” supported by the superb stock company. The play is worth producing, and is by far more worthy of representation at Wood’s than the nonsensical “Frou-Frou” of the week before.


National Theater.– Mr. John Collins closed a successful engagement at this theatre on Saturday at this theater, and was succeeded on Monday evening by Miss Alice Grey and Mr. Charles Pope, who have drawn tolerably fair houses during their stay of six nights. On Tuesday evening next, the ever-welcome comedian, Joe. Jefferson, will appear as Rip Van Winkle. 

— May 6, 1870

 125 Years Ago

Ladies Column

Spring hats are marvels of daring color combinations and profusion of trimming. Simplicity in color or decoration is nowhere seen. Everything is extravagantly decorative, and some of the shapes – with a wide brim edged with a fall of lace, a tiny Dutch crown, and a small garden of flowers scattered over both crown and brim – resemble nothing so much as a fair-sized lamp-shade. Jet edgings and tiny bands of spangles and fine cut jet are very much in evidence on hat-brims, and being at once showy and in bad taste, will, doubtless, be very popular.


Mr. Millard W. Mack, son of the late Wm. J. Mack, to Miss Lydia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fox, all of Cincinnati, O. At home Wednesdays and Sundays.


The betrothal of Miss Cora, daughter of General and Mrs. Louis Seasongood, to Mr. William Stern, son of Mr. B. Stern, has been announced.


Mrs. Hannah Levi, the worthy mother of Mr. Louis Levi, who has been suffering with her eyes, has gained much relief by means of a successful operation recently performed.

— May 2, 1895

 100 Years Ago


Roth-Goldstein.– Mrs. Rose Goldstein of No. 5 Cumberland Apartments, Avondale, announces the engagement of her daughter, Benette to George H. Roth, of Larona avenue, Avondale, all of Cincinnati, Ohio. At home Sunday, May 2, from 3 to 9:30 p.m.


A tea dance was given last Sunday evening at the Losantville Country Club by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Ach, in honor of his sixtieth birthday.


Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Plaut, of Bogart avenue, Avondale, will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Monday, May 3rd, and will receive at the Hotel Gibson in the evening.


Dr. Grossmann was a judge of the oratorical contest at the Walnut Hills High School Friday morning.


Governor James M. Cox has appointed Dr. Philipson as a representative from the State of Ohio to the great Educational Conference called by the Secretary of the Interior, to meet at Washington, May 19 to 21.

— Apr. 29, 1920

 75 Years Ago

Cpl. Richard J. Levi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Max W. Levi, 4503 Sunnyslope Terrace, member of a chemical mortar battalion, was wounded in action in Germany March 30th.


Cpl. Charles Nessanbaum, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hirschfeld, 3963 Warwick Avenue, is now in Germany haveing fully recovered from wounds received in France.

He has received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.


Rabbi Ernst M. Lorge was recently promoted to Captain in the United States Army Chaplain Corps of which he is a member. He received his captaincy while in action with the “Fighting 69th” somewhere in Germany.


David Casuto, 1637 First Avenue, and Samuel Finkelstein, 1267 Rutledge Avenue, have been inducted through Board No. 28.


Jewish Hospital births include:

Lt. and Mrs. Myron Albert (Evelyn Brower) 3928 Red Bud Avenue, son, Monday, April 30th.

— May 3, 1945

 50 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lerer of Roselawn announce the engagement of their daughter, Rosalyn Rae, to Mr. Alan M. Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wagner of Roselawn


Mr. and Mrs. William W. Collinger of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Laine Susan, to Mr. Bennett Alan Neiman, of Finneytown. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Neiman.


Dr. and Mrs. James Tennenbaum, 2608 Burnaby Drive, Columbus, announce the birth of a son, Craig Alan, April 13. Craig has two brothers, Charles Val and William Scot.


Mr. and Mrs. Howard Silver announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Warren James Jr., Saturday, May 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Rockdale Temple.


Mr. Mitchell Shapiro has been elected editor of the UC News Record.

He succeeds Richard Katz.

— Apr. 30, 1970

 25 Years Ago

Judith and Laurence Smiley of Cincinnati announce the engagement of their daughter, Alison Jill, to Barry J. Hurewitz, son of David and Rodna Hurewitz of Naperville, Ill.


Mrs. Narvin Emden announces the engagement of her daughter, Faith to Michael Pittinger, son of Shirley and Matt Pittinger. Faith is the daughter of the late Narvin Emden.


Barbara and James Marowitz announce the birth of a daughter, Rebecca Rose, March 22. Rebecca has three brothers, Gabriel Aaron, David Eli and Forrest Robert.


Plaut delivers memorial address at Rockdale

Sixty years ago, Dr. W. Gunther Plaut was one of five Jewish scholars from Europe who came to Cincinnati at the invitation of then-Hebrew Union College President Dr. Julian Morgenstern to escape the Nazi regime in Germany.

Soon after their arrival, the five visited Rockdale Temple on Rockdale Avenue, their first time in an American synagogue.

Last Friday, Plaut returned to Rockdale in Amberley to deliver a memorial address in a special “Service of Dedication and Affirmation.”


The 19th annual Cincinnati Jewish Folk Festival, sponsored by the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati, will be held at Burnet Woods Park from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.

— May 4, 1995

 10 Years Ago

On Monday, May 10, 2010 Congregation Zichron Eliezer will show the new documentary film “Shanghai Miracle.” 

“Shanghai Miracle” details the story of the hundreds of Yeshiva students who escaped to Shanghai, China and lived to rebuild Torah throughout the world. 


Cedar Village is presenting a community education program on health care reform featuring Fran Savard, director of regulatory relations for the Association of Philanthropic Homes for the Aged (AOPHA), on the evening of Thursday, May 6 at Cedar Village. 

Savard’s talk is titled “Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare.” 


Anti-Semitism will be the focus of Northern Hills Synagogue - Congregation B’nai Avraham’s monthly HaZaK program for seniors on Wednesday, May 12. 

The featured speaker will be Dr. Michael G. Rapp, executive director emeritus of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati. 


The 2010 Rockwern Academy Tribute Dinner will honor Barry and Ellen Finestone as well as Mary Lee Sirkin for their impact on the community in a wide variety of ways. 


Wise Temple Sisterhood will host an afternoon “High Tea” on Sunday, May 16 at Wise Center. 

Tracy Monson, the founder and owner of Essencha Tea Room in Oakley, will speak on “Tea 101: Exploring the World through Tea from Black to White.” She will present different types of tea, how it’s prepared, its role in various cultures and the fine art of tasting. 


Jewish Vocational Service will be celebrating the organization’s 70th anniversary on Thursday, May 6 and showing off renovations to its Blue Ash building. 

— May 6, 2010


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