In the Beginning: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel


K.K. Adas Yisroel

In the fall of 5611 [1850] Simon Flohr, J. Midleman, A.M. Frenkel, L. Levy, J. Levison and sons, with others, seceded from an organized Polish congregation. They fitted up, in a very neat manner, a room at the corner of Sixth street and Western Row for prayers, while the original congregation joined the Broadway congregation.

Editor’s Note: The Broadway congregation that the remainder of the original Polish congregation joined was K. K. Bene Israel, now more commonly known as Rockdale Temple. 

— July 21, 1854

150 Years Ago

We have just received from Europe a few Megilote, nicely put up on rollers in the shape of a Sephar Thora. The same are beautifully printed on good white paper, imitation of parchment, four inches wide and will be sold at the low price of one dollar. Forwarded free of charge on receipt of the above price. Bloch & Co., Israelite Office, Cincinnati, O.


S. M. Pettengill & Co., 37 Park Row, N.Y., and Geo. P. Rowell & Co., 40 Park Row, N.Y.,

Are the sole agents for The Israelite and Deborah in that city, and are authorized to contract for inserting advertisements for us at our lowest cash rates. Advertisers in that city are requested to leave their favors with either of the above houses.


— Jan. 20, 1871

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

A Sure Cure for Hoarseness

Bake a lemon or sour orange for twenty minutes in a moderate oven; then open it at one end and dig out the inside, which sweeten with sugar or molasses and eat. This removes hoarseness and eases the pressure on the lungs. This remedy was brought over by the Puritans.


A large number of people attended the opening of the Fair of the Adath Israel Congregation, Tuesday, Jan. 14, which proved to be a grand success in every resect. The distinguished speakers of the evening were: the Rev. Isaac M. Wise, Rev. Charles Levi, Rev. Mendel, Mr. Morton S. Cohn, President of the congregation, and the Hon. Alfred M. Cohn. Mrs J. Joseph rendered a composition of her own dedicated to the “Adath Israel Fair.” Mr. Sol Goldberg delighted the audience with his musical selections, and Miss Hettie Connelly made a decided hit in the rendition of the poem “Contemplation” written by Miss Eva Goldberg of Cincinnati, O.


A pretty wedding took place Tuesday evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. M. Schottenfels, on West Ninth street, the bride being their daughter, Miss Rose. The groom was Mr. Sigmund Bottigheimer of this city. Rabbi Phillipson officiated.

— Jan. 16, 1896

100 Years Ago

The body of Sergeant William J. Strauss, 30 years old, who died of pneumonia at Nevers, France, October 10, 1918, was buried in Walnut Hills Jewish Cemetery, Dr. Grossmann officiating. Sergeant Strauss was the brother of Mrs. Jacob L. Loeb, of Clinton Springs avenue, Avondale.


The basketball team is one of the busy departments of the Students’ Activities at the Hebrew Union College. On Saturday evening, January 8, the Louisville Y. M. H. A. came to Cincinnati for a basketball game with the H. U. C. five. The game was hotly contested throughout and not until the last second of play was it decided. The H. U. C. Team managed to lead throughout by a small margin, and won by the close score of 22 to 21. The H. U. C. team consisted of Markowitz, captain and guard; Isserman, center; Freed, forward; Rypins, guard; Binstock, forward, and Kronman and Shillman, substitutes. A return game will be played in Louisville February 5.

— Jan. 13, 1921

75 Years Ago

“Co-ed” Enjoys HUC Studies

Miss Claire Barstein, 142 South 22nd Street, Birmingham, Ala., is the first woman student in Hebrew Union College history to enroll in its department of religious education.


Maj. And Mrs. Edwin F. Morganthau and son are residing temporarily at the Alms Hotel. Mrs. Morganthau is the former Miss Joan Tuck of Essex, England, daughter of Sir Reginald Tuck, greeting card manufacturer. Mar. Morganthau is an executive at Rollman’s.


Mrs. Joseph M. Oppenheimer, who for the past four years has been in USO work, has given more than 13,000 hours volunteer service, and has been chairman of the USO Fenwick Service Lounge, was honored at a recent party at the lounge. The lounge now is closed except for athletic facilities and sleeping quarters, after having served thousands of men.


Mr. and Mrs. Albert Segal announce the bar mitzvah of their son, Herbert, on Saturday morning, Jan. 26th at Washington Avenue Synagogue. A reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 27th at Avondale Synagogue Center from 8 to 11 p.m. Relatives and friends are welcome. No cards.

— Jan. 17, 1946

50 Years Ago

The wedding of Miss Carol Ruth Tobin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tobin of Cincinnati, to Mr. Larry A. Neuman of Lexington, took place Sunday, Dec. 27, at Adath Israel. Rabbi Fishel J. Goldfeder was assisted by Rabbi Bernard Schwab of Lexington.


Jewish Hospital births include:

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Heltzer (Faye Kabakoff), 7170 East Lawn Drive, a son, Michael Brian, Saturday, Jan. 2.


Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kraft, 7991 Stillwell Road, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Robert Allan, Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m., at Golf Manor Synagogue.

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


Mr. and Mrs. Gene I. Mesh, 8380 Crestdale Court, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Charles Leslie Mesh, Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:45 a.m. at the Isaac M. Wise Plum Street Temple, S. E. corner of Eighth and Plum Streets.


Mrs. A. (Hattie) Kamenetzky, 1607 Asmann Avenue, extends her heartfelt appreciation to Rabbi’s Samuel Wohl, Albert Goldman and David I. Indich; to Isaac M.Wise Temple, the Brotherhood and sisterhood; to Hadassah; Ezrath Noshim; and to her many friends and relatives for their good wishes and various expressions of thoughtfulness during her illness.

— Jan. 14, 1971

25 Years Ago

Fourteen students from the Cincinnati area will participate in the 5th biannual “March of the Living” to take place for two weeks starting April 14. The tour, which combines visits to Poland and Israel, is open to all Jewish high school students grades 10-12. Marcie W. Bachrach will lead the group from Cincinnati.


An exhibit of prints by Melissa Harshman opens Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Hillel Jewish Student Center Gallery with a champagne reception from 2-4 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artist at the reception. A Cincinnati native, Harshman is a graduate of the Wyoming Public School system.


Robert Shmalo placed third in Junior Men’s Figures at the 1996 State Farm United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) National Figure Skating Championships which were held last weekend in San Jose, Calif. He is a senior honor student at Walnut Hills High School and the son of Albert and Marlene Shmalo of Amberley Village.


Connie Hinitz, director of planning and allocations for the Jewish Federation, was named the 1995 recipient of the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Avodah Award. The award, given annually to a Jewish communal professional in recognition of outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the Jewish community, was presented at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Jewish Federation.


Bradley and Kimberly (Lukin) Kuhr announce the birth of a son, Adam Samuel, Dec. 30.


My gratitude to all who issued special prayers before and after my recent surgery. With the combination of the prayers and the skills of my physicians, I know I will have a complete recovery.

Thank you for your contributions, cards and gifts. I truly appreciated being in your thoughts.

As always, my strength comes from my beloved family.

With love, 

Frieda “Fritzi” Price


— Jan. 18, 1996

10 Years Ago

Set to launch on Jan. 28, The American Israelite Online will offer free, easy access to Cincinnati’s Jewish community news and national and international news stories on a daily basis. 

Social announcements include births, bar and bat mitzvahs, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, job promotions, honors and awards. Readers have always been able to submit their announcements to the paper for free, and now the news will be online and in our weekly print edition. Readers will have paper copies of their announcements to share and save for scrapbooks and an online story they can link to on Facebook and e-mail. 



At the recent Central District (Biennial) Convention of the Women of Reform Judaism in Cleveland, Debbie Loewenstein, current co-president of the Rockdale Women of Reform Judaism, was one of 15 women in the central district to be honored with a 2010 Deborah Award. This award allows for recognition of one woman from each of the (36) Sisterhoods in the district who has demonstrated extraordinary service and commitment to both Sisterhood and Judaism.


Miami University will be offering five Posen Lectures in Modern Jewish Culture in Spring 2011. The series is free and open to the public. All, from entire classes to individuals in the Miami, Oxford, and Cincinnati communities, are welcome to attend.  


Cedar Village Retirement Community staff believe that, “Sometimes you just have to do things for fun!” And that is exactly what they did when they united staff and residents on a joint project to create their second annual music video. As did the 2009 video, the new music video has become a hit on the internet through YouTube. 

— Jan. 20, 2011


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