In the Beginnina: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel

Eretz Yisrael

The relief fund instituted in Cincinnati in 1849 for the benefit of our needy and distressed brethren in Palestine, was re-organized in June 1853. Eight persons formed a committee to conduct its affairs.

— Aug. 4, 1854

150 Years Ago

A meeting of the congregation of the Mound Street Temple was held one night this week and a proposition to sell the old Jewish Cemetery, north-west corner of Central Avenue and Chestnut streets, was made, hotly contested, and finally passed. The representative of the opposition was Mr. E. M. Johnson, who spoke vigorously against the measure. He favored cleaning up the lot and surrounding it with a neat fence. The bones of his father and sister were there, he said, and he was resolved that they should never be disturbed after burial, and he held that wish sacred. The solution to remove the bones and sell the lot having passed, Mr. Johnson announced his determination to appeal to the law in the case. He would have out an injunction immediately. The majority of those who voted for the sale had never had any pecuniary interest in that property, and he was of the opinion that the sale could be prevented. He would give them a tussle in law at it, at any rate.

This lot is about 60 by 150 feet, and contains the remains of at least two hundred old citizens.

Editor’s Note: The Mound Street Temple was K. K. Bene Israel, now familiarly known as Rockdale Temple. The cemetery in dispute above is the Chestnut Street cemetery, the first Jewish cemetery wet of the Allegheny Mountains, which was the first Jewish organization founded (1821) in this city; it had been in 1849, two decades before this dispute about its possible sale.


A little daughter of Herman Hirsch, aged fifteen months, fell from the third story window of her father’s house, No. 511 Elm street, and was instantly killed.

— Sept. 8, 1871

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

Keep Your Own Counsel

You can never be too careful in the confidences which you make about your home life to your familiar friend. You may love her, and she may love you, but after all there is no tie so strong as that of blood, and the day will come when you will regret having underrated any one of your own kin. Enjoy your friend, but have it understood between you that home affairs are not to be discussed, and that each of you is to try to get the better of the somewhat morbid sensitiveness which is too often part of the character of the American girl, who is apt to think that nobody at home appreciates her.


Sol. Bottigheimer met with a severe accident on Sunday that resulted in a broken leg. In company with a friend he was making a trip by wheel to Springdale, and when in Glendale, he attempted to turn his bicycle from an obstruction in the road, and in some peculiar manner twisted his leg and broke both bones just below the knee.


— Sept. 3, 1896

100 Years Ago

Mrs. Clementine Henley is visiting her son, Hobart Henley, at the Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles, and will remain there until the late fall.

Editor’s Note: Hobart Henley (1887-1964) was a film actor and director during the silent era, and continued as director, screenwriter and producer until his retirement in 1936.


Mr. and Mrs. A. I Rosenblum, of Clifton, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Anne, to Mr. Samuel Friedman.


A reader of the Israelite calls its attention to a scurrilous article that appeared in the recent issue of the Labor Advocate, a local journal, and asks the Israelite to take notice. This it declines to do, as both the Labor Advocate and its editor rank so low in public esteem that to pay any attention to what they may have to say would be to compliment them far beyond their deserts.

Editor’s Note: The Labor Advocate was published in Cincinnati from 1913 through 1937. As the name implies, it was pro-labor. The editor throughout its publication was W. E. Meyers

— Sept. 8, 1921

75 Years Ago

Mr. Allan Lurie is vacationing with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Lurie, of 6739 Sieburn Avenue, following nine months in New York City during which time he appeared in various theatrical enterprises. Mr. Lurie last acted in summer stock with the Old Forge Rustic Theater, Old Forge, N.Y. He plans to return to New York for further stage work.

Editor’s Note: Allan Lurie was a voice actor who voiced characters in a number of Hanna-Barbara cartoons and in video games. He is the father of Peter Lurie, also a voice actor.


Avon Theatre

The Marx Brothers’ latest comedy, “A Night in Casablanca” is showing at the Avon Theater tonight and tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 5-6. “They Made Me a Killer” is the second feature. Saturday, Sept. 7 features a return showing of “Rebecca” with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. “Strange Conquest” is also on the bill.


J. C Has Campers’ Clothes

Clothing and other articles left at Camp Hanoar and Camp Livingston are now assembled at the Jewish Center, Blair and Hartford, and may be redeemed by the owners until Monday, Sept. 9th. If not called for by that date, the articles will be packed and shipped overseas as part of the S. O. S. Drive now being conducted.

Editor’s Note: Camp Hanoar was the day camp sponsored by the Jewish Center, hosted at various locations. At this time (1946), Camp Livingston was located in Indian Hill.


— Sept. 5, 1946

50 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Glau take great pleasure in announcing the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter, Lisa Sydney, Friday, Sept. 3, at 8:15 p.m., at Adath Israeli Synagogue. Friends and relatives are cordially invited to worship with the family and attend the Oneg Shabbat following the service.


Mr. and Mrs. Boris Auerbach, 3320 Ardon Lane, announce the Bas Mitzvah of Elizabeth Deborah on Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m., at Rockdale Temple.

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


Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Gillett announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son Randy Scott, Saturday, Sept. 4, at 10:45 a.m., at Plum Street Temple, Eighth and Plum Streets.

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


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Abrams, of 1833 Wynnewood Avenue, proudly announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son Jay, on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:30 a.m., at Congregation B’nai Tzedek, 1580 Summit Road.

An open invitation is cordially extended to all friends and relatives to worship with the family and attend the Kiddush. No cards.


Mrs. Curt Alexander, 7122 Carnation Avenue, wishes to express her gratitude to Rabbis Henry E. Barneis, Bernard Greenfield, and Rev. Manfred Rabenstein, also to her relatives and friends for their kindness, contributions, gifts and cards during her stay at Jewish Hospital.


Dr. and Mrs. Marcus Dick (Ellen Friedman) have left for Taiwan, where Dr. Dick will serve two years with the U.S. Air Force.

— Sept. 2, 1971

25 Years Ago

Abigail Lee will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Shabbat morning, Sept. 7, at Northern Hills Synagogue. She will chant the Torah and Haftarah portion for Shabbat Nitzavim-Vayelech and lead the Torah service and Musaf.

The congregation is invited to join the family for services and afterwards for a Kiddush luncheon in Abigail’s honor.


Dr. Sidney and Miriam Peerless will be honorary chairmen of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s American ORT Beverly W. Hersh Tribute Luncheon. The luncheon, honoring Hersh becoming an ORT Braude Founder, will be Oct. 13 at Rockdale Temple in Amberley Village.


Roz and Frank Harkavy, Julie and Rick Kantor and Ellen and Mark Knue will serve as co-chairmen of the Major Gifts/Lion of Judah Dinner on behalf of the 1997 Jewish Federation Campaign, announced Barry Kohn and Jerry Lerner, General Campaign co-chairmen.


The Combined Generations of the Holocaust will hold its annual meeting at Temple Sholom on Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. After a short business meeting, committee elections and light lunch, musical entertainment will be featured by Shlomo “Schlomick” Kavinsky. The public is invited to attend the meeting and concert.


The Clovernook Center—Opportunity for the Blind recently honored Judy Lass and Bess Zimmer.

Lass has been named “Blind Employee of the Year.” Zimmer is the recipient of the 1996 Helen G. Levine Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, presented at the annual awards banquet for The Clovernook Center. She is also Clovernook’s nominee for the president’s Service Award, sponsored nationally by The Points of Light Foundation and The Corporation for National Service.

— Sept. 5, 1996

10 Years Ago

The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College will host its 28th Annual Tribute Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. The event will pay tribute to Ralph S. (Mike) Michael, President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Cincinnati. The event will also mark the formal celebration of the 100th anniversary of HUC-JIR’s Clifton campus.


The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah will kick off its new season with its Opening Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, Sept. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The guest speaker, Renee Resnik, will talk about Hadassah’s future. Opening Meeting chair is Renee Sandler, and co-presidents are Bobbi Handwerger and Sharon Casper. Lunch will include a choice of salmon or vegetarian lasagna entrees. 


The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati joins the coalition members of the 9/11 Observance Committee in remembering the terrorist attacks that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.


On Thursday, Sept.15, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (CHHE) hosts its Annual Meeting in the Boymel Chapel at Rockwern Academy. The program will celebrate CHHE’s many accomplishments during the 2010-2011 academic year.


Attorney Larry A. Neuman, a longtime leader in the Jewish community has been selected to chair the new Cedar Village Foundation, whose mission is to raise and invest funds for Cedar Village Retirement Community.

— Sept. 8, 2011

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