From the Beginning: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel


In the basement of this building [the Synagogue of the United Brethren on Race street] is a very good school for the education of children of both sexes, in which is taught the Hebrew, English and German languages and literature. This school is also progressing, and is well conducted, and punctually attended by the pupils. The present Hebrew teachers are Mr. W. Renau and Mr. Weil, with a good English teacher, and a lady teacher for the girls. This establishment and the Talmud Yelodim of Lodge street are the only two public Jewish schools in the city, although there are several good teachers who give lessons privately at their own residences.

— July 21, 1854

150 Years Ago


Freiberg—Simon.— Mr. Abraham Freiberg and Miss Julia Simon, both of Cincinnati, Ohio.


The Mutual Endowment Association of the I. O. B. B. of Cincinnati paid this week to the widow of W. Fechheimer the sum of $1,720.

Editor’s Note: I. O. B. B. stands for International Organization of B’nai Brith


Wanted.—A situation as Teacher and Shochet, by the undersigned, who has the experience of 28 years teaching in Europe, and can give the best of references. Address: L. Schafer, corner Elm and Ninth street, No. 305, Cincinnati, Ohio.

— Jan. 13, 1871

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

One of the best stories Mrs. Grant tells is not of her husband, but of her brother, Grant’s friend and room-mate at West Point. While she was still Julia Dent he came home on furlough with a real boyish longing for home fare and home delicacies. He petitioned particularly for corn dodgers, but cook was cross or the oven was out of order, so that only two of the desired cakes came to table. Young Dent eyed them calculatingly and then surprised his mother by asking permission to say grace. When this was accorded, the harum-scarum lad folded his hands, and, bowing his head reverently said,—

Two corn dodgers for four of us, Thank the Lord there are no more of us.

New York Herald




Henry Schwab of Owingsville, Ky. to Miss Frieda Adler of 1056 Linn St., Cincinnati, O. No cards.


Our city subscribers are requested to send us the new numbers of their houses. This is to insure prompt delivery of the paper.

Editor’s Note: The city of Cincinnati renumbered all buildings between 1895 and 1896 with the system now in use. Prior to that time, the numbers ranged from nonexistent to haphazardly applied by landlords and tenants.


— Jan. 9, 1896

100 Years Ago

In response to an invitation issued to them by the Robert E. Bentley Post, American Legion, a large number of business men and members of the post attended a meeting at Memorial Hall Tuesday evening to take part in a discussion of what is generally known as the Bonus Bill that was passed by Congress and is now in the hands of the Senate Finance Committee.

Editor’s Note: The World War Adjusted Compensation Act, sometimes referred to as the Bonus Bill, granted additional pay to American veterans of World War I and was championed by the American Legion. In 1921 a version was passed by the House but defeated in the Senate, in accordance with the opposition of President Warren G. Harding; a different version, which limited direct cash payments, was passed into law in 1924 over President Calvin Coolidge’s veto.


The Jewish Foster Home at Glenway avenue and Rapid Run pike, Price Hill, narrowly escaped destruction by fire caused by over-heated furnace pipes last Monday afternoon. As it was, the lower floors of the building were swept by the flames, which were, however, extinguished with a damage of about $600. Forty women and children who make their home in the building escaped without injury, but Captain Charles Whitney of Hook Company No. 10 was overcome by smoke and had to be carried out of the building by Marshal Leonard Westcott, Sr. Half suffocated, he was taken to the office of Fire and Police Surgeon J. Stewart Hagen, Harrison and Beekman avenues, and later sent to his home.



Editor’s note to accompany 1921 ad for men’s overcoats: This exhortation to spend money (on a new overcoat in this case) for the good of the country was addressed to the sharp deflationary recession of 1920-1921 that had begun a year earlier and lasted another half year.

— Jan. 6, 1921

75 Years Ago

Maj. Sol Kessel and his sister, 1st Lt. Harriet Kessel, have both been released from active duty with the Army Medical Corps. Major Kessel served overseas in Italy while Lt. Kessel served in New Guinea.

They are the son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kessel, 522 Forest Avenue.


Mr. and Mrs. C. Ralph Weil are spending a vacation in Florida, whence they will fly to Havana, Cuba, for a few days, before returning home on Tuesday, Jan. 15th.


Mr. and Mrs. N. Weiner, 333 Northern Avenue, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruth, to Lt. Nathan Burinsky, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bederman of 915 Russell Avenue, Covington, Ky.

Lt. Burinsky returned recently from the South Pacific.


Mrs. Ida Chaliff announces the bar mitzvah of her son, Howard, on Saturday, Jan. 12th, at the Prospect Place Synagogue. She will receive in honor of her son on Sunday, Jan. 13th, from 7 to 11 p.m., at 532 Prospect Place. No cards.


— Jan. 10, 1946

50 Years Ago

Miss Shelley E. Wallack and Mr. Edward R. Hattenbach were married in a double ring ceremony Dec. 19, 1970 at the Adath Israel Synagogue, Rabbi Fishel Goldfeder officiating.


Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Udelson of University Heights, Ohio announce the engagement of their daughter, Gloria Beth, to Mr. Alter Peerless, son of Dr. and Mrs. Sidney Peerless of Cincinnati. 


Mr. and Mrs. Irwin E. Harris, 741 Avon Fields Lane, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Neil Hiram, Saturday, Jan. 9, at 9 a.m., at Ohav Shalom Synagogue, 1834 Section Road.


Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Reed, of 7306 Parkdale Ave. announce the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter, Mary, Friday evening, Jan. 29, at 8:15 p.m., at Temple Sholom, Longmeadow and Ridge Road.


Mr. Harry Raflo, 6267 Elbrook Ave., wishes to thank his friends and Rabbis Albert A. Goldman, Samuel Wohl, Mayer Selekman and David Indich for their visits, good wishes and cards during his stay at Jewish Hospital. 


Mr. and Mrs. Max A. Diener are proud to announce that their son, Leonard Stephen Thomas, has made the Dean’s List for the third consecutive time. He accomplished this feat with a perfect 4.0 for the past quarter..

Mr. Thomas is a senior in the School of Social Work at Ohio State University. He is the son of the late Robert A. Thomas.

— Jan. 7, 1971

25 Years Ago

Richard Shenk has been elected president of the Jewish Federation. Elections took place at the Federation’s annual meeting Monday night at Adath Israel Congregation.


Jean Feinberg will speak on “Jim Dine: Modern Master” at the opening event of the American Jewish Committee Winter Series, Sunday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the home of Joan and Avi Porat in Indian Hill.


When the Isaac M. Wise Temple Eitz Chaim (Tree of Life) adult learning program was created 18 months ago, more than 100 people were consulted about the topics that were most compelling. Chief among them, was the question of theodicy, namely, the question of good and evil in relationship to God.


Effective Jan. 1, the Jewish National Fund will plant a tree in honor of every newborn child whose birth announcement appears in The American Israelite, announced Jerry Ketover, president JNF Cincinnati. “It is our hope to plant each newborn child’s roots in Israel, and that this tree will represent only the beginning of a long relationship with Israel,” he added.


Howard and Lauren Cohn announce the birth of a daughter, Ashley Samantha, Dec. 22. Ashley has a twin brother and sister, Adam and Alexis.


To my dear family and friends, my deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks for the many kindnesses during my stay at The Jewish Hospital.

My sincerest thanks for the cards, donations and gifts. I wish to thank all of my nurses and doctors for taking care of me and Rabbi Gershon Barnard for his visits.

Ruth Kaliski

— Jan. 11, 1996

10 Years Ago

Soon, The American Israelite will be bigger and better. The paper is launching a new and improved website on Jan. 28. The new website will also get a new name, The American Israelite - Makor - The Source/Cincinnati. Makor is the Hebrew word for source.


Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. Price announce the engagement of their daughter Stacey Helene to Izar Spivak, son of Rebecca Spivak-Roshal and the late Abram Spivak. 


The third annual Eight Over Eighty event sponsored by Cedar Village will recognize eight senior adults, 80 years or older, who have dedicated their time, talents and lives to our Jewish community. All honorees will be inducted into the Cedar Village Jewish Senior Hall of Fame on May 19, 2011. 


Through the generosity of The Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation and individual donors, Northern Hills Synagogue –Congregation B’nai Avraham has enhanced the accessibility of its facility for people with disabilities. Although the congregation has been in its new building for less than seven years, and the facility met building code requirements for accessibility, experience taught the Conservative congregation that additional improvements would benefit members and guests. 

— Jan. 13, 2011

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