In the Beginning: 1854

To Congregations and Societies

We have repeatedly requested the officers of congregations and other associations to furnish us with historical sketches and statistics of their respective bodies; still we have not fully succeeded in obtaining the desired information, one congregation gave us permission to examine their books, another society did not consider us pious enough to read such a statement—there are different shades of opinions in the world—a third, fourth and fifth did not respond at all, still we are not discouraged, we repeat our request to the officers of congregations and associations to favor us with a historical and statistical account of their respective bodies, especially would we urge the secretaries to report to us the results of public meetings, elections, and other transactions, a faithful record of which will be valuable to posterity, who will thus see how Judaism has been planted in this western continent, and how the pioneer societies struggled, worked and triumphed.

— July 14, 1854

150 Years Ago

Mozart Hall.—On last Friday evening, at the concert and dramatic performance for the benefit of the contemplated Hebrew seminary, was not as crowded as we expected to find it. To be sure a large number of tickets sold did not have representatives, while many objected to the entertainment being given on Sabbath—Friday eve.


Our Prospects.—A tale of real life, by M. Loth, of Cincinnati, the only book ever written by a merchant in active trade. The book is full of interest, and valuable information in facts of daily occurrences in life. Printed on the best of paper, 377 pages. Price, Paper cover $1,25. Bound in Cloth, $1,75. Forwarded by mail free of postage on receipt of the above price.

— Nov. 25, 1870

125 Years Ago

The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. Judah Judah, the well and favorably known pioneer who for many years was the proprietor of the barber shop on 6th Str., east of Main, will learn with sorrow that he has finally succumbed to a short but severe illness. He died at 6:50 o’clock on Tuesday evening, Nov. 19th, at his beautiful residence, 33 Oak Str., Walnut Hills, and will be buried on Thursday afternoon, at the Walnut Hills cemetery. Mr. Judah was born at Gettenbach, Electorate Hessen, Germany, in the year 1809, and emigrated to this country when quite young, making Cincinnati his home. He leaves a widow and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his death. 


Nathan Levy, first lieutenant of the 9th regiment, Ohio Infantry, died at his residence on Thursday last and was buried Sunday morning in the Soldiers’ Lot of the Walnut Hills Cemetery, Rabbi Levi officiating. Services were held at the grave by the G. A. R. Post 13, General Thomas, and by the Encampment 41 of the U. V. L. Deceased enlisted in the 32nd Indiana Regiment in 1861, serving through the entire war. He was 78 years of age, and leaves a family consisting of a wife, eight children and eight grandchildren.

Editor’s Note: G. A. R. stands for Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization of the Union armed forces from the Civil War. The Union Veteran Legion (U. V. L.), another veteran’s organization, had more stringent requirements for the length of service during the Civil War, and therefore far fewer members.

— Nov. 21, 1895

100 Years Ago

Dr. Louis M. Cusher, Cincinnati, district medical officer of the United States Public Health Service, has been promoted from captain to major in the army reserve corps. Dr. Cusher served in France during the war in Camp Hospital 82, at Le Havre.


Miss Zelda Grusd, pianist, is giving the first of a series of five concerts at the Home of Incurables under the auspices of the Philanthropic Circle of the Wise Center. She will be assisted by Celia Kaufman, violinist, and Fridaline Jackman, fancy dancer


Bar Mitzvah

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Goldman of 3552 Bogart avenue, Avondale, will receive, Saturday afternoon and evening, November 20th, in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Stanford.


— Nov. 18, 1920

75 Years Ago

Whereabouts Sought

Benjamin Ickovics, now in UNRRA Camp in Italy, is trying to locate Salman Lajb Herskovics, aged 67, from Alms CSR. Please call Cincinnati Committee for Refugees.


Victor Borge, pianist-humorist, and his 27-member orchestra will be heard in Music Hall on the night of Wednesday, Nov. 28th. The attraction is sponsored by the Cincinnati Amusement Management.

Editor’s Note: Victor Borge was the American stage name of Børge Rosenbaum, born to a an Ashkenazi Jewish family in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1909. He escaped Europe at the beginning of the German occupation of Denmark and rose to fame as a humorist and musician on the radio, stage, and television.


Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Goldberg, 4515 Perth Lane, will be at home to their relatives and friends on Nov. 25th in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. No cards.


— Nov. 22, 1945

50 Years Ago

Dr. Alfred Gottschalk was elected the sixth president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion by the Board of Governors in session in Cincinnati.

The appointment is effective June 1, 1972.


Mr. and Mrs. Burton Perlman, 34 Walnut Avenue, announce the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter Elizabeth Marion, Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m., at Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road.


Mr. and Mrs. Lester V. Horwitz, 2680 Cedarbrook Drive, announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Reid Brian, Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9 a.m., at Golf Manor Synagogue, 6442 Stover Avenue.


Mr. and Mrs. Rubin S. Phillips, Golf Manor, have returned from Gainesville, Fla., where they attended a piano recital by their daughter, Mrs. Claude Abraham.


Gene I. Mesh is chairman of Wise Temple’s Israel Bond dinner, it was announced by Robert L. Oestreicher, president of the congregation.


Mr. and Mrs. Morris Goffin will hold open house on Wednesday Nov. 25th, at 8 p.m., at their home, 3655 Lansdowne Avenue, in honor of their children, Jack and Karen, who are visiting with them from Houston.

They will be happy to see all their friends.

— Nov. 19, 1970

25 Years Ago

Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus, the “father” of American Jewish history, died Nov. 14 at the age of 99.


Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Harris announce the engagement of their daughter, Allison Beth, to Michael Stephen Gordon, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Gordon of Youngstown.


In the aftermath of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as new questions about the future of the Middle East peace process emerge, “We must hearken back to the time when our lives were in the hands of a bigger enemy and no one spoke out,” says Holocaust survivor and author Gerda Weissman Klein.

Speaking at a Cincinnati Israel Bonds dessert reception honoring Sam and Rachel Boymel, Klein spoke movingly of her experiences as a slave laborer and concentration camp internee.


While his work with ORBIS International, a non-profit organization that provides eye care to people in developing countries, has given Dr. John Cohen, a local ophthalmologist, as sense of satisfaction and accomplishment, his trips abroad have also brought him closer to his own Jewish roots; on his recent trips to Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to lecture to local ophthalmologists and to demonstrate surgical techniques, he was also able to visit Jewish communities in Sofia and Prague.


Three native sons of the tristate who have “made it” in comedy will be featured in “My Son, The Comedian!”, a benefit performance sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 24, at Rockdale Temple beginning at 8 p.m. The three comedians are Bobby Tessel, born and raised in Cincinnati; Steve Callif, originally from Columbus; and Hugh Fink, a native of Indianapolis.

— Nov. 23, 1995

10 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Jay Friedman are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Laura Beth, to Adam Ethan Witkov. Laura is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Nadler, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Arthur H. Friedman, of Boca Raton, Fla. and Cincinnati, Ohio and the late Arthur H. Friedman.


The Talmud teaches us that “Whoever saves a life, is considered as if they saved the entire world.” On Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwern Academy, Stanlee Stahl, executive vice president of the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous will share the incredible stories of men and women who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust. In addition to her talk, local rescuer Anne-Willem Meijer will be in attendance as the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education honors him for his work with the Dutch Resistance.  


Lee Ann Liska, chief operating officer of Mercy Health Partners assumed the role of interim leader of The Jewish Hospital on Oct. 1. Since then, she has divided her time throughout the week to serve as both the president of Jewish Hospital and the COO of Mercy. 


On Monday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. Richard Fishman will present a Cincinnati community briefing titled, “Iran, the Peace Process, and the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance: An Insider’s Briefing on the 2010 Election and Middle East Policy.” The event will take place at the Mayerson Jewish Community Center in the Amberley Room and dietary laws will be observed for the dessert reception.


Wise Temple congregants will be volunteering for a wide range of WiseUP Social Action projects this month to fulfill the mission of Tikkun Olam — repairing the world — to bring greater meaning to their lives and the lives of others. WiseUP projects provide congregants with opportunities to help those who are disadvantaged or in need.


Last week Holocaust survivor Werner Coppel visited the University of Cincinnati’s Hillel to share his story. Students, faculty and college administrators attended this event in remembrance of the horrific event of Kristallnacht that happened on the same evening, 72 years earlier. 

— Nov. 25, 2010

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