In the Beginning: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel


This institution [the Jewish Hospital], which was founded in July 1850, owes its origin to the indefatigable zeal of Mr. Hyman Moses, assisted by Messrs. Joseph Alexander and M. E. Moehring. The untiring exertions of these gentlemen were crowned with success. After they had collected ample funds, with which they purchased useful furniture, and the necessary requisites, suitable for the wants of a Hospital, they leased the commodious premises with wholesome garden and shade for the convalescent, located at the corner of Melancthon street and Western Row.

— July 21, 1854

150 Years Ago

According to a resolution of the Board of Trustees of K. K. B. Y., at the meeting held February 9, it was determined that the use of our Temple for the purpose of holding Wedding Ceremonies shall be granted hereafter with the distinct understanding that invited guests and visitors have to be provided with special cards of admission.

By order of the Board of K. K. B. Y., L. Hollstein, Secty.

Editor’s Note: K. K. B. Y. Is Kehal Kodesh Bene Yisrael, now familiarly known as Rockdale Temple.


Dear Sir:—In accordance with the last will and testament of my lamented husband, Wolf Fechheimer, I herewith inclose a check for one hundred dollars for the use of your charitable institution, with the condition that the sum shall stand as a capital fund, to be invested in a safe manner, and to bring the highest lawful interest. Said interest only to be used towards defraying the expenses of the hospital. With my best wishes for the welfare of your association, I am Respectfully, Yours,

Mina Fechheimer.

— Feb. 17, 1871

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

In the Woman at Home, the writer of the “Glass of Fashion” gives us a great deal of gossip about the Queen, some of which we have not seen before:

The Queen is always averse to adopting new fashions. It has frequently been asserted that she is disinclined to spend much on her dress, but this is far from the case. She is rather lavish than otherwise in ordering new clothes, albeit fashioned in a bygone mode. Not so very long ago, when her Majesty was paying a visit to Florence, a friend of mine who conducted her round the picture galleries noticed that she had not relinquished the practical, though entirely out-of-date fashion, of having cords and rings attached to her gown, by which the skirt might be lifted from the ground when walking over damp grass or muddy roads.


The Players will again present the double bill, “Love and War” and “If I had a Thousand a Year,” at the Auditorium, Friday evening, February 14, so great was the success on Tuesday. The College of Expression and Dramatic Action has rented the Auditorium for the entire week.


Wines and Liquors for Pesach in large varieties at Sam Gottlieb’s, 927 Vine St.; goods delivered free.


— Feb. 13, 1896

100 Years Ago

The daily papers announce that an attempt is under way to establish a lodge of the Ku Klux Klan in this city. It will be remembered that the original Ku Klux Klan, though tolerated by the States in which it existed and carried on its nefarious work, was eventually suppressed by the National Government. The resurrection of the Klan is a menace to our institutions and the attempt to establish a lodge in Cincinnati is an insult to this community, which has always been law-abiding and needs no secret oath-bound organization for any purpose whatsoever.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sternberger have left for Miami, Fla., where they will spend the remainder of the winter.


Mr. Gilbert Bettmann and Dr. David Philips are among those appointed by Mayor Galvin as a committee to investigate the unemployment situation in Cincinnati and make suggestions for its remedy.

Editor’s Note: This committee is a local response to the deflationary recession of 1920-1921.


— Feb. 10, 1921

75 Years Ago

Dr. Sol. Taplits, after serving 3 1/2 years in the European theater of war, has resumed his general practice of medicine at 672 Forest Avenue in Avondale.


Capt. Samuel Rogers, brother of Mrs. Harold Block, 5016 Ebersole Avenue, recently was promoted to that rank in the Air Transport Command. He returned to this country after a year in the CBI [China-Burma-India] theater, where he served as a pilot. 


T/4 Thomas Heldman, 3896 Reading Road, is attending the Army University Center, Oahu, Hawaii, where he is studying accounting.

— Feb. 14, 1946

50 Years Ago

Dr. and Mrs. Herman Cember, of Chicago and formerly of Cincinnati, announce the engagement of their daughter, Marilyn, to Mr. Neil Jay Zimmerman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Zimmerman of Cincinnati.


Jewish Hospital births include: 

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Einstein (Robin Kessler) 1201 Franklin Avenue, a daughter, Rebecca Yael, Wednesday, Feb. 3.


Mr. and Mrs. Harold Guttman (Judy Smith) 943 Vacationland Drive announce the birth of a son, Mark Curtis, Thursday, Jan. 28th. The infant has a sister, Sondra Faye.


Mrs. Sidney Deutsch of the Essex House extends her deepest gratitude to her friends and family for honoring her on her 80th birthday with contributions to the many worthwhile organizations. Thank you all very much.


Mrs. Rachel Boymel would like to thank her friends for their many cards, good wishes, and donations during her recent stay in Jewish Hospital. She would especially like to thank Rabbis Cohen, Needle, Goldfeder and Greenfield.


The Sigma Beta Men held a reunion recently at Secret Harbor Hotel in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

This group consists of alumni who were members of Sigma Alpha Mu at Ohio State University 1925-35.

Cincinnati members of the group include Samuel L. Chalfie, Robert Schaengold, Irvin Pollack, James J. Behr and Toby Wolf.

— Feb. 11, 1971

25 Years Ago

The wedding of Faith Emden and Michael Pittinger took place at the Withrow Nature Preserve Sept. 3. Rabbi Daniel Rabishaw officiated.


Jeanette Goldfarb and Ralph Lipsky announce their marriage Jan. 14 at Golf Manor Synagogue. Rabbis Hana Balk, Stuart Lavender and Yaakov Lipsky officiated.


Michael and Andi (Lerner) Levenson announce the birth of a son, Alexander Max, Jan. 19.


Cincinnatian Robert Chaiken has been elected to the executive committee of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, the congregational arm of the Reform movement in North America.


“Jim Heldman, Pam Meyers, Ronna Schneider, Stuart Susskind and Michele Young will co-chair the Second Annual Cardozo Society Dinner,” announced Robert H. Leshner and Mark A. Petricoff, 1995 Jewish Federation Campaign co-chairmen. The Cardozo Society Dinner will be held March 24 at Temple Sholom and feature Akiva Eldar, Washington Bureau Chief of Ha’aretz, Israel’s leading daily newspaper, as the guest speaker.


Edward G. Marks and Milton S. Schwartz have been appointed to the board of delegates of the United Jewish Cemeteries, announced Louis J. Ullman, president of the board.

— Feb. 15, 1996

10 Years Ago

The trustees of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati have voted to give the Jewish Overnight Camping Program a grant of $50,000 for summer 2011. Thanks to the vision and generosity of Sylvia Shor and Shelly Shor Gerson, the dedicated stewardship of Professor Getzel Cohen, and the able administration of the Jewish Federation, more than 330 Jewish kids in Cincinnati have been able to attend a Jewish overnight camp. “


Everyone knew him as Pat Goldberg. Even some of his closest colleagues did not know his real name was Harold. Harold “Pat” Goldberg, age 91, a long-time leader and representative of the Cincinnati Jewish community, passed away on February 6, 2011 — the 7th of Adar I, 5771. 


Twenty members of the newly formed Cincinnati Jewish Singles (CJS) had a great time at their recent Super Bowl Party held at Willie’s Sports Cafe. Participants enjoyed dinner and drinks while they got to know each other and watched the game. Considering that this was only the second major gathering for the group, which was formed in December, the turnout was great.


On Feb. 13 at Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, “The Day After Anatevka” sing-along concert and lecture program was performed by the HUCinci Theater Ensemble. The ensemble was made up of Rabbi Kenneth Kanter, director of the HUC Rabbinical School, five rabbinical students, Dr. Dana Herman of the American Jewish Archives, and cantor Yvon Shore, with Claire Lee on piano. 


On Jan. 24, Rockwern Academy’s third graders presented their Havdalah program. The students taught the audience the meaning of Havdalah — how it separates Shabbat from the other days of the week — and they led a Havdalah ceremony. 

— Feb. 17, 2011



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