Each week The American Israelite will print one milestone related to the history of the Cincinnati Jewish community over the last 200 years, provided by the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. Each milestone weaves Jewish history within the greater context of our community’s development, and our country at large.


 1961 | HUC-JIR President, Nelson Glueck, delivers the benediction at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. In 1963, he appears on the cover of Time Magazine for his work as a Biblical Archaeologist. 


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Attachment to Newspapers


The strong attachment of subscribers to well-conducted newspapers is fully confirmed by publishers. “Stop my paper!” Work of dread to beginners in business, lose their terror after a paper has been published a number of years. So long as a paper pursues a just, honorable and judicious course, meeting the wants of its customers in all respects, the ties of friendship between the subscribers and the paper are as hard to break by an outside third party as the links which bind old fiends in business or social life. 

Occasional defects and errors in a newspaper are overlooked by those who have come top et attached to it through its perusal for years. They sometimes become disgusted with it on account of something which slipped into its columns, and may stop takin it; but the absence of the familiar sheet at their homes or offices for a few weeks becomes an insuperable deprivation, and they  hasten to take it again, and possibly apologize for having had it stopped. No friendship on earth is more constant than that contracted by the reader of a journal which makes an honest and earnest effort to merit his continued support. Hence the newspaper which is conscientiously conducted becomes a favorite in the family.



The new Temple in Milwaukee was dedicated Friday last, Rev. Dr. Lilienthal delivered the oration. We expect a detailed report. 


The young co-religionists of Omaha, Nebraska, have earned some little money by a pic-nice and are now about starting a Sabbath school. That is Jewish blood. 


Senator Wilson testifies that he never saw President Grant take a drink. We can corroborate his testimony, for we have never seen the same thing precisely. 


Our Friday evening course of lectures, to open early in October, will be on the philosophy and philosophers of the Hebrews. The lectures are prepared, so that we could commence now, but we do not wish to force the season.


The new synagogue in Hudson will be dedicated on Wednesday, September 11. Although we have refused serving anywhere during the hot months, we promised to come to Hudson, and please God will be there, just because it is so near New York, and we would like to please some of our New York colleagues. 

From the Pages


August 30, 1872




Her majesty the Queen of Great Britain, it is maintained, is the descendent of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, the contemporary of the Prophet Isaiah. If so, she is a scion of the house of David. We heard this story many years ago, but never made any use of it. The Scientist of last month told this story over again with great deal of certainty. The queen being informed of it said that she heard her mother often speak of this matter and of a number of valuable papers testifying thereto, but they were lost at the time of the difficulties in England. The queen added that she could not speak with any degree of certainty about the matter. “But,” said she, “if I was indeed a descendent of Hezekiah I would be proud to be a daughter of so good and pious a king as Hezekiah was. 



While al crowed of young men were swimming in the Pine River at St. Louis, Mich., one young man, a Mr. Black, was seized with violent cramps and could only articulate “help.” Julius Lowenstein, not yet 16 years of age, went to him, and Mr. Black tired to grasp his shoulder. Luis pushed him aside as he would have dragged him down, but showed rare presence f mind by slipping his left arm under Mr. Black’s back and holding his head up. The man was dead weight an already blue in the face. With his Right arm Master Lowenstein swam in this manner to shore, 150 feet, and sank down with his burden almost exhausted. He is the son of Mr. Max Lowenstein. 


The cornerstone of the new synagogue of Congregation Children of Israel at Hartford, Conn., was laid Monday evening, Aug 23.


The synagog at Jackson, Tenn., is being ver much improved, both internally and externally, and will be ready for re-occupation before the fall holidays.

— September 2, 1897




From the Pages




[The Cincinnati Post]

In its sixty-eighth anniversary number, the American Israelite, published in Cincinnati, says: 

“The Israelite take this occasion to acknowledge on behalf of the American jewry the debt of gratitude which the Jews of the United States owe to the daily press for its freedom from bias, its impartiality and its readiness to do justice to Jewish Americans and all other religious minorities.” 

We appreciate the compliment but we don’t think any special credit is due to any newspaper for being fair. To be fair is merely to sit on the fence. The newspaper that realizes fully its function comes down from the fence to fight bigotry, intolerance, prejudice and hate in all their forms, demanding liberty of opinion not only for itself, but also for all others. 



The late Frank Grossbard of Brooklyn left one-quarter of his estate of $400,000 to New York Jewish charities. The Brooklyn federation alone receives $75,000 under his will. 


A new novel, called “The Einstein Sonata,” will appear soon. Professor Einstein and his theories play a leading part in the story. The book was written by the famous poet, Richard Edon, and will be published by Leonhardt. 


Samuel Shipman is writing a play in which Bennie Leonard, lightweight champion, will star. The play is announced for production upon Leonard’s return from a trip from Europe which he contemplates taking next month.


Rabbi Joseph S. Kornfeld, American Minister to Persia, cabled the Joint Distribution Committee of the distress of over one thousand Jews who sought refuge in Persia from attacks by the Kurds! The J.D.C. cabled $3,000 for their relief. 


— August 31, 1922





Jewish Center to Extend Facilities to Bond Hill 

Extension of its program to serve residents of the Bond Hill-Roselawn community was announced by the Cincinnati Jewish Center at a meeting of its Board of Directors Sunday, Aug. 24th. 

Sol Schaengold, the Center’s first vice president, made the announcement following Board approval of recommendations by members of the organization’s Personnel and Program committees. 

Beginning in late September or October the Jewish Center plans to engage a full-time professional group worker whose energies will be devoted entirely to the direction of new Center actives in the Bond Hill-Roselawn community, in which some 700 Jewish families now reside. 

Initially, Mr. Schaengold said, the program would be designed for youth and would embrace the formation of clubs, an athletic program, and such other actives as might become necessary. 

In the future, however, Center officials envision a complete educational, cultural and social program for persons of all ages similar to currently existing Center functions. 




Mr. and Mrs. David Miller (Leatrice Joy rosen), 356 Rapier Avenue, Mobile, Ala., announce the birth of a son, Frederick-Jay, Friday, Aug 15th. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Rosen of Cincinnati are the maternal grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miler of mobile are the paternal grandparents. 


Mr. and Mrs. Mayo L. Hersher (Adele Dahlman) 605 Rose Hill Avenue, announce the birth of a daughter, Judith Ann, Thursday, August 21st, at Christ Hospital. 



— August 28, 1947




Orthodox Jewish Home Religious Director Enters Upon Duties

Appointment of Rabbi Lionel Chiswell as religious director of the Orthodox Jewish Home for the Aged was announced today by Ben. N. Ritter, president. 

Rabbi Chiswell will be responsible for synagogue services, maintenance of kashruth and observance of Shulchan Oruch laws in the Home. 

He comes to Cincinnati from Louisville, where he was assistant rabbi of Anshei S’fard.


Bar Mitzvah


Mr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Schott of 8440 Lynnehaven Drive are proud to announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Frederic Michael, Saturday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m., at Temple Sholom, 3100 Longmeadow Lane. A Kiddish luncheon will follow services. 

Freddy is the grandson of Mrs. Anne Rubin and the late Mr. Morton Rubin and Mrs. Hedi A Schott and the late Mr. Frederick Schott. 


Monday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. 10 a.m., at Adath Israel Synagogue, corner of Ridge and Galbraith, our son, Alan Joel, will lead the morning service and read from the Torah in honor of his Bar Mitzvah. Please join us for the one hour service and brunch that follows. 

— Zell and Mel Schulman. 

Alan is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Henrietta) Sharff and Mr. and Mrs. Louis (Rose) Schulman. 


Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Goodman are pleased to announce the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Jeffrey Stephen, Saturday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m., at Adath Israel Synagogue. 

Friends and relatives are cordially invited to worship with the family and attend the Kiddush following the service. 

Jeffrey is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sol Goodman and Mrs. Jule Kassel and the late Mr. Jule Kassel. 


August 31, 1972





Zola to teach Judaism class

“Introduction to Judaism,” a course for adults will be offered at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion beginning Wednesday, Sept. 10. 

Rabbi Gary P. Zola, national dean of admissions and student affairs at the College-Institute, will teach the course. 



Yavneh breaks enrollment record this year

In 1952, Yavneh Day School opened its doors for the first time with only a handful of students. Just 5 years ago, this school was celebrating a major milestone in its history: reaching an enrollment of 300 students. This summer the school early surpassed an enrollment of 400 students for this school year. 

Esther Feuerberg, principal, reported to the board last week that enrollment may top out at the 410 student mark for the year. 

According to Principal Feuerberg, “there is a reawakening of traditionalist and a desire to identify with the Jewish community which is reflected in the increasing number of families looking towards a Jewish Day School education.”


— September 4, 1997





NHS, Ohav Shalom plan joint Selichot observance 

Once again, Northern Hills Synagogue — Congregation B’nai Avraham and Congregation Ohav Shalom will combine to open the High Holiday season with a special Selichot program and service. This year, the program and service will be held at Ohav Shalom, beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8. 

Selichot are prayers for forgiveness. It is a Jewish tradition to recite these prayers each night beginning a few days before Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and until Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). The Selichot service will be conducted by Rabbi Ben-Zion Lanxner, who will also serve as High Holiday cantor at Congregation Ohav Shalom. 


August 30, 2012

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