In the Beginning: 1854

The Israelitish Institutions of Cincinnati

By Samuel Bruel


In 1825 N. Longworth for one dollar added by a deed of gift fifty feet in the rear of the first lot [of the first Jewish cemetery in Cincinnati], which increased it to twenty-five by one hundred. In 1836 the congregation purchased the adjoining lot of twenty-five feet from N. Longworth, which comprises the entire lot. This ground was used for twenty-eight years until December 1849, when it was finally closed, although not quite filled.

— July 28, 1854

150 Years Ago

Mr. S. N. Pike has made the sensible and pleasing decision to change his beautiful hall in this city into a still more beautiful and attractive opera-house. With characteristic energy, he commenced the work on Tuesday last a few hours after his arrival in the city, and he intends to have the alterations completed in six weeks, say by June 1. Thus Cincinnati is for a second time indebted to Mr. Pike for an opera-house, an improvement the city never needed more urgently than now.

Editor’s Note: The original opera house built by distiller Samuel Napthali Pike, on  Fourth Street between Vine and Walnut, opened in 1859 and exploded in 1866 because of a gas leak. Pike reopened a larger hall on the same site in 1868, which he converted into a second opera house, as noted above, in 1871. This was the first home of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1895), which moved to Music Hall the following year. The second Pike’s Opera House burned down in 1903.



Ullman-Tannenwald.—April 5, 1871, by the Rev. Dr. Lillienthal, Mr. Daniel Ullman to Mrs. Caroline Tannenwald, both of this city.

— Apr. 21, 1871


125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

The new spring hats are veritable flower gardens. Think of what we used to call “Dutch gardens” (all sorts jumbled together) and you have the spring hat in all its glory — I came near leaving the “l” out in “glory.” But, dear reader, don't allow yourself to be carried away by this floral enthusiasm. It is but the fad of the moment — people of really refined taste will not wear roses, tulips, peonies and tiger lillies on their heads at the same time. This is what is called a “manufacturers fashion:” that is, forced. So when you get your chapeau, be wary and if you will have several sorts of floral decorations, be careful that they blend in your eye and do not take the milliner’s word entirely on this subject, or you will regret it —and remorse and red roses do not go well together.


There is a fine collection of Artist Henry Mosler’s works — about thirty canvases, large and small — at Pape’s gallery, which will be on exhibition until April 23rd.

Editor’s Note: Painter and illustrator Henry Mosler (1841-1920) was born in Poland, but emigrated  to Cincinnati as a child with his family. He painted many Cincinnati Jewish subjects, including portraits of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and Rabbi Wise’s wife Therese Bloch Wise, and a view of the Plum Street Temple (the latter two in the Skirball Museum, HUC Cincinnati).

— Apr. 16, 1896

100 Years Ago

Hearts Is Trump,” a picture shown at the Forest Theater last Friday evening, deserves the attention of the Anti-Defamation League. It presents two particularly despicable villains and, for no particular reason, makes them both Jews. The film was furnished by the Metro Picture Corporation of this city.

Editor’s Note: The title of the 1920 American silent film (director Rex Ingram, with Winter Hall, Frank Brownlee, Alice Terry, Francelia Billington) is “Hearts Are Trumps.” It was produced and distributed by Metro Pictures Corp., which merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1924. I have not been able to find any other reference to a connection between Metro Pictures Corp. and Cincinnati.

— Apr. 14, 1921

75 Years Ago

Capt. Jacques L. Ach, 133 Westminster Drive, is the recipient of the Army Commendation Ribbon for services in World War II. Capt. Ach served from Sept. 15, 1942, until Jan. 25, 1946, and held the rank of major at the time of his honorable discharge.


Cadet Jean Uhlfelder will arrive from Chicago, where she is in training with the U. S. Nurses Cadet Corp at the South Shore Hospital, to spend this weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Uhlfelder, 692 S. Crescent Ave. While here she will join in the celebration of the 80th birthday of her grandfather, Mr. Philip Hirschberg, for which occasion the family will be at home Sunday evening, April 21st.

— Apr. 18, 1946

50 Years Ago

Former Mayor Murray Seasongood will be the seventh recipient of the Cincinnati B’nai B’rith Guardian of the Menorah Award.

Mr. Seasongood is best known as the man who had a vital part, as Cincinnati’s mayor (1926-30), in transforming the Queen City of the West to one of the best-governed cities in the country.


Mr. Cyrus Neuman of Miami, Fla., announces the engagement of his daughter, Marjorie Jill Eber, of Cincinnati, to Mr. Marc Shane Gottlieb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gottlieb of this city.


Mrs. LeRoy Manes and daughters, 1516 Lakeland, will hold an open house at their home in honor of their aunt, Mrs. Michal L. Hoffman of Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, April 18, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Friends and relatives are cordially invited. No cards.


Jewish Hospital births:

Mr. and Mrs. Millard Lucas (Rita Rubin), 7605 Elbrook Avenue, a daughter, Patricia Lynn, April 8. The infant has a brother Andrew Steven


Mr. and Mrs. James I. Neiger announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Carmi Jay, on Saturday, April 24th, at 10:30 a.m., at the Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Avenue.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Services and the Kiddush immediately following.


Mr. and Mrs. Louis Solko and family, 7505 Montgomery Road, are moving to 5217 Bessmer Drive, Dayton, Ohio 45426. They bid au revoir to their friends.


— Apr. 15, 1971

25 Years Ago

“With over $13 million of our $15 million goal committed, the Cedar Village campaign will now focus on securing the final $2 million over the next several months,” announced Paul Heiman, chairman of the capital campaign.


“Congregation Beth Adam is proud to be hosting the Cincinnati premier of ‘Anne Frank Remembered,’” announced Bill Jacobs, president of the congregation. “The film is a remarkable work and has been honored with an Academy Award as Best Documentary Film. It is sure to be an extraordinary showing.”


The Golf Manor Synagogue will hold a scholar-in-residence program beginning on Thursday, April 25. The scholar-in-residence will be David Makovsky, the diplomatic correspondent and political analyst for The Jerusalem Post and special correspondent for US News & World Report. He was originally scheduled to speak in Cincinnati March 9, but was forced to cancel his trip because of the suicide bombings in Israel.


The Greater Cincinnati Region will hold its annual ORT Sabbath at Congregation Ohav Shalom on Friday evening, April 19, at 8. This year’s service and ORT sponsored One Shabbat will honor Ollie Tunick, a long time member of Women’s American ORT.


Szold Group of Hadassah will present Jane Heimlich speaking on “Alternative Medicine” at the Seasons Retirement Community, 7300 Dearwester Drive, off Montgomery Road, on Monday April 29, at 11:30 a.m.


I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to my family and friends for your good wishes, contributions, flowers, gifts and visits during the last few weeks following my recent surgery and hospitalization at Christ Hospital.

I am happy to report that I am back at home and doing very well in the recovery process.

I look forward to being back at work in the near future. Thank you all for your expressions of concern.

Harold S. Freeman

— Apr. 18, 1996

10 Years Ago

Patti and David Levine are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Madyson (Maddy) Danielle Levine, born on January 24, 2011. Maddy has a big sister Paige, who is four. 


Phyllis Binik-Thomas and Michael Thomas of Cincinnati announce the engagement of their son Aaron Binik-Thomas to Alyssa Bethany Moss, daughter of Caroline Moss and Howard Moss of Cleveland. 

A summer 2012 wedding is planned. 


A new Modern Orthodox congregation serving the Amberley Village and Golf Manor area began holding its first services in recent weeks. Congregation Sha’arei Torah, “The Village Shul,” held its first services March 25. During its first week, the new shul’s leadership organized Friday night, Shabbat morning and evening services, daily morning services, Torah Youth groups and a Shaliach Tzibur club to help youth learn various tefilot sung during Shabbat. 


Cincinnati will host one of the country’s largest and most important conferences about the Jewish State of Israel – Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) National Conference, from September 18-19, 2011.  The September conference is expected to draw people from all over the United States and parts of the world, including Israel. Expected speakers include: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner, Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren, Israeli Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon, Wall Street Journal Foreign Affairs Columnist Bret Stephens; and Jewish Educator Arna Poupko Fisher. 


On Tuesday, May 24, 2011, The Esther Ida Schmidt Cincinnati Chapter of NA’AMAT will honor Juanita Egherman for her commitment to NA’AMAT, Cincinnati’s Jewish community and to Israel. 


The American Israelite has become the major media sponsor for the local coverage of Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). Since its introduction in 2006, May is the national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The American Israelite print edition, which has covered 157 years of that history, and now the website, is proud to provide its readers all the latest news and information on upcoming JAHM events. 

— Apr. 21, 2011


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