In the Beginning: 1854

Cincinnati Israelitish Institutions

By Samuel Bruel


K. K. B. Yeshurun

The synagogue belonging to the above community is located on Lodge Street [now Ruth Lyons Lane] near Fifth Street. This German congregation commenced in the fall of 1840 with very small numbers. The originators were Messrs. Mordicai Levy, Jonas Levy, Dan. Wolff, Abraham Wolffsen, Jacob Silverstone, Alex. Cohen, Abraham Harris, Morris Symmonds, and others.

— July 14, 1854

150 Years Ago

Two More Jewish Newspapers

The Voice of Israel, published in San Francisco, by Mr. M. Weiss, is a new weekly, “Devoted to Literature, Progress, Freedom of Thought and Humanity.” It contains a Benai Berith department and good original matter. Good success to the new sheet.

The New Era, edited by Rev. Emanuel D. C. Lewin, of New York, is a monthly, “Devoted to the Interests of Religion and Humanity.” It contains forty pages of good reading matter, well printed. We wish it the best of success. We will judge the merits of these papers after coming in possession of some more numbers thereof.


Jewish Hospital Association.— There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Hospital Association, on Sunday, the 6th day of November, at 10 o’clock, A.M., in the vestry-room of the Plum St. Temple; for the purpose of electing a Physician, Steward and Collector, to serve during the ensuing year. Candidates for the respective positions, will address their petitions to the undersigned. Lock Box 457, Cincinnati, Ohio.

M. M. Hirschberg

Rec. Sec’y J. H. A.


For Sale or Exchange

1,000 acres of heavily timbered land, situated in Jefferson and Bullitt Counties, Kentucky, and about 12 miles South of Louisville, and about half a mile west of the Nashville Railroad. About 50 acres cleared and in cultivation, three small log houses and stable, five never-failing springs, and a fine orchard of choice varieties of fruit, consisting of apples and peaches. Price $25 00 per acre, cash and time, or will take city property or a stock of goods in part payment.


Wanted.—Situation as a clerk or traveler, by a young man of experience; is also a good Book-keeper, and would make himself generally useful. Address A. L. Lessner, care of Berliner House, Cincinnati.


Wanted.—By the Congregation Beth El of Detroit, Mich., a reader and teacher for the Sabbath School, one who can teach German perfectly, and can lead a choir. A young man preferred. Salary $600 per annum, and a good teacher can make $600 outside.


Wanted.—By the Congregation B’nai Sholom of Chicago, Ill., a Lecturer, Chasan and Balkorah, who is able to deliver lectures in German, one who can also lecture in English is to be preferred. A salary of from $2,000 to $2,500 per annum will be paid. No traveling expenses will be paid except to the successful candidate. Address

C. Summerfeld, President

52 and 54 Wabash Avenue


— Oct. 21, 1870

125 Years Ago

Ladies’ Column

English and American Manners

Americans complain that Englishmen are not considerate and tactful, and the usual retort is that while Americans are really exceedingly polite, as a rule, they lack “distinction” and dignity. To what extent these charges are true is explained and illustrated in a very readable article in The Social Economist (July, New York). The writer thinks that the “distinction” which Americans lack is simply the “art of snubbing,” a manner calculated to keep inferiors in their place rather than to make equals feel at ease. It is true we have not learned the art of protecting ourselves against social bores and intruders, but this is largely because of our disinclination to be disagreeable.


Pretty little invitations have been sent to the ladies of the German class, by Mrs. Harry Rosenbaum, for the first meeting, to be held at Mrs. Abraham’s, Friday afternoon


Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Shelt are at Cleveland, Ohio, where Mr. Shelt is attending the Carriage Makers’ Convention.

— Oct. 17, 1895

100 Years Ago

Fannie Hurst’s “Humoresque,” now showing for the second week at the Walnut Theater, has made a striking success as a film, and wherever it has been exhibited it has left a profoundly fine impression as to the Jewish ideals in the minds of all observers. A non-Jew is bound to carry away fine impressions of Judaism and the Jews from his visit to this exhibition. Such is a valuable adjunct of a picture like this, and thus Fannie Hurst has done more to correct false notions concerning us and our faith than many a sermon.

Editor’s Note: Fannie Hurst was a popular author after World War I. She was born in Hamilton, OH in 1885 to German-Jewish parents. Several of her novels were adapted into films; this 1920 silent film based on her short story “Humoresque” was overshadowed by a second adaptation made by Warner Brothers in 1946, starring Joan Crawford and John Garland.


Rabbi Stephen Wise has tendered his resignation as vice president of the Zionist Organization of America because he says that he was slighted in being omitted from the membership of the Actions Committee of the World Zionist Organization.

— Oct. 14, 1920

75 Years Ago

Lt. Cdr. Berkley I. Freedman, U.S.N.R., son of Mrs. Ida Freedman, 887 Clinton Springs Avenue, is acting skipper on the Submarine U.S.S. Sailfish. The Sailfish was formerly the Squalus, which was sunk in 1939 and later salvaged. On Navy Day, Saturday, Oct. 27th, there will be a coast-to-coast broadcast which will refer to the U.S.S. Sailfish.


Dr. Stanley Vangrov, whose wife lives at 517 Ridgeway Avenue, has been promoted to major. In the Army for 44 months, Maj. Vangrov has served as assistant staff surgeon with the 20th Air Force in China during his 11 months in the India-Burma-China theater. 


Why travel alone? Give a serviceman a ride. Call Cincinnati YMCA-USO Travel Bureau, phone CH 5348.


The Russian War Relief Sewing Class holds session every Monday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Adult Game Room on the first floor of the Jewish Center. All women interested are invited to attend and join in this helpful work.

— Oct. 18, 1945

50 Years Ago

Marriage vows were exchanged by Miss Maureen Lynne Kress and Mr. Lawrence Steven Shuller Monday, Sept. 6 at the Hotel Sheraton-Dayton in Dayton. Rabbi Samuel Fox and Cantor Eli Landmann officiated.


Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Holub, 6516 Bracken Ridge Avenue, are pleased to announce the forthcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Brian, Saturday, Oct. 24, at 11 a.m., at Temple Sholom, Longmeadow Lane and Ridge Road.


Mr. and Mrs. David Liebschutz, 1140 Elm Park Drive, announce the forthcoming Bas Mitzvah of their daughter, Amy Jane, Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:45 a.m., at Wise Center.


Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Resler (Betsy Goldman) of 591 W. Sharon Road, Forest Park, announce the birth of a daughter, Jenifer, Friday, Oct. 2, at Bethesda hospital.


Mr. and Mrs. Burton Perlman (Alice Weihl), 34 Walnut Ave., Wyoming, announce the arrival of a son, Daniel Albert. The infant has three sisters, Elizabeth, Sarah and Nancy.


Mr. Charles I. Jacobs celebrated his 85th birthday Wednesday, Oct. 14, with a dinner for the immediate family at the Cincinnati Club.


— Oct. 15, 1970

25 Years Ago

Dr. Rick and Anita Silverman announce the birth of a son, Nathan Jordan, Sept. 20.


Randy and Diane (Lieberman) Slovin announce the birth of a son, Joey Grant, Sept. 21. Joey has two brothers, Aaron and Matthew.


Steven and Lori (Youkilis) Heiney announce the birth of a daughter, Jamie Elizabeth, Sept. 14. Jamie has a sister, Arielle Rebecca.


Special thanks to my friends and family who so graciously entertained me and for all the lovely cards I have received for my significant birthday.

Ida Landsbaum


A sculpture exhibit by Holocaust survivor and internationally known artist, Alfred Tibor will be featured during a special program, “From Holocaust to Life,” to be held at Xavier University.


Have you been thinking about purchasing a computer but you’re not really sure how you’d use it? Or, do you presently own a computer, but you haven’t quite mastered it? If so, Yavneh Day School’s beginner computer classes may be just for you.

— Oct. 19, 1995

10 Years Ago

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati is embarking on a major new strategic planning process to expand the Foundation’s philanthropic capacity and strategically invest its resources. The Foundation has hired Rosov Consulting, LLC, a national firm with broad experience in philanthropic and non-profit consulting, to assist in the research, planning and infrastructure expansion, as well as aid in the development of long- term funding priorities.


With the increasing importance of U.S. national security, in particular involving the Middle East and the U.S.-Israel relationship, and with an eye toward engaging and educating community leadership on those subjects, Dee and Ben Gettler have generously committed funding to ensure the continuation of a breakfast briefing series organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) for the past 20 years. 


All Cincinnati-area and northern Kentucky Jewish motorcycle and scooter riders are invited to an organizational meeting on Sunday, Oct. 24, to discuss forming a local chapter of the Jewish Motorcyclist Alliance. Interested men and women will meet over breakfast at 9:30 a.m. at Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash, and then depart for two rides in the beautiful Ohio countryside north and east of the city. 


In April 2011, local high school seniors will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip focusing on Jewish history, as part of the international March of the Living program. The goal of this educational and emotional journey is to teach Jewish teens the lessons of the Holocaust, so they can lead their peers into a future without anti-Semitism. 


Isaac M. Wise Temple’s next 92nd Street Y program via live satellite is Thursday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. The prolific author and out- spoken advocate for Israel Alan Dershowitz discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the most controversial issues of the day with Wall Street Journal deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens.  


Congregation B’nai Tzedek will host a program on Judaism, spirituality and food, led by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, M.D. on Saturday evening, Oct. 23. The program will start at 8 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m. Havdalah services and light refreshments of fruits and vegetables will be served. The public is welcome. 

— Oct. 21, 2010


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