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After a national search, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati has named Jan Evans its Director of Strategic Impact, which replaces the Federation’s essential Director of Community Building position. Evans comes to the Federation from Fusion Alliance Inc., where she served as senior leader in …

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As a part of its ongoing virtual education offerings, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is pleased to offer online learning opportunities throughout the summer.  HUC-JIR will present a four-week Summer Arts Series: Ritual, Resilience, and Renewal on Wednesdays during the mont…

Anna Meyers, a fourth year rabbinic-education student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is the first Rabbinic Intern for the Jewish Fertility Foundation in Cincinnati. The Jewish Fertility Foundation, which originated in Atlanta, GA, opened its first expansion office in C…

On Wednesday, June 25, 2020, EquaSion announced that the Third Annual Festival of Faiths, their signature program, will be a virtual event from August 23 through 30. EquaSion is a nonpartisan civic association who seek to engage people of all faiths to discover their shared humanity and spir…

Adath Israel Congregation is pleased to welcome a new Director of Engagement and Programming, Meg Wells. Wells is a Cincinnati native; for the past three years, she worked at the University of Rochester’s Hillel and earned her BFA in in Visual Media from the Rochester Institute of Technology…

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Planning life-cycle events is challenging during this time of Covid-19. Some people are choosing to move their weddings or bar/bat mitzvahs to later dates and synagogues have been accommodating. Other people choose to keep their original service date holding a small ceremony or online event,…

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At its first virtual Annual Meeting on June 7, K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple elected John G. Cobey as President of the historic congregation. Cobey is a member of Cohen, Todd, Kite, and Stanford, LLC, established by Senator Alfred M. Cohen, a lifelong member and past President of Rockdale…

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June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month and a fitting time to reflect on a troubling aspect of elder abuse or neglect: those who directly suffer from it are the least likely to let others know about it. Because of this reluctance, the outside visitor has always been a critical agent in determini…

Cedar Village Senior Living Facility announced on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 that its Director of Pastoral Care, Cantor Alane Katzew is retiring and that the role is being taken up by Rabbi Drew Kaplan.

Isaac M. Wise Temple is excited to announce that the Ralph and Julia Cohen Library, one of North America’s largest synagogue libraries, is now open for curbside, contactless, safe pick up at Wise Center on Ridge Road. The library catalog is available online, with over twenty-two thousand ite…

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K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple has established a new fund to honor the memory of Rabbi Sissy Coran, z’’l.  At the recent Annual Meeting, outgoing President Jim Heldman proudly announced the fund, an unrestricted Board-designated fund to be used for special projects.  Jim stated, “Sissy was…

During Sundays in July, beginning on July 5, young families will gather in front of their home screens for the start of Isaac M. Wise Temple's annual summer Jewish music class. Judy and David, married Canadian children's music duo and TV personalities will lead this year's class series that …

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, the board of Congregation Sha’arei Torah voted to resume indoor prayer services (minyanim) on Shabbat, June 12-13. Congregation Zichron Eliezer and Golf Manor Synagogue had previously announced plans to begin holding indoor minyanim on or before that date.

While adapting to the evolving challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Adath Israel Congregation recognizes the importance of daily connection to congregants through online services. When Adath Israel cancelled all activities in the building in mid-March, including daily and Shabbat services, t…

Northern Hills Synagogue–Congregation B’nai Avraham is proud to announce the addition of two professionals to its staff as it stakes out a new position for itself in Cincinnati’s Jewish landscape.

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Cheerful signs greet visitors in the parking lot of the Mayerson JCC: “We Are So Happy You’re Here,” “Shalom,” and “Welcome Back!” The Manuel D. & Rhoda Mayerson JCC reopened Monday, June 1, as the state-mandated shutdown for gyms and fitness clubs ended, and in-person group fitness clas…

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The Rabbi Sally J. Priesand WRJ  Award was presented to Natalie Shribman, an ordinand of the Cincinnati Rabbinical Class of 2020, at Consecration Ceremonies last night. The award was established in 2018 to honor the 45th anniversary of the ordination of Rabbi Priesand, and is given annually …

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“They canceled my interview when the COVID-19 lockdowns started to happen. Not only that, but they stopped hiring for the position entirely,” recalled James Meranus, a client at JVS Career Services, a local nonprofit offering hands-on, dedicated 1-to-1 career coaching.

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Certain conditions will make a society ripe for the trafficking and adoption of extremist views and can act as an accelerant for hatred, bigotry, racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, but more so now, the desperation, fear, and uncertainty felt by many, com…

For the first time in AJC history, its Global Forum will take place virtually on June 14-18, 2020. Global Forum, AJC’s annual policy and advocacy conference, was originally scheduled to take place in Berlin, marking 75 years since the end of World War II. 

In view of stabilization of Covid-19 infection rates in Ohio and Hamilton County and of the precipitous drop in rates of infection within the Cincinnati Orthodox community, the Beis Din of Cincinnati has issued guidelines for indoor options for minyanim (prayer services). Like the guidelines…

At Isaac M. Wise Temple, the study of Torah is a commandment approached joyously. Lifelong Jewish learning is the best way of applying Jewish values in life and gaining knowledge to guide future actions. This study enables those who seek to learn throughout their lives to think and act in la…

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Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp of Temple Sholom in Cincinnati began her eulogy for Dr. Meryl Goldman with the following words: “I think one of the greatest gifts any human can give another human, is to see them exactly for who they are. And love them anyways. I think that was Meryl’s greatest supe…

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Our Daily Bread, Cincinnati’s largest soup kitchen, is feeding the homeless and food insecure in ever larger numbers from its Over-the-Rhine location. These difficult times make the soup kitchen’s mission more challenging as they are forced to operate with a critically minimal staff while pr…

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Although the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion has been closed since mid-March, students have been completing the 2019-2020 academic year online.  In its 145-year history, this is the first time that the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR is unable to hold in p…

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U.S. Veteran medallions that now proudly mark the graves of every veteran in two of Cincinnati’s largest Jewish cemeteries, Montgomery’s United Jewish Cemetery and the Walnut Hills Cemetery, were further transformed on Sunday, May 17 with the addition of over 1000 new American flags. 

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Just over a year ago, StarPoint Home Care was born from a unique and visionary community partnership. Early on, however, when personal tragedy struck the organization, that partnership—along with the viability of StarPoint itself—was severely challenged. Today, in the midst of the coronaviru…

As anti-Semitic incidents reach a record high, community leaders in Cincinnati will convene for a series of digital panels that will address the underlying reasons that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in antisemitism and xenophobia in Ohio and nationwide.

(Tuesday, May 19, 2020) As the state of Ohio lifts some restrictions on public gatherings, with outdoor seating at restaurants already open (May 15), indoor seating at restaurants beginning May 21,  gym and fitness centers reopening May 26 and child care May 31, some synagogues in Cincinnati…

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Rabbi Karen Thomashow, Associate Rabbi at Wise Temple, began her eulogy for Rabbi Sissy Coran with the following words: “Our world is in pain. Rabbi David Abudraham of Medieval Spain confirms this for us. He says that we count the days between Passover and Shavuot because the world is in pai…

On May 4, general offices in Ohio were permitted to re-open with some mandates to ensure the safety of the staff and visitors. Jewish organizations and houses of worship in Cincinnati have come together in a SAFE Re-Open Facilities Resource group to provide information to the participating o…

A Jewish community for school-aged kids and their families, the Family Engagement program at Isaac M. Wise Temple focuses on building relationships, memories, and traditions. Isaac M. Wise Temple recognizes that these families will be part of each other’s Jewish lives for years to come, shar…

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Daniel Pilder, 70, was sent home from Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health on Friday, May 1 to the applause of hospital personnel lining the corridors and gathered around the exit. He was the first COVID-19 patient admitted to Jewish Hospital on Sunday, Mar. 15,  2020, and his battle with COVID-19…