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Elise Fern Mesh nee Schwartz was born on August 8, 1931 to Sidney Schwartz and Lucille Barker Schwartz in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Walnut Hills High School , graduating in 1949. Following her graduation she enrolled at the University of Michigan. She left the University of Michigan in …

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Steve Baron and Chris Freeman serve as co-chairs for the Community portion of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Annual Campaign. Along with Campaign Co-chairs Chrissie and Josh Blatt, Steve and Chris will lead a team of over sixty volunteers who will help the Federation raise its monetar…

The Sisterhood at Isaac M. Wise Temple has events planned to keep them busy all the way to summer. Spring kicks off early with a workshop on journaling led by Lorie Kleiner Eckert. During “What Is Journaling?” Lorie will explore the benefits of starting a daily writing practice, providing id…

The Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Jewish Committee on Scouting (JCOS) engages Jewish families in Scouting in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. They would like to extend an invitation to its annual Scout Shabbat on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 at 6:30 pm held at Temple …

Our veterans have given so much to ensure that our country remains free. Memorials in Washington, D.C. attest to their courage. However, not all veterans have the means to travel to see firsthand these meaningful memorials. Honor-Flights Tristate offers Honor Flights to all veterans of World…

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Internationally celebrated artist and Jewish scholar Archie Rand brings a unique blend of expressionistic comic book style and loosely painting imagery rendered in loud, colorful tones to familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible. These visually stunning and thoughtful works are at the same tim…

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“Everyone knew Max, and everyone loved him. And I think that he would be proud to know that this is his legacy,” said Nina Paul while holding back tears. She was sharing the story about how she and her husband, Eddie Paul, helped create the Max Paul Volunteer Internship Program at ALEH Negev…

Purim festivities for Isaac M. Wise Temple kick off this year with WOOTY – Wise Organization of Temple Youth – on Saturday, March 7, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. It’s a Purim Party filled with light, joy, and friendship. Attendees will celebrate Purim together on this evening of exciting, teen-led p…

“The Hilb Scholarship is an amazing opportunity; my only wish is that I had applied for it sooner,” said Eli, a senior at the University of Cincinnati. “It’s really helped me focus on my schoolwork, instead of worrying about how to pay for classes.”

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On the weekend of January 24–26, 2020, Dr. Gary P. Zola served as scholar-in-residence in Denver, Colorado.  He participated in a special gala weekend honoring Rabbi Joseph Black’s 10-year anniversary as senior rabbi of Denver’s Temple Emanuel.  At that time, Dr. Zola received the prestigiou…

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Working adults who find themselves caring for aging parents will likely face heightened workplace stress. Research has found that these employees often don’t have access to options that would allow them the flexibility to do their jobs and provide care for their aging relatives. As a result,…

As a congregation with over 1,000 families, there is always something to be celebrated at Wise Temple. Whether it’s a birthday, consecration, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, marriage or anniversary, Wise Temple is recognizing new milestones for its congregants regularly. To publicly apprec…

The sixteenth annual Cincinnati Chicken Soup Cookoff, sponsored by the Isaac Wise Temple Brotherhood, was held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Wise Center social hall. The crowds thronging the social hall sampled approximately 30 variations of chicken soup, ranging from Jew…

Over the next year, the Cincinnati Jewish community will be examining the newly released, comprehensive study of Jewish Cincinnati prepared by researchers at Brandeis University. The 2019 Greater Cincinnati Jewish Community Study is a starting point in the creation of strategic planning for …

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Highlights of the much anticipated survey of the Cincinnati Jewish Community in 2019 were released and discussed on Jan. 15. The heads of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati framed the conversation and introduced the researchers involved in the project. 

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For the first time since 2008, the local Jewish community has an updated, benchmark study of Jewish Cincinnati. The Brandeis University Cohen Center for Modern Jewish studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, also at Brandeis, prepared this new report for the Jewish Federation of…

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Having served the Jewish community as Director of Community Building for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for 20 years, Barb Miller retired this past December. Miller’s portfolio included overseeing the Planning & Allocations (P&A) Committee, leading the Israel Center, building re…

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Jana Riess traveled to Israel in late spring as part of a group of Christian journalists under the auspices of the American Jewish Committee. She will be sharing her impressions of the trip with the First Friday group at Northern Hills Synagogue on Friday, February 7th at 8:00 p.m. 

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Cedar Village provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for senior veterans. The senior living community in Mason, Ohio recently hosted Honor Flight Tri-State’s Flightless Honor Flight. This event magically recreated the Honor Flight Tri-State trip for veterans 65 and older who were unable t…

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Is somebody in your life expecting a baby? If that person is a family member or a neighbor or friend, you are cordially invited to let them know about an upcoming class, “Expecting Jewish Baby,” on three successive Monday nights beginning Jan. 27 followed by Shabbat dinner on Feb. 21 at Wise…

Fay Boksenbom May, a 67-year member of Rockdale Temple, is the first recipient of the Women of Rockdale (WoR) Sisterhood’s Queen Esther Award, created to honor a long-term member’s service to Rockdale and to WoR. She received the award at the annual WoR Sisterhood Erev Shabbat service on Nov…

For Connie Hinitz, Bobbi Handwerger, and Sonia Milrod, visiting Morocco not only was on their bucket list, but it exceeded all expectations. As Bobbi Handwerger said, “Morocco was more fascinating than I could have imagined. The whole trip, especially the Jewish history, was so interesting.”…

Broad surveys of the American Jewish community fail to capture the concerns and opinions of the Orthodox community, Congregation Sha’arei Torah heard at their Scholar-in-Residence Shabbat on Jan. 10-11 with Mark Trencher, founder of Nishma Jewish World Research. Nishma surveys this under-res…

The Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah will present the popular monthly program Coffee Talk on Monday, Jan. 13 at 9:30 am at Matthew 25: Ministries, located at 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, OH 45242. The public is invited to join Hadassah as they tour the facility and learn about the work of Mat…

Craig Schlesinger is a native of Finneytown in Greater Cincinnati and graduated from Finneytown High School. His family belonged to Northern Hills Synagogue but switched to another synagogue where he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. Now he is back and will speak at the First Friday services Jan. 3. 

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A special Chanukah event took place at Cincinnati City Hall. The event, coordinated by City Council member Gregg Landsman, was attended by members of city council and Mayor J. Cranley. Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, of the Rabbinical Yeshiva of Cincinnati, and Jackie Congedo of the Jewish Community R…

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During the holiday season, many of us visit or are visited by our aging parents or relatives – often for the first time in months. Having awareness about specific changes in older adults that might be cause for concern is knowledge that can benefit all involved. 

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“Our hope is to build one of the most welcoming, innovative, and vibrant Jewish communities in America,” said Bret Caller, president of The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. “To realize this vision, along with the Federation, we commissioned the 2019 Cincinnati Jewish Community Study to get a…

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With an energetic and positive attitude, Penina Teitelbaum comes across as unquestionably passionate about the school she heads. As the principal for Atara Girls High School, the only Jewish day school in Cincinnati for high school students, Teitelbaum speaks excitedly about it. And for good…

In today’s day and age, having a college internship has become more important than ever when it comes to getting a job after graduation. The job climate is competitive, and the more students can stand out, the better. Most industries look for students who have practical experience and succes…

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The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion hosted the 36th annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner on Sunday evening, Oct. 27, at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., who was inaugurated as the 10th president in the 144-year history of …

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“Cincinnati is home,” Eric Lamont said. “Even though neither of us are from here, we’ve been an active part of this community for the last eight years. It’s where I met Robyn, it’s where we got married, it’s where we welcomed our son into our lives. And the Jewish community has been the fabr…

During the winter, and especially through the holidays, those in need feel their lack of basic necessities keenly. Congregants engaged in the volunteer projects at Isaac M. Wise Temple are going out into the community this winter with faith that their service will bring peace and comfort and…

Thanksgiving is not far behind us, yet Chanukah celebrations are already on the horizon. This year, Adath Israel is preparing holiday events for all ages. From painting to learning and lots in between, there is something for everyone at this time of year.