(My Jewish Learning) Since Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a day of communal prayer and self-deprivation, the observance of the holiday is centered within the community. The first prayer service of Yom Kippur actually takes place immediately prior to sunset on the evening of Yom Kippur.…

The first hints of fall are here and that means the High Holidays, not to mention the “kol-nídre bárlekh,” or Autumn-ripening pears. We greet each other with “leshóne téyve” (Happy New Year), and to absent friends and family we might pop a “shóne-téyve” (a high-holiday greeting card) in the …

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This twentieth year of the 21st century will be remembered for much, but one of its proudest claims should be the Centennial of the founding of the  the revered advocacy and service organization for America’s injured veterans, DAV (Disabled American Veterans). On September 8, the National an…

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In 1985, Miriam Yenkin was nominated president of the Jewish Federation of Columbus (now JewishColumbus) and, upon her acceptance, became the first woman to serve in that role. Before, during, and after her time as president—for sixty years, in fact—Yenkin has been passionate about her commu…

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Against the virtual background of the Skirball Museum’s current exhibition, Archie Rand: Sixty Paintings from the Bible, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Cincinnati (OLLI) and the Skirball Museum are pleased to present a six-week online lecture series on consecutive Wed…

The pandemic has impacted people’s lives in more ways than one can count, mostly bad. But surprisingly, some good is still possible, even with the restrictions caused by Covid-19. 

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The Third Annual Festival of Cincinnati Faiths was held online from Sunday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 30, organized by the interfaith group EquaSion. The thirty faith communities from thirteen world religions participated, including Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism…

The Mahzor Vitry, an 11th‑century work describing the yearly cycle of observances and prayers, tells us that “it is a custom to begin on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah to rise early to the synagogue, before the sun rises, and beg for mercy.” In the words of one of the poetic texts r…

During a normal High Holy Days season at Isaac M. Wise Temple, congregants would receive brown grocery bags at the Rosh Hashana morning service to take home with them. When they returned for Yom Kippur, they would bring the bags with them, now full of non-perishable food items and personal c…