(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 …

featured

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…

featured

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…

featured

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. 

  • Updated

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…

featured

The American Israelite has played a significant role in the history of Cincinnati’s Jewish community, as well as in the American Jewish community.

YoFI (Young Family Involvement) is a Jewish community at Isaac M. Wise Temple for kids age 0–5 that provides opportunities to grow with other Jewish families, explore and nurture the faith of children, make memories through celebration, and build connections with others. These moments of fri…

(JNS) After denouncing racist, anti-Semitic fliers left around his community earlier this month and then being threatened by a neo-Nazi leader, Rabbi Shlomo Litvin of Lexington, Ky., aims to educate others on what Judaism and anti-Semitism are all about.

featured

(JTA) — The State Medical Board of Ohio permanently revoked the medical training certificate of a doctor who was fired from two residency programs after old anti-Semitic tweets surfaced — including one in which she threatened to give Jews the wrong medications.

The Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati is offering an innovative program starting Monday, Aug. 24 for kindergarten through eighth grade students called “All Day at the J.” It  runs Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., and provides assistance with school work for students whose schools will be onl…

The Third Annual Festival of Faiths, organized by the interfaith group EquaSion, will be online, with panels and events from Sunday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 30. The theme this year is “Compassion Through Action: 20/20 Vision for Hope, Healing and Justice.”

For nearly forty years, Isaac M. Wise Temple has invited married couples celebrating significant anniversaries (at least ten years or more, in multiples of five years), to mark the occasion at a special Shabbat ceremony, and to renew their vows before God, their families, friends and temple …

featured

The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati announced that John Stein has been elected by the Trustees to serve as the next President of the Board, effective as of the 2020 Foundation Annual Meeting on Nov. 5. Stein will become the Foundation’s ninth President, succeeding Bret Caller.

featured

For Marsha and Mark Barsman, being active members of the Jewish community goes beyond just giving money. “It’s honoring and respecting others,” Mark said. “I’m a third-generation American. All four of my grandparents were born here in the US. I grew up in Forest Park, and I was one of the on…

Northern Hills Synagogue-Congregation B’nai Avraham has announced an online series of forty-five to sixty minute programs beginning Friday, Aug. 21 and continuing until Thursday, Sept. 17. Sessions will be held every weekday morning at 11 a.m., accompanied by the blowing of the shofar. All e…

The conundrum of how to stay connected to Jewish friends during the pandemic poses no easy task. In the time of physical distancing and safe socializing, the next best thing to dinner with friends in a favorite restaurant over a glass of wine has become video chat on one of the many apps ava…

featured

“At any point during all of my volunteering, if someone asked me, ‘what’s the most important thing to you other than your family,’ my answer always is the Jewish community,” said incoming Jewish Federation of Cincinnati President Debbie Brant. “That’s how my parents raised me and hopefully t…

featured

The Board of Directors of Hillel at Miami University is pleased to announce that Whitney Fisch has been selected as the new Executive Director of Hillel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She follows Marcy Miller who is retiring after holding the position for nine years.

Isaac M. Wise Temple’s Empty Nesters carried on with their tradition of hiking in the great outdoors on Saturday, July 11, 2020 when they explored Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in Kentucky. Dawn Paugh, co-organizer with Lew Ebstein for this year’s hikes, said a great time was had by all …

featured
  • Updated

The American Israelite, America’s oldest Jewish weekly newspaper, debuts on a new platform on Friday, July 31, 2020, when the first seven episodes of Let There Be Light—The American Israelite Newspaper Podcast launch.  It is now available on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podca…

featured
  • Updated

There are now two full time rabbis working at the Valley Temple in Wyoming, Ohio.  Rabbi Austin Zoot assumed the position of Rabbi/Educator on July 1, and is working alongside of Rabbi Sandford Kopnick.  Rabbi Zoot is a member of the class of 2020 of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of …

When the global pandemic became a local concern, the physical health of our elderly was paramount in the minds of the community. However, the remedy of isolation created problems of its own. Older adults rely heavily on area programming to boost comradery and enhance their emotional well-bei…

Women Thrive @ Wise is a new initiative providing connection for Isaac M. Wise Temple women 55 and under. With lives that are busy, and perhaps crazy, with demands from every angle and women feeling the need to meet them all, Women Thrive @ Wise asks “What about YOU?” Women Thrive offers bus…

A car near The Ohio State University in Columbus was spray painted and carved into with swastikas and anti-Semitic phrases. The car was also splattered with bright yellow paint and included the phrase “ I love Nazi” according to Columbus Jewish News.

featured

The Board of Directors of KK Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple has named Rabbi Meredith Kahan as Acting Senior Rabbi for 5781. Rabbi Kahan will work with the congregation’s lay leadership, new Executive Director Laura Wright, and staff to lead Rockdale Temple.

featured

Rockdale Temple is pleased to announce a transition in administrative leadership.  Laura Wright is the new Executive Director of Rockdale Temple, having accepted the position on May 1, 2020. Wright brings her previous professional experience as an Executive Director of Temple Sholom as well …

featured

As a parent of three Camp Chabad campers, I could not be happier with the way Camp Chabad has facilitated summer camp this year. As we all know—this is such a difficult year to try to run a summer camp!! In addition to supplying our kids with a warm and loving staff of seven highly qualified…

Isaac M. Wise Temple provides an opportunity for congregants of all ages to live out their Jewish values by working together to influence systemic change through Civic Engagement@Wise (CE@Wise). The group focuses on societal concerns such as increasing voter participation, reducing gun viole…

featured

Jewish Family Service is proud to announce Meredith Davis as the new Center for Holocaust Survivors Director. In this role, she will supervise care management staff, administer all grant funding for the center, and direct social and educational group programming.