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Purim is a joyous holiday, and reporters from The American Israelite visited Purim events at several synagogues in Cincinnati to sample the festivities. 

(My Jewish Learning) One of the central Jewish prayers for those who are ill or recovering from illness or accidents is the Mi Sheberach. The name is taken from its first two Hebrew words. With a holistic view of humankind, it prays for physical cure as well as spiritual healing, asking for …

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“These are unprecedented and frightening times,” said Gary Greenberg, President of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. “However, since 1896, the Jewish Federation has existed to meet critical needs and keep our community safe and secure. And we are here for you today. 

As the world shifts quickly around us, faith and community, learning, and hope root us even more deeply. Wise Temple and Judaism are a source of stability, support, and encouragement. As most shelter at home, physical separation does not require disconnection from community and from one another. 

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Phil Cohen was born on April 20, 1920 in Middletown, Ohio to Mose and Mollie Cohen. Phil went to Middletown High School and then graduated from University of Cincinnati in 1943 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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Wilbur Cohen was born on March 6, 1923 in Middletown, Ohio to Mose and Mollie Cohen. Mose and his brother Phil founded Cohen Brothers, now Cohen Recycling, in 1924. 

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“The feeling is indescribable when a couple who has felt less connected to religion or community comes together with other couples, who are also exploring what it means to become more connected, and become friends,” said Jaynie Levinson, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Young Adult Divi…

At the tail end of February (February 29 –March 1), families from Wise Temple enjoyed a fun-filled Family Retreat at a local lodge in Mason. Nearly 100 people attended and participants included parents, and kids ranging in age from 1-18. Were families attracted by the promise of water slides…

Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah invites the community to its popular monthly program Coffee Talk on Monday, March 16th, at 9:30 am, at the home of Gayna Bassin in Montgomery. Our guest speaker, pharmacist Judy Knapp, will give a presentation on “Practical Thoughts on Medication Safety”.

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Cincinnati’s voice was amplified on the national stage—and local work spotlighted in major ways—at the annual conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) in Washington, D.C., this February. Six members of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati (JCRC), the non-par…

At Wise Temple, the Festival of Freedom inspires multiple opportunities to partake in the eight-day spring festival commemorating the liberation of the Israelites from slavery. 

Dr. Ellen Warm is a veterinarian who owns and practices at her own clinic in Cincinnati. Ellen graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University in 1996 and afterwards practiced at animal clinics in Mason and West Chester. In 2008, she founded her own Animal Hospital…

Most American adults know exactly where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. However, six thousand five hundred people who were on board thirty-eight planes have a special memory. They were on flights diverted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland where they found un…

On Monday, Mar. 30, Dr. Erika Dreifus will  deliver the 2020 Sherry Levy-Reiner Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of English at the University of Cincinnati.

During the weekend of Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2020, Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati hosted their annual “Father and Son” Shabbos. More than fifty fathers of Yeshiva students attended. The fathers, who came from across the U.S. and Canada, were hosted by local families. 

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Bobbie Handwerger, HaZaK co-chair, happened to be passing through an airport in Arizona one evening when she encountered an Honor Flight of veterans returning to a cheering and applauding crowd. Her interest in this chance encounter led to an invitation to Cheryl Popp, director of Honor Flig…

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Samantha Baskind, Ph.D., professor of Art History at Cleveland State University and curator of the current exhibition at the Skirball Museum, will deliver a slide talk “When Comics Meet the Bible” on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 7 pm in Mayerson Hall on the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union …

After an impressive Coffee Talk tour of Matthew 25: Ministries on Jan. 13, Cincinnati Chapter of Hadassah has initiated a new program to volunteer there as a group on the first Monday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This is an amazing tzedakah and tikkun olam opportunity that benefi…

ACHDUS (“unity”) provides clothing, food, and emotional support to those experiencing homelessness. Under the umbrella of NCSY, the youth group of the Orthodox Union, ACHDUS was founded by Drew Samuelson in Columbus, OH, and has expanded to sixteen chapters across the U.S., Canada, and Israel.

The study of Torah is a commandment approached both seriously and joyfully. Wise Temple welcomes adult learners of every stage and every background – whether those born Jewish, Jews-by-choice, or non-Jewish spouses/partners – for enlightening and stimulating discussion to meet their needs an…

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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion invites the community to the Tsevat Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Mar. 12 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in Mayerson Hall on the historic HUC-JIR campus.  The event begins with lunch followed by the lecture in memory and honor of Dr. Matitiahu Tsevat…

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In December of 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the month of February as American Heart Month. In his remarks, he exhorted Americans “to give heed to the nationwide problem of the heart and blood-vessel diseases, and to support the programs required to bring about its solution.” 

Jewish Cincinnati has been highlighted in the podcasts of Tablet Magazine In the weeks since the podcast “Unorthodox” was taped at the JCC on Nov. 17, 2019 during the Global Jewish Day of Learning. That episode, in which The American Israelite was declared the “best Jewish newspaper,” will a…

On Sunday, Mar. 1, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will present “The Chazzan’s Tale: A Cantorial Concert” at 4:00 p.m. in Mayerson Hall on the historic HUC-JIR campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue.  Following the concert, there will be a reception in Teller Lounge.

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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…