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Coloring contest winner, Cassie Tucker

Sept. 6 – A number of students at Mercaz, the Conservative movement’s high school, spent the spring semester of 2018 exploring Jewish identity through photography from staff member Susan Farber. 

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The Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati is welcoming visitors during the holiday season as a way to honor and remember those who have passed away. 

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Three local faith-based groups are encouraging cooperation  among local teens. Crossroads Church, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati, and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) will host an Interfaith Basketball Tournament at Sycamore High School. 

Sept. 13 – Dr. Gary P. Zola will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to be conferred by Thomas More College during a celebratory academic convocation. 

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Convocation exercises took place at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Aug. 22. Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies students were welcomed to the campus as the 2018-2019 academic year began. 

This year, Wise Temple congregants can celebrate Sukkot by starting under a Sukkah at a fellow congregant’s home and nishing under the stars in the Wise Temple field. 

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Fresh from an internship in brand marketing in Tel Aviv this summer, Mason Williams is one of 22 college students who were part of Onward Israel, a program that places Jewish students from Cincinnati in summer internships in their respective fields in Israel. 

Sept. 20 – Chris Hannon will be joining Adath Israel Congregation’s staff as chief operating officer beginning Oct. 1. He comes with his family from West Lafayette, Indiana, and has significant management and leadership experience working with non-profits. 

Julie Leftwich LeMaster, attorney and executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, presented with Rabbi Chaidell, on Yom Kippur Sept. 19 a program about the immigrant and refugee crisis in the United States and how Jews are to respond to it. Recent immigrants shared their first-hand experiences with the group. 

Sept. 27 – Professional photographer J. Miles Wolf illustrates the history of the Jews of Cincinnati with the exhibit “Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History,” at the Skirball Museum.

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Rockdale Temple offered a presentation on Who Determines the Good? We do, by applying tradition, our intellect, and human experience by guest speaker Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, the new dean for Cincinnati’s Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion.

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The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati announced the winners of its 2018 Jewish Innovation Funds competition – the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate and RefugeeConnect and its Tikkun Olam Navigators program 

Oct. 4 – A sukkah in the center of the University of Cincinnati campus was a learning experience not only for the class that designed and built it but also for the UC community. The building of the sukkah was part of the curriculum of a class at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning UC. 

A class at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning UC built a shukkah as part of its curriculum.

A class at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning UC built a shukkah as part of its curriculum.

 

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On Yom Kippur morning congregants at both Plum Street Temple and Wise Center, congregants arrived with arms and trunks full of groceries for the Freestore Foodbank. 

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The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati welcomed two new young emissaries in both Cincinnati and Israel. Adi Itscovich, 18, and Asaf Munk, 18, will be serving the Cincinnati community as this year’s Chaverim M’Israel (Friends from Israel); Shelly Zeiser, 26, will serve as the Federation’s Cincinnati Fellow in Israel.

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The Holocaust & Humanity Center is formally renaming its organization to the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) in honor of local donors, Nancy and David Wolf.

 

Oct. 11 – The Jewish family Service 2018 Dancing With Our Stars dancers will be Matt Hiutt, Oscar Jarnicki, Ghita Sarembock, Marty Betagole, Ross Evans, Michael Woloshin, Brooke Guigui, and Amy Rubenstein.

Oct. 18 – Bringing a fresh direction to Cincinnati Hillel, Rachel Kaplan has begun her work to grow the Cincinnati Hillel. Hillel’s Board of Directors hired Kaplan as its new executive director, who assumed the role on Aug. 1. 

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A pilot study led by researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine suggests Jewish men who practice wearing tefillin, which involves the tight wrapping of an arm with leather banding as part of daily prayer, may receive cardiovascular health benefts. 

Oct. 25 – A crowd of seniors got a good laugh as well as things to think about as Rabbi Noah Ferro opened the 2018-2019 HaZak program at Northern Hills Synagogue (NHS) with his talk: “The New Rabbi Is In,” on Oct. 17. 

Nov. 1 – The shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead has been described as “horrific,” “heinous” and “devastating” by Jewish leaders, politicians and Israeli leaders. “Our hearts are broken,” the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh posted on Facebook, saying it was making an exception and using social media on Shabbat. 

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On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Cincinnati Hillel’s annual meeting recognized important Hillel members, both new and old – outgoing board member Edward Paul, and Rachel Kaplan, Hillel’s new executive director; Bryna Miller was recognized with the Colman and Florence Hanish Award. 

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In a celebration of community and tradition, 500 Jewish women gathered to make challah together at the fourth annual Mega-Challah Bake, Oct. 30. 

Nov. 8 – Sitting inside the beautiful mosque, surrounded by intricate designs on the walls, almost 50 congregants from Adath Israel Congregation sat together and watched the 2 p.m. Muslim prayer on Sunday Oct. 14. 

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 A Green Party candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, James Condit Jr., in the Cincinnati area has run a radio spot that says TV networks are controlled by “billionaire Communist Jews” and that “anti- American” Jews control the computer election vendors and thus close elections. 

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Greater Cincinnatians joined others from across the nation to hold services in memory of the 11 who died in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. 

Nov. 15 – The new American Israelite website is growing by leaps and bounds. The website 4.0 has a new modern design that makes it easier to read on any platform – computer, tablet and mobile. In just the first month of the redesign, the number of hits has almost doubled at 40 percent, attaining the most hits the page has ever had. 

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Marty Betagole danced away with the top prize at Jewish Family Service’s 2018 Dancing with our Stars gala Nov. 3. Betagole and seven other community members danced at the gala to help the agency fund JFS programs. Other dancers were Brooke Guigui, Ross Guigui, Oscar Jarnicki, Matt Hiudt, Michael Woloshin, Ghita Sarembock, and Amy Rubenstein. 

Nov. 22 – Warren Falberg, a former president and CEO of The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati and president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, died oct. 23, 2108. He was 80.

Warren Falberg

 Warren Falberg

 

Nov. 29 – The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati will launch the 2019 Cincinnati Jewish Community Study to collect, analyze, and report accurate and actionable data to inform community planning and enhance the vibrancy of Jewish life in the Greater Cincinnati area. 

Dec. 6 – Matthew Chimsky passed away at home surrounded by family in the early morning hours of Nov. 4, 2018, marking the exact same day as his entrance to the world 93 years previously in Brooklyn, New York. 

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Hard hats were necessary as the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center gave a preview of the new home in Cincinnati Museum Center. 

Dec. 13 – Charles N. Stix, a prominent figure in business and community affairs, died peacefully on Dec. 5, 2018. He was 93 years old. 

Charles N. Stix

Charles N. Stix

 

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Rabbi Barbara Aiello, Italy’s first and only female rabbi, representing congregation Ner Tamid del Sud, or The Eternal Light of the South, the first operational synagogue in Calabria, Italy, in 500 years, spoke at Wise Temple Dec. 2 about the experience of Italian Jews during World War II, focusing on the southern region of Calabria (in the “toe”of the Italian “boot”), home to Italy’s largest concentration camp, Ferramonti.

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Bringing food and good cheer to families in need around the Thanksgiving holiday is part of the mission for women of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. This fall, they donated and packaged 165 meals for clients of the Jewish Family Service Food Pantry through its Thanksgiving Mitzvah 

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The first four Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professorships are: Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., assistant professor of History at HUC-JIR; Rabbi Dalia Marx ‘02, Ph.D., professor of Liturgy and Midrash at the Taube Family Campus in Jerusalem; Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot ‘10, Ph.D., assistant professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York; and Rabbi Dvora E. Weisberg ‘11, Ph.D., professor of Rabbinics and director of the School of Rabbinical Studies at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

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At the AJC Cincinnati 36th annual Human Relations Reception on Nov. 8, AJC presented its 2018 Community Service Award to Abby and David Schwartz for their tireless and esteemed leadership in the community. 

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The FBI arrested Holland, Ohio, resident Damon Joseph, 21, accused of planning attacks on synagogues in Toledo

Dec. 20 – As part of its rehabilitation program, Cedar Village Senior Living offers state-of-the-art aquatic therapy in its three indoor, heated pools. Among other benefits, aquatic therapy is known to improve balance and reduce risk of falls and other injuries. 

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A Huber Heights, Ohio, man was convicted of attacking a man because he believed the man was Jewish. Izmir Koch, 33, Ohio, was convicted in U.S. District Court Dec. 17 in violation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and of lying to the FBI about his role in the religiously motivated assault, according to the United States Department of Justice. 

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Members of Cincinnati City Council came together to light the Menorah and celebrate Chanukah on Dec. 4. Words were shared by council members Greg Landsman and Jeff Pastor as well as Rabbis Mendy Kalmanson and Gershon Avtzon. 

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AgeWell Cincinnati was named among the top three nonprofit programs in Ohio at the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ (OANO) Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The awards recognize creativity, execution, achievement, and overall quality of a specific project or program completed by an Ohio nonprofit. 

Dec. 27 – Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., has been elected the 13th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) after a national search. He succeeds Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., z”l, HUC-JIR’s president from 2014-2018. 

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Jacqueline Mack and Edward Silberstein, M.D.. were the honorees of the The Cincinnati Associates of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion hosted the 35th annual Cincinnati Associates Tribute Dinner on Sunday evening, Oct. 21.

Jan. 3 – The  Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) and Rockdale Temple will host “Discovering Your Roots – JCGC and Genealogy,” to share common history, as KK Bene Israel (Rockdale Temple) was formed by the same group of Jewish Cincinnatians who founded the Chestnut Street Cemetery just a few years prior to the founding of the temple. 

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The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the University of Cincinnati Press presented an evening with biblical scholar Dr. Andrea L. Weiss, author of “American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters” on  Jan. 22.

Jan. 10 – Bert Goldhoff, a lifelong Cincinnatian, passed away on Dec. 29, 2018. Mr. Goldhoff was a traveling salesman for Haines, selling to the many mom-and-pop stores in western Ohio during the 1950s and 1960s. He later took over the family business, Goldhoff’s Family Shop for Ladies and Children’s Wear. He spent his retirement years volunteering for many organizations, including  People Working Cooperatively and Habitat for Humanity. 

Bert Goldhoff

Bert Goldhoff

 

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Donna Mayerson is being honored at the Red and Black Blast that celebrates the successes of the innovative University of Cincinnati’s Advancement and Transition Services programs and will help create awareness of the life-changing opportunities ATS has to offer.

Jan. 17 – The number of hits on the American Israelite website jumped from 800,000 to almost 1.5 million a month in 2018 leading into 2019. Projections are that the website will increase to over 2 million hits per month this year. 

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A good way to search your family history is by accessing the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) website. David Harris, the executive director of JCGC, hosted, along with Rockdale Temple, “Discovering Your Roots,” along Rick and Paul Cauthin, Chelsa Simon, and Kathy Reed.

Jan. 24 – Jewish Family Service is now providing personal caregiving services through the acquisition of Cedar Village Home Care, which was renamed StarPoint Home Care

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Northern Hills Synagogue hosted Dr. Michael Meyer’s presentation on the evolution of anti-Semitism. Meyer is a professor emeritus of Jewish History at HUC-JIR and noted for his scholarship on Jewish history, the focal point being German-Jewish history. 

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Isaac M. Wise Temple partnered the Cincinnati branch of Dress for Success, whose mission is to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools, to help them thrive in work and in life.” 

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Mark Dowd returned to the role of director of Community Security for SAFE Cincinnati on Jan. 15. 

Jan. 31 – The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center opened at Cincinnati Union Terminal Jan. 26. 

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Sarah Wise of Cincinnati was honored by the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy with its Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. The award was given at the 2019 International Lion of Judah Conference, in Hollywood, Florida. 

Feb. 7 – Hillel at Miami University hosted Galit Peleg, the head of the department for Public Diplomacy and Academic Affairs at the Consulate General of Israel in New York. 

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A trip to Israel and Europe was a life-changing experience for one Cincinnati Jewish teen. Bella Bryan, a freshman at Northern Kentucky University, grew up in an interfaith family. Her father is Catholic, her mother Jewish. 

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Members of the Dan Beard Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Jewish Committee (JCS) on Scouting joined the celebration at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Samuel Vogel Feb 3. The committee’s role is to engage Jewish families in scouting. 

Feb. 14 – Adath Israel Congregation hosted a community-wide gathering, Jan. 21, in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the most prominent figure and voice of unity and peace during the Civil Rights movement. 

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The only Reform synagogue in the partner city of Netanya, Israel, was vandalized on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27. The Natan Ya congregation members arrived that morning to nd their sanctuary flooded with over half a foot of water, said the temple’s Rabbi, Dr. Edgar Nof. 

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A synagogue in Lima, Ohio, was shot up with what police describe as a BB or pellet gun, although they caution it was likely not a hate crime. 

Feb. 21 – The Skirball Museum will present the medals collection of the Jewish- American Hall of Fame (JAHF) – the longest continuing series of art medals being issued in America. Founded in 1969, the Jewish- American Hall of Fame became a division of the American Jewish History Society in New York in 2001. 

Feb. 28 – The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet made its first maneuver Sunday since launching Feb 21. On Feb 24, main engine of Beresheet — Hebrew for Genesis — was fired for the first time at a distance of about 43,123 miles from Earth. 

The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet

The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet

 

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The tables were set all over town; the candles in their holders; the challah was warm. The empty seats around the dinner tables filled at each home across the city, with a total of almost 150 people participating. On Friay, Feb. 8, the first Adath Israel Bringing Shabbat Home had begun. 

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“You should always remember where you come from so that it gives you strength to go forward.” Jeanne Schmerler gave her grandson, Sammy, this advice after their recent weeklong trip to Israel over winter break. She and Sammy were one of four sets (zugot or “pairs”) of grandparents and grandchildren from Cincinnati who traveled together as the culmination of an innovative yearlong program, called G2: Global Intergenerational Initiative. 

March 7 – Northern Hills Synagogue – Congregation B’nai Avraham will officially install Rabbi Noah Ferro as its spiritual leader on Friday, March 8. 

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SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) shared a photo the Beresheet’s camera took a selfie photo for the first time, from a distance 23363.5 miles from Earth. The spacecraft transmitted the photo to the control room in Yehud, Israel, which is staffed 24/7 by SpaceIL and IAI engineers. 

March 14 – Michael W. Schneider, 55, a former employee of Cedar Village, was arraigned March 13 on charges of raping a disable 86-year-old Cedar Village resident in 2000. 

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The Holocaust and Humanity Center hosted an event to discuss the refugee and immigrant experience on Feb. 27. 

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Rabbi Stuart Lavenda looks back at his almost 34 years at Golf Manor Synagogue and thinks his biggest accomplishments are not something concrete. No, it is responsibility. Rabbi Lavenda is retiring to become rabbi emeritus.

Rabbi Stuart Lavenda and family.

Rabbi Stuart Lavenda and family.

 

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The Beresheet spacecraft completed another successful maneuver at 8:11 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, March 7. Beresheet is on its way to an elliptical orbit where the farthest point from Earth is at a distance 167,770 miles. 

March 21 – A new 162-seat teaching auditorium will keep the memory of Dr. Ronald H. Fegeleman alive at The Jewish Hospital. The hospital dedicated the new space March 14. 

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Adath Israel Congregation hosted Cincinnati native T. Wise a writer, performer, and educator now based in Brooklyn, who incorporates poetry, comedy, Jewish teachings, and storytelling as modes for confronting doubts, summoning courage, and finding out what freedom can mean in a broken world. 

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A changing lifestyle has not deterred Rabbi Yosef Alt from feeling welcome in Jewish Cincinnati. The 32-year-old took over as head rabbi at Golf Manor Synagogue Jan. 1, a er moving to the synagogue last summer. But getting used to the life of a rabbi has been a challenge. 

March 28 – Several long-time Cincinnatians, who temporarily call Florida home during winter in Cincinnati, gathered recently on a sunny Sunday morning in Palm Beach Gardens for a conversation on challenges and opportunities facing the Cincinnati community in the next ten years. 

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This March, volunteer and professional leaders from Ohio’s Jewish federations, including Cincinnati, took to Capitol Hill to advocate for increased security funding for faith based and cause based nonprofits at high risk of terror attack. 

April 4 – The Skirball Museum in partnership with the Holocaust & Humanity Center (HHC) presented “Hanging Figures” by artist Stewart Goldman, a series of 12 works created in response to the Holocaust. 

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Adi Itscovich is this year’s Friend from Israel/Chavera M’Israel. 

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The annual Wise Temple Brotherhood Chicken Soup Cook-0ff was a success with gallons of soup consumed this year. “I don’t know of anyone who didn’t enjoy the cook-off,” said co- chair Rick Seelig. 

April 11 – The new president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Andrew Rehfeld was in town for Founders Day last week, after taking over officially on April 1. 

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The founder of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, was remembered during the school’s annual Founders’ Day April 4. Rabbi Wise, who founded the school in 1875, was the 50th Jewish leader to be indicted into the Jewish-American Hall of Fame. It is also the 200th anniversary of his birth. 

A medal was cast in in his honor and presented Louise Bettman, the great-great-granddaughter of Rabbi Wise, in front of several other of the rabbi’s descendants.

Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s great-great-granddaughter Louise Bettman, center, with Jewish-American Hall of Fame director Mel Wacks and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz at Founders’ Day at HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s great-great-granddaughter Louise Bettman, center, with Jewish-American Hall of Fame director Mel Wacks and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz at Founders’ Day at HUC-JIR.

• Giving back to the community has been front and center for Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib the Rav of Congregation Zichron Eliezer. Rabbi Weinrib  has been at CZE for about seven years, 

April 18 – Four students from Mercaz Conservative High School in Cincinnati placed second in the International Moot Beit Din Competition on Sunday, April 7, hosted by American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. The students were: Adam Berger, Lauren Meschoulam, Bernard Netanel, and Shoshana Stern. Shayna Kling was also a member of the team but was unable to participate in Greensboro. 

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The Beresheet 2 project will launch effective immediately, SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn announced on April 13. In a statement posted on Facebook in both English and Hebrew, the South African born billionaire said: “We are going to actually put a new spacecraft on the moon and we are going to complete the mission.” 

April 25 – The board of directions of Jewish Family Service has launched a Strategic Planning initiative to chart the agency’s future. The goal is to ensure that the agency is addressing the community’s highest priorities for delivering human services and to create a plan for a nancially sustainable future. 

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Rabbi Moshe Smulkin is looking forward to the warmth he feels in Cincinnati. Rabbi Moshe Smolkin will become the new senior rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation Sept. 1, replacing Rev. Irvin M. Wise who will become rabbi emeritus. Rabbi Wise has been at Adath Israel for 28 years. 

Rabbi Moshe Smolkin

Rabbi Moshe Smolkin

 

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According to preliminary investigation of the Israeli spacecraft Beresheet’s landing maneuver, it appears that a manual command was entered into the spacecraft’s computer. This led to a chain reaction in the spacecraft, during which the main engine switched off, which prevented it from activating further, and crashed while landing on the moon.

May 2 – Wise Temple’s Confirmation class of 2019 will lead a morning service on Saturday, May 18, at Plum Street Temple marking their chosen commitment, at both an individual and group level, to living a Jewish life beyond one’s bar or bat mitzvah. 

May 9 – The core strength of Jewish Family Services has always been responding and reaching out to the Jewish community. JFS CEO Liz Vogel said at the agency’s annual meeting May 1 that “it is harder (for those in need) to fall through the cracks in Greater Cincinnati.” 

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Jennifer Grayson, Ph.D., was inaugurated as the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of History on Sunday, April 14, in the Chapel on the HUC-JIR Cincinnati campus. 

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Nine alumni of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion were honored for 25 years of service, having been ordained on the Cincinnati campus in 1994, at the annual Founders’ Day Ceremonies on Thursday, April 4. 

Rabbi Ruth Alpers, Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, Rabbi Lev Baesch, Rabbi Joshua Bennett, Rabbi Yossi Feintuch, Rabbi Laura H. Metzger, Rabbi Adam M. Morris, Rabbi Audrey Pollack, and Rabbi Debbie Stiel were presented Doctor of Divinity degrees, honoris causa by Andrew Rehfeld, PhD, president of HUC-JIR, Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D., dean of the Cincinnati campus, and Rabbi Jan Katzew, Director of the Rabbinical School. 

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Likening North Korea’s leader to Hitler, Otto Warmbier’s mother , Cynthia (Garber) Warmbier, a 1977 graduate of Walnut Hills High School, said she fears that pressure on the regime that she believes murdered her son will decrease. 

May 16 – Marx Hot Bagels is under new ownership. The long-time bagel shop in Blue Ash was sold recently to Y. Y. Davis, who bought it from John and Danielle Marx. Marx has owned the shop since .

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The Cincinnati Skirball Museum received two prestigious awards in the 2018 Visual Communication competition from the Ohio Museums Association at its annual conference in Akron in April. The brochure for “Jewish History: A Photographic History” won the Gold Visual Communication Award, level 2. The “Israel at 70: A History in Art and Artifacts” brochure received the Silver Award, level 2. 

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David Stradling, who has taught urban and environmental history at UC for nearly 20 years spoke about the “the union of two bicentennials” – the relationship between Rabbi Wise and the University of Cincinnati, which is also commemorating 200 years in 2019. 

May 23 – Marty Hiudt almost broke down talking about his friend Jay Price. Hiudt, an out-going member of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s board, was almost overwhelmed when he was awarded the inaugural Jay Price Leadership Award at the federation’s annual meeting May 15. 

The meeting also honored Arna Poupko Fisher with the Nancy and Robert V. Goldstein Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Three professionals were awarded with the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Avodah awards. The Junior Avodah awardwas presented to Abby Solomon, assistant camp director at Camp Livingston. Two Senior Avodah awards were presented this year to Gail Gespsman Ziegler, director of the Jewish Family Service’s Center for Holocaust Survivor, and Sharon Spiegel, the Federation’s director of Youth Israel Experiences

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May 9, 2019, marked a special evening, wherein members and guests of all ages came together at the JCC to celebrate Israel’s 71st birthday. 

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The appeal of Congregation Sha’arei Torah that drew Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt to become rabbi there is still there after almost six years. “There’s a certain energy this (congregation) has and still has in terms of sense of volunteerism,” he said, describing the synagogue. “We were already an organization. We get by with a very dedicated volunteer base.” 

May 30 – The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) hosted the official opening on May 30 of “Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise: An American Dreamer” which showcases numerous documents and family objects from the AJA’s vast collection relating to Wise. 

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The Jewish National Fund recognized Israel’s 71st Independence Day May 14 with a breakfast celebrating its people. Keynote speaker Rabbi Dov Livman, an American-born Orthodox rabbi living in Israel, said Israel’s most precious natural resource “is its people.”

June 6 – The AJC of Cincinnati was told the stakes for the Jewish community are as high now as they were 75 years ago, when the chapter began. David Harris, AJC chief executive officer, said the chapter started 75 years ago in Cincinnati and is still going strong, should celebrate. 

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Family members and friends of Lucille “Twink” Klau Carothers, along with members of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion family, gathered on May 19 in the Klau Library on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Klau Library Renovation and dedicate the Lucille Klau Carothers American Jewish Periodical Center. 

Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s great-great-granddaughter Louise Bettman, center, with Jewish-American Hall of Fame director Mel Wacks and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz at Founders’ Day at HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s great-great-granddaughter Louise Bettman, center, with Jewish-American Hall of Fame director Mel Wacks and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz at Founders’ Day at HUC-JIR.

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A proposal by the Mayerson JCC that would transform 30 acres of 130 acres in Amberley Village into a space for pools and summer camp is being considered by Amberley Village. 

June 13 – One of the leading Holocaust education and remembrance experts, Deborah H. Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, told those graduating from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that they have been blessed and they should share in that blessing.  

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When heavy rains hit southeast Indiana Sunday, June 9, Indian Creek, which runs near Camp Livingston, overflowed. The flash flood stranded seven Camp Livingston camp staff members in a van during the flood, according to published reports by WKRC-TV. No campers were involved. It was camp staff members only. 

June 20 – Cincinnati’s Jewish Montessori school recently celebrated its kindergarten class finishing up its school year and preparing to transition into first grade. Ohr Torah Cincinnati (OTC) held its annual Siddur Mesiba for graduating kindergarteners on June 2.

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Surrounded by family, friends, professors, mentors and community members, 10 students who have completed their rabbinical studies on the Cincinnati campus were ordained as rabbis by Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel provost, at the  Plum Street Temple. 

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Congregants and friends gathered June 2 to bid a farewell to Adath Israel Congregation’s longtime rabbi and his wife. Rabbi Irvin Wise and Kathy Wise were honored during a gala featuring music, laughter and a nostalgic photo and video gallery. After serving as head rabbi for 27 years, Rabbi Wise is retiring.  

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Shared Business Services (SBS) has hired Rita Altimari as director of Human Resources. 

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Ohr Torah Cincinnati is busy this summer moving into a new school building. The school, which was at 6442 Stover Ave. in Golf Manor, has reportedly bought the old Howard Elementary School from the Deer Park Community Schools. 

June 27 – To be called a mensch is the highest praise in our community. On May 29 at its annual Sustainers Event, the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati honored Sally Korkin with the Mesel Wieder “Mensch” Award, 

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A team of can-do parents from the Young Family Involvement program (YoFI) took less than two years to organize themselves, poll the Wise Temple community, fundraise, and oversee the design and construction of a much-needed new playground for the Wise Temple community at Wise Center on Ridge Road. 

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What started out as a somewhat tense opening to a special council meeting of Amberley Village Monday, June 24, eventually dissolved into one of cool-headed consideration. This special council meeting was called to discuss plans for the Mayerson Jewish Community Center’s proposed use of Amberley Green. Four residents then voiced their concerns about the plans the JCC and Amberley Village were putting together, including one resident who requested that council members disclose if they were JCC members. 

July 4 – It is sort of like a changing of the guard at Weil Funeral Home, but not much will change. Fourth-generation owner Bob Weil has sold the business to one of his long-time employees, Bill Kahn. The closing was completed Monday, July 1. It marks the end of a Weil at the funeral home after more than 100 years in business. 

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The thermometer reached 90, with the sun soaking the third annual Northern Hills Synagogue BBQ Festival, but that didn’t deter festival-goers from having a good time. 

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The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati has hired Jennifer Clark as Community Building associate. 

July 11 – The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati recognized Beth and Louis Guttman for their leadership and support at the 21st annual Voices of Giving event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. Also honored were Carol and Larry Neuman. who have been involved with Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) since the organization was founded just over 10 years ago. 

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The parents of Jewish American college student Otto Warmbier led a claim for a North Korean cargo ship seized by the U.S, seeking to collect on a $501 million wrongful death judgment over their late son. 

July 18 – As a part of a three-year strategic planning process, Jewish Family Service recently sent out a survey to gather input from the community about current services and areas of focus for the future. The community rose to the occasion and took time to both complete the survey and provide additional thoughtful and insightful comments. 

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The Ohio man who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for attacking someone he believed to be Jewish was originally from Turkey. Izmir Koch, of Huber Heights, was sentenced July 9 for attacking a man outside the Mirage Restaurant in Harper’s Point in Symmes Township on Feb. 4, 2017. 

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Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, attended the annual congressional tribute event on May 15 at the U.S. Senate marking May as Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM). 

July 25 – The third time was the charm for Noah’s Bark at the third annual Cincinnati Kosher BBQ CooK-o and Festival at Adath Israel Congregation July 14. The team of Jared Newman, Mike Broxterman, Aaron Ellison and Dan Weiss was named the Grand Champion out of 14 teams that cooked brisket, turkey, chicken thighs and beef ribs. 

Not only were they Grand Champion but the team won two of the four categories – winning rst place in the brisket and turkey breast categories. The team also came in second place in the other two categories chicken thighs and beef ribs. 

Aug. 1 – The Trustees’ Award Marianna Bettman received from the Cincinnati Bar Association recently means a lot to her. “To me it’s really kind of a culmination of the many different lives I have had in the bar, as a trial lawyer, judge and law professor,” she said. “That’s three very different careers each one of which I have thoroughly enjoyed.”  

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The annual Summer Blood drive at Golf Manor Synagogue was successful, in that some walk-in would-be donors had to be turned away. Paul Plotsker said there were so many walk-ins Hoxworth Blood Center could not process any more in the afternoon. 

Aug. 8 – You don’t find many news sites that are 165 years old still growing – and growing steadily but the American Israelite newspaper and website continue to grow. The website continues The American Israelite’s mission of Connecting Jewish Cincinnati. 

In just the first seven months of this year the site has increased its visitors from about 8,800 to over 12,500. Just last month, the new visitors count was over 7,000 readers. Returning visitors reached more that 5,000 in July. 

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AJC (American Jewish Committee) Cincinnati’s past presidents, Sandy Kaltman and Rick Michelman, accepted national positions within the organization. On June 2, at the AJC Global Forum in Washington, D.C., Kaltman was inducted as a member of the AJC Board of Governors. She joins Jimmy Miller as the two Board of Governors representing the Cincinnati region. Michelman was selected to serve a second term on the National Regional O ces Committee. 

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The world watched Rabbi Gershon Avtzon, of Yeshivas Lubavitch Cincinnati, delivered the Rebbe’s message from the podium of the United States House of Representatives on July 25. 

Aug. 15 – A former Butler County magistrate could have a jury decide if she was red because she asked for the High Holy Days off. Kimberly Edelstein led suit against the county and a common pleas court judge for being terminated after the request to take o eight days for Jewish High Holy Days in 2016. 

Aug. 22 – Faith in Action’s Live Free campaign hosted Peacemaker Sabbaths at houses of worship across the country. Temple Sholom participated this past Sabbath. 

Aug. 29 – Meryl Hattenbach only spent a day in Pittsburgh, but the Pittsburgh JCC staff was thankful. Hattenbach, the program manager at the Dayton, Ohio, JCC, spent Dec. 17 in Pittsburgh as part of the JResponse team after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue there in October. 

Sept. 5 – On Yom Kippur morning, Wednesday Oct. 9, attendees arriving for services at both Plum Street Temple and Wise Temple will participate in the Yom Kippur Mitzvah Bag Project.

Sept. 12 – The Festival of Faiths 2019 at Xavier’s Cintas Center on Sept. 8 showcased Cincinnati’s religious diversity, while creating an environment focused on our similarities.

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Izmir Koch, 34, of Huber Heights, did not self-surrender at a federal correctional institute by Aug. 16, 2019, as he was ordered to by the U.S. District Court. Koch was convicted of attacking someone he believed to be Jewish now faces an additional charge.

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Sept. 19 – Convocation exercises took place in the S.H. and Helen R Scheuer Chapel at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Aug. 22. Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies students were welcomed to the campus as the 2019-2020 academic year began.

Jewish tombs, tombstone iconography, and art history were the topics under discussion at a recent panel discussion, finishing up the fourth in a series of quarterly discussions hosted by Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) and Rockdale Temple,

How do American Orthodox marriages look and what are the greatest challenges? On Sept. 9, Rabbi Steven Weil, senior managing director of the Orthodox Union, shared findings from a study on American Orthodox marriages at Golf Manor Synagogue.

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