100 Years Ago
Bernard Levy has been unanimously nominated for Exalted Ruler of Cincinnati Lodge of Elks, which is tantamount to an election.
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Fechheimer entertained with a dinner and reception Wednesday evening at their residence, 301 Albany Avenue, in honor of the 75th birthday anniversary of Mr. Fechheimer. In addition Mr. Fechheimer was surprised the same evening with a masquerade party.
Meyer Opatowsky, an actor who was playing at the Standard Theatre last week, whose stage name was Max Abbott, was shot by George Stone, a brother of Fred Stone of the well-known Montgomery and Stone combination. The shot was the result over a trivial matter. Opatowsky , who was 27 years old, and whose home was with his sister, Mrs. Rosa Freilberg, at 130 E. One Hundred and Seventeenth Street, New York City, was taken to the hospital where he died within a few hours as a result of his wounds. Stone claims that he fired the shot in self-defense. The weapon used was a small-bore rifle taken off the counter of a nearby shooting gallery. — February 22, 1912
75 Years Ago
Mr. Irving S. Benjamin of the Belvedere has purchased the home at 690 Clinton Springs Avenue, for occupancy later by himself and family.
On Sunday, February 28th, at 4 p.m. at the Netherland Plaza Jessie Straus Mayer will present her pupil, Ruth Griszimer, in a violin recital, with Gertrude Englander at the piano.
Miss Mimmie Skurow, of Oak Street, was married to Mr. Robert Cohen, Middletown, Ohio, Sunday, Feb 21st.
The Misses Bluma and Sophie Franklin have returned from Detroit, where they were the guest of their brother and sister, Rabbi and Mrs. Leo M. Franklin.
Mrs. Bertha Leshner, 62, Hamilton, OH., passed away Friday, Feb. 12th, in Hamilton Hospital. Services were held from the residence Sunday with interment in Price Hill.
She is survived by her husband, Jacob Leshner; four sons, Leo, Harry, Nathan and Garry, of Hamilton, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Brenner, 3565 Van Antwerp Place, Cincinnati.
Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Zwerin, 925 Blair Avenue, will be at home Sunday, Feb. 28th, from 7 until 11 p.m., in honor of the bar mitzvah of their son, Harvey. Services will be held the preceding morning at Avondale Synagogue. — February 25, 1937
50 Years Ago
Herbert R. Bloch, Jr., is the new chairman of the Community Chest’s General Budget Committee.
He succeeds Walter L. Lingle, Jr., who was appointed deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mr. Bloch is a board member of the Community Chest and Cincinnati Area Chapter of Red Cross; president and board member of Associated Jewish Agencies, and secretary and board member of HUC-JIR.
Rabbi and Mrs. Hyman J. Cohen of Stillwell Road, Roselawn, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elinor Ann, to Mr. William S. Ziv, son of Mr. Frederic W. Ziv and Mrs. Malvin Rae Ziv of Cincinnati.
Miss Cohen is a student in the UC College of Education. Mr. Ziv is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles where he is affiliated with Zeta Beta Tau.
Dr. Abraham Cronbach, professor emeritus of Jewish social studies at the Hebrew Union College, was honored last week by the faculty at a luncheon at the college to celebrate his 80th birthday.
He is a native of Indianapolis and was ordained at HUC-JIR in 1906. He received his doctorate in 1915.
Jerry Stolar, 534 Clinton Springs, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Stolar; a daughter, Miss Maxine Stolar; a sister, Mrs. Rose Seltzer; and a brother, Mr. Sam Stolar. — February 22, 1962
25 Years Ago
Rabbi Bernard Greenfield has announced his retirement as rabbi of Ohav Shalom Congregation. He has been the synagogue’s spiritual leader for 40 years.
In a recent letter to the congregation, Greenfield wrote, “I have now concluded, with mixed emotions, that the time has come to announce my retirement as rabbi of Ohav Shalom, to take effect on a date mutually agreeable to the synagogue and myself.”
Florine Mark, nationally recognized authority on diet and nutrition, will address the Business and Professional Women of the Jewish Federation at a dinner meeting at the Regency Party Room on Monday, March 9.
Mark, president and chief executive officer of the Weight Watchers Group with headquarters in Detroit, heads the single most profitable operation within the Weight Watchers organization. She directs more than 1,000 meetings with over 50,000 members participating and employs more than 1,600 people.
Mark has received numerous honors and awards for her work on obesity as well as her philanthropic endeavors. Most recently, she was named as one of the “Outstanding Business and Professional Women” by the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce. Presently, she serves as co-chairman of the Women of the Jewish Welfare Federation of Detroit. — February 26, 1987
10 Years Ago
Ruth Zeligs, local and national community leader who served as the first woman Federation general campaign chairperson and the first woman to be president of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, has passed away.
She is predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Dr. I. Mark Zeligs, a brother, David Graham and a sister, Freda Baker. One brother, Dr. Gilbert Graham of Woodbury, N.Y. and her two children, Mrs. Betsy Goldberg of Mequon, Wis. and Dr. Joseph D. Zeligs of Bethesda, Md., survive her.
Applause! Magazine’s 12th Annual Imagemaker Awards Ceremony was held Feb. 17 at the Cincinnati Museum Center. Michelle Hopkins, WLWT news anchor, and Jim Scott of 700 WLW hosted the event which honored a diverse group of individuals who have contributed positively to the greater Cincinnati community.
Sallie Elliott, publisher and CEO of Applause! Magazine, explained that this year’s finalists represented an even broader and more diverse mix of individuals.
Barbara Glueck, executive director of the American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Chapter and chair of the Cincinnati Citizens Police Advisory Commission, was awarded with an Imagemaker Award in the field of Advocacy.
Michael Rapp, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, professor of Theology at Xavier University, and member of the Steering and History Committee of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, was honored as a finalist in the field of Public Service. — February 21, 2002