January 5 — Cedar Village Retirement Community is creating a pioneering creative arts therapy program to improve the lives of people with dementia, greatly expanding and enhancing Cedar Village’s already innovative dementia care.
When school is closed on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, where will your children spend the day? Even though school is out, parents may still have to work and need ways to keep their children occupied. That’s why the JCC “MLK Day at the J” for grades K-6 is the perfect solution.
The Blue Ash Recreational Center is honored to host Jon Entine, Emmy Award-winning producer and best-selling author, on Tuesday, Jan 17, at 7PM at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4343 Cooper Road. Entine’s presentation is entitled, “Our DNA – Why bigotry and prejudice should be a thing of the past.” Entine, founder of the Genetic Literacy Project, is a frequent speaker on university campuses, and at professional seminars and conferences.
January 12 — The comedy of Laurel and Hardy will be featured when Northern Hills Synagogue-Congregation B’nai Avraham holds its monthly HaZaK program for seniors on Jan. 18. The free program will take place at the synagogue, beginning at noon.
Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC) announce the purchase of a 23 acre property on Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. It plans to develop the property as JCGC’s first community cemetery. The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati is pleased to join JCGC in announcing this purchase, which was made possible through a special grant by an affiliate of the Foundation to assist JCGC in the financing of the purchase.
Broadway’s master song man, Mandy Patinkin, accompanied by Paul Ford on piano, will bring his critically acclaimed theatre concert to the Mayerson JCC for one performance on Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m. Only 400 tickets will be available beginning Monday, Jan. 16.
January 19 — Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, was awarded the 2012 King Legacy Award on Jan. 16. The award—presented annually by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition and the Freedom Center—is given to persons whose lives reflect the characteristics and attributes of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to those who have made significant and tangible contributions in the areas of race relations, justice and human rights.
Saturday, Feb. 4, is opening night of the 2012 Cincinnati Jewish and Israeli Film Festival at the Mayerson JCC. This year’s film festival runs Saturday evening, Feb. 4, through Thursday evening, Feb. 16, with seven feature length and three short films.
The Goldstein Family Learning Academy and the Jewish Learning Institute will present the new course, “Money Matters: Jewish Business Ethic.” This six-session series will commence during the week of Jan. 26.
January 26 — Jewish National Fund will present the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones with the Attorney of the Year award from the Judge Carl B. Rubin Legal Society on Feb. 26, in Cincinnati.
The next performance in the Concerts on Clifton series, presented by the Cincinnati branch of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, at 4 p.m. The concert will take place in the Scheuer Chapel and will include music by Mozart, Debussy and composer Hans Krasa, who perished in the Holocaust.
February 2 — Professor Herbert Paper (January 11, 1925 – January 23, 2012) was among the first people to teach university level Yiddish courses in the United States and had to create course materials for his students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he specialized in Near Eastern languages. During his 24-year tenure there, he also played an instrumental role in founding their Jewish Studies program.
Despite inclement weather, a crowd of about 500 greater Cincinnati community members filled the Mayerson JCC’s Amberley Room the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21, to hear Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren speak. He spoke for approximately 30 minutes about Israel’s challenges and successes in an environment of uncertainty and then took questions from the audience.
The motto “Have Fun, Feed the Hungry and Support Charitable Works” perfectly described the Eighth Annual Chicken Soup Cook-off held Sunday, Jan. 29, at Isaac M. Wise Temple. The gathering had all-you-can-eat soup—30 varieties—as well as door prizes, music by Shir Chadash and auction items.
The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is again offering a summer trip to Israel for Jewish students ages 16–18 in the greater Cincinnati area. On the J*Quest trip, students will travel with peers from Cincinnati and its sister city, Netanya, Israel, through Israel, Berlin and Prague.
Learning to help others bounce back after a traumatic experience will be the focus of Ways to Bolster Resilience in Children and Adults, a workshop with Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., presented by Jewish Family Service 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 20 at the Mayerson JCC.
February 9 — Following the creation and approval of a dynamic five-year strategic plan, The Board of Trustees of Rockwern Academy has announced that it will be implementing a comprehensive leadership structure that will include two new positions: an Executive Director and a Director of Jewish Life and Learning. “These new appointments, combined with the school’s existing Director of Education, Dr. Susan Moore, create a powerful team which is unprecedented in the history of our school and on par with the premiere independent and Jewish day schools in the country,” explained Benjamin Schneider, Rockwern Chairman of the Board.
The Board of Directors for the Mayerson JCC has decided to restructure management of the J. The goal is to position the organization for supporting the plans for Cincinnati 2020, as well as further developing the JCC’s leadership role within the community.
Rabbi Avrohom Weinrib has been hired as the new rabbi of Congregation Zichron Eliezer as a result of a membership vote. Rabbi Weinrib brings rabbinic leadership to the shul and is eager to start building relationships with the Cincinnati community.
February 16 — Northern Hills Synagogue—Congregation B’nai Avraham will welcome Shabbat on Friday evening, Feb. 24, with services and a special congregational dinner. Highlighting the dinner will be Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, who will lead a study session and discussion on “New Perspectives on Tzedakah.”
On Thursday, March 1, at 1 p.m., Luke Bocher, the director of Contemporary Slavery Initiatives at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will speak on the issues relating to human trafficking, in Teller Lounge on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Along with the privilege of having one of its own members serve as the International President of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (“FJMC”), Adath Israel Congregation received an additional honor when Mike Mills took over this post in 2011. Adath Israel also became the temporary home of the President’s Torah Mantle which will be displayed during Adath Israel’s Brotherhood-led Shabbat services on March 3.
February 23 — Prominent Hamilton, Ohio, attorney Carl Morgenstern, a 1948 Harvard Law School graduate and former Miami University Trustee, whose life was devoted to public service, died Feb. 19, 2012 at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He was 90.
Last fall Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Ohio Rep. Connie Pillich took part in bipartisan seminars in Israel sponsored by American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange. On Monday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Rockdale Templel, Mallory and Pillich will tell the community how Israel looks through their eyes.
March 1 — Students at Walnut Hills High School had the unique opportunity to host a temporary exhibit, “A Reason to Remember: Roth, Germany 1933-1942,” at their school Feb. 6 – 16. Through 27 museum quality panels, the exhibit tells the personal story of the five Jewish families who lived in the small village of Roth. The exhibit introduces the families, in an intimate and emotional way, as they lived in 1933 and details what happened to them during the Nazi era. The demise of this tiny Jewish community is chronicled in detail, using primary source materials such as photographs, documents and artifacts, as well as eyewitness testimonies. The exhibit illustrates how the relations between these families and their neighbors were systematically dismantled.
Identity theft, scams and privacy issues are on the rise, with thieves often targeting seniors. The Mayerson JCC is joining with Attorney General Mike DeWine and other government and non-profit organizations to address these problems. Annual National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is March 4-10. On Thursday, March 8, the JCC will host an event to share tips and information that help consumers protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, and avoid frauds and scams.
Last summer, local moms Amy Frankel and Heidi Weisman joined 18 others for Cincinnati’s first-ever “transform and grow” Israel trip. They joined women from across the U.S. for an amazing week in Israel as part of the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP). The trip was so thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring that Amy and Heidi are going back again this June, this time as “madrichot” (team leaders).
March 8 — The fourth annual Eight Over Eighty event sponsored by Cedar Village will honor distinguished older adults, 80 years or older, who have dedicated their time, talents and lives to our Jewish community and the Greater Cincinnati area. The event will be held on Thursday evening, May 17, at Adath Israel Congregation.
Neale Godfrey, the #1 New York Times bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on family and children’s finances, will speak to several audiences at Wise Temple on Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12, about the importance of being financially fit. Godfrey will be joined by educators from UC’s Economics Center to discuss a variety of financial topics ranging from budgeting, savings and debt management, to college funding, retirement planning and tzedakah. These sessions, targeting different age groups, will provide information and resources to help any child/tween, teen, adult or senior improve his or her financial fitness level.
Donations of food, money and time are needed for the 14th annual Dr. Samuel S. Rockwern Passover Delivery of Jewish Family Service. With the help of over 120 volunteers, boxes filled with Passover food will be hand-delivered Sunday, April 1, to approximately 425 Jewish community friends and neighbors who would otherwise be unable to afford to celebrate the holiday.
March 15 — The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati has announced that Ben Gettler, one of the original Trustees and first president of the organization, has retired from the Foundation’s Board.
The entire community is invited to enjoy a special guest, Beth Schafer, master songwriter and guest musician-in-residence, at Isaac M. Wise Temple, on Friday, March 16, during Shabbat evening services. “We anticipate a wonderful, creative spirit that will enhance our worship that evening, both from the bima with so many of our musical volunteers, with our talented and nationally-acclaimed musician-in-residence, and from the congregation itself, as members and guests add their voices and measure of joy to the music and the prayers,” commented Rabbi Lewis Kamrass.
Nir Lahav, a developer of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s new Project T.E.N. initiative, will arrive in Cincinnati on Friday, March 16. Lahav will meet with leaders from the local Jewish community and the Jewish Federation. The goal of his visit is to build awareness of the project and discuss the possibilities for the Cincinnati Jewish community’s involvement in the launch of Project T.E.N.
Ann Sutton Burke, MPA, CMC, Jewish Family Service director of Aging and Caregiver Services, was honored as the 2012 Outstanding Professional in Aging by Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio at its annual meeting Wednesday, March 7.
Israel Up to the Minute, a series of casual briefings on the current “hot button” issues in Israel, returns on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m., at the Mayerson JCC. The topic of this second session is “What is the Jewish State?” In a discussion led by Yair Cohen, Cincinnati’s community shaliach, participants will explore what makes Israel a Jewish state.
March 22 — The vision of Cincinnati Hillel is to attract and retain young Jewish adults, to encourage students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, to bring more meaning to the college experience of Jewish students and to educate the university at large about Judaism. The first half of the academic year has been full of growth and excitement at Cincinnati Hillel.
The Mayerson JCC has begun the process to hire a CEO, a new position as part of a recent restructuring. Debbie Brant, co-chair of the search committee, explained, “After careful consideration, we are pleased to announce the formation of a search committee made up of professionals and volunteers dedicated to supporting the J’s mission to serve as Cincinnati’s central gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to exercise, learn, relax, share and celebrate.”
American Jewish Committee Cincinnati Regional Office will present its 2012 National Human Relations Award to Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University, at a tribute dinner on Tuesday, April 3. “The award recognizes Fr. Graham’s outstanding professional achievements, generosity of spirit and vision of excellence,” said AJC Cincinnati president, John M. Stein.
Teepa Snow, who teaches dementia care across the nation, will act out the roles of a person with dementia and their caregiver when she gives her presentation on Wednesday, March 28 at Cedar Village Retirement Community in Mason. It’s an effective way to help people recognize the symptoms and learn how to care for someone with dementia.
March 29 — “Do you know what was even better than making my first million dollars?” Manuel Mayerson once asked a group of young professionals who had gathered to hear him speak about his long and successful career as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. “It was giving away my first million dollars!” he said with a twinkle in his eye.
That was Manuel D. Mayerson…a truly extraordinary man who lived a life rooted in Jewish values and defined by his devotion to his family and community. And even though he died this past Thursday at his home in Amberley Village at the age of 90, he truly lived every one of those years with purpose and meaning, and touched the lives of countless others all along the way.
Jan Armstrong Cobb has been named chair of Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) of Cincinnati. Prior to this, she had been an officer on the JVS board for eight years. Cobb is a vice president of Duke Realty Corp. and replaces Joel (Jody) Brant, who was board chair for the past three years.
The next time you are grocery shopping, you can easily help feed families in need. Three local grocery stores, Meijer, Remke/biggs, and Kroger, are currently collecting donations to benefit Jewish Family Service (JFS) food pantry.
April 5 — Dr. I. Leonard Bernstein was a stalwart figure in the field of allergy and immunology, making sentinel contributions on a local, national and international level. Dr. Bernstein passed away March 26, 2012 at the age of 88.
Operations Moses, Joshua and Solomon are all fitting names for the immigrant iniatives of moving Ethiopian Jews to Israel.
Two Xavier faculty members recently got an up-close experience of these immigrations.
From Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, Rabbi Abie Ingber, founding director of the Interfaith Community Engagement, and Arthur Shriberg, Ed.D. professor of management and entreprenurship, helped a group called the Falash Mura—or Beta Israeli—consisting of 78 Ethiopian Jews, to emigrate from Ethiopia to Israel as part of an international religious relocation effort.
Rockwern Academy is proud to announce the continuation of grades 4, 5, 6’s innovative math program called “Math Challenge.” This program is taught by staff teachers Judy Diekmeyer, Dana Gehri and Linda Jansen.
April 12 — Adath Israel Hazak will present its closing program for the 2011-2012 season on Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. in the Marcus Chapel. Dr. Michael A. Meyer, currently Adolph S. Ochs Professor Emeritus of Jewish History at HUC, is an internationally recognized historian and scholar of modern Jewish intellectual history. He will explore “A Liberal Zionism: Is it possible today and how might it look?”
UC Blue Ash College is joining with The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education to present “Stories from the Holocaust,” featuring four personal stories. The event will be held April 19, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Muntz Hall theater on the UC Blue Ash college campus.
April 19 — On Sunday, March 18, Mercaz Hebrew High School held its graduation ceremony. The senior class had six students representing Adath Israel, Northern Hills and Ohav Shalom. The evening began with a homemade dinner sponsored by Rob and Dara Wood and family for graduates and their guests, as well as Mercaz students and families.
It’s a state-of-the-art facility, with a soundproof music room, well equipped art studio, large auditorium that seats 800, 10 exercise rooms, a full-size gym, indoor and outdoor walking tracks and swimming pools, a spa, aquatic center and a café. At first glance, this may seem like a description of a luxury resort and spa, but it’s actually all part of the Mayerson JCC’s Senior Center, the first and only one in Greater Cincinnati, and one of only 200 Senior Centers in the entire nation to be awarded the Council on Aging’s National Senior Center Accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC).
April 26 — The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Super Sunday event, chaired by Tulane and Jack Chartock, will take place on April 29, as one of 35 volunteer projects offered on Give a Day, a community-wide mitzvah day. On Super Sunday, from 8:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m., volunteers from across the community will make calls to raise funds for the 2012 Community Campaign, which supports 39 programs, 25 agencies and 13 congregations in Cincinnati, in Israel and around the world.
The Dor L’Dor (generation to generation) program at Rockwern Academy is in its 13th year. It was started by Yavneh Day School’s PTO in 1999. It has become an important part of the students’ day at Rockwern Academy.
On Saturday, May 5, the Wise Temple Brotherhood will host its Cabaret Night. Magician and Wise Temple member Chuck Arkin will serve as the emcee for this program.