As summer dawns, we hope for a season of profound change, in the trajectory of the pandemic and the hardships it places on many, in our country’s challenges with racial inequality, in the economy and more. Jewish Cemeteries has two Workum Interns this summer: Sam Ruskin and Brooke Goldwasser. Their summer project includes helping to . . . Read More
All of nature is springing back to life in every shade of green, pink, white and yellow, so it may be a stretch to grasp that this is also the beginning of monument repair season for Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati. And twelve years into the existence of this area’s unique, unified Jewish cemetery organization, . . . Read More
U.S. Veteran medallions that now proudly mark the graves of every veteran in two of Cincinnati’s largest Jewish cemeteries, Montgomery’s United Jewish Cemetery and the Walnut Hills Cemetery, were further transformed on Sunday, May 17 with the addition of over 1000 new American flags. Dayton Scout Ethan Zied teamed up with Jewish Cemeteries of Greater . . . Read More
What has it been like to do the work of Jewish burial in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic? Through a professional acquaintance of David Harris, JCGC Executive Director, we took the opportunity to find out from someone who knows firsthand. Andrew Parver spared us a few precious phone minutes at home on a . . . Read More
Rabbi Marcus Crystal, Staff Scholar, Cincinnati Community Kollel CINCINNATI IN 1820 With enthusiasm and a feeling of destiny in his step, Joseph Jonas, generally considered the first permanent Jew of Cincinnati, wrote in his memoirs of his decision to travel along the Ohio River: “The fiat had gone forth, that a new resting place for . . . Read More
In the last months, we’ve lost many community members, with many leaders and supporters among them. Two friends of Jewish Cemeteries who passed recently are brothers Phil and Wilbur Cohen. We mourn their loss, among the many other souls. Wilbur and his spouse Miriam are Guardians, members of our Jewish Cemeteries Legacy society, who have . . . Read More
These are challenging times in which we all find ourselves. Our lives are changing moment to moment, and we don’t know what the next day will bring. A friend shared a letter from a rabbi the other day that sought to comfort by reminding us all that the certainty we thought we had a week . . . Read More
There has been exciting news for Ethan Zied, the Dayton area Eagle Scout who has made it his job to get a veteran’s marker at the grave of every Cincinnati Jewish veteran and ready for flag decoration going forward. On February 8, 2020, his project was awarded the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National . . . Read More
Q & A with Bill Kahn and Ben Lefton of Weil Kahn Funeral Home Our Marketing Committee Chair, Karen Zanger, reached out to Weil Kahn Funeral Home to discuss planning. Jewish Cemeteries and Weil Kahn both encourage community members to make arrangements in advance. Here’s the interview: Q: Remind us— What are the benefits of . . . Read More
For someone who was described by one who knew him as “not a man of brilliant mind; on the contrary, he was slow, and not given to bursts of enthusiasm,” Judah Touro had quite an eventful life. In 1797 at the age of twenty-two, he went on a voyage from his home in Boston to . . . Read More
#DidYouKnow that in 1848, after his neighbors told him that they did not want a Jewish neighbor, Charles Kahn bought land in Clifton and sold it to Ahabeth Achim to found the first Jewish cemetery in the Clifton area? Kahn told his neighbors that if they did not want to live in the same community as a living Jew, they could not object to a dead one.
#DidYouKnow that we are hosting two Workum Interns this summer through JVS Career Services? Brooke Goldwasser and Sam Ruskin are helping organize our archival materials to better support families working on genealogical research. They hope to build professional skills this summer, learn about genealogical research and the archival process, and understand how Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati supports our community. Brooke is a student at Rutgers University and Sam is coming to us from The Ohio State University.
Started in 1917 as the first organized scholarship fund in Cincinnati, the Workum Fund now supports Cincinnati college students as they gain work experience in local Jewish organizations. You can learn more about the history of the Workum Fund here: www.workum.org/history.htm Many Workum family members and founders of the fund are buried in our cemeteries. #jewishcemeteries... See MoreSee Less