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
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
In the afternoon hours of New Year’s Eve 2019, my husband Stuart and I made a decision that felt like a satisfying way to start to 2020. We made the commitment to support Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati beyond the length of our own lives, through a pledge to Create Your Jewish Legacy. It was . . . Read More
We send our sincere thanks and appreciation to the veterans who served our country. We know that there are many meaningful stories of service in the Cincinnati Jewish community. Comment below with a story about your service or the service of a family member. You can also e-mail us at email@example.com and we can feature the story in a future post. We look forward to learning more about the impact of veterans in our community. #jewishcemeteries... See MoreSee Less
In this video from the Warren County Scouting Showcase, Eagle Scout Ethan Zied shares how he researched and marked Jewish veterans' graves in Greater Cincinnati's Jewish Cemeteries. Hear Ethan's reflections on the impact of his project beginning at 17:12 in the video.
Ethan shares, "I was able to honor 2,500 veterans, some of whom never received recognition for their service in their lifetimes...For the community, the markers silently say 'thank you' for the veterans' dedication. And for the families of veterans, the markers and flags give honor to their ancestors' service." Thank you, Ethan, for your work that has transformed our cemeteries!