From time to time, articles that relate to JCGC’s mission come to our attention. While the articles are not about JCGC specifically or often our local community, we thought you may enjoy reading some pieces that pertain to our work in a broader sense. What happens to the cemetery when a small Jewish community, with . . . Read More
In this newsletter, we take a look back into JCGC’s archives at the history of the Price Hill cemeteries on one side of Sunset Avenue. This history was prepared by one of JCGC’s Founders and previous JCGC Board member Ed Marks. These were remarks delivered at a Board meeting, so they were written for that . . . Read More
Exploring our ancestry tugs on many of us, now more than ever. A gifted “23 & Me” kit promises to open up a world of coded genetic secrets about one’s people, stretching back to earliest times—or that’s what ads, articles and shows tempt us to believe. The DNA results we get back are fascinating, but . . . Read More
JCGC is honored to have received a generous legacy gift from Jay and Sue Price. Jay passed away in April 2018, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jay and Sue, while not originally from Cincinnati, made our city their home and became involved in the civic organizations and in the Jewish community, in particular. . . . Read More
In 1928, the Vigransky Family funded the construction of a chapel for the Kneseth Israel Cemetery, at the corner of Anderson Ferry and Sidney Road. The family later dropped the “sky” from the name and Vigran family members are still active members of our Cincinnati Jewish community. This autumn, JCGC had to remove the chapel . . . Read More
Rabbi Marcus Crystal, Staff Scholar, Cincinnati Community Kollel Chestnut Street Cemetery: Longworth’s Gift to the Jews? The story has long been told of the founding of the “first cemetery west of the Alleghenies” located in downtown Cincinnati on Chestnut Street. In 1821, Benjamin Lape, or possibly “Leib,” was on his deathbed and called for a . . . Read More
On October 28th, a chilly autumn day, with fleeting sunlight splashing across the changing leaves in United Jewish Cemeteries Walnut Hills, 30 guests gathered to remember the former UJC Superintendent, William Riegel. Bill Riegel served as the UJC Superintendent from 1991-2008. Bill passed away in March 2017. A garden area, with a bench bearing the . . . Read More
JCGC is ramping up for a very busy fall, after a very busy spring and summer! One of Cincinnati’s oldest Jewish cemeteries, Spanish Hebrew Society (SHS), is now part of JCGC. This historic Sephardic community cemetery has a fascinating history, which you can read about in this newsletter. We are honored to have this historic . . . Read More
By Eva Rosenthal, 2018 Workum Intern Cincinnati’s Sephardic community purchased a cemetery plot for $600 cash in Price Hill on October 29, 1920. This marked the beginning of the Spanish Hebrew Society Cemetery, Cincinnati’s sole Sephardic cemetery. The money had been raised through “nickel-and-dime” donations gathered from the Sephardic community, the earliest members of which . . . Read More
Therese Mayer Workum, Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus, Rabbi Max Lilienthal, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Harris K. Weston – As Workum Summer Interns visited JCGC’s Walnut Hills Cemetery on July 25, 2018, they walked among some of the luminaries of our community, whose legacies involve the very Jewish agencies where they were working! JCGC hosted its . . . Read More
Thursday evening, we will recognize the incredible contributions of community leaders Fran and Craig Coleman and Craig’s parents, the late Mal and Adell Coleman (of blessed memory) at the annual Voices of Giving event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council: www.gcpgc.org/voices-of-giving/. Fran and Craig are committed members of the Jewish community, as were Mal and Adell, whose generosity has enriched communal life.
Mal and Adell's legacy gift to Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati allows us to continue our work of honoring the resting places of our people. Fran and Craig Coleman continue their impact as Guardians of our mission and through their leadership in the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and Adath Israel Congregation. Learn more about the Coleman Family’s story in their legacy videos here: createyourjewishlegacy.org/?pageID=1004 The Coleman family's dedication to our community is inspiring and reminds us of the impact we all can make.
If you are moved to include Jewish Cemeteries in your will or as a beneficiary of an IRA or Insurance Policy, we would greatly appreciate your support. You can contact us to learn more about how your legacy gift can preserve the history and memory of our people. And if you’ve already included Jewish Cemeteries in your legacy plan, please let us know, so we can include you as a Guardian. ... See MoreSee Less
Over the weekend, volunteers ventured out into the heat to mark nearly 200 Jewish veterans' graves in the Price Hill cemeteries. We are grateful for the volunteers spending their time on this important initiative to honor local veterans.
#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.