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Please join us on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion for a year of programs and events. In 2019, we commemorate the 200th birthday of Hebrew Union College’s founder, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise. We look forward to several celebrations of this very significant milestone in HUC-JIR and Reform Jewish history, including welcoming the 130th national convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, also founded by Wise, to our campus.

 

JEWISH CINCINNATI: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY BY J. MILES WOLF

J. Miles WolfThursday, October 11, 2018
5:30–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
With this exhibition, Cincinnati native J. Miles Wolf brings his creative energy and discerning eye to illustrating the history of the Jews of Cincinnati. Focusing on current, former, and now extinct places of worship used by Cincinnati’s Jewish community, Wolf has culled synagogue and community archives, libraries, and personal local collections for historic photographs to combine with his stunning new photography. The resulting images illustrate the early days of Jewish Cincinnati in a style that has never been attempted before. Exhibition continues through Sunday, January 6, 2019.
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JEWISH CINCINNATI BUS TOUR

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10:00 am–2:00 pm
An historical tour led by the staff of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) visits landmark Jewish sites downtown and in Avondale. Lunch and visits to the AJA and Skirball FotoFocus exhibition follow on HUC-JIR’s historic Clifton campus.
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35TH ANNUAL CINCINNATI ASSOCIATES TRIBUTE DINNER

Sunday, October 21, 2018
5:15 pm Reception followed by Dinner and Program at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Please join us as we honor Jacqueline Mack and Edward Silberstein, M.D. The dinner benefits the students of the Rabbinical School and Pines School of Graduate Studies.
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OFF THE BOAT AND ON TO BROADWAY

Four people standing behind music stands.Sunday, October 28, 2018
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

In our 2018 world, one of the most complicated national issues has been immigration. This is not a new issue, nor a new concern. Whether it was about Italians or Jews, Irish or Africans, Puritans or Native Americans, Broadway has always told the story of the immigrant experience in America. Join our talented students for a program ranging from the Hispanics in West Side Story to the Italians in Most Happy Fella, from the Irish in George M to the Jews in Ragtime, and many more! This concert is sponsored in part by the Rabbi Charisse Kranes Fund.
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HISTORIC PRESERVATION: RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS THEN AND NOW

Mayerson HallWednesday, November 14, 2018
6:00–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
Clifton Cultural Arts Center partners with the Skirball Museum for a Sunset Salon featuring a panel discussion about architecture, historic preservation, and the history of Cincinnati’s religious institutions against the backdrop of Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History by J. Miles Wolf. Moderated by Dan Hurley, host of WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition, panelists include Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the AJA, J. Miles Wolf, Pastor Robert Baines of Southern Baptist Church, and Margo Warminski of the Cincinnati Preservation Association. Light refreshments served.
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GALLERY TALK

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7:00 pm in the Skirball Museum

Join photographer J. Miles Wolf and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for a gallery walk and talk. Hear how the photographs were imagined and the stories behind their eventual realization. Light refreshments served.
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LUNCH AND LEARN

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Noon–2:00 pm in Mayerson Hall

Join photographer J. Miles Wolf and Skirball Museum director Abby Schwartz for an informal light lunch and gallery walk and talk.
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JEWISH CINCINNATI: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY BY J. MILES WOLF

FotoFocus Exhibition Closing Reception
Sunday, January 6, 2019
1:00–5:00 pm in Mayerson Hall

Museum staff and volunteers and photographer J. Miles Wolf will be on hand for informal tours on this final day of the exhibition. Light refreshments served.
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SIMON BARRAD IN CONCERT

Simon BarradSunday, March 3, 2019
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

Few singers have had more of an influence in our Cincinnati community than Simon Barrad. A cantorial soloist at Isaac M. Wise Temple, singer with our Cincinnati Opera, graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, and memorable soloist in the Violins of Hope concert at Music Hall, Mr. Barrad’s magnificent and rich voice lifts us all. Join us for an intimate concert of classical, liturgical, and popular music sponsored by the Sharff Schulman Music Fund, presented by Zell Schulman and her family.

 

FELD MEMORIAL LECTURE

Dr. Edwin SeroussiWednesday, March 6, 2019
7:00 pm in the Klau Library

Dr. Edwin Seroussi, Director of the Jewish Music Research Centre Department of Musicology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, will deliver the annual Feld Memorial Lecture, Changing the Map of Jewish Music: The Birnbaum Collection Forty Years After Its Retrieval. Dr. Seroussi is the recipient of the 2018 Israel Prize.

 

STRIKING MEDALS: 50 YEARS OF THE JEWISH-AMERICAN HALL OF FAME

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame

Exhibition Opening and Reception
Thursday, March 21, 2019
5:30–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall
The Jewish-American Hall of Fame (JAHF) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. Each year, an inductee is honored with a two-inch bronze medal. Among the inductees are Leonard Bernstein, Albert Einstein, George Gershwin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Emma Lazarus, and Hank Greenberg, to name a few. These medals comprise the longest continuing series of art medals being issued in America. The 2019 inductee is Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the founder of Hebrew Union College and many of the institutions of American Reform Judaism. 2019 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of this iconic American Jewish rabbi. The exhibition features all 50 medals as well as displays that chronicle the history and origin of portrait medals; the process of creating the medals from original sketches to clay and plaster models and dies; and text and video about the accomplishments of many of the inductees. Exhibition continues through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

 

THEATER ON CLIFTON: FAITH, GENDER, AND THE LAW
LEARNING FROM THE CRUCIBLE

Sunday, March 24, 2019
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

In our complicated times, we turn to great theater and historical moments to interpret our own day. Please join us for Faith, Gender, and the Law—learning from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in our contemporary world. Following a selected reading from this iconic play, join Dr. James Buchanan, Director of the Brueggeman Center of Xavier University; D. Lynn Meyers, Producing Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati; and Dr. David Aaron, Professor of Hebrew Bible and History of Interpretation at HUC-JIR. The discussion will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning CET Arts and Culture host Barbara Kellar. This lecture is sponsored by the Daniel J. Ransohoff Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Light refreshments served.

 

FOUNDERS’ DAY

Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:00 am in the S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

Join us as we honor our distinguished alumni who have served the Reform Movement for 25 years. This year’s commemoration takes on profound significance as we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of our founder, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.

 

OUR HEAVENLY JEWISH STARS!

Sunday, April 7, 2019
4:00 pm in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

Join us for this year’s final student Broadway Concert on Clifton. Hear what made the greatest songs, shows, and performers “Jewish”—their stories, themes, messages, upbringing, and ethnicity. Israel Baline, Jacob Gershovitz, Asa Yoelson, Hyman Arlusky, Louis Bernstein, and Vladimir Dukelsky became American songwriters and Broadway showmen whose songs we all know—just not their original names! They and so many are our Heavenly Jewish Stars! This concert is sponsored by the Wendy Kanter Fund.

 

HANGING FIGURES BY STEWART GOLDMAN

Exhibition Opening and Guest Speaker
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30–8:00 pm in Mayerson Hall

Presented in partnership with the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. Watch for more information.

 


 

 THE JACOB RADER MARCUS CENTER OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES (AJA) PROGRAMMATIC ACTIVITIESTHE JACOB RADER MARCUS CENTER OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH ARCHIVES (AJA) PROGRAMMATIC ACTIVITIES

The AJA offers numerous programs, exhibitions, and learning opportunities throughout the year. Explore a wide range of topics with featured scholars, join us as we celebrate important historical anniversaries relating to the American Jewish experience, or visit the AJA to view our unique and rare documents.

 

TRAVELS IN AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY
MEMPHIS: A JOURNEY OF JEWISH IDENTITY AND DISCOVERY

May 1–5, 2019
Experience interactive learning sessions with scholars Dr. Jonathan D. Sarna, Rabbi Micah Greenstein, and Dr. Gary P. Zola as you tour intriguing historical sites throughout the Memphis area. For more information, please contact Lisa B. Frankel, lfrankel@huc.edu or 513.487.3218.

 

THE AJA’S FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

You are cordially invited to attend presentations throughout the year given by scholars and students who come to the AJA for a month-long fellowship program. These “Fellows” research and study the AJA’s vast collection of materials uncovering information about specific topics relating to the American Jewish experience and beyond. Visit americanjewisharchives.org for event dates and times. 

 


 

GRADUATION

Portrait of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise

Friday, May 31, 2019
11:00 am in the S. H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel

Please join our Pines School of Graduate Studies and Rabbinical School students as they receive their graduate degrees.

 

ORDINATION

Saturday, June 1, 2019
9:00 am at Plum Street Temple
The community is invited to celebrate with the Cincinnati campus rabbinical students who will be ordained as rabbis.

 


 

NATIONAL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS NATIONAL OFFICE OF RECRUITMENT AND ADMISSIONS (NORA) LEADERSHIP RETREATS

Join a select group from Jewish communities throughout the United States visiting HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus. Learn and celebrate together, and explore topics relating to urgent issues in American Jewish life. Take part in an incredible weekend of leadership development and skills building on our historic campus. Experience Jewish learning with HUC-JIR’s world-renowned faculty who will be leading discussions and workshops. Connect with other future leaders who share your interests and goals. The weekend will be unforgettable, and the knowledge gained will be invaluable. Weekends include:

  • Programs for Young Professionals 
  • Programs for College Students
  • Programs for High School Students 
  • Youth Professional Summits

To learn more about these events, visit huc.edu/youth or email explore@huc.edu.

 

 

 

Please watch for details of these programs and other events at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Seating may be limited at some programs. Dates and times are subject to change. All events take place on HUC-JIR’s Cincinnati campus unless noted. Some programs have a nominal fee.

For more information or to register, please go to huc.edu/cincinnati or contact Jenny Mendelson, jmendelson@huc.edu or 513.487.3098.