Rabbi Irv Wise, who was born and raised in Cincinnati, assumed the position of Senior Rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation in 1992. Rabbi Wise received his Masters of Arts Degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion in 1978 and his rabbinic ordination from HUC in 1979. Prior to coming to Adath Israel, Rabbi Wise served as the Director of Student Activities and Assistant Rabbi at Hebrew Union college in Jerusalem and as the Executive Director of the Hillel Foundations at both Ohio University and the University of Minnesota.
A member of the Rabbinical Assembly, Rabbi Wise is a respected and beloved teacher who teaches extensively in the Adult Studies program at Adath Israel as well as in the Conservative High School, Mercaz, and Adath Israel's Religious School. Rabbi Wise has served as President of Greater Cincinnati Board of Rabbis. He also serves on numerous boards and committees in the Jewish community. Rabbi Wise is on the United Way's Impact Cabinet and is especially committed to issues of poverty. He co-chaired United Way's Poverty Task Force and is a member of Cincinnati's Collaborative on Children's Poverty Steering Committee. He and his wife Kathy have three daughters, Ora, Shalva and Tehila, all who live in Brooklyn.