On May 18, 2022, the Jewish National Fund of Greater Cincinnati welcomes internationally acclaimed actress, producer, activist, and author, Noa Tishby, to Cincinnati. Ms. Tishby is the author of Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth. It examines the past, present, and future of Israel in an insightful and engaging way.

We are promoting this book to local book clubs so they can take advantage of the opportunity to hear the author speak on the morning of May 18 at the Mayerson JCC.

If your book club is interested in reading this book, please forward your name or your club coordinator’s name and address to EGoldstein.cinci@jnf.org. Your club can reserve their own table and at no expense for the May 18 breakfast event featuring Noa Tishby. It is a great opportunity to have a special morning with your book club friends.

To learn more about Noa Tishby, please click here.

If you’re interested in joining a reading and discussion group through Jewish Federation’s Israel Center, please contact Yarden Neeman at yneeman@jfedcin.org.

If you’re interested in joining a reading and discussion group through Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy, please contact Jaynie Levinson at jlevinson@jfedcin.org.

Jewish influences in Cincinnati have shaped our food, medicine, arts institutions, social justice movements, how we enjoy sports and more. Our Shared Story: 200 Years of Jewish Cincinnati is celebrating the lasting influences of Cincinnati’s Jewish community on the city we know today.

Meet the ordinary and extraordinary individuals whose innovation, persistence and creativity founded organizations, businesses and movements that shape our region today. Explore what “home” means, see how Cincinnati has influenced other communities worldwide and discover echoes of your own family’s immigrant and migrant experiences in these vibrant histories.

Discover, or rediscover, the stories of Rabbis Isaac M. Wise and Eliezer Silver, Albert Sabin and Henry Heimlich, the Krohns, Aronoffs and Rosenthals and the birth of Jewish Hospital, Big Brothers, Big Sisters and more. Learn about the traditions behind yarmulkes, dreidels and menorahs and the Jewish connection to baseball’s favorite phrase “going, going, gone!”

Thursday, April 7
Reception and Viewing of the Exhibition: 6:30 — 8:30 pm ET
Program: 6:30 pm — 7:30 pm ET

“The First Four” Women Rabbis in Conversation:
Rabbi Sally Priesand ’72, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso ’74,
Rabbi Amy Eilberg ’85, and Rabba Sara Hurwitz ’09;
moderated by Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Ph.D.,’93
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost

Reflections by Rabbi Amy Perlin ’82 and President Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

Performance by The Braid of an excerpt
from the play “Stories from the Fringe,”
about 18 pioneering women rabbis revealing their journeys

A Play About
18 Pioneering Women Rabbis
Revealing Their Journeys
Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm ET

In-Person at HUC or Simultaneous Livestream
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West Fourth Street, NYC

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition
“Holy Sparks: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in the Rabbinate”
Pre-performance viewing of the exhibition at 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET

A play performed by Geoffrey Cantor, Lisa Cirincione,Rosie Moss, and Kate Zentall (pictured below from left to right).

Join us in commemorating the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal with a special performance of American Jewish composer Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.”

As a child during World War II, Steve Reich rode trains between his divorced parents in New York and Los Angeles. Later in his life, he realized that had he been in Europe, he would have been on very “Different Trains,” those leading to extermination camps. The piece highlights the intersections of history by combining the recorded voices of Holocaust survivors, American train porters, and train sounds, with the playing of the string quartet, to create a powerful, moving experience, and one uniquely appropriate for performance at the Holocaust & Humanity Center at Union Terminal.

This performance by 4-Way, Cincinnati’s String quartet, will also include African-American composer Rhiannon Giddens’ song, “At the Purchaser’s Option.” The two pieces evoke memories of a tragic past filled with oppression and dehumanization, experienced by Jews during the Holocaust and African Americans during slavery. At the same time both reflect on humanity’s struggle for survival and dignity in the darkest hour.

Register at the event website.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 7:00 PM | Holocaust & Humanity Center

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, survivor Eva Schloss will share her powerful story live in Reakirt Auditorium to commemorate the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s third anniversary at Union Terminal.

Born Eva Geiringer in Vienna, Austria, Eva and her family fled to the Netherlands after Germany annexed Austria in 1938. They were neighbors of Anne Frank’s family during their time in Amsterdam. After the Nazis occupied the Netherlands, Eva and her family went into hiding. The family was later betrayed and sent to Westerbork Concentration Camp and then to Auschwitz II-Birkenau.

After the war, Eva and her mother moved back to Amsterdam and reconnected with Otto Frank, whom her mother married — making Eva Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister.

Learn more about Eva’s story during this intimate conversation with her on January 26. HHC will also unveil Eva’s virtual intelligence testimony in our newest exhibit, Dimensions in Testimony. Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, DIMENSIONS IN TESTIMONY, allows visitors to ask two-dimensional displays of Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time.

This free event is hosted in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center.

Registration required. Visit website for details.

Join us for an exclusive educator event with Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, the posthumous stepsister of Anne Frank. 

At this event, educators will experience:

  1. V.I.P. ACCESS: Take a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s VIRTUAL INTELLIGENCE EXHIBIT, featuring Eva Schloss. After previewing the exhibit, educators are invited to hear Eva share her powerful story live in Reakirt Auditorium at Union Terminal.
  2. COMMUNITY BUILDING: Engage with fellow educators prior to the event, with appetizers and drinks.
  3. CLASSROOM RESOURCES: Leave with curricular resources that showcase the power of survivor testimony in the classroom. All resources are designed to be easily implemented into existing curriculum.

Up to 3 Contact Hours Available.

Register on the event website.

A Webinar with Cynthia Amnéus, Chief Curator and Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles, Cincinnati Art Museum.
This event is online only.  It will be held virtually on Zoom. Link will be provided upon registration.

Can’t make it in-person? Join us on Livestream.

The Skirball Museum is excited to participate in Hanukkah Homecoming Weekend, celebrating Hanukkah alongside Jewish organizations around the world. Join Skirball Museum Director Abby Schwartz for an “illuminating” illustrated talk about Hanukkah-related art objects in the Museum’s collections followed by the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah for the last night of Hanukkah. This event will be offered both in-person and on Livestream. Registrants will receive the Livestream link prior to the event.

We are also offering a Hanukkah gift for our guests: a visit to our current exhibition A Portrait of Jewish Cincinnati!

Register by Thursday, December 2 at noon.
Proof of COVID vaccination required for entry.
Masks required for staff and visitors.