The annual AJC Cincinnati Thanksgiving Diversity Lunch will be taking place on Tuesday, November 16 at the Cintas Center, from 11:45-1:15.

Questions? Email or call 513-621-4020.

Holocaust & Humanity Center 21st Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 3, 2021 | 5:30 PM

Save the date to celebrate the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center’s 21st birthday! On October 3, 2021, join us for a festive gathering marking HHC’s birthday and highlighting the critical work HHC does in the community. We will bring our community back together and thank supporters like you who have been with us on this journey. You made this moment possible.

Join us at historic Union Terminal for a festive night filled with activities including:

  • Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
  • Live music
  • Photo booth
  • Video Toast Booth – submit your well wishes or share a memory of HHC
  • NEW! Browse the traveling Upstander exhibit display
  • Take a tour of the Holocaust & Humanity Museum
  • NEW! Explore HHC’s newest virtual intelligence exhibit, Dimensions in Testimony

Mark your calendars now! More information coming soon.

The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, September 22 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Matt Yosafat.

Matt Yosafat was born in Katerini, Greece, in 1936. In 1942, he went into hiding with the Nazi occupation of Greece. The Yosafats hid in places including a cave and tobacco shelter, rarely safe and often separated. Ultimately, the Yosafat family reunited in Katerini and were liberated, but the outbreak of a civil war led the family to emigrate to the United States in 1951. In 1955, Matt met his wife, Anneliese — who had arrived in the United States with her family shortly after the war — and they were soon married in 1959.

The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, September 15 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Roni Berenson.

Sunday, September 12, 2021 | 9:00 AM | Holocaust & Humanity Center

Join the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center for its first-ever Upstander Service Day. This service day allows participants to give back to the community through a volunteer service project while meeting people of all ages and learning more about what it means to be an upstander. During the day, we’ll teach people about being an upstander and how it ties into our mission, while working to put those lessons into action during a volunteer day.

The Holocaust Speaker Series, held each Wednesday at 11:00 am, features Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors sharing stories of life before, during, and after the Holocaust. Join us on Wednesday, September 1 at 11:00 am via Zoom with Mark Heiman.

Mark tells the story of his family, originally from Demmelsdorf, a small farming community in Bavaria. Mark’s grandfather, Karl, served in the German army in WWI. He later moved to Munich where he established a textile business and raised a family. Mark’s father, Paul, was 12 years old when he witnessed his Jewish school being burned down the day after Kristallnacht. Arrested on Kristallnacht, Karl was interned in Dachau concentration camp. After 30 days, Karl left Dachau and was given 48 hours to leave Germany. The journey took the family to Switzerland, France, England, and finally to Cincinnati where they settled and thrived. Mark also discusses events leading to the Holocaust and its relevance today.

Jenna Shaifer, owner of Ombré  Gallery, is graciously opening her beautiful shop on Vine Street in OTR for this special event! Ombré Gallery specializes in contemporary art and jewelry by artists and metalsmiths from across the United States and around the world. Its mission is to exhibit innovative works using both traditional and non-traditional materials, techniques and subjects, while serving as a conduit to highlight the relationship between art, craft, fashion, and design.  Check out the gallery here: This event will feature light nosh and drink, as well as an opportunity to learn more from our Board and Staff about the incredible work that ish does. I really hope that you’ll join me for an evening to celebrate all the ish is doing and learn how you can support our growing impact!
I’ll hope to see you on August 12.You can RSVP by emailing Please let us know if you’re coming alone or bringing a spouse or friend. All are welcome!

Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, HUC/Los Angeles
Lauren Applebaum, Ed.D., Director, DeLeT, HUC
Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis ’09, ’11, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland, MA

The Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in radical shifts in the relationships among children, parents, and teachers. In many instances, children and their teachers have been forced apart, and children and their parents have been resituated in close quarters. This shift has ushered in both serious challenges and profound opportunities for building meaningful and educative relationships between children and the adults who love them. Learn about how parents, educators, and clergy can partner to support the intellectual and emotional needs of children, and of one another, during this time.

Presented in partnership with the Jewish Grandparents Network and Lilith magazine.

The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), continues to attract controversy and raise serious questions about global security. Since the initiation of the agreement under then President Barack Obama and the Trump administration’s subsequent withdrawal from the deal, we’ve witnessed an expansion of Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile, numerous regional incidents that risked major conflict escalation, economic sanctions levied by Washington against Tehran, and the continuation of proxy wars throughout the region. President Joe Biden has said the United States will return to the JCPOA if Iran resumes compliance. Join the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Jewish Community Relations Council and Ambassador Dennis Ross, counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, for a conversation that will break down the current dynamics of the JCPOA and uncover perspectives on the Biden administration’s approach to Iran.

Thursday, May 20   |  12:00 p.m.

Opening the Ark: Bringing a Lost Polish Synagogue to Life

Abby Schwartz, Director, Skirball Museum, HUC/Cincinnati
Shmuel Polin ‘21, Rabbinical Student, HUC/Cincinnati

Participate in a virtual tour of the Skirball Museum’s exhibition of Shmuel Polin’s full-size replica of an Aron Hakodesh (holy ark) from Sidra, Poland, that was destroyed by the Nazis. The unique story of the reproduction of this sacred architectural artifact, its relationship to the 18th-century Polish ark that graces the Scheuer Chapel on HUC’s Cincinnati campus, works from the Skirball Museum’s collection, and related documentation bring to life the precious legacy of the destroyed wooden synagogues of Europe.

The Opening the Ark Project has been supported by Men of Reform Judaism, The Refusenik Project, Reconstructing Judaism, Jewish Learning Works, Adath Israel Congregation, and GoFundMe Charity.

Click HERE to register.

Can’t join us live? The recording will be posted on our online learning archive.
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