Guide to Jewish History Resources
at the Cincinnati History Library and Archives

Guide to Jewish History Resources

General Resources

Jews of Cincinnati

By Jonathan D. Sarna and Nancy H. Klein
Cincinnati, Ohio : Center for Study of the American Jewish Experience on the Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, c1989
General f305.8924 S246

Jews of Cincinnati

By John S. Fine and Frederic J. Krome
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub., c2007
General 305.8924 F495

The Jews of Ohio: in Celebration of the Ohio Sesquicentennial, 1803-1953

By American Jewish Archives
Cincinnati [Ohio] : American Jewish Archives, [1953]
General 305.8924 A512j

And These Are Jews

Video produced, directed, and written by Ruth Goldman. Copyright BowWowMeow Productions.
Length: 48:50

A documentary about German Jews in Cincinnati, from the mid 1800s to the present. It looks at the differences in the lives, beliefs, and cultures of German Jewish immigrants to Cincinnati (and their descendents) and Eastern European Jews, and also looks at the prejudice they experienced as Jews. The story is told mostly through interviews with a number of Cincinnati residents (of both German and East European heritage), who talk about their lives and experiences as Jews in Cincinnati, their efforts at assimilation, being a part of the Jewish community, etc.

Those interviewed include: Regine Ransohoff, Joseph Stern, Jerry Ranshohoff, Barbara Allen, Sue Freidlander, Frances Schloss, Sally Korkin, Beth Neman, Bill Friedlander, Jack and Barbara Guggenheim, Alice Perlman, Jean Rothenberg, Arthur Spiegel, Sue Ransohoff, and Frances Goldman.

There are photos throughout the program: family photos dating back to the late 1800s, group photos of families, students, and friends, photos of social and civic organizations, and the interior and exterior of the Isaac Wise Temple. Old family films are shown as well as modern video footage of the Wise Temple’s interior.

Background for the History of American Jewry

By Jacob Rader Marcus
Cincinnati : American Jewish Archives, H.U.C.-J.I.R., [1964]
Pamphlets 305.8924 M322

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Am I My Brother's Keeper: Reform Judaism in the American West, Cincinnati, 1840-1870

By Alan I. Marcus
Spring 1986
In: Queen City Heritage, Volume 44, No. 1, p. 2-19

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A 'Jerusalem' on the Ohio : The Social and Economic History of Cincinnati's Jewish Community, 1840-1875

By Stephen G. Mostov
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Brandeis University, 1981
Thesis 305.8924 M916

Jewish Communities on the Ohio River : A History

By Amy Hill Shevitz
Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, c2007
General 977.004924 S554

Shalom Cincinnati

Cincinnati : Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, [1988]
Pamphlets 296.06 S528

Guidebook to the Cincinnati community prepared by the federation for new residents of the Jewish faith.

Queen City Jewish Tour

Brochure. 1988
Ephemera collection - Tours

Every Friday: The Cincinnati Jewish Weekly

General ff296 E93

The focus is the activities of the Jewish community in Cincinnati. After 1948, it includes articles on the state of Israel as well.

Jewish Layman

Published in Cincinnati, 1940-1951
General 296 J59

The Jewish Layman is the official organ of the National Federation of Temple Brotherhoods.

Essence of Judaism : For Teachers & Pupils, and for Self Instruction

By Isaac Mayer Wise
Cincinnati : Bloch & Co., 1861
R.B. 296 W812

Originally written as an instruction book for a single congregation, Wise decided to publish it as he saw it could serve as a guide to the Hebrew Bible.

Judaism : Its Doctrines & Duties

By Isaac Mayer Wise
Cincinnati : American Israelite, 1872
General 296 W812j

Judaism and Christianity, Their Agreements and Disagreements : A Series of Friday Evening Lectures Delivered at the Plum Street Temple, Cincinnati, Ohio

By Isaac M. Wise
Cincinnati : Bloch & Co., 1883
General 239.2 W812

Remembrance of Cincinnati’s Yiddish Theatre

By Marlene Phyllis Foreman
Thesis (M.A.)-University of Cincinnati, 1972
Thesis f792.09 F715

Sephardic Life in Cincinnati, 1906-1976 : A Synopsis

Cincinnati, Ohio : Sephardic Beth Shalon Congregation, 1976
Pamphlets 296 Y47

Union Prayer=Book for Jewish Worship

Cincinnati, Ohio : Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1895
General 296.4 C397

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