We're Celebrating
Isaac Mayer Wise's 200th Birthday!

Join us for over a dozen learning opportunities and events in honor of the birthday of our founder, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, born on March 29, 1819.
  • Tuesdays with Torah
  • Distance-Wise
  • Religious School Programs
  • Twitter Feeds
  • Shavuot Sensation
  • And more!

“During his lifetime Wise was regarded as the most prominent Reform Jew of his time in the United States. His genius for organization was of a very high order; and he was masterful, rich in resources, and possessed of an inflexible will. More than of any of his contemporaries, it may be said of him that he left the imprint of his personality upon the development of Reform Judaism in the United States.” - Jewish Encyclopedia


Downtown Lunch and Learn
Antebellum Isaac: Rabbi I.M. Wise and the Run Up to the Civil War

Thursday, January 24
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
with Rabbi Michael Danziger

On the occasion of his 200th birthday, we’ll explore Isaac M. Wise’s views and interactions on issues such as slavery and states’ rights as he built our congregation on the banks of the Ohio.

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The Twelve Tribes of Isaac: On the Children of Isaac Mayer Wise

​Sunday February 10
10:00 AM
with Dr. Jonathan Sarna

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Progressive Judaism in Germany Today

Sunday, March 3
10:00 AM

with Rabbi Walter Homolka

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Religious School
Learning Experience and Birthday Party

Grades 3-6
Sunday, March 31
10:45-11:30 AM


Tuesdays with Torah
The Evolution of Reform Jewish Lifecycles from the time of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise through Today

Tuesdays, April 16, 23, 30
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
with Rabbi Karen Thomashow

How did our historic leader approach the life cycles of the Bris, B’nai Mitzvah, Weddings, and the Funeral? What has and what has not changed in 150 years? This course will also contextualize how what Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise did aligned with and departed from customary Jewish practice.

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The Union of Two Bicentennials, with Professor David Stradling

Monday, April 29
7:30 PM

As The University of Cincinnati also commemorates 200 years, Professor David Stradling explores the relationship between Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise and the University of Cincinnati—from serving on its board of governors to lending support during times of crisis.

RSVPs requested by not required


Tuesdays with Torah
Commemorating the 200th Birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise this year:
His Legacy in our Own Time

Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
with Rabbi Lewis Kamrass

As we mark the 200th birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, Rabbi Kamrass will lead us in an exploration of the enduring legacy of the founder of Reform Judaism in America including:   
• Little known Facts about the Life, the Thought, and the Issues to which Rabbi Isaac M. Wise brought his significant leadership- Political and Social Activism, Egalitarianism, Interfaith Work, Asserting Jewish rights in the midst of a Christian Religious Revival.
• Impact of Wise’s Thought on our Worship, Ritual and the Prayer Book
• Beyond Reform: Rabbi Isaac M. Wise’s Impact on the Jewish World

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Shavuot Sensation

Saturday, June 8
Details coming soon