175 Years as a Congregation

150 Years of Plum Street Temple

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  • 2003

    Wise Temple is a congregation of more than 1400 families. In September 2003, Wise Temple is selected as one of four recipients of the 2003 UAHC Congregation of Learners Award, for its outstanding variety of adult Jewish educational programming.

  • 2004

    Wise Temple embarks on the Wise Covenant Campaign.

  • 2005

    Wise Center Wohl Chapel is renovated. Included in renovation is new ark, wooden panels, memorial wall, lectern, large screen, new projector with satellite feed, carpeting, reupholstered chairs, glass doors, commissioned eternal light, and mezzuzah.

    The Plum Street Temple organ restored as the Rockwern Organ by Fritz Noack and Company at a cost of $500,000.

    Rabbi Kamrass celebrates 20 years with the congregation.

  • 2006

    Wise Center Day Camp merges with Jewish Community Center Day Camp.

    Wise Temple, one of the first recipients of the Legacy Heritage Grant, received a grant for $32,000.

    Julia and Ralph I. Cohen Library becomes automated and the listing of all 20,000 volumes is placed on the website, available to be accessed online.

  • 2007

    Barbara Dragul, Wise Temple's Director of Education and Life-Long Learning, was selected as a winner of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Awards for Excellence in Jewish Education. This national award was established in 2000 as a way to recognize outstanding Jewish educators across North America.

  • 2008

    United Jewish Cemeteries merges with 20 other cemeteries in Cincinnati to form the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC). This cooperative venture between all the cemeteries and with the help of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati is the first of its kind in the country.

    A major renovation of Wise Center's lobby, social hall, board room, bride's room, and gift shop is completed.

  • 2009

    A major renovation of the social hall of Plum Street Temple is completed.

  • 2010

    Rabbi Lewis Kamrass celebrates 25 years at Isaac M. Wise Temple and is awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

  • 2013

    A historic event in Reform Jewish life as the congregation installs three new rabbis, each ordained from three different Hebrew Union College campuses. Rabbi Karen Thomashow as Associate Rabbi. Rabbis Sydney Henning and Rachel Maimin as Assistant Rabbis. Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR, is the speaker at the historic installation service.

  • 2016

    The congregation kicks off the Wise Journey, a celebration of 175 years as Wise Temple and 150 of Plum Street Temple. To commemorate these anniversaries each Wise Temple member is given the opportunity to fulfill the 613th commandment to write a Torah. Two Torahs are scribed, one for Plum Street Temple and one for Wise Center. This season of celebrations includes dozens of additional events and engages congregant volunteers in new and exciting ways.


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