Kesher: Quarterly Magazine

Kesher was our quarterly printed publication which highlighted congregant stories, upcoming programs and lifecycle events. While Kesher has since been replaced by several new annual publications, it provides us with a great historical record! Read featured stories and download full issues below.

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The Incredible Shrinking Bar Mitzvah

Zach Hertzman and his family get caught in the pandemic timeline.   Zach’s Bar Mitzvah, scheduled for March 28, 2020 was in the final planning stages when the State of Ohio bega [...]

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Rachel Levine and Steph Schroeder

Have you felt guilty witnessing the pandemic-inspired culinary exploits of people who are making the perfect loaf of challah from scratch instead of binge-watching Netflix in their pajamas? [...]

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Life Around the Kitchen Table

Jenny and Bob Oestreicher have lived in their house for four years but could count on two hands the number of times they actually sat at their kitchen table and had a family meal together. T [...]

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Julie and John Cohen: Guiding Star

Julie and John Cohen enjoy a long history at Wise Temple, having married at Plum Street Temple 48 years ago. But that isn’t the half of it. Julie’s mother, Bess Shavzin, was the temple l [...]

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Tina and Michael Best: Rocking Out

Family Time Galore. Tina and Michael Best appreciate how their family bonds have strengthened due to the pandemic. Tina, an art teacher at Cincinnati Public Schools, welcomed time during th [...]

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Ben and Tess Rosen: Back to the Shtetl

An old-world wedding in an old-world setting.   Ben and Tess Rosen spent March, April, and most of May not knowing if they would be married on June 6 or not. They had been engaged f [...]

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Karen Goodman: The Perfect Time and Place

Last fall, Karen Goodman and her husband Richard became empty nesters. And in this new life space, Karen has found a way to give voice to her Jewish values. Although she and Richard are both from Amberley Village, they didn’t solidly connect until they found each other as young adults living in Boston. Marriage and three children later, a confluence of events led them back to Cincinnati, and Wise Temple, where Karen teaches about nature and does yoga with the kids in the Open Room on Sundays.

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Matt: Nitzberg: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Matt Nitzberg’s background in what he calls “the data and insight fields” has taught him many lessons about analyzing a situation. He’s logical, pragmatic and practical, with an objective eye for assessing the impact of his and others’ efforts in the new Civic Engagement program. But at 14, he engaged in his first political foray, volunteering for George McGovern, a presidential candidate he was not old enough to vote for, a candidate who lost every state but his home state, and D.C. “I grew up very aware that my parents felt strongly about social justice issues in the late 60s and 70s. They were very clear about their views, and I absorbed their message and became involved.”

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Marcy Kanter: Eyes Wide Open

When Marcy Kanter was a young mother, her life revolved around her family, her volunteer efforts at the temple (mostly with the Sisterhood), her wardrobe consulting business, and her involvement in her children’s schools. “I lived in this little Jewish suburban mom bubble. It took up all my time. I felt like I could trust elected officials. Even if I didn’t vote for them, I felt they would do the right thing. Once my kids were in college, it was a real eye opener to discover that the next generation was getting involved in the election process and was actually excited about certain candidates.”

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Living Our Jewish Values

Horror, outrage, grief. The impact of having congregants who lost a family member in the Parkland shooting in February, 2018 was a powerful impetus in the creation of the Civic Engagement (CE@Wise) program. Amy Katz was one of several congregants who wanted to do something concrete in response. At Rabbi Kamrass’ suggestion, Amy contacted Jenna Shaifer and they decided to form a steering committee which included Amy, Jenna (co-chairs), Terry Susskind, Marcy Kanter, and Rabbi Kamrass.

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