Wise Journey in the News

In 2016-17, we celebrated 175 years as Wise Temple and 150 years of Plum Street Temple. 175 years of community, of accessible learning, of meaningful worship, of innovation and of vibrant Jewish life. 150 years of powerful moments, of memorable lifecyle events, of spiritual connection and of Reform Jewish history. The featured news coverage below highlights some of the memorable events that were part of our celebration.

Plum Street Temple Hosts Unique Concerts

In partnership with the Rockwern Foundation and the University of Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music (CCM), Wise Temple brings two accomplished organists to Plum Street Temple to demonstrate the beauty and power of this rare musical instrument.

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Uncommon Styles of Jewish Music Come to Wise Temple

For its 2017 musician-in-residence program, taking place the weekend of February 24, Wise Temple welcomes Elana Jagoda and Saul Kaye, a San Francisco-based couple each pioneering a new style of Jewish music: Jagoda, folk, and Kaye, blues. The same weekend, in a separate event, Plum Street Temple places a world-renowned organist at the keys of its historic, 19th-century Rockwern organ for a special occasion that’s open to the general public.

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Mazel Tov, Wise Temple!

On February 26, 1842, a small group of German-Jewish immigrants here in Cincinnati officially became a congregation. Eleven years later, they elected a man as their spiritual leader who would not only set their future course, but also that of Reform Judaism as the world now knows it: Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.

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Inside Plum Street Temple

There’s a folk wisdom saying, “If your mind can conceive it, and your heart can believe it, then you can achieve it,” which personifies the history of the Plum Street Temple.

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Wise Temple Kicks Off a Season of Celebrations

It is a special year for Wise Temple. The Reform congregation has not one, but two big milestones to recognize: 175 years as a congregation and 150 years since the opening of Plum Street Temple.

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Plum Street Temple – the Most Beautiful Place in Downtown Cincy?

The Isaac M. Wise Temple is the most amazing place I’ve seen in the urban core—and, maybe, in Cincinnati as a whole. I’m not kidding. We see a lot here at Cincinnati Refined both on and off assignment. I’ve been in countless cool places, but this place... this is next level.

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