Special Events & Programs


From a Yom Kippur conversation to book launches to programs on aging and parenting, Wise Temple presents unique programming for everyone throughout the year. Please note that days of the week, times and locations vary for these activities. 

Questions? Contact Celeste Lawler at 513.793.2997 or clawler@wisetemple.org

2023/2024 Schedule

Yom Kippur Study Session: Social Issues of Israeli Society

Orly Erez-Likhovski, Executive Director, Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC)

September 25

1:30 PM–2:30 PM

Zoom from Wise Center, Plum Street Temple or home

Orly Erez-Likhovski, Executive Director of the Israeli Religious Action Center (IRAC) in Jerusalem joins us live from her home on this day of reflection to share how social issues of Israeli society can be understood in today’s landscape. She will engage in conversation with Rabbi Kamrass, and all of us (through an open question and answer period) as well.

Dream By Dream: A Conversation with Geri Kolesar on the Launch of Her New Children’s Book on the Life of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise.

October 19

7:00 PM–8:30 PM

Deer Park Branch Library, 4020 E Galbraith Road

Dream By Dream: The Story of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise is a newly published children’s book by Wise Temple member and author, Geri Kolesar. Join us as we launch the book through a conversation about the research and writing process, the content of the story, writing specifically for children, and how this book may be a part of our literature and our lives. All participants will receive a copy of the book, which Geri will sign after the program. Light fare will be served in celebration.

Members & Guests $20

A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Petuchowski: One of the Last Self-Told German Jewish Life Stories

November 19

10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Wise Center Library

Dr. Elizabeth Petuchowski shares her story of growing up as a young Jewish girl in Germany amidst the rise of Nazism, fleeing to England where she experienced the outbreak of WWII, and immigrating to the United States. Dr. Petuchowski will also read from her memoir, Where From and Where To.

Wise Aging

Amy Katz, Facilitator

Session One: December—January (register by November 8)

Session Two: March—April (register by March 6)

How does one age “wisely”, open doors to new opportunities and effectively navigate life’s challenges? Through our six-session course, this cohort will come together for authentic, meaningful, fun, and honest conversation to help us live with joy and friendship in the years ahead and to cope with inevitable loss and change that we may face. Course dates, times and locations will be determined collaboratively among registrants, with one session beginning in December (through January), and a second in March (through April). The course will focus on the tools, practical suggestions, and Jewish teachings included in Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal.

*sponsored by Jewish Home Cincinnati

Jewish Parenting Seminar: Becoming a Soulful Parent

Dasee Berkowitz

January 7

9:30 AM–11:00 AM

Wise Center and Zoom

Combining insights from thousands of years of traditional Jewish wisdom and contemporary literature on spirituality with her own utterly relatable first-person storytelling, author Dasee Berkowitz helps readers embrace every moment with their families while leaning into the challenges of parenting with renewed perspective and enthusiasm. This is not a parenting how-to book. Instead, Becoming a Soulful Parent asks questions to help readers explore the contours of their inner lives and develop their internal compasses as they lead their families with love and wisdom. 

A One-Woman Performance: The Life and Loves of Selma Bondi Wise

Rachael Houser, HUC-JIR rabbinical student

March 28

7:00 PM–8:00 PM

Wise Center

We know Reverend Dr. Isaac Mayer Wise as the man who pioneered American Reform Judaism, but what about the power behind the proverbial throne? Learn about the two women who motivated and inspired him. His second wife, Selma Bondi Wise (as performed by Rachael Houser) weaves the tale of his adventuresome partnership with his first wife, Therese, and his unlikely love story with Selma herself. Drawn from materials found in the American Jewish Archives, Rachael’s performance reveals surprising and endearing secrets about the private life of Isaac Mayer Wise and the wives without whom his illustrious career would not have been possible.

Shavuot Sensation

Zach Berg, Mongers’ Provisions

June 11

8:00 PM–9:30 PM

Wise Center 

Zach Berg (a certified cheese professional, and co-owner of Detroit-based Mongers’ Provisions) guides us through a Shavuot cheese tasting and fascinating session of learning and experiencing. Zach will walk us through each of the four cheeses he is serving, with a little bit of chocolate to finish it off. This presentation will aim to connect you to the people and places our cheeses come from. We will also explore why Shavuot is a dairy holiday and some great “wheys” to celebrate.