Kesher

History is in the Background

With the theme of this issue of Kesher being about our new Civic Engagement program, a photo shoot featuring five congregants, gathered as if they are at a rally, made perfect sense. Behind them are Wise Center’s American and Israeli flags.

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Eliana Goldner and Abby Rosenberg

The Faces of the Future. Eliana Goldner is not waiting to make the world a better place. Sophomore Eliana Goldner plays soccer, both elite and on Turpin’s JV team. She’s also in Student Council, Key Club, and Innovation Club. And she’s WOOTY’s Vice President of Programming, so she’s all in on participating and being involved.

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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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Dr. Jason Frischer

Dr. Jason Frischer and his wife Lori only meant to stay in Cincinnati for a few years, just long enough for him to experience working at, arguably, the world’s most prestigious pediatric hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Children’s). “We’re both born and raised New Yorkers. I couldn’t spell Cincinnati or find it on a map. The tri­state to me meant New York, New Jersey and Connecticut!” But 12 years later, they are still here and love what a smaller city like Cincinnati has to offer.

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Drs. Andrea Rinderknecht and Jordan Bonomo

Drs. Andrea Rinderknecht (pediatric emergency medicine trained, now in private practice) and Jordan Bonomo (emergency medicine, neuroand cardiac-thoracic critical care) have traveled to Honduras, South Africa, Haiti and Kenya on medical missions. But the beginning of their story starts at Brown University where they met and fell in love during their undergraduate studies. After graduating from medical school, Cincinnati came next.

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Natalie & Josh Adler

Natalie: Growing up, I went to a Christian church with my best friend a lot. It was fun, but it just never clicked. I think I had certain core beliefs and values that were never expressed through any religion until I came here.

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Empty Nester Sara Rollman

“Retirement has been a time of exploration. I’ve focused on how I’m going to fill all the aspects of my life – what spokes I want to put in my wheel. One spoke is for being active, one for community service, one for spiritual activities, one for healthier cooking, one for travel.”

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