Below is a compilation of milestones related to our history over the last 200 years. Each milestone weaves Jewish history within the greater context of our community's development, and our country at large.

1821 | Oldest Jewish cemetery West of the Alleghenies (Chestnut St. Cemetery)

1824 | Oldest Jewish congregation West of the Alleghenies is officially established


1850 | First Jewish Hospital in USA founded


1854 | American Israelite is founded


1866 | Plum Street Temple dedication


1868 | Charles & Maximillian Fleischmann create first commercially produced yeast


1873 | First Jewish congregational union in America (Union of American Hebrew Congregations) and the oldest in continuous existence


1875 | Founding of Hebrew Union College


1877 | First Jewish Cincinnati Reds Player & Captain, Lipman "Lip" Pike


1882 | Justus Thorner first owner of the Cincinnati Reds

1883 | First four rabbis educated in USA ordained by HUC in Cincinnati

1883 | Elias Kahn establishes Kahn’s Meat Packing in Cincinnati

1889 | First Rabbinical Association / Central Conference of American Congregations


1896United Jewish Charities (currently Jewish Federation of Cincinnati)


1896 | Irwin Krohn and Samuel Fechheimer, founded the Krohn-Fechheimer Shoe Company, which produced Red Cross shoes

1896 | Jacob Frank establishes Frank’s Spice & Tea Company in Cincinnati

1900 | Two Jews battle to become mayor of Cincinnati (Alfred M. Cohen & Julius Fleischmann).  Fleischmann is elected

1903 | Irvin F. Westheimer befriends a young boy in Cincinnati, OH; seeds are formed for the start of Big Brothers in Cincinnati

1915 | First American Mental Health Institute, the Psychopathic Institute (part of Jewish Hospital) was established

1916 | Setty Swartz Kuhn establishes Cincinnati’s Better Housing League

1917 | The Helen S. Trounstine Foundation was established

1920 | Frank’s RedHot Sauce goes on the market

1924 | Murray Seasongood founds the Charter Party, reorganizing City Counsel with non-partisan elections

1929 | Sidney Weil becomes majority owner of the Cincinnati Reds

1931 | The Trounstine Foundation becomes a division of the Community Chest, the predecessor of the United Way

1937 | Eden Park Greenhouse is renamed in honor of Irwin M. Krohn

1939 | Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus and others established what would become the Jewish Community Relations Council

1943 | Sydney 'Syd' Nathan founded King Records

1945 | David Lazarus becomes president of Federated Department Stores and moves headquarters to Cincinnati

1947 | Dr. Jacob Rader Marcus established the National American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati

1947 | David Frisch acquires franchise to open the first Frisch's Big Boy Drive-In restaurant, Big Boy One, on Central Parkway north of downtown Cincinnati

1961 | HUC President, Nelson Glueck, delivers benediction at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration

1963 | HUC President, Nelson Glueck, appears on cover of Time Magazine for his work as a Biblical Archeologist

1972 | Ordination of the first woman rabbi (Sally Priesand)