upcoming conversations

January - March 2023
  • Sunday, January 8 | 12:00pm - Enjoy a light lunch in Werner Lounge and a Zoom conversation with Ari Rabinowitz, an attorney and Orthodox Jew, formerly living in Cincinnati and now living with his family in Jerusalem. He will discuss and answer any questions about life and culture in Israel. Please join us at the church or from home via Zoom (details below).
    • Ari was born in South Africa and raised in Canada and now lives in Israel with his wife Chana and four children, Lieba (15), Shaya (13), Yosef (9), and Miri (4 turning 5). He and his family made “Aliyah”, the Hebrew term used for those who move to Israel, in August of 2016 and have lived in the city of Bet Shemesh ever since. He is an attorney by trade and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2012 and worked for Ritter and Randolph as a real estate/title attorney until he moved to Israel. He lived in Cincinnati from 2010 until August 2016 as his wife Chana was born and raised in Cincinnati.
    • Zoom Information:
      Meeting ID: 858 0880 7587
      Passcode: 076207
  • Thursday, January 26 | 6:00pm - Join us for dinner in Fellowship Hall and then a conversation with Rabbi Ari Ballaban, Director, Jewish Community Relations Council at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.
    • Please RSVP by January 22 here,
    • Judaism is a rich, human network of history, theology, text, and practice. Rabbi Ari Ballaban--director of Cincinnati's Jewish Community Relations Council--will help to explain the interplay amongst these four dynamics, helping to make sense of what Judaism really is and who Jews really are. As it turns out, these ostensibly simple questions can get quite complicated when studied closely!
    • Judaism has always been central to Rabbi Ballaban’s identity. Both of his parents are rabbis; thus, during his formative years, his family life consistently had a strong Jewish character. While growing up, he attended Jewish day school, participated in Jewish youth groups, and went to Jewish summer camps. Eventually, that upbringing paid off: Rabbi Ballaban was ordained by Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in May of 2015. Soon afterward, he began serving as Rabbi-Educator at Dayton's Temple Beth Or, where he was named Assistant Rabbi two years later. In the spring of 2018, he was appointed the director of Dayton's Jewish Community Relations Council, in which capacity he worked for a year, focusing on strengthening connections between the Jewish community and other religious and cultural groups. In 2019, he began working as a representative of HUC-JIR’s admissions and recruitment department for the Midwest region.

      Rabbi Ballaban is also in the process of finishing his PhD dissertation, on the intersection of humor and Jewish masculinity in Late Antiquity. He has taught courses on Judaism, Jewish texts, and Jewish history at the University of Dayton (as a Ruslander-Friedland Teaching Fellow), the University of Cincinnati (as a fellow of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati), and HUC-JIR (as one of HUC-JIR’s Jewish Intellectual History Fellows).

      Rabbi Ballaban's greatest passions revolve around Jewish education and forging bonds between Jews and those of other minority and religious groups. He views Jewish education as a two-pronged need in 21st-century American society. He believes, on the one hand, that Jews must do a better job of educating themselves about the richness that their own culture possesses. However, he also holds a strong conviction that, were the lessons of Jewish ethics and history better communicated to a broader audience, such a change could help spread principles of pluralism and positive humanism sorely needed in our world. In the interest of such mutual growth and empowerment, Rabbi Ballaban considers the partnership of Jews with other historically marginalized groups one of today’s Jews’ most central moral imperatives, something critical to Judaism’s continued survival as a religion in the modern world.

  • Sunday, February 5 | 12:00pm - Enjoy a light lunch in Werner Lounge and talk with Yarden Neeman, MBA, Senior Community Shaliach, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

    • Yarden is an Israeli emissary (shlichim). He works to create and strengthen relationships between Cincinnati and Israel. Israeli Emmissaries educate both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities about Israel and also advocate for Israel’s right to exist. They engage with local agencies, congregations, day schools, camps, and the Mayerson JCC to create programs and activities that connect us with Israel.
  • Sunday, February 12 | 12:30pm -  Enjoy lunch at the church following worship and join a docent-led tour of the Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College. The mission of the Skirball Museum is to preserve and interpret a rich collection of fine art and artifacts that tell the vibrant story of the Cincinnati Jewish community and global Jewish history, religion, and culture through the thoughtful core and temporary exhibitions and engaging public programs for visitors of all faiths. (BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FROM THE CHURCH).
  • Friday, March 24 (New Date!) | 5:30pm - Travel to Temple Sholom in Blue Ash for a Friday evening Shabbat service (BUS TRANSPORTATION PROVIDED FROM THE CHURCH).
    • According to the Torah, Shabbat commemorates the day that God rested from creating the world; the word Shabbat literally means “he rested.” Exodus 34:21 states: “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest.” Shabbat is considered a day of peace and holiness.
  • Thursday, March 30 | 6:00pm - Celebrate Passover with a traditional Seder Meal in Fellowship Hall
    • The Hebrew word “seder” translates to “order,” and the Passover Seder is a blending of religious rituals, food, song and storytelling. The feast commemorating the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Led by Pastor Carrie and Judge Heather Russell. 
Interested in traveling to Israel with us?

Join Pastor Carrie for a life-changing trip as we travel together to Israel in April 2023!

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to witness the events of the Gospels? Imagine being in the boat with the disciples on the Sea of Galilee when Jesus spoke to the storm or standing on the Mount of Olives beside a weeping Jesus. Although going back in time is not possible, you can go where the events of the Bible took place - the Holy Land.

A Holy Land Experience will:

  • Bring the Bible to life
  • Inspire passionate faith & Christian living
  • Enrich preaching and teaching
  • Energize the call to ministry
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of the contemporary culture and issues

More information about the trip, including itinerary and costs, can be found on our Israel page.


Have questions regarding upcoming conversations or the church? Send us a message using the contact form and we'll get back to you.

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Sunday Service @ 10:00 am
Children's Ministry @ 10:00 am
Coffee and Fellowship @ 11:00 am

3820 Westwood Northern Boulevard
Cincinnati, OH 45211

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