About the Bicentennial

2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Jewish community life in the city of Cincinnati, which formally began with the founding of Chestnut Street Cemetery. The Jewish community and the City of Cincinnati will commemorate this significant milestone through community celebrations, multi-generational programs, and interactive experiences.


The Rededication of the Chestnut Street Cemetery

The establishment of the first Jewish cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains in 1821 in Cincinnati paved the way for 200 years of culture, contributions and achievements that continue today. Following a lengthy, careful restoration effort, the Chestnut Street Cemetery in the West End was formally rededicated on September 26, 2021 signaling the beginning of the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial.

Celebrating 200 Years

The formal rededication ceremony of the Chestnut Street Cemetery on September 26, 2021.


Thursday, January 20 - Saturday, January 22: UC Jewish Cincinnati Lecture Series | Various times & locations

Thursday, January 20: Bicentennial Bling - Jewelry and Fashion in a Portrait of Jewish Cincinnati | 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.

*** VIRTUAL ONLY *** Wednesday, January 26: Holocaust Speaker Series with Eva Schloss | David & Nancy Wolf Holocaust and Humanity Center | 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.



Today - Sunday, January 30: Cincinnati Skirball Museum Exhibition "A Portrait of Jewish Cincinnati" | Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College | Tours by Appointment

Today - October, 2022: Jewish Cincinnati - A Walk Through History | Downtown Cincinnati | Self-guided and personal tours

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