Hebrew Union College | Skirball Museum & Jacob Rader Marcus Center

3101 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati (Clifton), OH 45220
Skirball Museum in Cincinnati


From top (details): Daniel J. Ransohoff, Untitled | Ben Rosen, Cincinnati Flood, 1937 | George S. Rosenthal, Mound Street Temple of K. K. Bene Israel, 8th and Mound, 1869–1906, 1958, 2014, Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of (from top): Cincinnati Museum Center | American Jewish Archives | Cincinnati Museum Center

George Rosenthal, Daniel Ransohoff and Ben Rosen: Documenting Cincinnati's Neighborhoods

Oct. 22, 2014 – Dec. 21, 2014
Tues–Thurs: 11 am–4 pm | Sun:1–5 pm

Skirball Museum in Cincinnati

Cincinnati's West End played an important role in the city's early Jewish history. It was also a neighborhood at the center of urban upheaval. The largely residential neighborhood underwent significant changes in the 1920s, when hundreds of homes were demolished to build Union Terminal, which now houses the Cincinnati Museum Center. Later, in the 1950s, further disruption occurred with the construction of Interstate 75 and the development of Queensgate. The architectural history of the West End of the 1950s was documented by George S. Rosenthal (1922–1967), part of a 1957 commission by the Cincinnati Historical Society to take 3600 images of the architecture in the West End. Daniel Ransohoff (1921–1993) created a remarkable photographic record of disadvantaged Cincinnatians in neighborhoods across the city, including the West End, over a 30-year period. George Rosenthal and Daniel Ransohoff: Documenting Cincinnati's Neighborhoods will feature a selection of works by both men, whose photographs convey important stories in each frame. About architecture. About human beings. About  community. The photographs of Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Ransohoff are in the collection of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives at the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Skirball Museum's partner in presenting this exhibition.

Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

In conjunction with the Cincinnati's Neighborhoods’ exhibit at the Skirball, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives — also on the campus of Hebrew Union College — presents an exhibition chronicling  the photography career of Ben Rosen (1913–2008), which began when he apprenticed for local freelance photographer Dan Morgenthaler. For his first notable assignment, Mr. Rosen captured Charles Lindbergh as the pilot made a fuel stop at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport for his non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Mr. Rosen's most productive period occurred after World War II, when he then captured images of sports stars, politicians and dignitaries such as Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. 



Oct. 22, 2014
Mayerson Hall and Jacob Rader Marcus Center | Hebrew Union College, 3101 Clifton Avenue | Cinti, OH 45220

The Exhibition Opening that celebrates the photographyof Daniel Ransohoff, George Rosenthal and Ben Rosen begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 22. The evening starts off with a light, grazing-style supper and self-touring of Daniel Ransohoff and George Rosenthal photographs in Mayerson Hall, followed there by welcoming remarks with the Rosenthal and Ransohoff family members at 6:15 pm.

At 6:30 pm, self-touring of Ben Rosen photographs will begin at the American Jewish Archives (AJA), accompanied there by dessert and coffee. Final remarks with the Rosen family will begin at 7 pm. 

In conjunction with the Skirball and American Jewish Archives exhibitions, the Klau Library will display a selection of books from its collections by and about Jewish photographers. On opening night, the Library will be open until 9 pm. Both exhibiting venues will remain open on October 22 until 8 pm. All venues are located at the Hebrew Union College campus at 3101 Clifton Avenue.


5:30 pm (Mayerson Hall): Grazing supper/self-touring of Daniel Ransohoff and George Rosenthal photographs 

6:15 pm (Mayerson Hall): Welcoming remarks with Rosenthal and Ransohoff family members

6:30 pm (American Jewish Archives): Dessert/self-touring of Ben Rosen photographs at the American Jewish Archives

7 pm (American Jewish Archives): Remarks with Rosen family members



Reservation Information:

Free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended and available by phone at 513-487-3098 or by email at jmendelson@huc.edu. 





Nov. 2, 2014
Jewish Queen City Bus Tour, Downtown and Avondale

Sunday November 2, at 10am

Jewish Queen City Bus Tour

Historical tour led by American Jewish Archives staff. Visit landmark Jewish sites downtown and in Avondale, including Chestnut Street Cemetery and Plum Street Temple.




Reservation Information:

$25 Fee. Space limited. Registration required by calling Nancy Dowlin at 513-487-3017.  

Panel discussion

Nov. 12, 2014
The West End: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Hebrew Union College | Mayerson Hall

Wednesday, November 12 at 7 pm in Mayerson Hall

The West End: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Local historians scholars, and consultants discuss an historic Cincinnati neighborhood.

Moderator: Dan Hurley, host of Newsmakers on Channel 12, local historian and director of Leadership Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce


  • Terry Grundy, director of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati; adjunct associate professor at UC; and colleague and personal friend of Dan Ransohoff
  • Carl Westmoreland, senior historian (NURFC ) and advocate for the West End community
  • Dr. Gary Zola, executive director of the American Jewish Archives, which holds the Ben Rosen photographs
  • John W. Harshaw, Sr., author of Cincinnati’s West End ( 2009)
  • Scott Gampfer, director, History Collections and Preservation, Cincinnati Museum Center, which holds the Daniel Ransohoff and George Rosenthal photographs

Program support provided by the Daniel J. Ransohoff Lectures Fund of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Reservation Information:

Free and open to the public. Reservations requested by calling Jen Mendelson at 513-487-3098 or jmendelson@huc.edu.