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Cincinnati, Ohio.—We reached Cincinnati on the 21st of November, and found here four congregations; the first, having Polish Minhag, worshipping in Broadway; the second German, in Lodge Street; the third also German, in Race Street, we think, over the Canal; and the fourth, again, is Polish, whose place of worship we did not visit. Since we left, we understand that the first and last congregations, at least a portion of the latter, have united, and that they have commenced building a large Synagogue at the corner of Sixth and Broadway, which is to be ninety feet long, fifty-seven in width, and seventy high. We were not fortunate enough to see the plan but we have no doubt that it is worthy of the object for which it is intended. The building was commenced in February, and it is expected to take about a year to finish it. They worship now in the room lately occupied by the Polish congregation (Gates of Heaven), with which they have formed the union just mentioned. We gathered but few items worthy of notice during our brief stay, as we had so many things to attend to. But we visited the school attached to the Synagogue in Lodge Street, and found a considerable number of scholars, under the charge of Mr. H. Freund and Mr. Schwarzenberg, Hebrew teachers, assisted by a male and female assistant in the English department. Some of the <<48>> scholars translated in our presence from Hebrew into English, and they, certainly, acquitted themselves quite creditably. The school has been placed under the charge of Rev. Jacob Rosenfeld, the lately elected Hazan and preacher of the congregation; and we see that applications are requested for candidates to supply the above-named teachers, whence we presume that they have quitted their post, or are about doing so. We have heard no reason for this step; as our correspondents at Cincinnati have maintained silence on the subject.

We learn however, that in addition to the day school of the B’nai Jeshurun, a Sunday school has lately been started, in January, under the general superintendence of the Rev. J. Rosenfeld; and five weeks after commencing, they had assembled already nearly two hundred scholars. The ladies who teach in this school, are Mrs. Martha Jonas, Mrs. Henrietta Wolf, Mrs. Caroline Wolf, Mrs. Rebecca Wolf, Mrs. Julia Ezekiel, Mrs. Maria Moses, Miss Florence Ezekiel, Miss Rosa Loovis, and Miss Rosa Meyer. The male teachers are Messrs. Joseph Jonas, Joseph Abraham, Adolph Amite, Samuel Oppenheim, Henry Lewis, Seixas Solomon, M. Barrel, and Abraham Aub. We regret to learn from our correspondent, that some pious persons have opposed this movement of diffusing religious information on the first day of the week, which is from many reasons a day of compulsory leisure, and when those who attend general schools are disengaged, and hence can devote some time to religious studies, for which they have no leisure during the other days in the week. Now we perfectly agree with those who object to the movement, that religious instruction should not be confined to one day out of seven, but should be a daily exercise; and our endeavours to effect this, should be an evidence of our sincerity. But if we cannot obtain all of what we need, it strikes us, that it would not be the part of wisdom to refuse accepting what is really attainable.

It is indeed true, that Jewish children do not attend, as a rule, Jewish schools, even where such are established; at another time we may have to say more on this topic. The fact cannot be disputed. We therefore ask our friends, “Will you place a hindrance in the way of this enterprise, by which, should you succeed in breaking it up, you could to a surety deprive many of the only chances they will probably ever have, to obtain the least knowledge of religion?” The case may be deplorable; it in fact is so; but let us not reject the only remedy we have at hand, in the hope that; if children have once tasted the waters of life, they will thirst for more. At the same time, we would urge on the protectors and supporters of the Sunday school, not to rest; <<49>&gt satisfied with this fragment of religious education, but to do all in their power; and if this is done, they must succeed, to establish regular schools, under proper teachers, to instruct all in the language of the Hebrews, “the speech of Canaan,” and to give them a thorough knowledge of their religion, and its principles and belief, so that no itinerant speaker shall ever after have even the shadow of a cause to tell them, “that they and their children are entirely ignorant of their faith.” Without saying aught of the bad taste which such a declaration involves, we would merely state, that happy indeed would we be, if people observed all they know, imperfectly as they have been educated; but this much is necessary, that religion should be so impressed on the mind, that all of Israel should cheerfully practice the duties which flow from an acknowledgment of their faith. This a Sunday school can but improperly effect; hence the necessity for more ample instruction.

The president of thee first congregation of C[incinnati], is Mr. Daniel Ullmann; of the second, Mr. Abraham Aub; of the third, Mr. Wolf Fechheimer; Rev. Hart Judah is Hazan of the first. They have two Ladies’ Bene­volent Societies, one attached to the Broadway Synagogue, under the presidency of Mrs. Louisa Symmons, the other belonging to the Lodge Street Synagogue, under the presidency of Mrs. G. Lohnsbach. We did not obtain any statistics, except proximately, of the strength of societies and Synagogues; and hence would thank the officers to furnish us with detailed reports of all such matters as would be interesting to the public. We also learned that the hospital, of which we gave an account some months back, was still continued under charge of Dr. Henry M. Cohen, formerly of Norfolk.

The evening after our arrival, we were requested by the Parnass of the congregation B’nai Israel, to deliver a sermon in the Synagogue the following day, Sabbath Chaye Sarah; we cheerfully complied with the request, and spoke from Isaiah li. 1; 2, on the character and faith of Abraham, the steadfastness of Sarah, and the willingness of Isaac to become a sacrifice on the altar in obedience to God’s will, and finished with an exhortation to the people to remain faithful as their forefathers had been, and to yield an entire obedience to God’s law, in the same manner as the Patriarchs did. The day following, we received the subjoined proceedings, which we publish by the request of the congregation; not, let our readers believe us, from any motives of vanity, but merely as the expression of the people towards a public servant, in whom all have some little interest. It is no matter to us who this one may be, whether a stranger or ourself; since it is but right that <<50>> Israelites, should express their approbation or otherwise, of those whom they appoint or request to address them on the affairs of everlasting life.

Cincinnati, November 23, A. M. 5612.

Rev. Isaac Leeser,

Dear Sir,—I feel pleasure in transmitting to you the following resolutions unanimously passed this day, at a meeting of the vestry (representatives of Kal A-Kodesh Bnei Israel):

“Resolved, That the holy congregation of the Children of Israel, through their vestry, do hereby tender to the Rev. Isaac Leeser, of Philadelphia, their thanks for the intellectual and moral discourse delivered in their Synagogue on the Sabbath of November 22d, 5612.

And be it farther

“Resolved; That they hereby extend to the said gentleman a hearty welcome to Cincinnati, and feel happy in bearing additional testimony to the high attainments, acute knowledge, and moral worth of the reverend gentleman.

“Resolved, That we invite the Rev. Mr. Leeser to address our congregation on next Sabbath, if he should be amongst us. The shortness of notice at which his discourse yesterday was delivered, deprived many of our community of the pleasure of hearing him.

“Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be handed to Mr. Leeser, and sent to the ‘Asmonean’ for publication; and that he be requested to insert them in the next ‘Occident;’”

Respectfully yours.

Joseph Abraham, Sec’ry.
D. Ullmann, Parnass.

In accordance with the request expressed above, we again spoke on the succeeding Sabbath, from the Haphtorah of the day (Toledoth), Malachi i., chiefly from verse 6, “The son honoureth his father, and the servant his master;” and we have to express our thanks for the undivided attention with which we were listened to, by as large an audience as the building could hold. It was evident that the room was entirely too small for the wants of the people, as scarcely any others than the members of the congregation were present; hence they have done well in taking it down, and that they are now engaged in erecting a structure more worthy, to be a habitation of our Heavenly Father, no as not to offer to his service the meanest of the flock, against which sin the prophet so ardently inveighs. We left Cincinnati on Monday, the first of December.