WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Senate passed U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman’s (R-OH) resolution designating Sept. 16, 2017 as national “Isaac M. Wise Temple Day.” Brown and Portman’s resolution marks the 175th anniversary of the Isaac M. Wise Congregation and the 150th anniversary of the Isaac M. Wise Temple, also known as the Plum Street Temple, in Cincinnati.
“Declaring a national day of recognition for the Wise Temple is a fitting honor for a man and an institution that have contributed such a great deal to Jewish life and Cincinnati’s history,” said Brown. “I’m grateful to Senator Portman for working together to mark the legacy of Rabbi Wise and the temple that stands in his memory.”
“When I visit Plum Street Temple I am amazed by its beauty and am so proud of the legacy of Rabbi Wise, both in Cincinnati and around the world,” said Portman. “I am glad to join Senator Brown in sponsoring this resolution and wish a heartfelt congratulations and mazel tov to my friends at Wise on reaching this milestone.”
Isaac M. Wise founded the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 1875. He also served as a leader of the Jewish Reform movement in the United States and founded the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of Reform Rabbis. The Isaac M. Wise Temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.