Where We Pray: Progressive and modern, Rockdale Temple has a 190-year history of firsts

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

Rockdale Temple (K. K. Bene Israel)

Address: 8501 Ridge Road, Amberley Village
  Denomination: Jewish (Reform)
  Top Clergy: Senior Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran, Rabbi Meredith Kahan
  Size of Congregation: 420 families
  Affiliation: Union for Reform Judaism

Core beliefs

• To promote a more just, righteous and compassionate world

• To apply the teachings of Judaism to the values and conduct of the individual, family and society in which we live.

Rockdale Temple is a progressive and modern congregation with several "firsts" to its credit. Rockdale was the first Jewish congregation west of the Alleghenies and a leader in creation of Reform Judaism, as well as the first in Cincinnati to elect a female senior rabbi.

Today,  Rockdale takes pride in its diverse and welcoming congregation. Members come from throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, and include families with children, interfaith couples, LGBTs and converts from other religions. Average age of members is about 50.

“Rockdale is a family which celebrates together and also helps share burdens, " said Senior Rabbi Sigma Faye Coran. "I am constantly inspired by our members even as we seek to instill a sense of responsibility on the path to God."

WCPO Insiders can read about how one interfaith couple found a home at Rockdale.

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