Access Showcases Cincinnati and Plum Street Temple in Its New United States of Shabbat Series

It’s an all-American celebration with a traditional Jewish twist … introducing The United States of Shabbat, Access’ newest “Got Shabbat” Dinner series, showcasing the best regional culture and cuisine our country has to offer … from sea to shining sea.

Naturally, the first city to be featured will be the Queen City! And where better to hold a Cincinnati-Style Shabbat than the magnificent, historic Plum Street Temple, considered to be one of the most iconic buildings in Cincinnati and in the country.

This event is free with advance reservations and will take place on Friday, November 9. It is open to Jewish young professionals, 21-35, from around the region. Non Jewish significant others are always welcome.

The evening will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a brief and engaging Shabbat service just for Access participants. It will be led by Rabbi Lewis Kamrass, with musical accompaniment from Wise Temple’s Shir Chadash Band. Guests will also have the chance to learn more about the significance of Plum Street Temple.

“We are delighted to share the history and the story of Plum Street Temple with the Access community, and to celebrate Shabbat with them in a service in our beautiful sanctuary,” says Rabbi Kamrass. “I look forward to this being the first of many opportunities for us to welcome our young adult community and to giving them access not only to our history, but to the personal meaning of Shabbat and of prayer.”

Following the service, guests will have the chance to mix and mingle with other young professionals from Greater Cincinnati and around the region while enjoying a sit-down Shabbat dinner with all the trimmings, including Montgomery Inn’s famous barbecued chicken and brisket (vegetarian options are also available), desserts from other popular Cincinnati establishments, such as Busken Bakery, and more. Complimentary beer and wine and other beverages will also be served.

Cincinnati-Style Shabbat is the first in the new United States of Shabbat dinner series, which will focus on the iconic tastes and traditions of our own country’s many unique cities and regions. Like Access’ past International Got Shabbat dinner series, Cincinnati Shabbat will offer the perfect chance for guests to wind down their workweek with other Jewish YPs while they enjoy a taste of what makes this city so unique and interesting.

Space for the Cincinnati-Style Shabbat is limited to the first 200 people and is filling up quickly.

Reservations are mandatory and will be given on a first come, first served basis. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate at a downtown hotel for anyone who is interested in staying overnight.

Access, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation, and offers four to six programs a month designed to help Jewish young professionals get connected to one another and to the Jewish community. Most programs are completely free or very deeply subsidized.

To RSVP or to learn more about this event, please contact Rachel Plowden at or (513) 373-0300 or

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