Cincinnati’s Jewish Cemeteries to be Featured on American Public Television's 'World’s Greatest Cemeteries' Series

American Public Television will be coming to the Queen City June 30 and taping will continue through July 1.

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Chestnut Street Cemetery

Filming begins in Cincinnati soon for a show that will feature local Jewish cemeteries.

American Public Television (APT) will be coming to the Queen City next week to film an episode for the “World’s Greatest Cemeteries” series, per a release from Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati (JCGC).

“World’s Greatest Cemeteries,” which is currently filming its second season that is set to air this fall, follows host Roberto Mighty as he teaches the audience about the history and beauty of cemeteries around the world.

The Chestnut Street Cemetery, which JCGC say is “the oldest Jewish cemetery west of the Allegheny Mountains,” will be featured along with several other Jewish cemeteries in Cincinnati.

This series is being taped during the Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial. Chestnut Street Cemetery was founded in 1821 and its founding is said to have signaled the creation of Cincinnati’s Jewish community, as JCGC says “cemeteries traditionally come first in a Jewish community.”

APT will be coming to the Queen City June 30 and taping will continue through July 1. Other than the Chestnut Street Cemetery in the West End, the crews plan to cover Walnut Hills Cemetery in Evanston, Golf Manor Cemetery in Covedale and Spanish Hebrew Society Cemetery in Price Hill.

JCGC is a non-profit that looks after 25 local cemeteries that include 35,000 graves. In their release, JCGC shared some of the individuals that they say APT plans to cover in the program, including:

Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz, founder of the Manischewitz company in Cincinnati in 1888. The company is now based on New Jersey and distributes products worldwide.

David Urbansky, Congressional Medal of Honor winner for gallantry during the Civil War.

Rabbi Dr. Nelson Glueck and Dr. Helen Glueck, a husband and wife. He was a pioneering biblical archaeologist and president of Hebrew Union College.

Jewish Institute of Religion. She was a physician at the UC College of Medicine who did groundbreaking research into bleeding disorders in newborns.

Joseph Jonas, Cincinnati’s first Jewish settler. He helped to create the Chestnut Street Cemetery. Later, he helped to found what is now known as Rockdale Temple in Amberley Village, the first synagogue west of the Allegheny Mountains. He is not buried in Cincinnati but will soon be honored with a marker in the Chestnut Street Cemetery.

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