Sunday, July 30, 2000

$20M Jewish campus planned

By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — A $20 million Jewish community campus is being planned for 15 acres at Deerfield and Kemper roads.

        The site will accommodate several community organizations, including the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family Service and the Jewish Federation, said Joyce Wise, co-chairwoman of the Community Campus Vision Council, which proposed the development.

        Neil Bortz, a local developer and co-chairman of the Jewish Community Center's steering committee, said the site is an optimal location.

        “Since so many members of the Jewish community reside in the northeast corridor of Greater Cincinnati, we are well positioned for today and for projected future demographic changes within our community.”

        The vision council will develop the proposal by looking at the program and service plans formulated by the individual agencies.

        Barbara C. Rabkin, co-chairwoman of the vision council, said they will consider all data that has been gathered from community studies, surveys, and town meetings over the last several years and try to integrate in the proposal.

        A special e-mail address,, has been set for suggestions and opinions.

        Mel Fisher, a longtime community leader, will chair the capital campaign to fund construction of the campus.


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