Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45220


Nov 14, 2018


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


$10 in advance, $12 at the door. Skirball Members/FotoFocus Passport Holders call (513) 497-2860 for discounted ticket price.

Sunset Salons: Historic Preservation – Religious Institutions Then & Now

Clifton Cultural Arts Center partners with the Skirball Museum for a conversation about architecture, historic preservation, and the history of Cincinnati’s religious institutions against the backdrop of
Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History by J. Miles Wolf.

Featured Panelists

Rev. Dr. Robert E. Baines, Jr. has pastored several urban churches. Since 2009, he has pastored the Southern Baptist Church in Cincinnati. He earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary (2003; Trotwood, Ohio), with a focus on economic and spiritual empowerment in Black churches. You can learn more about him and the books that he and his wife have written at www.RobertBaines.com. He is a board member of the Avondale Development Corporation, the CityLink Spiritual Advisory Committee, and the Coalition of Churches.  By the grace of God, over the last nine years, the Southern Baptist Church has experienced over 680 people joining the church, a 20% growth in the number of disciples, the paying off of $1,000,000 of debt, and over $1,000,000 worth of maintenance, repairs, and improvements. Additionally, over 16,000 hours and over $100,000 have been given to improving Avondale and vicinity.


Dan Hurley retired as Director of Leadership Cincinnati at the end of June 2016. In October 2017 he resigned from Local 12 News after 36 years, including 22 years as producer and host of Local 12 Newsmakers, in October 2017.  Since retiring from Leadership Cincinnati, Hurley served as interim President of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and is now the interim host of Cincinnati Edition on 91.7 WVXU.  He is the founder and President of Applied History Associates, a public history consulting firm.


Margo Warminski is Preservation Director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, a position she has held since 2004. Prior to joining CPA, she worked as an independent preservation consultant in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Warminski is a native of Detroit, where she developed a passion for historic architecture and urbanism at an early age. An avid writer, she has contributed to five books. Margo currently is restoring a former church parsonage that was narrowly saved from demolition.


J. Miles Wolf is a photographer, publisher and artist living in Cincinnati. His career of 40 years has included owning and managing art galleries, retail stores, photo labs and his own publishing company. He is a prolific photographer about to publish his ninth book. His photographs are in hundreds of corporate collections and thousands of homes around the Cincinnati area. Wolf’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Cincinnati Art Museum. He has had exhibits for all four FotoFocus events in Cincinnati including this year’s Jewish Cincinnati: A Photographic History at the Skirball Museum.


Gary Phillip Zola is the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati, as well as the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. Zola serves as editor of The Marcus Center’s award-winning biannual publication, The American Jewish Archives Journal. President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Zola on three separate occasions (2011, 2014, and 2017) to serve as a member of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, an independent agency of the Federal government. Established by Public Law in 1985, the Commission exists to foster the preservation and protection of the cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings associated with the foreign heritage of United States citizens. Although HUC-JIR presidents have received appointments to U.S. Commissions, Professor Zola is the first regular member of the College-Institute’s faculty to receive such a Presidential appointment


6:00pm – Doors open for light bites and chocolate desserts
6:15pm – Featured panel conversation

Advance ticket sales for this event have ended. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door at the Cincinnati Skirball Museum.


Many thanks to our generous sponsors:

Lite Bite Sponsors:

Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann

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