From the Dean

Welcome to the Cincinnati campus!

Our Cincinnati campus is a historic and vibrant center for the education and training of liberal Judaism’s future leaders in our Rabbinical School and of scholars of all faiths in our School of Graduate Studies.

Our faculty includes internationally recognized scholars in a variety of fields of Jewish and interfaith studies. The Klau Library and Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives constitute one of the finest research collections and facilities in Judaica and Hebraica in the world. The Skirball Museum and Archaeology Center display hundreds of remarkable artifacts collected over the past century. Our campus is the home for HUC-JIR’s scholarly publications, including the HUC Press and Hebrew Union College Annual. HUC-JIR’s National Recruitment and Admissions Department, connecting with hundreds of college and high school students each year, is based in Cincinnati. Our Scheuer Chapel is the venue for worship and spiritual exploration. Through academic partnerships with the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, and interfaith learning programs organized with Cincinnati’s religious and cultural institutions, our students have expanded opportunities for discovery.

Our commitment to community engagement is a model for our students, as they prepare for leadership for the Reform Movement, the Jewish people, and the larger world. Our academic community and campus are a vital resource for strengthening the religious and cultural experience of Jews and non-Jews in Cincinnati, our region, and beyond. The community is welcomed onto our campus for a broad range of public programs that reflect our role as a center of innovation, creativity, scholarship, and research.

At the same time, the community beyond our campus serves as a laboratory for learning and professional development for our students. Our students serve internships in scores of congregations throughout the region, including small congregations that would otherwise lack professional leadership. Local communal agencies, educational institutions, and organizations, including the forthcoming Jewish Family Service – Barbash Family Vital Support Center on our campus -- are the venues for advanced service learning for our students, as they apply their classroom learning to address the challenges of contemporary life.

These groundbreaking initiatives of community engagement and service learning, linking the campus and the community, are made possible by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati and provide extraordinary opportunities for professional and personal growth for our students.

We invite you to visit our campus, learn more about our programs, and join our vibrant community. At our Cincinnati campus, you will be part of an inspiring cohort committed to making a real difference in our world.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Jonathan Cohen, Ph.D.