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Welcome to the Cincinnati campus!

It is my pleasure to invite you to come visit us at the historic Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Cincinnati is not just a city in the mid-western part of the United States; it is in the heartland of our country. Cincinnati is the center from which Reform Judaism spread throughout the United States. Founded by Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise in 1875, the Cincinnati Hebrew Union College campus is the historic epicenter, anchoring our four campuses.

Our seven buildings, set on seven acres across from the beautiful Burnet Woods Park, have a real campus feel. The Herrman Learning Center contains state of the art classrooms as well as the Scheuer Chapel and the Archaeology Center, and the Sisterhood Dormitory houses Campus Administrative and Faculty Offices and a student lounge space on the first floor.  The multi-story Klau Library has ample room for study, open stacks, and an incredible rare book and manuscript room.  Our Freiberg Gym houses the Jewish Family Service Barbash Family Vital Support Center, and Mayerson Hall contains meeting space and the Skirball Museum. Also located on our campus are the National Business Office, National Office of Recruitment and Admissions, and the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives. The holdings of the Archives and the Klau Library are immense! No scholar of American Jewish History can complete their research without utilizing the incredible holdings!

Our world-renowned faculty include scholars of Bible, Rabbinics, Jewish History, Jewish Thought, and Liturgy. We also have top notch teachers of Jewish Education, Leadership, and Ministry. Graduate students of all faiths in our Pines School of Graduate Studies who are working towards their M.A. or Ph.D. degrees study together with rabbinical students working towards their M.A. and ordination, creating a rich academic environment. In our Clinical Pastoral Education program, rabbinical students and non-Jewish seminarians study towards certification in hospital chaplaincy. Our rabbinical students are placed into internships throughout the Cincinnati Jewish community through our Service Learning Fellowship and serve communities throughout the United States as Student Rabbis.

Cincinnati is a beautiful city, with everything you could want in an urban center: professional sports teams, museums, art, dance, theater, open urban space, bike trails, golf courses, and excellent restaurants. It is also one of the most affordable places to live!

The Cincinnati Jewish community strongly supports the College-Institute and loves our students. Cincinnati is proud of HUC-JIR’s presence here and the role that Reform Judaism has played in this great city!

We are looking forward to seeing you in the Queen City!

Rabbi Jonathan L. Hecht, Ph.D.
Dean, Cincinnati campus