HUC-JIR in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati campus is committed to fostering strong links to the Cincinnati community through a broad array of community engagement initiatives made possible by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

Our students are placed within the congregations, schools, Jewish agencies, hospitals and hospices, and communal organizations throughout the city as a vital component of their service learning in The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Fellows Program.  They are mentored by leading professionals out in the field, who help them develop the knowledge and skills that will enable these emerging leaders to provide creative and inspiring leadership to their future communities. The infusion of these young Jewish leaders helps provide the Cincinnati community with assistance in Jewish education, leadership development, Israel connection, and other areas.  Members of the faculty are equally involved as key resources for the local Jewish day schools, congregations, and University of Cincinnati Hillel. 

The community is invited onto campus for a broad range of educational and cultural programs. Concerts, lectures, symposia, and presentations by visiting scholars from around the world offer a myriad of learning opportunities. The Academy for Interfaith Study invites learners of all backgrounds for courses throughout the year. HUC-JIR actively partners with Cincinnati’s music, art, theater organizations and academic institutions to organize significant public programs exploring contemporary issues of interest. 

Adult and school groups are welcomed at the Skirball Museum, with its permanent exhibition featuring archaeological artifacts, Jewish ceremonial objects, and depictions of American Judaism, the Holocaust and modern Israel, as well as temporary art and historical exhibitions. The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives presents rare archival materials documenting the American Jewish experience. The Klau Library’s treasury of over 700,000 volumes and rare Hebraica and Judaica from the 10th century to the present, are readily accessible to visitors.

We are a seminary that is actively engaged in our surrounding community, as together we build bridges of interfaith and multiethnic understanding.