Jewish Life in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is home to a vibrant Jewish population of about 20,000. The Modern Orthodox community is just one denomination of the many that make up the diverse, inclusive and collaborative Jewish community.

Interested in learning more about Cincinnati? Through the generosity of our Move2Cincy supporters, we are able to offer families up to $600 toward flight expenses when they come visit.

 

Shuls

Congregation Sha’arei Torah

Modern Orthodox shul in Amberley Village affiliated with the Orthodox Union. The shul is located on a beautiful wooded area nestled in a neighborhood in Amberley Village.

Golf Manor Synagogue

Also known as Congregation Agudas Israel, it is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Cincinnati, started downtown and relocated many times over the last 100 years to its current location in Golf Manor.

Congregation Zichron Eliezer

The congregation is affiliated with Agudath Israel.

Chabad Jewish Center

Services are conducted primarily in Hebrew, with some English passages sprinkled in for further understanding.

Note: Blue Ash residents are not eligible for Ed Choice

Cincinnati offers all of the services for a full Modern Orthodox life, including:

State-of-the art mikveh

Kollel  learning environment

Bikkur holim for health and values

Beis din for Rabbinic law

The community has an active and collaborative Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, Jewish Foundation, Jewish Family Service, and chapter of the American Jewish Committee. These organizations provide tremendous opportunities for activities, education and advocacy to enrich the lives of Jewish families in our community and in Israel.

Community events include:

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Opportunities for Youth

 

Travel to Israel

52% of the Cincinnati Jewish community has traveled to Israel.

The Jewish Foundation offers the Cincy Journeys Israel travel grant program to Jewish high school students (up to $6,500) and post-graduation (up to $5,000). There is no limit to the number of grants available, and they are awarded regardless of financial circumstances. 

Youth Camp

The Cincy Journeys program also provides grants of up to $1,800 to first-time campers and up to $1,000 grants for all second-time campers for Cincinnati Jewish youth. The camp grants are awarded regardless of financial circumstances, and additional need-based grants are available for those who qualify.

Kosher Food

Cincinnati food establishments are supervised by Cincinnati Kosher (Va’ad Ho’ier of Cincinnati).

Grocery

Kroger

One of the largest grocery chains in the country is headquartered in Cincinnati. The location in Blue Ash has an extensive fresh and frozen kosher section, deli counter and sushi.

Jungle Jims

This multi-acre store has two locations and products from more than 70 countries, and offers a large kosher section with fresh and frozen foods as well as kosher wine.

Costco

The wholesale giant is located just 15 minutes from the Modern Orthodox community in Sycamore Township and regularly stocks kosher brands.

Remke

A smaller regional grocery store in nearby Hyde Park within the city limits, this store offers a kosher section and its freshly-baked breads and pastries are a local favorite.

Trader Joe’s

Another national chain offers kosher meat and chicken along with surprising favorites.

Dining

Kinneret Grill

A Mediterranean Fusion steakhouse, offering traditional fare, gourmet burgers and modern American dishes. Also available online with DoorDash.

Marx Hot Bagels

With more than 30 varieties of bagel baked fresh daily, sandwiches, soups, salads, vegetarian options and fresh pastries.

Amma’s Kitchen

Refined Indian cuisine voted Best in the City, Amma’s is certified by Cincinnati Kosher.

JCafé

Located inside the Mayerson JCC and offers bagels, pizza, salads, smoothies and more.

Cedar Village Deli

Located inside the Cedar Village retirement community in Mason and serves both breakfast and lunch.

Treats & Desserts

Graeter’s Ice Cream

Made locally and served in 18 neighborhood ice cream shops (and 25+ outside Cincinnati), try the famed chocolate chip varieties.

Silverton Donuts

Customers wait in line at 5 a.m. on weekdays to get first choice of Silverton Donuts’ choices.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

Four locations in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Rhino’s Soft Serve and Frozen Yogurt

Family-owned store and food truck offering 23 flavors of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelato and sorbet and voted one of the Best in the City. 

History

Are there really Jews in Cincinnati? Indeed, and it’s a community that’s been here since the arrival of Joseph Jonas, a watchmaker and silversmith, settled here in 1817.

  • Oldest Jewish congregation west of the Allegheny mountains
  • Oldest English-Jewish weekly newspaper, The American Israelite
  • The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati was opened in 1854
  • By 1910 the Jewish population grew to make up 7.7% of the city’s population

Notable Jewish Institutions

Mayerson Jewish Community Center

The JCC, welcoming more than 27,00 visitors per month

Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

Collects documents of the American Jewish experience

Klau Library

With its collection of 440,000 books of Judaica

Skirball Museum of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

Has one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America

Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

Contains documented stories of Holocaust survivors and is located in the Cincinnati landmark Union Terminal

Fun Cincinnati Facts

  • #10 Most Affordable City (largest city in the Top 10)
  • #9 Forbes’ Best Cities for Raising A Family
  • #4 Best Cities to Find a Job
  • Top 10 Metro for STEM Professionals

  • Second Best City for Nightlife in America
  • Top Mid-Sized Sports City in the US
  • Top Travel Destination in the World by Travel + Leisure
  • #4 City for Beer Drinkers
  • Top 10 Cities for Recent College Grads

    • Top 25 Most Environmentally Friendly Cities
    • #2 Best Children’s Hospital in Nation (Cincinnati Children’s)
    • Most Hipster City in the Country
    • Top City for Moviemakers

    Want to visit?

    The best way to experience Cincinnati is to visit. Through the generosity of our Move2Cincy supporters, we are able to offer families up to $600 toward flight expenses. When you visit you will get a tour of the city, escort to schools and shuls and Shabbat hospitality.

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