Hillel Experience

The Hillel Experience is all about making YOUR Jewish journey the best it could be! From FYSH programs to Graduate Student Programs, we offer something for everyone. We have events that serve a wide range of interests with our Hillel Committees and our relationship with other student and community groups.

First Year Students


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FYSH (First Year Students at Hillel) is a program that allows new and Freshman students to meet new people, get involved and have an amazing experience with other students who are beginning their college career. Through programs and activities, FYSH’s main goal is to create a welcoming community for students to be a part of. All programs are FREE! If you have any questions about the FYSH program or FYSH events please contact our FYSH Student Leaders.

Upcoming FYSH events:
Monday, Sept. 12th – FYSH at the Great American Ball Park! questions? rsvp? email Landon, landon@hillelcincinnati.org

Can’t wait to start talking to other FYSH?
Join the FYSH facebook group and start meeting other new students HERE!

Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Cincinnati Hillel offers some programs that are specifically for graduate students!

Contact the Hillel house directly for more info! Paula@hillelcincinnati.org or 513-221-6728

You can also join the Jewish Graduate Students in the Cincinnati Area group or updates on events in Clifton and in the larger community!

Some contacts in Cincinnati:
Access – for Jewish Young Professionals, ages 21-35
YAD Cincinnati – Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Young Adult Division

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Hillel Committees

Hillel Committees offer students a chance to get involved with the events that are happening at Cincinnati Hillel and focus on their own personal interests!

Jewish Life Committee
The Jewish Life Committee helps lead and plan services each week and enrich Jewish students lives by helping them embrace their Judaism. This is done through many different programs such as “Ask Big Questions”, Holiday Celebrations, Guest speakers and other Cultural events.

Social Action – Tikkun Olam Committee
Hillel offers social action programs such as visits to the Ronald McDonald house and Cedar Village, Mishloach Manot for the community, food drives, Challah for Hunger and visits to community organizations. Our biggest Tikkun Olam project each year is the Gift of Life Bone marrow Drive. Last year we had over 400 new potential donors enter the registry!

Bearcats For Israel
BFI (Bearcats For Israel) strives to promote Israel’s values of democracy and high ethical standards. Through cooperation with other student organizations and interest groups. BFI advocates Israel education and awareness across campus and in the greater community.

Social Committee
Social programs offer students a time to relax and take a step back from a busy week of classes. Events such as make your own sushi, falafel and friends, bagels and blintzes, and make your own pizza are favorites for many students. We also have social outings in the surrounding area such as Schmooze and Cruise, SkyZone, USS Nightmare, Cincinnati Reds games and more!

Interested in more information about joining a Hillel Committee?



Committee Contact Person Email Facebook
Jewish Life Toren Rosenzweig
& Grant Halasz
Social Action (Tikkun Olam) Julia
Bearcats For Israel Liza
vilenceb@mail.uc.edu https://www.facebook.com/groups/116044945077385/
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Interested in getting involved, building your resume or developing leadership and interpersonal skills? Check out our opportunities from internships, community service, leadership workshops and more!

Workum Summer Internships
Don’t miss your chance to apply for a PAID summer internship at a Jewish non-profit in Cincinnati. Applications for the 2015 Workum Internship are due January 15th. More information & applications HERE.

New Voices: Writers Wanted
New Voices Online Magazine is looking for “news and views of campus Jews”. Interested student journalists, editorialists, poets, cartoonists, artists and photographers should visit their site and enter submissions HERE

Looking for Opportunities to travel, volunteer or intern in Israel? Click HERE to check out our Visit Israel page!

Celebrate the Holidays at Hillel!
Hillel loves celebrating the Jewish Holidays! Have a favorite holiday or a tradition for celebrating? Let us know by contacting our Landon Cohen, landon@hillelcincinnati.org

Previous Holiday Celebrations:

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Jewish Holidays (5777-5778)
Rosh Hashanah – Oct 2-4, 2016
Yom Kippur – Oct 12, 2016
Sukkot – Oct 16-23, 2016
Simchat Torah – Oct 24-25, 2016
Hanukkah – Dec 24-Jan 1 2017
Tu B’Shvat – Feb 11, 2017
Purim – March 12, 2017
Passover – April 10-18, 2017
Yom HaShoah – April 24, 2017
Yom HaZikarom & Yom Ha’Atzmaut – May 1 & 2, 2017
Lag BaOmer – May 14, 2017
Shavuot – May 30 – June 1, 2017
Tisha B’Av – August 1, 2017


Spend Friday evenings with Hillel for Shabbat services led by students and a homemade meal prepared weekly. Services begin at 5:30 PM followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:00 PM every week!

Do you have ideas for Shabbat themes or meals? Want to help cook, write a Devar Torah or lead services? Contact our Jewish Life Co-Chairs, Toren Rosenzweig and Grant Halasz, rosenztt@uc.mail.edu and halasz.grant@gmail.com

Shabbat Schedule:
Jan 13, 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21

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Student Organizations

Check out some great student organizations at the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University!


Gesher translates to bridge in Hebrew. The purpose of this new student group is to bridge the gap at the University of Cincinnati of Jewish Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgnder, Queer students and allies. Gesher wants to connect all those who identify as LGBTQ or as an ally with Jewish culture. Interested students should join THIS group or contact Josh at davenpjb@mail.uc.edu.


Jewish Medical Student Association at University of Cincinnati
A new student organization founded by UC students to create a space for Jewish medical students to celebrate the holidays and embrace their religion and culture. JMSA hopes to build a community where students feel close to each other and are encouraged to come together to discuss how their spirituality influences their life and feelings toward medicine. The JMSA strives to be a place where students feel at home and able to escape from the pressures of medical school.  JMSA hopes to provide an opportunity for non-Jews to learn about Judaism and its culture and customs. All JMSA events are open to individuals of all faiths and practices. JMSA strongly believes that we and our peers would benefit from being a part of a Jewish community here on campus. For more information, please contact uccomjmsa@gmail.com.
**** A NEW INITIATIVE!!! Are you a Jewish pre-med student? Sign up for this exciting new mentoring program to connect with students in the JMSA HERE!



Alpha Epsilon Pi- Omicron Deuteron
Founded in 1947 at the University of Cincinnati, Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible UC and fraternity experience. They are a pillar of UC by strengthening their ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career. For more information CLICK HERE

Sigma Alpha a Epsilon Pi- Kappa Colony

Founded in fall of 2016, SAEPi is a national Jewish sorority that has expanded to the University of Cincinnati to create a place for Jewish women to call home. SAEPi is known across campus for always embodying our motto: Spirit, Strength and Sisterhood!
For more informaation, contact: Madison Filzer Filzerms@mail.uc.edu (513)-335-0581


Xavier University’s Jewish Student Organization
The purpose of the Jewish Student Organization (JSO) is to provide Xavier students with a practical means for integrating their Jewish faith into daily life. We are an organization that serves as a resource for the undergraduate and graduate Jewish community within Xavier’s campus and the community at large. Through innovative programming, JSO promotes social, political, and religious interaction among all students. For more information about being Jewish at Xavier, click HERE.



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