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


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.

Suggestions for next semester’s FYSH events? 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!


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 2020 Workum Internship will be out this winter, so stay tuned!. For more information, email Michael.

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  Landon Cohen, landon@hillelcincinnati.org


Jewish Holidays (5780)
Rosh Hashanah –

Erev Rosh Hashanah Services 6 pm, Dinner 7:30 pm

Rosh Hashanah Day, Services 10 am, Tashlich following

Yom Kippur – October 8-9, 2019

Erev Yom Kippur Services, 7 pm

Yom Kippur Services, 10 am and 6:30 pm, Discussion at 3 pm, Break Fast at 7:50 pm

Sukkot – October 14-20, 2019
Simchat Torah – October 22, 2019
Hanukkah – December 23-30, 2019
Tu B’Shvat – February 10, 2020
Purim – March 10, 2020
Passover – April 9-16, 2020
Yom HaShoah – April 21, 2020
Yom HaZikaron & Yom Ha’Atzmaut – April 29 & 29, 2020
Lag BaOmer – May 12, 2020
Shavuot – May 29-20, 2020
Tisha B’Av – July 30, 2020


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 Landon at landon@hillelcincinnati.org 


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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, Transgender, 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 Landon at landon@hillelicincinnati.org


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 information, contact: Ibby Boyle, (513) 335-5364 or Meredith Zukor, (513) 545-9659 , or email ucincysaepi@gmail.com


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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