Camp Chabad | Inclusion Program 

Camp Chabad provides an individualized program for children with special needs. These campers are given a 1:1 or 2:1 advocate depending on needs. Located on the UC campus in Clifton.


Camp Livingston | Inclusion 

Each summer, Camp Livingston has campers that have some level of special needs, from severe allergies and asthma, depression, ADD/ADHD to children on the Autism spectrum. The inclusion program will solve the problem of having a viable, local, overnight Jewish camp experience for those campers who otherwise would not be able to attend. Not only does this benefit these particular campers, but it also benefits all of the campers at Livingston, as they would be living one of their core values, inclusion. These benefits also translate into daily life and school life for children post-camp as they can better understand those with special needs around them.


Indiana University Hillel | Business Leadership Initiative

The Business Leadership Initiative, housed in the Kelley School of Business in partnership with Indiana University Hillel, provides an opportunity for Jewish students pursuing careers in business to participate in lectures, coaching, mentorship, and internship opportunities. 


JCC | Disabilities & Inclusion 

Camp at the J, located at the Mayerson JCC provides a fun, safe, Jewish camping experience for any Jewish child in the city, including those campers with physical, emotional, and other special needs. Through the Disabilities and Inclusion program, the JCC is able to accommodate more children and serve those with more severe disabilities by hiring several one-on-one advocates.


JCC | Kosher Hot Lunch

The JCC provides resources for seniors to remain independent and self-sufficient through the congregate meal program and J Café meals for seniors. The aim of this service is to reduce the risk of institutionalization, promote quality of life and independent living, and optimize the individual’s personal and community support resources.


JCC Meals on Wheels 

For over 30 years, the JCC Meals on Wheels program has contributed to the overall well-being of homebound senior adults by providing regular nutrition and daily contact with caring volunteers who deliver the meals. For senior adults who have difficulty shopping and cooking, the Meals on Wheels program delivers nutritious, frozen meals, with a kosher option, every week.


JCC | Senior Adult Socialization

This funding allows for senior adults to participate in socialization programs at the JCC and in the community.


JCC Senior Adult Social Worker & Socialization Senior Adult Socialization

Enriches the lives of seniors through programs and services that will improve their health and wellness, decrease their loneliness and isolation and provide social and educational opportunities that will enhance lives.


JFS | Aging Services & Case Management

The objective of the program is to better enable aging persons to live independent and satisfying lives. JFS social workers help seniors, particularly Holocaust survivors and other fragile seniors in the community, to navigate systems such as Medicare, reparations, and medical assistance.


JFS Russian Jewish Cultural Center

This allocation supports a weekday program for Russian speaking older adults. In this program, individuals are offered a means for socialization, financial management, case management, and two meals a day.


JFS | Vital Services

JFS provides Vital Services to individuals experiencing difficulties to help them attain self-sufficiency.  These services include: food pantry, emergency financial assistance, case management, and homelessness support.  JFS opened its new Barbash Vital Support Center in October of 2013.



Cincinnati Hillel

 Hillel supports Jewish college students in the Cincinnati area and cultivates their Jewish identity and personal growth through opportunities to create and shape their own Jewish community by encouraging them to take leadership positions and create their own programs. Hillel offers weekly Shabbat services and dinners as well as holiday programs for students.  Hillel has made a recent shift in programming to include outreach to the broader Jewish community.


JCC | Financial Assistance 

The Mayerson JCC provides financial assistance to ensure that all members of the community can fully participate in JCC membership, programming, After School program and day care, based on their financial circumstances. 


JCC | Jewish Life at the “J” 

Jewish Life strengthens the Jewish character of the JCC. These dollars allow for programming with Jewish content that is targeted at specific age groups.


JCC | PJ Library

PJ Library is an international program which supports families in their Jewish journey by sending free Jewish content books, CDs, and DVDs on a monthly basis to children from the age of 6 months to 8 years old. JFS and JCC have collaborated to bring this program to the local community.


JCRC | OJC Gov't Affairs

Ohio Jewish Communities represents Ohio's Jewish federations, their partner agencies and congregations for the purpose of enhancing the Jewish community's ability to serve vital human needs. To achieve this goal, Ohio Jewish Communities secures funds, educates and maintains relationships with government officials, and encourages sound public policy.


JVS CS | Business Development

This allocation helps fund a Business Development Manager who builds relationships with Jewish community agencies, local business leaders, and corporate hiring managers in order to understand their hiring needs (for both internships and post graduate positions) and match them with JVSCS job seekers. The BDM posts open positions on the JVSCS job board and works with JVSCS Career Coaches to educate job seekers about local hiring needs and then connect them with these organizations.


JVS Career Services 

JVS Career Services (formerly known as the JVS Cincinnati Career network) assists unemployed and underemployed members of the Jewish community to find and sustain employment by assisting them in organizing and engaging in a high-quality job search that is customized around the needs of the individual client.


Kollel | Outreach Program

Kollel provides Torah study classes and Chevruta pairings for members of the Cincinnati Jewish community.


Miami University Hillel

The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati supports Miami Hillel’s Challah for Hunger program ($7,500), Shabbat meals ($12,000) and Cinci ConNEXT program ($10,000) that help to engage and provide resources for Miami University’s Jewish students, and Israel Entrepreneurship ($5000).


Sign Language | Sign Language Interpretation

This allocation allows for sign language interpretation at Jewish community events and speakers.

Workum Intern Program

Workum is an innovative summer internship experience for college students from Cincinnati that provides meaningful, career-related employment through paid, supervised internships in Cincinnati Jewish Communal Agencies. Interns also meet together to learn about each of the agencies represented.



Camp Ashreinu | Day Camp Scholarships​

Day camp scholarships allows campers to attend Camp Ashreinu who may otherwise not have been able to.


Camp Chabad | Day Camp Scholarships​

Day camp scholarships allows campers to attend Camp Chabad who may otherwise not have been able to.


Camp Livingston | Need Based Scholarship for Cincinnati Campers

The Camp Livingston Needs Based Scholarship Program provides Cincinnati area campers financial support to attend Camp Livingston, an overnight camp serving our community that enhances Jewish identity.


CHDS/Atara Girls HS | Tuition Scholarships

Atara Girls High School was created during the summer of 2013 in response to the closing of RITTS that May. Due to the short timeline, Atara was incorporated under the CHDS charter. The school shares the Losantiville campus with CHDS. Atara has about 18 students and plans to grow from local families and recruit out-of-town boarders.


CHDS | Tuition Scholarships

Cincinnati Hebrew Day School (CHDS) is an Orthodox community day school. The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati supports Tuition Scholarships for those who demonstrate need. 


Congregations | S.E.E.D.

S.E.E.D. funding is a dollar-for-dollar matching grant that allows congregations to hire a professional to administrate educational programs for all age demographics of the congregation, from youth to seniors. The maximum grant amount is determined by the size of the congregation.


Grinspoon | Grinspoon Award​

The Grinspoon award is a matching gift with the Grinspoon Foundation. The award is given to an exemplary Jewish educator. The award funds participation either in the General Assembly or Central Agency for Jewish Education conference for Jewish education.

HHC | Holocaust Speakers

Holocaust and Humanity Center (HHC) Holocaust Awareness Programs (HAP) is HHC’s public outreach initiative. Through HAP, HHC provides an opportunity for Jewish and non-Jewish community members to learn about the Holocaust. HHC is aware that people are drawn to programs for different reasons. Therefore, HHC provides different avenues of engagement to ensure community connections. HAP events are open to the public and all age groups at a free or reduced cost. They are held in a variety of locations making them accessible for anyone who wishes to attend. In addition to programs on the Holocaust, HHC continually works to provide programming of interest to young adults that seeks to establish a deeper connection to their Jewish heritage.


Halom-Jeep | Jewish Education for Adults with Disabilities​

Halom House is a residential program for adults with developmental disabilities. 16 of their 27 residents participate in Jewish programs provided by Jewish Education for Every Person (JEEP). Approximately half of the programs occur at Halom House. The remainder are held in the JEEP building on Section Road.


JCC | Day Camp Scholarships 

Day camp scholarships allows campers to attend Camp at the J who may otherwise not have been able to.

JFNA | Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel is a nonprofit educational organization that sponsors free 10 – day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults from Cincinnati.

Rockwern Academy | Tuition Scholarships and Administrative Positions

Rockwern Academy is a pluralistic community Jewish day school that educates pre-school students through middle school.  The Jewish Federation of Cincinnati supports Tuition Scholarships for those who demonstrate need. 

UC Dept of Judaic Studies | Lichter Lecture Series

The Lichter Lecture Series, endowed in 1981, is the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Judaic Studies' major event of the academic year. Each year the lectures focus on a different theme, and three leading scholars or intellectuals are invited to address it from different angles.

One-Time Allocatons

  • $135,475 – Inclusion Grants
  • $150,000 – JCC security expenses: for security officers at the JCC vetted through SAFE Cincinnati (the SAFE Director and the SAFE Advisory Committee)
  • $69,000 (given in December) + $50,000 (given during Inclusion Grant process) = $119,000 – JFS Aging 2.0 Senior Isolation Pilot Program: outreach program to help isolated seniors in the Cincinnati Jewish community
  • $35,000 – JFS Post-Adoption: digitizing JFS adoption paperwork
  • $1,500 – Camp Ashreinu: additional funding to support with programming, scholarship, and inclusion needs

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