The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati


To invest in high-impact, transformational initiatives in the Cincinnati Jewish community

    • Strengthen community organizations and the constituents they serve by funding signature operating grants, supporting projects to re-imagine ways to serve the community’s changing needs, and exploring new areas of community support and engagement.


  • Deeply understand and elevate the experiences and needs of a broader spectrum of individuals in Jewish Cincinnati, many of whom are not currently involved, but seek greater connection to Jewish life. This is accomplished by building TJF’s professional strength in research and impact assessment and sharing tools, information, and opportunities for learning with community partners.

The Foundation also provides capacity building grants enabling the community’s institutions to meet individual needs efficiently and effectively. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has significantly enhanced the cohesiveness and culture of the Cincinnati Jewish community and has invested more than $200 million in a vision to make Cincinnati one of America’s great cities for Jewish life.

The Foundation Focus Areas

Jewish Learning & Engagement Opportunities

Jewish Cincinnatians can find options for Jewish learning and engagement in Cincinnati that meet their needs.

Deeper Connection to Jewish Values

Participants in Foundation-supported Jewish learning experiences gain a deeper connection to their Jewish values, heritage, and identity. 

Strong Jewish Social Networks

Through their participation in local Jewish organizations, congregations, and grassroots initiatives, Jewish Cincinnatians are expanding and strengthening their social networks. 

Basic Human Needs

Basic physical, psychological, and emotional well-being needs of Jewish Cincinnatians are being met. 

Young people sent to Israel since 2000
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Annual investment in Cincinnati's Jewish Community


Since 2000, more than 2,000 Jewish young people from Cincinnati have traveled to Israel to develop stronger, more personal connections with Israel and their Jewish heritage.


Studies consistently show that overnight Jewish campers grow up more engaged with their communities and are more likely to become leaders and volunteers.
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