Jewish Medical Students' Association at UC College of Medicine

Hello and welcome to UCCOM JMSA, the Jewish Medical Students' Association at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

This is a (giant event calendar and) list of resources for Jewish life near the medical campus, in the neighborhoods of Clifton, University Heights, Corryville, and downtown. Cincinnati has many synagogues from all movements and a full-service Orthodox community.

This list, however, highlights resources near campus.

Leonard Sokol, Chair,
Zachary Stern-Buchbinder,
Jewish Medical Students' Association

Problem with the website? Email me, Sarah Beck, at

Sabbath Services & Meals

Chabad at UC (website) (FB) (map)
  • Rabbi Yitz Creeger (FB) and Dina Creeger (FB)
  • (513) 751-2288,
  • Usually there are at least a couple of grad students at Friday night dinner, and sometimes quite a few as the evening progresses.
  • A few grad-only events at various times of the year...see last year's huge dinner in the sukkah.
  • During the year it is DEFINITELY possible to get a minyan, so don't be shy. ;-)
  • It's a social thing for most people, so you certainly don't need to be observant per se to have fun and meet people.

Cincinnati Hillel (website) (FB) (map)

  • Paula Harlan, Director of Jewish Student Life
  • (513) 221-6728,
  • Weekly Friday night student-led egalitarian services and dinner during the academic year.¬†
  • About one "grad-appealing" event per month IMO, like a week of free catered kosher meals during undergrad exams(!!)
  • Welcome Back BBQ, Monday, August 24th, 2015, 5-8 p.m.

Plum Street Temple (website) (map)

  • Gorgeous historic synagogue downtown, within (daytime) walking distance of Clifton
  • Branch of the Isaac M. Wise Temple
  • No regularly scheduled services, BUT
  • Selichot 2015 (Saturday, September 5th)
    • With dessert reception
    • Nonmembers welcome
    • Greatly enjoyed by a M2 who attended last year
  • Occasional Friday night services and cocktails with Access (website) (FB), a group for Jewish young professionals
  • Occasional b'nai mitzvah on shabbat morning; contact Temple office to inquire

Isaac Mayer Wise

Other Graduate Student/Young Professional Groups

Other Resources

Jewish Family Service Food Pantry

  • This is a food pantry on the Hebrew Union College campus, across Clifton Ave. from UC's main campus. As I write this, I'm planning to attend a volunteer orientation to see how med students can get involved in a flexible way. They often need people to restock shelves.

Counseling at the Vital Support Center

  • The same JFS location at HUC, near campus, has social workers on staff, should you want to get some support at a venue outside of UC. Open to all.

Over-the-Rhine Kitchen

  • This is a long-standing soup kitchen in Over-the-Rhine that is staffed on the weekends by a rotation of local synagogues and churches. Find a synagogue (see list) where you might be a good fit and contact them to see if you can volunteer on their week. I did this with Adath Israel and had a great time, although they usually have enough volunteers from their own ranks.

Hebrew Union College Library
Skirball Museum

  • World-famous Judaica library and small museum, both well worth visiting. The museum holds openings for its various exhibits...keep an eye on their website. Unfortunately, HUC does not offer many events that are open to the public, though if you have a strong Reform affiliation, I bet you could find an "in." For example, there are services every weekday morning at 10 a.m. in the Scheuer Chapel, though I don't have a contact person.

UC Department of Jewish Studies

  • Talks on UC's main campus on October 13th and November 2nd, 2015.

Clifton Jewish Cemetery (site) (map)

  • Yes, there is a small Jewish cemetery right off Ludlow Ave. in the middle of Clifton. If you're taking a walk, why not pay a visit?

Jewish and Israeli Film Festival

  • Every year in February, three weeks of movies. Some showings at the Esquire Theater on Ludlow (site) (map), among other farther-flung venues.

Kosher Food

Cincinnati has extensive kosher grocery shopping, mostly at Blue Ash Kroger (map) and Remke "Bigg's" (scroll down) (map). If you have a car, you are well-served for kosher food. The below is a list of options for people who want to grab something nearby or who don't have a car.

Note that the Blue Ash Kroger is accessible by a UC shuttle from main campus if you want to buy meat and can't find a ride. It's about 3/4 mile from the shuttle stop (approach from the back of the parking lot to save steps), but a nice driver will often let you out at the intersection near the Kroger.

Cincinnati Shuls' Kosher Info (restaurants, groceries, catering...)

At UCCOM Itself

  • The bookstore on the main floor of MSB (E-level) has Sabra hummus, Kraft string cheese (OU or K), yogurt, and frozen Amy's meals, in addition to various snacks.
  • A mini-Kroger in the Medical Arts Building next door to MSB (map) has Alouette cheese spreads (OU), Toufayan pita, hardboiled eggs (OU), Sabra hummus and guacamole, some whole fruits, grape tomatoes, crudit√©s (no supervision), shelf-stable milk, and various other standard Kroger items with supervision.
  • The UC and Children's hospital cafeterias have a decent selection of vegetarian items and a salad bar, but nothing with supervision except for yogurt, hummus, and the like.
  • Visit Kosher Starbucks to see what is and is not OK at the Starbucks by the UC hospital cafeteria...more than you'd think, including food!

Clifton/Gaslight/Ludlow Ave.

  • Jagdeep's Indian Grocery
    • Well-stocked with basic produce, eggs, milk, yogurt, and many staples (rice, lentils...) that either have or do not require supervision
    • Krinos naan (OU), many varieties, if you want whole loaves for Shabbat

  • Clifton Natural Foods (site) (map)
    • Health food/gourmet store with many national brands with supervision (Tofurky, etc.)
    • Certified pareve (vegan) cookies in the gluten-free section
    • Old World brand pita

  • CVS (site) (map)
    • Not a lot is pareve/vegan, obviously, but you'd be surprised how many store brand products have supervision.
  • Ludlow Wines (site) (map)
    • Teal Lake, a red and a white--I forget which ones.

  • Graeter's
    • Many flavors are kosher, but the store is not under supervision. Much better coffee than other nearby alternatives!!

  • Shell
    • Yes, the icehouse does sell Hebrew National hot dogs in the cooler by the door, making it an important destination on the Clifton food scene. ;-)
  • United Dairy Farmers
    • It's not Graeter's, but many of the ice cream flavors are OU.

  • Peace House Grille
    • Vegan restaurant (no supervision) opening soon.

  • Bruegger's (site) (map)
    • NO, the bagels are not under supervision, sadly, but the packaged cream cheese in various flavors has a national supervision (Kof-K?), as does the packaged lox.

Main Campus (details coming soon)
  • Main Street ExpressMart (same inventory as MSB bookstore, in the Tangeman University Center, clock tower building)
  • Market on Main (same inventory as MSB bookstore, near the gym/rec center)
  • Mt. Olive Market (Middle Eastern grocery on Short Vine, very friendly, many products)
  • Einstein Bros. (Calhoun St., for packaged lox and cream cheese, NO supervision on bagels)

Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurants Outside Clifton (No Supervision)

  • Happy Chicks (site) (map) Vegan bakery in Northside with light lunches.
  • Park + Vine (site) (map) Vegan lunch (and brunch) counter in Over-the-Rhine.
  • Brij Mohan (site) (map) Strictly vegetarian (dairy) Indian in Springdale, well worth the drive.
  • Loving Hut (site) (map) Vegan.

Kosher Restaurants (with supervision) here.