The Board of Governors at Hebrew Union School–Jewish Institute of Faith voted Monday to shutter a 147-year-old residential rabbinical program in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Inquirer reported. This system is anticipated to shut by the tip of 2026.
The campus will proceed to host its Jewish library, museum and archives. College students at the moment enrolled can stay on campus to complete their research, and Hebrew Union School’s residential rabbinical applications in Los Angeles and New York are unaffected. The establishment additionally plans to design a “new and progressive academically rigorous, low-residency rabbinical and cantorial program,” based on a message from the chair, chair-elect and president of the board posted on the establishment’s web site.
Rabbinical pupil enrollment on the Cincinnati campus has fallen 37 % within the final 15 years, based on a set of strategic planning recommendations from the board. Native Jewish neighborhood members held a rally in assist of saving this system final week.
“Given the depth of deeply held emotions on all sides of this historic vote, we’ll take time to navigate the suitable path ahead—sensitively and with our widespread dedication to the training of future generations of Jewish leaders guiding our manner,” the message from board leaders learn.