who we are

Mission statemenT

Engage and empower Jewish young adults through exceptional programming and experiences that foster active Jewish life on and off campus and in the Cleveland Jewish community. 


Every Jewish young adult aspires to lifelong Jewish identity and commitment to Jewish life and community.

The Cleveland Hillel Foundation, established in 1947, currently provides resources to a vibrant Jewish community of more than 2,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students attending eleven colleges and universities in the Cleveland area. 

Through JCLE, Cleveland Hillel connects graduate and professional students to their peers living and working in Cleveland.

Cleveland Hillel is also a year round program center that serves Jewish students in Cleveland for the summer through our Summer Internship and Leadership Program and summer events.

We offer 725+ programs at Case Western Reserve UniversityOberlin CollegeCleveland State University, and John Carroll University. We also reach out to students at Baldwin-Wallace University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, Notre Dame College, and Ursuline College. 

Whether you've been involved with Judaism since before you can remember, or you're just trying to figure out what this is all about, we're happy you're here! Cleveland Hillel's building is located on the CWRU campus, but Hillel is not confined to just one space. You can experience Hillel in coffee shops, on your campus, around Cleveland, and in Israel.


Your Hillel experience can mean sharing a Shabbat meal with friends, networking with graduate students & young professionals at a JCLE Happy Hour, or engaging in Tikkun Olam with your peers. Your Hillel experience is what you make of it. Whether you practically live at Hillel, or just join us for High Holidays, we are here to help you navigate your Jewish college and post-grad experience.