The Jewish Community
Here’s a link to a PDF we’ve prepared, with information about kosher food, minyanim, the eruv, and the mikveh: Cincinnati Minyanim and Food (PDF). We update this PDF periodically. Look for the “as of” date in the upper right-hand corner.
We are located at 2241 Losantiville Avenue, in Golf Manor (a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio), near the corner of Losantiville and Elbrook Avenues.
Flying to Cincinnati
Cincinnati has its own major airport (Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport – code CVG), which is 25-45 minutes’ drive from the Kollel. Delta has a minor hub here. But there are four other major airports within two hours’ drive of the city, and they are often much cheaper to fly into:
- Dayton, Ohio (DAY) – 1 hour drive from the Kollel
- Columbus, Ohio (CMH) – 2 hour drive
- Indianapolis, Indiana (IND) – 2 hour drive
- Louisville, Kentucky (SDF) – 2 hour drive
If you fly your own plane, you can land at Lunken International Airport, a municipal airstrip a little closer to our part of town (and the birthplace of American Airlines!). Public transportation between Cincinnati’s airport and the Kollel is cheap, but it’s also infrequent and very slow. Should you choose to drive yourself from any of these airports, keep reading.
Driving to the Kollel
Cincinnati is accessible by three interstate highways and a beltway:
- I-71 runs northeast to Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland, and southwest to Louisville, Kentucky.
- I-74 begins in Cincinnati and extends northwest through Indiana and Illinois.
- I-75 extends north to Dayton, Toledo, Detroit, and beyond, and south through Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida.
- I-275 goes in a full loop around the city, connecting with interstates 71, 74, and 75. The main airport is near I-275 in Hebron, Kentucky.
Our Fair City
Cincinnati (municipal web site) is the hub of Ohio’s largest metropolitan area, with more than 2.1 million residents. It is a relatively quiet and sometimes conservative Midwestern city in Hamilton County, the southwestern corner of Ohio. The Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods are just outside the city limits in Amberley Village (municipal web site) and Golf Manor (municipal web site), but there are also a growing number of observant Jews in the northern suburbs of Blue Ash (municipal web site), Mason (municipal web site), and Montgomery (municipal web site). Major corporations with a presence in Cincinnati include Procter and Gamble, GE Aviation, Fith Third Bank, Macy’s Inc., Chiquita Brands, and U. S. Playing Card (makers of the famous “most wanted” deck from the second Gulf War). There are some excellent hospitals in Cincinnati, including Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, with world-renowned specialists in fields such as otolaryngology and gastroenterology; the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, which specializes in the treatment of burns, cleft lip/palate, and other skin problems; University Hospital, which is the major regional trauma center; and Good Samaritan Hospital (“Good Sam”), home of the Seton Center for High-Risk Obstetrics. Local universities include Xavier, Northern Kentucky University, Miami University (in Oxford, about an hour north), and, of course, the University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati has major league baseball and football teams, as well as an up-and-coming soccer team. If you’re interested in sightseeing, there’s plenty to do – especially if the weather’s nice. The local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Downtown Cincinnati, Inc. have information about lots of things to do and see. And here’s a list of some of our favorites:
- There are many great parks both in Cincinnati and in the rest of Hamilton County, with hiking, boating, camping, and water play. One recent addition is Smale Riverfront Park, which lies between downtown and the Ohio River.
- The Loveland Bike Trail is over 70 miles long and scenic; plans are to eventually extend it downtown.
- Cincinnati has a very nice zoo.
- Across the river, in Covington, Kentucky, is the Newport Aquarium. (You can walk across the “Purple People Bridge” to get there.)
- The Museum Center has children’s, history, and science museums, and an IMAX Theater. It’s in what used to be Union Terminal, a beautiful Art Deco landmark.
- Jungle Jim’s is probably the most offbeat grocery store you’ll ever see. Besides having food from all over the world, there are live fish, statues that sing, restrooms in disguise, and more!