Private Tour, Talk and Dinner

March 11, 2019
6 pm Tour of Skirball Museum with Director Abby Schwartz

6:40 pm Lecture with Rabbi Jonathon Hecht
7:15 pm  Head to Sella home for dinner: Middle Eastern fare by Uri Sella and Guy Cohen

RSVP by midnight 3/8/2019

Rabbi Hecht


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Limit of 31 guests for dinner. Act quickly!

$20 members and your guests
$25 non-members

You have the option to attend only the tour and lecture. There is no cost if you do not attend dinner but please "buy" a tour/lecture ticket for our planning purposes.


The Harvard Club of Cincinnati invites you to an intimate evening to remember at Hebrew Union College, one of our city's treasures. The shared history of Cincinnati and our Jewish community, the oldest west of the Alleghenies, is long and rich.  Our Jewish neighbors have been prominent contributors to business and the arts, politics and philanthropy.
We are combining a talk by Rabbi Jonathan Hecht, the Dean of the Cincinnati Campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, a tour of the Skirball Museum with Director Abby Schwartz and a Middle Eastern dinner catered by Uri Sella and Guy Cohen at Past President Gillian Sella’s home.  The address will be provided to those who RSVP for dinner.

Questions?  Contact Gillian.

If you prefer to buy tickets by mail, please send a check to the HC of Cincinnati, c/o Katie Nappi, 644 Watch Point Drive, Cincinnati OH, 45230 and leave a message at Contact Gillian that you are attending.

HUC-JIR in Cincinnati

The Cincinnati campus is committed to fostering strong links to the Cincinnati community through a broad array of community engagement initiatives made possible by the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

Our students are placed within the congregations, schools, Jewish agencies, hospitals and hospices, and communal organizations throughout the city as a vital component of their service learning in The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Fellows Program.  They are mentored by leading professionals out in the field, who help them develop the knowledge and skills that will enable these emerging leaders to provide creative and inspiring leadership to their future communities. The infusion of these young Jewish leaders helps provide the Cincinnati community with assistance in Jewish education, leadership development, Israel connection, and other areas.  Members of the faculty are equally involved as key resources for the local Jewish day schools, congregations, and University of Cincinnati Hillel.

The community is invited onto campus for a broad range of educational and cultural programs. Concerts, lectures, symposia, and presentations by visiting scholars from around the world offer a myriad of learning opportunities. The Academy for Interfaith Study invites learners of all backgrounds for courses throughout the year. HUC-JIR actively partners with Cincinnati’s music, art, theater organizations and academic institutions to organize significant public programs exploring contemporary issues of interest.

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives presents rare archival materials documenting the American Jewish experience. The Klau Library’s treasury of over 700,000 volumes and rare Hebraica and Judaica from the 10th century to the present, are readily accessible to visitors.

We are a seminary that is actively engaged in our surrounding community, as together we build bridges of interfaith and multiethnic understanding.  


The Skirball Museum


The Skirball Museum in Cincinnati has a long history as one of the oldest repositories of Jewish cultural artifacts in America. The first stage in the museum's development lasted for nearly a century, beginning when Hebrew Union College (HUC) opened in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1875 and over time began accepting donations of Judaic objects and books. In 1913, the College's Union Museum was founded with the assistance of the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, becoming the first formally established Jewish museum in the United States. In the 1920s, the collections rapidly expanded with the purchase of several significant private collections of Judaica, including those of Salli Kirchstein, Joseph Hamburger, and Louis Grossman.

The Museum houses a permanent collection of Jewish archaeological artifacts from The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem and Jewish ceremonial and ritual objects. Additional exhibits depict Torah study, American Judaism with an emphasis on Cincinnati and HUC-JIR.  There are also temporary art and historical exhibitions.

Adult and school groups are welcomed at the Skirball Museum. The museum hosts public education events and rents space for private events. The arched ceiling of the spacious, fourth-floor balcony features a series of skylights, adding to the magnificent design and decor of this venue.