JCL’s Vision and Mission Statements

JCL’s Vision

Fulfill the needs of the Jewish Community.


JCL’s Mission

Build and sustain a vibrant, caring, inclusive community rooted in Jewish values.


Each word in our mission statement tells the story of our commitment to the Jewish community, congregations and organizations.


The JCL’s mission begins with the word “build” as an immediate acknowledgement of the Jewish Community of Louisville’s (JCL) primary purpose to enhance the long-term viability of our community by providing leadership, financial support and synergy with other Jewish organizations in the Louisville area, in Israel and throughout the world.


The JCL is uniquely positioned to develop the strategic plan that builds our community, cultivates and trains leaders for future generations and provide the necessary resources to help ensure the long-term success of organizations that benefit Jewish people locally, in Israel and around the globe.


The success of creating a vibrant community is engaged and interconnected with every generation. JCL’s success is measured by the well-being of every individual we touch. We provide services and programs in a Jewish environment that help develop toddlers, engage children, motivate teens, challenge young adults, inspire adults, connect families, and benefit the elderly.


The Torah teaches us to take care of those in need, regardless of one’s ability or limits. We are bound as a community to be compassionate, understanding and to facilitate the needs of all members of our community.


We welcome and embrace each generation across the broad diversity of the Jewish Community.


We bring people together, connecting and convening those in our neighborhood, our city, our state, our country, and Jews of all nations, including the people of Israel – receiving and accepting everyone who seeks to be included throughout the diverse Jewish Community.

Rooted in Jewish Values

Each individual has his or her own definition of what it means to be Jewish, but undeniably, we celebrate family, education, culture, and the importance of our Jewish homeland, Israel, as we also perform ongoing acts of tzedakah (justice) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).