Support Israel with humanitarian aid

Federations across North American, including the Jewish Community Board of Akron, have mobilized an emergency campaign to help alleviate the psychological and physical effects of the conflict on Israel's population. Please support humanitarian efforts in Israel by donating to Operation Protective Edge: Stop the Sirens. DONATE TODAY

Grants Available

Grants Available for programming for Jewish youth, elderly

ALEF is currently accepting applications for the Edward L. Abramson JCBA Program Fund for services for Jewish elderly and handicapped and the Harold and Esther Savage Fund for Youth Activities. The deadline is Sept. 29, 2014. Click here for more information and applications

For Teachers and Learners

Holocaust Seminar: Helpers & Bystanders

The Jewish Community Board of Akron and The Lippman School present the 19th Annual Holocaust Seminar on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 from 4-8 pm at the Shaw JCC. This year's theme is "Helpers and Bystanders: Rescue and Indifference." The keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan Bachrach, curator of special exhibits at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. All community members are invited to participate, though advance registration is required.

Register here

Create a Jewish Legacy

Leave a rich inheritance

In one way or another, you have no doubt enjoyed the warmth, closeness, traditions and support of a vibrant Jewish community throughout your life. Once you are gone, who will keep those traditions alive and thriving for future generations?

Consider including our local Jewish agencies and/or congregations in your will so you can continue to make a difference for generations to come. To learn more about making a legacy gift, contact Greta Foster at or 330-835-0004.

What do we do?

The Jewish Community Board of Akron preserves, enhances and perpetuates the Jewish way of life through:
• Providing cultural, educational, religious and human services needed for the greater Akron Jewish community
• Raising and distributing funds to help provide for the needs of Jewish people in the greater Akron area, Israel and the world;
• Developing Jewish leadership;
• Foster cooperation within the greater Akron community by advancing religious, racial and ethnic harmony in the greater Akron area

Changes in ALEF Donor Advised Funds

To better assist donors and assure accuracy, ALEF has changed its procedure for Donor Advised Fund Requests.  CLICK HERE to find all the information you will need.

World News Headlines
- from JTA


The Jewish Federations of North America represents 157 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities, which raise and distribute more than $3 billion annually for social welfare, social services and educational needs. The Federation movement, collectively among the top 10 charities on the continent, protects and enhances the well-being of Jews worldwide through the values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), tzedakah (charity and social justice) and Torah (Jewish learning). 

Read more


For over 80 years, the Jewish Agency has served as the link between the Jewish people and Israel, working to ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center. JAFI helped create and build the State and brought over 3 million Jews to Israel.

JAFI's Mission:  To Inspire Jews throughout the world to Connect with their people, heritage and Land, and Empower them to build a thriving Jewish future and a strong Israel. 

Read more

Join Us!

JCBA Mission to Spain

The Jewish Community Board of Akron is heading to Spain April 28-May 5, 2015 to explore the country's culture and Jewish history. The cost is $3,465 (which includes double occupancy hotels, food, ground transportation, entry fees, escort and tour guide). Does not include airfare. RSVP date is Jan. 30, 2015. For more information or to register, contact David Koch at 330-869-2424. View Intinerary Here

Coming Soon!

Changes are in progress for! The website will be improving and be more user-friendly. Stay tuned.

Upcoming Events

Year in Review

Stay connected with Jewish Akron!

Join our e-news list

Sign up HERE to receive periodic emails from the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

Make a connection

New group for young Jewish adults

Rubber City Jews is the new exciting community for twenty and thirty-somethings in the Akron Jewish community. Whether you're looking for a place to network, socialize or even learn together, RCJ is for you. Click here to learn more