About JCBA


The agencies of the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life (Schultz Campus) educate, enrich, and challenge people, no matter where they fall along the spectrum of life, to become the best versions of themselves.  


The Schultz Campus is a one-stop-shop encompassing all of life’s big and little needs in one convenient and easy location. We have a full suite of comprehensive products and services, embrace all of Greater Akron with a supportive and values-driven community feel, and have been a credible and trusted community steward since 1973. 


Our campus contains everything families and individuals need to thrive! Featuring the latest wellness, adult education, and early childhood education options at the Shaw JCC, an innovative and superior education from The Lippman School, critical support and counseling from Jewish Family Service, and strategic vision and fund development from the Jewish Community Board of Akron.  


The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) is a volunteer association of concerned and committed people that exists for the purpose of preserving, enhancing and perpetuating the Jewish way of life. It is affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America.


Along with the various programs and services the JCBA provides to the Akron-area Jewish community, it holds the Annual Campaign. This campaign provides funds for two agencies under the JCBA umbrella: the Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron  and The Lippman School. It also provides monies to many other local, national and international Jewish programs and agencies.

What We Do

Annual Campaign

The annual JCBA/Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign has been the glue that has held the Jewish community together. It is the Annual Campaign that builds our community and funds Jewish education and programs. It helps sustain Jewish life globally--in Israel, America, the former Soviet Union and beyond

Akron Legacy & Endowment Fund

ALEF can help you set up a plan that will ensure that our community receives a gift on your behalf every year, throughout your lifetime and beyond. ALEF provides an independent source of funding for community needs not met through the annual campaign.

Community Relations Committee

CRC is the organized, representative voice of the Jews of Summit county. It promotes a society that is democratic, pluralistic and just, and it advocates for local Jews and a safe, secure and democratic state of Israel.

Israel & the Jewish World

To further foster a connection to Israel, the JCBA often hosts mission trips to the country. There, participants can learn about its history and experience its culture, strengthening their Jewish ties. JCBA has also led trips to other locations in the world that are rich with Jewish history.

JCBA Board of Trustees




Brenda Schwartz



Thom Mandel



Stephanie York


David Kern



Mark Bober



Todd Polikoff





John Keverkamp




Sam Chestnut


Mark Baer

Marty Belsky

Carolyn Garfinkle

Stuart Glauberman

Joel Goldstein

Marc Merklin

David Minc

Janet Minc

Andrew Mirman

Keith Mirman

Jerry Nelson

Scott Newman













Emily Prioletti

Gary Rosen

Brian Rolnick-Fox

Mike Segal

Judi Shapiro

Mimi Surloff

Richard Zelin


Rabbi Elyssa Austerklien

Rabbi Joshua Brown

Rabbi Michael Ross

Moshe Sasonkin













  • History of Jewish Akron

    In the year that Akron received its charter, a small group of Jewish men established the Akron Hebrew Association to meet their religious, educational and social needs. These German-speaking people, many of whom were prominent Akron merchants, laid the groundwork for Jewish community life in Akron in the pioneering period between 1865 and 1885.