About JCBA


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




David Minc



Brenda Schwartz



David Kern
Mike Segal

Stephanie York


Jon Golden



Todd Polikoff



John Keverkamp


Marty Belsky

Mark Bober

Carolyn Garfinkle

Stuart Glauberman

Susan Golden

Joel Goldstein

Thom Mandel

Marc Merklin

Janet Minc

Andrew Mirman

Keith Mirman




Jerry Nelson

Dianne Newman

Gary Rosen

Brian Rolnick-Fox

Judi Shapiro

Debbie Shifrin

Rick Spector

Mimi Surloff

Richard Zelin


Rabbi Joshua Brown

Rabbi Elyssa Austerklien

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.