Jewish Life


Akron's close-knit Jewish community offers many opportunities to get involved, learn, connect, and strengthen your ties to Judaism, Jewish culture and Jewish heritage

The hub of our community is the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, which is home to the Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA), the Shaw JCC, Jewish Family Service, and The Lippman School. United under the umbrella of JCBA, the agencies share the goal of nurturing and sustaining a thriving Jewish life in Akron.


Agencies on Campus

  • New to town?

    Are you new to the Akron Jewish community, planning on moving here, or just looking for new ways to connect to Jewish life? Cathy Baer, Community Concierge, is here to help!

    Are you new to the Akron Jewish community, planning on moving here, or just looking for new ways to connect to Jewish life? Cathy Baer, Community Concierge, is here to help!



Beth El Conservative  is an egalitarian conservative congregation located on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life and is affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It is a sacred community dedicated to growing Jewishly, and it seeks to provide a wide range of spiritual, cultural, social, and lifelong learning experiences to all who are looking for a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community.


Temple Israel builds Jewish faith, learning, community and hope. Its central focus is being a sacred place of worship, where it engages people of all ages and stages in sacred living. Education for adults and children is essential to its mission. Over the years, it has elevated Temple Israel as the voice to the non-Jewish community in Akron.


Anshe Sfard creates a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for Jewish men, women & children of all backgrounds. While the Shul conducts its religious services in accordance with traditional requirements, the primary focus of Anshe Sfard is to encourage its congregants to grow spiritually and to find a level of commitment with which they feel comfortable.


Mapping Jewish Akron

Discover congregations, organizations, and Jewish professionals in town

  • Organizations

Organizations & Groups

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High-school teens

JETS stands for Jewish Education Teen Series, an experiential and interactive program to engage teens in Jewish life.

Director of Youth & Teen Services



 High-school teens

BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement, which aspires to involve Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. 

Director of Youth & Teen Services


Rubber City Jews


RCJ is a group that offers 20- and 30-something adults a place to learn, connect and socialize.

Leora Cohen

RCJ on Facebook

Shaw JCC Women's Auxiliary 

Women and Men

This longtime group supports the Shaw JCC, raising funds for the center's extra needs. Each year, it hosts Purim Ball for high school senior women, and it produces the annual JCC yearbook.

Teri Segal and Beth Sugerman


Live, Learn, L'Chaim


LLL hosts a variety of programs and activities that explore Jewish Mysticism, making the wisdom of Kabbalah relevant and applicable to our daily lives.

Mazal Cohen


LLL on Facebook

Chabad of Akron

Jewish Youth and Adults - affiliated or not

Chabad provides Shabbat dinners and holiday celebrations, hospital and nursing home visitations, Jewish discussion groups and more.

Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin

Kaila Sasonkin




Through community services projects, education and advocacy, the Akron chapter works to improve the quality of life for women, children and families and to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all.

Judy Grundfast


NA'AMAT USA Ada Marks-Anna Talisman Chapter


NA’AMAT—through its sister organization in Israel—provides a broad range of social services, from day care centers to domestic violence shelters; from legal aid to alternative high schools