Campus Gala to honor Marc & Sharon Merklin

The Campus Gala to benefit the Shaw JCC, The Lippman School, and Jewish Family Service will take place on Saturday Nov. 1 at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life.  Marc and Sharon Merklin will be honored at the event for their longtime community involvement, and Dr. Richard Hirsh will receive the Tikkun Olam Award and will be featured in the next issue of AJN.  

About Marc Merklin

It seems there isn’t a Jewish project in Akron that hasn’t been chaired by Marc Merklin, one of our community’s most dedicated and omnipresent volunteers and leaders.  For more than 20 years, Marc has provided his wisdom and energies to our community as president of the Shaw JCC, the Jewish Community Board of Akron, and as chair of countless other projects and initiatives.  He currently serves as a national board member for the Jewish Community Centers of America (JCCA), and along the way has been recognized for his passion and commitment to our community with among others the Isroff Young Leadership Award, the Glauberman Leadership Award and the President’s Award for the JCC.

Marc’s influence in the community reaches far beyond Jewish Akron.  He is a graduate of Leadership Akron and past president or board chair of the Akron Bar Association, Child Guidance & Family Solutions, United Way of Summit County, the Akron Community Foundation and the County of Summit Alcohol Drug Additional & Mental Health Services Board.

Currently managing partner of one of the largest regional law firms in the area, Brouse McDowell, Marc’s professional credentials are equally impressive as his civic achievements.  He has been recognized by the Ohio State Bar Association with an Outstanding Service Award for Lawyers under 40, and received the Karl S. Hay Community Service Award from his firm.  He is regularly included in various legal rankings as a top lawyer published in his industry. Marc Merklin is a symbol of tireless volunteerism and commitment to every corner of the Akron community.

About Sharon Merklin

Sharon Merklin is a long-time leader in both the Jewish and general community.  From needlepoint to dogs to Jewish welfare, Sharon’s concern for the community seems to touch every corner of Akron!

Nearly every Jewish agency and institution has benefitted from Sharon’s strong sense of community, from Na’Amat to Hadassah to Hineni.  She has served as the chair or board president of the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund, the Woman’s Board of the JCBA, and of course Jewish Family Service.  And her engagement isn’t limited to the past, of course, as Sharon remains active as a board member for the Shaw JCC and even fills in for Cantor Stein as a substitute cantor at Chambrel on many Shabbat evenings.

Her roots in the broader community are just as deep, with leadership positions with Stan Hywet’s Needlework Guild, Planned Parenthood, and bringing her dogs to the cause as a volunteer with Children’s Hospital Doggie Brigade.

Her accomplishments extend to her family as well, having built a wonderful family together with Marc and their three children, Laura, Lisa and Brian.

Sharon’s passion for Akron has been recognized by many, earning her the Isroff Young Leadership Award and a position in Leadership Akron, Class XVIII.  We are pleased to add our own voice of thanks to Sharon with tonight’s recognition to an already extensive and broad scope of honors and tributes.

RSVP to the Campus Gala

•    Visit 

•    Call Ceil Cohen at 330-836-4019

•    Mail check ($125 per ticket by 10/15 and $150 after) c/o Ceil Cohen at The Lippman School at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life 750 White Pond Dr., Akron OH 44320.


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