Jewish Community Board of Akron Concludes CEO Search

The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) launched the nationwide search for Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in early November 2021. In the past three months, they have explored countless candidates qualified to lead the Akron Jewish community’s efforts to preserve, perpetuate, and enhance Jewish life in Akron.

Filling this executive position is not taken lightly and the Board wants to assure strong leadership to represent the community and to drive change, build culture, and promote engagement. The search is in its final stages and the Board hopes to have a new CEO in the coming weeks.

“The next JCBA CEO will be a leader committed to creating Jewish connections for life, ensuring that the entire Akron community and beyond can participate in and incorporate Jewish cultures, traditions and values in any way that fits their interests and passions, at every stage of life,” said Thom Mandel, president of JCBA Board of Trustees. “The JCBA CEO we hire will lead our community in supporting and enriching the lives of Jews locally, nationally, in Israel and worldwide.”

The JCBA would like to thank the community for their support and patience in this search, as well as David Koch for taking on the responsibilities of Interim CEO throughout the past few months. David did an exceptional job leading the efforts of the Schultz Campus Annual Campaign and other significant efforts, including finalizing the partnership between the Akron Jewish News and the Cleveland Jewish News and assisting with the search for a new executive leader.


The JCBA supports multiple local, national, and global Jewish organizations and initiatives. Additionally, JCBA oversees the operation of The Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, a 55-acre campus that houses the JCBA, the Shaw JCC of Akron, The Lippman School, Beth El Congregation, Schultz Towers, and Jewish Family Services of Akron.