New CRC Director for JCBA

As a lifetime member of the Akron Jewish community, Ron Lederman has served Jewish Akron in various ways through the years. A past president of JFS, has also sat on the boards of the JCC and JCBA. And he was on the JCBA’s Community Relations Committee (CRC).

Now, Lederman has stepped up as Director of the CRC. Through advocacy and education, the CRC is a proponent for local Jews, Israel, and a pluralistic, democratic society. Its work is important to Lederman because “the CRC is rooted in Jewish values and history, and the mission reflects the ideals of American democracy: freedom of speech, of religion.”

“Ron brings years of involvement and ideas to the job,” says Dr. Martin Belsky, chair of the CRC.
Lederman notes that his knowledge of the community and established relationships with the various Jewish agencies, executives and general community will benefit him in his new role. “I look forward to interacting with community leaders and to look at issues that occur in the city and country–both interfaith and social justice issues,” Lederman says.

“With Ron, we expect an extensive program of speakers, special projects and advocacy,” says Belsky.
He was already begun conversations with the interfaith community in Akron. His current focus is the “Lawyers without Rights” exhibit, coming to the Schultz Campus in early May. Lederman is also planning the fall interfaith day-long mission trip to Washington, DC.

Ron Lederman can be reached at 330-256-5664 or


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