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Jewish Learning: Powered by Campaign

Sam York is a senior at Revere High School, where he is thriving. He plays soccer and is in National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (a math honors society).

Also “I co-founded the Jewish club, The Call of the Shofar, at our school,” he says. Being Jewish is part of his identity, which…

CEO Koch Retires from JCBA

What’s next for David Koch? After he retires from his post as CEO of the Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) on Dec. 21, he will embark on a leisurely cross-country drive with his wife, Shelley. The destinations include visiting his children and grandchildren.

Other than spending time …

Ensuring Our Jewish Future by Annual Campaign Co-Chairs Mark & Lyn Bober

As co-chairs of this year's Annual Campaign, we wanted to emphasize how important your support is to ensure that we can continue to live as Jews while facing prejudice or threat of persecution locally, throughout the United States or beyond. Without your generosity, we will be unable to sus…

Campaign in Action: Advocating for Our Jewish Community Across the Map

By Howie Beigelman
Executive director, Ohio Jewish Communities

What’s a Jewish issue? How do we advocate for our communal needs and speak out for our values in an increasingly politically polarized world?

One way that Ohio’s Jewish communities do all of that is through their collective…

Remembering Rabbi Sasonkin

Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin was so many things. To so many people.

He was the spiritual leader at Anshe Sfard and “a personal rabbi and confidant to so many,” as community member Joe Kanfer puts it. Along with his wife Kaila, Rabbi Sasonkin was an emissary for the Chabad movement. He was a fat…