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'Stop the Hate' Contest details announced

The Maltz Museum annually awards $100,000 in scholarships and anti-bias education grants through the Stop the Hate contest, which gives Northeast Ohio students a platform to voice their experiences with bias and discrimination and speak out in support of diversity and inclusion. Now in its t…

Fleeing the Hijab: A Jewish woman escapes Iran

Featured speaker Dr. Sima Goel shares her story on Oct. 29

Author and inspirational speaker Iranian-born Dr. Sima Goel will share her story of escape, courage, and freedom on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in a free, community-wide presentation on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. As an Irani…

Woll family funds ECE and Lippman playground facility

The shared playground at the Mandel Early Childhood Education Center (ECE) at the Shaw JCC of Akron and The Lippman School is set to receive a major facelift by spring of 2020 with generous funding provided by The Woll Family Foundation.

The impact of the Woll family’s philanthropy can be…

Beth El seeks manager of synagogue services

Beth El Congregation is an innovative conservative synagogue in Akron grounded in Jewish tradition and caring community, located at the front door of the Albert L. and Janet A. Schultz Campus for Jewish Life; sharing a building with the Jewish Community Board of Akron (Federation), The Shaw JC…

Polikoff: The Shofar calls us to come together as people

As with Chanukah and Purim, I grew up thinking that our current ritual observance of Rosh Hashanah was taken directly from the Torah. I later came to find that Rosh Hashanah (as we know it today) is not mentioned by name in the Torah. Nor is there any guidance on how to observe the holiday (…