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Joyce Garver Keller, Executive Director

Howie Beigelman

Assistant Executive Director

Catherine Scheller, Legislative & Communications Assistant

(614) 463-1835



Located in Columbus, Ohio


Date:  December 4, 2014



COLUMBUS – Beth Wain Brandon, President of the Board of Ohio Jewish Communities (“OJC”), announces that, effective June 30, 2015, Joyce Garver Keller will retire as Executive Director of the organization.  Keller will be succeeded by Howie Beigelman, who will join OJC on January 1, 2015 as Assistant Executive Director.


OJC was founded in 1980 and Keller has served as Executive Director since 1990.  OJC represents the legislative agendas of the eight Jewish Federations of Ohio both in Columbus and in Washington, D.C.  Brandon notes, “Joyce Garver Keller is one of the most respected nonprofit lobbyists in Columbus and Washington.  She has represented the interests of the Jewish Federations of our state with passion, skill and tireless energy for more than two decades.  During the course of her tenure at OJC, Joyce has brought millions of dollars in government funding into the Federation system to support vulnerable citizens, has been a tireless advocate for a strong U.S. – Israel relationship and has advanced the public affairs agenda of the Jewish community on issues ranging from Holocaust education to tax policy.  She has represented the Jewish communities of Ohio with Presidents, Governors and legislators.  In doing so Joyce has earned the highest respect of everyone whom she has met.”


Keller said, “For the last 25 years I have been privileged to represent Ohio Jewish Communities working with the state and federal government.  I have worked in support of Israel, and have sought funding for the needs of vulnerable seniors, those who struggle with disabilities, and the poor.  I am very proud of all that I have accomplished in partnership with talented professionals and generous lay leaders at our Jewish Federations, Jewish agencies, schools, organizations and congregations.  Serving as Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities has been a privilege that I will always cherish.”


Beigelman, former Director of State Affairs for the Orthodox Union, brings many years of political and advocacy experience to his new position at OJC.  He will be relocating to Columbus from New Jersey.  Beigelman noted, “As nonprofits step in and step up even more to help those most in need,  I am excited by the chance to help Ohio's nationally ranked  Federations continue their life saving and life changing work.  It's humbling to have the chance to do so working alongside Joyce Garver Keller, a nationally recognized expert in crafting government-nonprofit public affairs and human services partnerships.”


A retirement celebration for Keller is planned for the summer.


For information on the current conflict in Israel:  Ohio Stands With Israel

The Ohio-Israel Industrial Research and Development Agreement was signed on June 17, 2014.  Read more about it here.

Please visit the Holocaust Memorial page to learn more about the Ohio Holocaust & Liberators Memorial and to view videos of the Dedication Ceremony and the making of the memorial.  

Ohio Jewish Communities (OJC) was created by the eight Jewish Federations in Ohio. We represent the Federations and their partner agencies and Jewish organizations and congregations on domestic and international issues in Columbus and in Washington. Our mission is to enhance the Jewish community's ability to serve vital human needs.  To achieve this goal, Ohio Jewish Communities secures funds, educates and maintains relationships with government officials and encourages sound public policy.  While Israel is number one, it is not the only one on our agenda


Ohio Jewish Communities works to ensure that the voice of the Jewish community is a prominent force in health and human service policy decisions on Capitol Hill and Capitol Square. 


OJC’s funding comes primarily from the Federations (and your generous support of the Federations' annual campaigns), with support from organizations and individuals/corporations. OJC is located off Capitol Square in Columbus and has a two-person staff.