Ohio Jewish Communities is the statewide government advocacy, public affairs, and community relations voice of Ohio's eight Jewish Federations and their network of 150 nonprofit agencies statewide for the purpose of enhancing 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.
Learn about OJC's impact from our Jewish community partners and public officials.
Chair Greg Miller, Cincinnati
Vice Chair Sue Ann Hochberg, Toledo
Interim Treasurer/Secretary Larry Mack, Cleveland
Joshua Lemerman, Akron
Paul Hervey, Canton
Bill Byers, Columbus
Patty Caruso, Dayton
Jessica Lev, Youngstown
2023-2024 Board Members
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OJC led on a record $21.45 million in funding, doubling the annual security dollars, creating a historic, first-ever statewide Holocaust education appropriation, devising new K-12 STEM and workforce training programs for our nonpublic schools, and getting buy-in for a new Ohio-Israel partnership.
OJC partnered with the Negev Foundation on the 2023 Ohio House Israel Trade Mission. Participants included House Speaker Jason Stephens, Minority Leader Allison Russo, and 15 other State Representatives and staff as well as several Jewish community professionals and lay leaders.
OJC brought together a security focused DC fly-in for Jewish Federation security and JCRC professionals from around the state. They had meetings with both Senate offices and 14 of 15 offices in the Ohio delegation.
We are our agencies’ voice as they provide exemplary cradle-to-hospice services.
Tax issues, homeland security, and hate crimes are also part of our mandate.