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.

President              Judith Brachman, Columbus

Vice President     Robert Friedman, Canton

Treasurer              John Youkilis, Cincinnati

Secretary              Martin Belsky, Akron

Larry Mack, Cleveland

Rick Carne, Dayton

Sue Ann Hochberg, Toledo

Andy Moyer, Youngstown

2019-2020 Board Members


Howie Beigelman, Executive Director   howieb@ohiojc.org                                           Catherine Scheller, Legislative & Communications Assistant cscheller@ohiojc.org



Ohio Jewish Communities is located in Columbus Ohio.

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Recent Accomplishments

The state biennial budget includes $8.9 million in security funding for nonprofits at risk of terror attack.

The Canton Jewish Community Federation, the Negev Foundation, and Ohio Jewish Communities partnered to bring the Dean and other leaders of the OSU College of Food, Agricultural, Environmental Sciences and several dairy industry leaders from greater Canton to Israel for a Foodtech Collaboration Mission.

OJC brought together each of our communities for a first-ever Washington “fly-in” focusing on security and safety needs and advocacy, meeting with both US Senators and nearly the entire Congressional delegation.


Our Issues

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.  

Read more about our current issues here.

Our Members

Jewish Community Board of Akron


Canton Jewish Community Federation


Jewish Federation of Cincinnati


Jewish Federation of Cleveland




Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton


Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo


Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Jewish Community Board of Akron Canton Jewish Community Federation Jewish Federation of Cincinnati Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton Youngstown Area Jewish Federation

Observer Organizations

Agudath Israel of America, Commission on Legislation & Civic Action, Ohio Region

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

AJC, Cincinnati Chapter

AJC, Cleveland Chapter

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)


Israel Bonds

Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA)

Jewish National Fund, Cleveland & Cincinnati


National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)

Negev Foundation

Union for Reform Judaism

Orthodox Union/OU Advocacy Center

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

ORT America