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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.

President                     Larry Mack, Cleveland

Vice President             Sue Ann Hochberg, Toledo

Treasurer/Secretary   Judith Brachman, Columbus

Joshua Lemerman, Akron

Paul Hervey, Canton

Greg Miller, Cincinnati

Patty Caruso, Dayton

Jessica Lev, Youngstown

2022-2023 Board Members


Howie Beigelman , President & CEO   howieb@ohiojc.org                                           Catherine Scheller, Director, Operations & Member Relations cscheller@ohiojc.org



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OJC is looking for interns!

Click here for current internship opportunities.

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 virtual Washington, DC “fly-in” focusing on security and safety needs and advocacy, meeting with both US Senators and Members or staff from the entire Ohio 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 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

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

Observer Organizations