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Ohio becomes 15th State to Act Against BDS

December 12, 2016     Legislature passes bipartisan bill banning state contracts with companies engaged in BDS against Israel or others.  Measure also includes potential to increase investment in Israel Bonds by millions.

Statement of Ohio Jewish Communities on Signing of HB 476

December 19, 2016

With Governor Kasich's signature, Ohio becomes the latest state to stand up against the discrimination based on national origin inherent in efforts to boycott, divest, or sanction Israel

June 12, 2019 Key community priorities are funded, including $8.5 million in nonprofit security grants and school safety grants to combat new wave of terrorism

Ohio Jewish Communities and Ohio’s Jewish Federations meet with nearly the entire Congressional Delegation on this critical communal need


March 14, 2019

Ohio Jewish Communities and Ohio’s Jewish Federations meet with nearly the entire Congressional Delegation on this critical communal need

January 5, 2017 Governor John Kasich signed HB 384 into law.  It had passed both chambers by wide, overwhelming, and bi-partisan margins.

Joyce Garver Keller ob”m

May 2016

Joyce Garver Keller served as Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities for 25 years before retiring at the end of June 2015.  She was a tireless advocate not only for Israel, but also for anyone in need (she was well known for saying that “Israel is number one, but not the only one”). She was a believer in bringing communities and individuals together to overcome differences and solve problems (after all, “A problem with a solution is not a problem”). However, her heart always belonged to the Jewish community and Israel, for which she had unlimited passion and love.  

Joyce left an indelible mark on most anyone she came into contact with and impacted more lives than she could have ever imagined.

December 18, 2019

Proof that bipartisan commitment to priorities still delivers for Ohio and America

Congressman Troy Balderson Hosts Conference Call with Central Ohio Jewish Leaders

May 19, 2020 "I’m grateful to serve as an advocate and ally for my friends in Central Ohio’s Jewish community, and I stand ready to lend a helping hand however and whenever I can,”

OJC Hosts Ohio Jewish Media Briefing with Secretary of State Frank LaRose

Bill Creating the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission Passes

December 20, 2020

Late Thursday night, the Conference Committee on the Capital Budget amended SB 372, the legislation creating the Ohio Holocaust & Genocide Memorial & Education Commission, into the bill. The House passed it around 1 am Friday just before adjourning. Friday, the Senate took up the  bill and likewise passed it.  

The bill passed each chamber overwhelmingly, passing 77-7 in House and 29-0 in the Senate.

December 3, 2020

Feb. 2020 JCPA Letter

April 19, 2021