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Representative Angie King (R-Celina)
Representative Derek Merrin (R-Monclova Twp.)
Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron)
Representative Josh Williams (R-Sylvania Twp.)
Representative Phil Plummer (R-Dayton)
Representative Steve Demetriou (R-Bainbridge Twp.)
Representative Nick Santucci (R-Howland Twp.)

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

OJC Statement on Murder of George Floyd and Our Way Forward

Bill Creating the Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission Passes

April 14, 2022

Governor Mike DeWine has repeatedly given his personal commitment to our community on combating hate, especially Jew-hatred. His issuance of today’s Executive Order defining antisemitism is the latest step. Together with his powerful letter to college and university presidents in December on making the campus safe for Jewish students, faculty, and staff, Ohio leads the way in facing this ancient hatred head-on. We are grateful for his leadership.

Read more here

December 3, 2020

Feb. 2020 JCPA Letter

April 19, 2021

September 21, 2020

Statement on President Biden’s Nomination of Steve Dettelbach as ATF Director

April 11, 2022

December 20, 2020

Jewish Community Grateful for Governor DeWine’s Leadership in Fighting Antisemitism

Statements in Support of Israel

May 2021