$1 million in funding
for security initiatives each year
$382k raised
to support Ukrainian Jews
120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp

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Jewish American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month is an exceptional occasion dedicated to the recognition and honor of the invaluable contributions made by Jewish Americans. However, our celebration extends far beyond a single month and encompasses the entire year! Since its establishment in 2006 and its annual reaffirmation, Jewish American Heritage Month provides an ongoing opportunity for all Americans to embrace and find inspiration in the extraordinary achievements of Jewish Americans throughout our nation’s rich history and diverse cultural tapestry. The impact of Jewish Americans resonates deeply in various domains, whether it be the captivating world of entertainment with iconic works like The...

The City of Columbus recognizes the month of May as Jewish American Heritage Month

JewishColumbus and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are proud to announce that Columbus City Council has officially proclaimed May as Jewish American Heritage Month. Jewish American Heritage Month serves as an important reminder that the story of Jewish Americans is interwoven into the fabric of our nation’s history. It is a testament to the resilience, determination and extraordinary contributions made by individuals of Jewish descent to all parts of society – from the arts, sciences and business to public service, social justice and philanthropy. As a community, it is our responsibility to ensure that the struggles, achievements and cultural heritage...

Lauren Nemerovski Joins JewishColumbus to Fight Antisemitism and Promote Education

Lauren Nemerovski Joins JewishColumbus to Fight Antisemitism and Promote Education JewishColumbus is excited to announce the appointment of Lauren Nemerovski as their newest Manager of Israel & Community Relations. Nemerovski brings a wealth of experience and passion to her role. Originally from Chicago, IL, Nemerovski moved to Aspen, CO at the age of 13 before attending the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor in International Relations and Political Science and a minor in Judaic Studies with a concentration on the Holocaust. She later earned her Masters with a focus in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University.  While...

Pray for peace with us this Shabbat 💙

Dear Community, As we welcome a new Shabbat, our hearts are with Israel and its citizens facing an escalation of rocket attacks aimed at Israeli cities and communities. Now entering a fourth day, Israelis across southern and central Israel have braved an onslaught of over 880 rockets. Thanks to the Iron Dome, over 260 of those rockets have been intercepted. Despite the optimism that a ceasefire was likely yesterday morning, within a few hours Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) fired barrages of rockets at Israeli population centers. We were horrified to learn that one person was killed and several injured after...

Israel Under Attack: Operation Shield and Arrow Update

JewishColumbus is committed to keeping you up to date on the latest developments in Israel. Please check back here for the latest updates. For links to more resources regarding Israel please click here. May 15, 2023 4:00pm EST – Update from Jewish Federations of North America: An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) took effect at 10:00pm Israel Time on Saturday night. So far, it seems to be holding. Israel’s National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said, “Quiet will be answered with quiet. (But) if Israel is attacked or threatened, it will continue to do everything it needs...

JewishColumbus Supports Jailed Journalist Evan Gershkovich

JewishColumbus and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) stand with Evan Gershkovich, and you can, too. In March 2023, The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Evan Gershkovich was arrested by Russian authorities on false charges of espionage. Both WSJ and Evan strongly deny Russia’s allegations and the United States government has designated this arrest as a wrongful detention of an American journalist. Evan is the son of Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants who made their home in New Jersey. Help us support Evan by signing this letter drafted by JFNA to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, which expresses our strong support...

Marshmallows for Passover?

Marshmallows for Passover? “Mommy, what’s your favorite plague?” asked my youngest son at dinner the other day. His question seemed very apropos to the upcoming Passover holiday… when Jewish people ask even more questions than usual! And like a typical Jewish mom, I answered with my own questions: “What’s my favorite plague?!?! Should I have a favorite?” This led to an interesting dinner conversation, as my middle son interpreted the question quite literally. “I like frogs,” he announced, undoubtedly referring to the frogs he sees on Columbus Jewish Day School’s seven acres of beautiful wetlands. According to him, there is...

A JCRC update on the news in Israel: Concerning the recent developments on the judicial reform legislation

Dear Friends, In one month Israel will mark her 75th year of Independence. It is a truly historic event that will be proudly celebrated here in Columbus as well across the globe. We recognize as we commemorate this momentous occasion, discussion of Israel in recent months has been emotionally charged. Many of you have reached out to share your anxieties and fears over the news regarding judicial reforms. We all care deeply for the State of Israel, and our support as a Jewish community in Columbus is unwavering and everlasting. Each of us have a different connection to and experience with...

JewishColumbus Leadership Update

JewishColumbus Leadership Update It is with gratitude for his years of service that we announce the departure of Joel Marcovitch, President and CEO of JewishColumbus. We are so appreciative of the successes that Joel has achieved in this role since he assumed this position. Under his leadership, JewishColumbus raised $1.66M of funding that was distributed throughout the community to help various agencies, synagogues, and organizations overcome some of the challenges faced during the covid pandemic. After the tragedy at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, and subsequent events in Poway, CA and Jersey City, NJ, a community-wide security effort was...