AGENCIES & PARTNERS
The Columbus Jewish Foundation develops sustainable financial resources to fulfill its mission to ensure continuity of Jewish life and to meet changing needs locally, in Israel and in our worldwide community. The Foundation develops and manages endowments, planned giving, and donor-advised philanthropic funds. Our grants are provided for innovative programs, community development, emergencies facing the Jewish world, and securing community resources for generations to come.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus is a human service agency offering a varied program that is Jewish in nature. It is committed to enhancing the quality of individual and family life through the promotion of physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness. It provides educational and cultural programs that reflect the Jewish heritage, health related activities and many services to the community at large. Through its wide array of programs, the JCC pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community. The JCC nurtures a passion for Jewish learning and living. Through programs and services, the JCC provides comfortable and inviting environments in which the community can thrive.
Jewish Family Services makes the greatest positive impact on the community, in the most personal way.” Jewish Family Services is an organization rooted in a rich history of Jewish values and more than 3800 years of experience. We strengthen families. We rebuild lives. We help people find work. We help businesses build a workforce. And we do it by recognizing the intrinsic value of every person’s life, and by treating every individual with dignity and respect. In order to meet the complex needs of the individuals and families who come through our doors, we use a person centered, wrap-around service model to serve almost 6,500 individuals.
Hillel at The Ohio State University was established in Columbus, OH in 1925. OSU Hillel engages students in social, cultural, educational, and religious activities both on and off campus. Students participate in more than 60 programs per semester ranging from community service, social action, athletic activities, music, Israel programming to religious education. With a strong focus on leadership development, students are encouraged and trained to organize and lead their own groups while benefiting from the extensive resources of this nationally-recognized institution.
Wexner Heritage Village is Central Ohio’s oldest and most trusted source for senior healthcare and housing. With more than 60 years experience and a reputation for excellence and compassion, our services are most often recommended by area hospitals and physicians. We are a leader in delivering state-of-the-art care and caring that empowers our clients to thrive physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually; provides peace of mind for families and caregivers; and promotes wellness throughout the communities we serve.
The Columbus Community Kollel is a full time adult institute of Jewish studies in Columbus, Ohio. Staffed by Torah scholars, the Kollel is a center of intensive Torah research, as well as a community resource providing all levels of adult Jewish education.
The Columbus Jewish Historical Society is the only organization which is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of Jewish life in central Ohio. Our collection includes information from the 1830’s, the time of the earliest Jewish settlement in the area to the present.
The Melton Center for Jewish Studies at The Ohio State University comprises one of the largest and most diverse programs in the country, offering an impressive selection of courses, and a multidisciplinary faculty, internationally recognized in their respective fields, including History, Philosophy, Political Science, Music, English, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Classics, Art, and Education. We provide students with an impressive selection of courses, internationally recognized faculty, academic and travel scholarships, and more.
Columbus Jewish Day School is a pluralistic community day school. We believe academic excellence is best achieved through a fully integrated program of general and Judaic studies. CJDS provides a warm and nurturing environment where children become active learners, lovers of Judaism and socially responsible citizens of the world and their local communities. Our student-centered instruction encourages children to view the world from a variety of perspectives, to ask questions, and to challenge obvious or accepted answers with their own ideas and opinions. We teach each child to view their world through a joint prism of who he or she is as a human being and as a Jew.
Columbus Torah Academy, founded in 1958, is a private, college preparatory Modern Orthodox Jewish day school serving students from kindergarten through 12th Grade. CTA’s exciting and rigorous dual curriculum fosters and promotes student success in a warm and supportive community.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater ColumbusA “best in class” preschool featuring both The Creative Curriculum® and An Ethical Start®. The philosophy behind The Creative Curriculum® is that young children learn best by doing. The Creative Curriculum® is built on well-accepted theories of development in young children that research shows learn best through active exploration of their environment; therefore, the environment plays a critical role in day to day learning.
The preschool integrates Jewish traditions, prayers and values into classroom learning. This Jewish outlook offers an opportunity for our children to experience Judaism while learning universal values.
The goal of our program is to create children that are independent, confident, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners and successful students in a warm Judaic environment.
Congregation Beth Tikvah comprised of over 450 families, is a warm, welcoming and inclusive synagogue dedicated to educational, religious and social activities that build community and deepen the connection to Judaism. The congregation strives to promote the enduring and fundamental principles of Reform Judaism to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people; enable its adherents to develop a relationship to God through communal worship, study and assembly; and to apply the principles of Reform Judaism to the values and conduct of the individual, family and the society in which we live.
Temple Beth Shalom is a warm and inclusive congregation whose members are inspired to explore and express Judaism within the broad and dynamic framework of Reform beliefs and practices. Beth Shalom seeks to provide Jewish spiritual, educational and social opportunities which encourage personal development and social responsibility as well as promote greater knowledge of our Jewish history and culture.
Temple Israel is a Reform congregation that its members call “home” because all share a spiritual homecoming here – whether newly arrived or whose roots go back to the Temple’s founding in 1846. We seek to Create Community, Nurture Souls and Repair the World, one person at a time.
Congregation Agudas Achim, dating back to 1881, Congregation Agudas Achim is the oldest traditional congregation in Central Ohio. Agudas Achim’s history is deeply rooted in the Columbus Jewish Community. Our first spiritual leader was Rabbi Kalman Ephraim London, some of whose descendants remain active members of the congregation and the community. In the early 1900’s Jewish immigrants arrived in Columbus and many affiliated with Agudas Achim which was referred to as the “big shul,” becoming one of the most active congregations in the Midwest.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is a community growing in Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim—Study, Worship and Observance, and Acts of Loving-kindness. According to Pirke Avot, these are the three pillars upon which the world stands, and they are the focus what we do at Tifereth Israel. Tifereth Israel is a diverse congregation. What we share in common is that we are all growing together. Each of us is on a path and we seek to honor the spiritual journey of each individual and family. Congregation Tifereth Israel is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic communities in Columbus.
Beth Jacob Congregation is a Modern-Orthodox Shul that has been serving Columbus for over a century and continues to meet the needs of a growing community. Our Shul prides itself on robust and diverse programming, ranging from leading Modern Orthodox scholars, to political leaders to the Traveling Chassidim. Our Shul is welcoming to people from all backgrounds and level. This energy has continues to inspire many young couples to make Berwick their home.
Congregation Ahavas Sholom is an Orthodox shul, situated in the City of Bexley, a comfortable suburb of Columbus. We have a membership of approximately 100 families. On a typical Shabbos, the shul attracts approximately 150 congregants. In addition, we have a teen minyan with around 30 youths, supervised by our youth director. Our membership spans all age groups and includes a sizeable number of children.
Congregation Torat Emet, the Main Street Synagogue, embodies a modern Orthodox philosophy of maintaining our strong commitment to Jewish laws and tradition while engaging contemporary society. We offer religious services and educational opportunities that reflect the richness of Judaism. Our congregation especially values its ties to the local community and to the land of Israel.
RECONSTRUCTIONIST & RENEWAL
The Little Minyan Kehilla is a small, dynamic, and evolving kehilla/community of individuals and families seeking spiritually meaningful and interactive approaches to Torah/learning, avodah/prayer, and gimilut chasadim/acts of loving-kindness. Through communal worship, educational programming, social action projects, holiday celebrations, and sharing smichot/joys and struggles, we are strengthened in our individual and collective Jewish journeys.