Our Mission 

We create community based on Jewish values by providing quality programs and services in a safe and secure environment for people of all ages.


About us

The Shaw JCC of Akron is the family place! We are open to all members of our community without regard to race, gender, religious preference, marital, sexual, or economic status. 

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our programs and services in fitness, recreation, sports, education, programs for children and youth, senior adults and more. 



Akron, Ohio has been home to a thriving Jewish community since the mid-1800s. Over time, the community has grown and evolved, both in size and geography. Despite changes over the generations the community remains deeply committed—in deed, philanthropy, and leadership—to the current and future needs of its members. 

The Akron Jewish Center—the community’s central home--was first formed in 1920 and moved into a new building on Balch Street in 1929. Today, over 90 years later, the 60-acre community campus on White Pond Drive, renovated through a $7 million dollar capital campaign in 2004-2005, is home to the Jerry Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron. The community campus also houses the Jewish Community Board of Akron, Jewish Family Service, and The Lippman School.



The Shaw JCC is affiliated with the Jewish Community Centers of North America, the continental umbrella organization for the Jewish Community Center Movement, which includes more than 350 JCCs, YM-YWHAs, and camp sites in the U.S. and Canada. JCC Association offers a wide range of services and resources to help its affiliates to provide educational, cultural, social, Jewish identity-building, and recreational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. JCC Association supports the largest network of Jewish early childhood centers and Jewish summer camps in North America, and is also the a U.S. government accredited agency for serving the religious and social needs of Jewish military personnel through JWB Jewish Chaplains Council.