Jewish Community Federation of Canton

Who We Are

Welcome to the Canton Jewish Community! 
We take great pride in providing a diverse array of programs aimed at enriching and nurturing the Jewish experience within the Canton area. Our dynamic community encompasses synagogues, a dedicated Jewish Family Services department, comprehensive community programming, educational initiatives, and engaging Israel-focused programming.

We invite you to participate in our annual programs and special events, including solemn commemorations like Yom Ha'Shoah, joyful celebrations of Yom Ha'atzmaut, and enlightening Partnership2Gether (P2G) programming. For a comprehensive list of upcoming events, please refer to our community calendar.

What We Do

The Canton Jewish Community Federation is dedicated to a spectrum of initiatives aimed at elevating and enriching the Jewish experience within the Canton area.
Our pursuits encompass:

Financial Resource Development: Through our annual Jewish Welfare Fund Campaign, we diligently seek contributions from every member of our community. Funds raised are allocated to address local, regional, national, and international needs. Additionally, our Endowment Funds Committee oversees dedicated gifts from community members, serving as a vital resource for our collective initiatives. These endowments may take various forms, including lifetime gifts, bequests, life income plans, trusts, letters of intent, and other charitable vehicles.

Jewish Family Services: Our professional services cater to the needs of individuals and families within our community. We curate a diverse range of weekly and monthly programs, including local excursions, luncheons, and engaging guest speaker events.

Jewish Education: We are steadfast in providing comprehensive Holocaust education and fostering an appreciation for Jewish history. Throughout the year, we orchestrate special events and programs aimed at enlightening and engaging our members.

Communications: The Stark Jewish News serves as a dedicated platform for our community, addressing pertinent issues and showcasing impactful programs. Our SJN Directory serves as a printed compendium, documenting the programs and members of Jewish institutions in Stark County. Furthermore, our weekly eNewsletter keeps the community abreast of upcoming events and programs.

Israel Programming: As an integral part of the Western Galilee Partnership2Gether community, we actively participate in reciprocal programming, missions, collaborations, and networking opportunities with Israel.

We are steadfast in our commitment to nurturing a vibrant and cohesive Jewish community, and we extend a warm invitation to join us in our collective pursuits.

Our Programs

From Holocaust education and Jewish education to community events and lifecyles, Federation is here for you.

At the heart of our mission lies a dedication to an expansive range of initiatives, tailored to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of our community members. From the solemn remembrance and profound lessons of Holocaust education to the rich tapestry of Jewish education, our programs encompass a broad spectrum of experiences aimed at fostering understanding, connection, and growth.

Jewish Education: Rooted in a rich cultural heritage spanning millennia, Jewish education is central to our mission of nurturing vibrant and engaged community members. Whether through Torah study, exploration of Jewish history and tradition, or the celebration of holidays and rituals, our programs offer myriad opportunities for individuals of all ages to deepen their connection to their faith and heritage, fostering a sense of identity, belonging, and continuity.

Holocaust Education: Our commitment to Holocaust education transcends mere remembrance; it is a solemn obligation to preserve the memory of those who perished and to impart the profound lessons of history to future generations. Through educational initiatives, commemorative events, and immersive experiences, we strive to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust resonate deeply within our community, inspiring empathy, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to combating hatred and injustice.

Community Events: From celebratory festivals to thought-provoking lectures, our calendar is replete with a diverse array of community events designed to inspire, educate, and unite. These gatherings serve as vital platforms for fostering connections, exchanging ideas, and celebrating the rich tapestry of Jewish culture and tradition. Whether you seek moments of joyous celebration or opportunities for meaningful dialogue and reflection, our community events offer something for everyone.

Lifecycle Support: In times of joy and sorrow alike, Federation stands as a pillar of support for our community members, offering guidance, assistance, and resources throughout life's journey. From birth ceremonies and bar/bat mitzvah celebrations to weddings, funerals, and beyond, we are committed to accompanying our members with compassion, empathy, and practical assistance, ensuring that no one navigates life's milestones alone.

Information and Resources: As a hub of knowledge and support, Federation serves as a vital resource for community members seeking information, guidance, and assistance. Whether you have questions about local services, access to social programs, or opportunities for volunteerism and engagement, our knowledgeable staff and extensive network of partners are here to help, providing information, referrals, and support tailored to your individual needs.

In all that we do, Federation remains steadfast in our commitment to serving the needs of our community and providing a nurturing environment where individuals can learn, grow, and thrive. We invite you to explore our programs, engage with our community, and join us in building a brighter future for generations to come.


Your generous donation ensures the vitality of a Jewish presence in Canton