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Minyan times are as follows: Wednesdays & Fridays at 7:30 am and Sundays at 8:30 am. We will continue to have weekday minyan by request only. These can be scheduled at 7:30 am or 7:30pm (if evening minyan is preferred). All requests should be sent to Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein

INCLEMENT WEATHER ALERT - please note Beth El Congregation follows the guidelines and procedures of the Shaw JCC when it comes to building closures. Please see note below. We will post an update if services are canceled for Friday or Saturday.




Snow Closing Information

Dear Members, 

On Friday, January 12, a winter storm watch is in effect starting at noon, which means there is potential for significant snow, sleet and ice that may impact travel. It is our policy that the Shaw JCC, Mandel Early Childhood Education Center and KidSpace will close only when the City of Akron has issued a LEVEL 3 snow emergency, and all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. However, it is at the discretion of the executive director to close the Shaw JCC for weather-related reasons. We will continue to monitor the weather through tomorrow, and if we decide to close, we will notify you as soon as possible through the following ways:

  • Text messaging: Alerts will be sent via our text messaging system. Please opt-in by texting @shawjcc to the number 81010 to receive all the latest updates.
  • On the Web: Closing information will be posted on www.shawjcc.org. 
  • E-mail: A message will be sent to members and parents via eBlast.
  • Social media via our Facebook page at Shaw JCC of Akron.
  • Radio and TV: Closing information will be provided to major radio and television stations in the Akron area including NewsNet5, WKYC-TV and Fox 8 Cleveland.
Stay warm and be safe,

Michael Neumann
Executive Director



The Akron Jewish community has a rich history of involvement in the community from its members. We are a sacred community dedicated to growing Jewishly. We seek to provide a wide range of spiritual, cultural, social, and lifelong learning experiences to all who are looking for a vibrant and inclusive Jewish community.
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Conversations with the Rabbis Wednesday, Jan 24 at 7pm

Join us for an interactive evening of questions and answers led by Rabbi Elyssa Austerklein, Rabbi Josh Brown, and Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin on the topic of "What is Kosher?"

Meshuganote Shabbat & Shabbat Shira
Fri. Jan 26 & Sat. Jan 27

Mark your calendars for an exciting weekend of Jewish a capella featuring The Ohio State University's Jewish a capella group - The Mushuganotes!



At Yom Kippur services, Rabbi Elyssa discussed what change has meant for us as a people. Let's continue the conversation throughout the year as we look at and respond to these questions:

  • What are the seeds you wish to plant for your descendants?
  • How can our faith renew us to embrace change?
  • How is change a holy part of the unfolding story of our people?
  • How might you allow meaningful change to enter your life personally?





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Sat, January 20 2018 4 Shevat 5778