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For information on the current conflict in Israel:  Ohio Stands With Israel

The Ohio-Israel Industrial Research and Development Agreement was signed on June 17, 2014.  Read more about it here.


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November 18, 2014


Statement by the President on Attack in Jerusalem

I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack on worshipers at a synagogue in Jerusalem, which killed four innocent people, including U.S. citizens Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Mosheh Twersky, and injured several more.  

There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians.  The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence.  At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.




WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to the attack this morning on a synagogue in Jerusalem where four men were killed, including three dual U.S.-Israeli citizens:


“I condemn the attack of worshipers in any house of faith and am particularly saddened by the brutality of the attack on the Israelis praying in Jerusalem today. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and the families of those who were killed.”


Brown is a cosponsor of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 which would facilitate an increase in U.S.-Israeli cooperation on defense and would reiterate U.S. support for a peaceful negotiated political settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians.



Portman Says U.S. Must Stand Shoulder-to-Shoulder with Israel After Attack


Washington, D.C. –Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Jerusalem:


“My prayers are with the Israeli people after today’s horrific terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” Portman stated. “The U.S. must stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel and continue our strong strategic partnership in the face of increasing dangers in the Middle East.”


Turner Statement on Jerusalem Synagogue Attack 

 Washington, DC: Following reports that two Palestinians attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem and killed four Israeli worshipers, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, released the following statement: 


"This act of terror must immediately be condemned by the international community. As we mourn the death of the three American citizens involved in today's attack, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families as they attempt to recover from today’s senseless act of violence," said Turner.


"We recognize and support Israel's right to defend its territory and its citizens against further attacks by radical elements such as Hamas. The nation of Israel and its people continue to have my full support,” said Turner. 


Please visit the Holocaust Memorial page to learn more about the Ohio Holocaust & Liberators Memorial and to view videos of the Dedication Ceremony and the making of the memorial.  

Ohio Jewish Communities (OJC) was created by the eight Jewish Federations in Ohio. We represent the Federations and their partner agencies and Jewish organizations and congregations on domestic and international issues in Columbus and in Washington. Our mission is to enhance the Jewish community's ability to serve vital human needs.  To achieve this goal, Ohio Jewish Communities secures funds, educates and maintains relationships with government officials and encourages sound public policy.  While Israel is number one, it is not the only one on our agenda


Ohio Jewish Communities works to ensure that the voice of the Jewish community is a prominent force in health and human service policy decisions on Capitol Hill and Capitol Square. 


OJC’s funding comes primarily from the Federations (and your generous support of the Federations' annual campaigns), with support from organizations and individuals/corporations. OJC is located off Capitol Square in Columbus and has a two-person staff.