Congregation Tifereth Israel

Committees & Chairs

Rabbi Alex Braver, Chair

Aleph is the starting point for Jewish life in one’s 20s and 30s. Programming includes happy hours, learning, and social events. Reduced rates on synagogue membership and some events are available.

Lisa Dragin, Chair

Oversees the administration of the Samuel M. Melton Religious School, recommends policies and procedures, and supports the Education Director and staff.

Lee Rosenthal, Chair

Helps develop the budget, in partnership with the executive director, and is charged with identifying, prioritizing, and recommending expenses.

Howard Schottenstein & Greg Margulies, Co-Chairs

Monitors the building for repairs and improvements and develops maintenance projects with the executive director, as the budget allows. Charged with overseeing facility issues and identifying, prioritizing, and recommending capital improvements and deferred maintenance needs.

Dr. Mark Levy, Chair

Works in conjunction with the professional staff and Chevra Kadisha to oversee both cemeteries and represent the synagogue to the Columbus Jewish Cemetery Association.

Cathy Levine, Chair

Identifies members of the congregation in need of support due to hardship and/or illness.

Cathy Levine & Dr. Ted Borkan, Co-Chairs

Responsible for the ritual cleansing and dressing of the deceased before burial.

Works with the synagogue in determining cultural arts programming.

Karl Rubin, Chair

Charged with developing and implementing fundraising programs and collections efforts.

Sheila Chodosh & Marty Rosenthal, Co-Chairs

Coordinates the aliyot and p’tichot for the High Holidays and solicits members for associated donations.

Maintains the archives and historical documents of the congregation.

Karl Rubin, Chair

Works to celebrate and support the State of Israel and coordinates with community organizations related to Israel, including the JCC, Jewish Columbus, AIPAC, and others.

Cathy Levine & Beth Brown, Co-Chairs

Designs class offerings and assists in general administration of the adult learning program in conjunction with the Associate Rabbi.

Renee Levine, Dr. Mark Levy & Alison Merzel, Co-Chairs

Works with the librarian to operate and organize the Minnie Cobey Library.

Julie Jacobson, Chair

Responsible for welcoming and retaining members.

Coordinates and encourages programming and religious services in Northeast Columbus.

Sue Ehrlich & Alison Merzel, Co-Chairs

Manages the contracts and evealuations of the professional staff.

David Stein, Chair

Works with the rabbis to determine religious policies and practices within the congregation.

Steve Edelstein & Maddy Fleisher, Co-Chairs

Works within the larger community of Columbus to fulfill the mitzvah of tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Nancy Gurwin and Susan Sitler, Co-Chairs

Identifies members of the congregation in need of support, delivers soup and challah to those recovering from illness, and provides short term, ad-hoc volunteer opportunities to support older congregants, arranges for phone calls and meal trains.