Congregation Tifereth Israel

Committees & Chairs

Our various committees offer opportunities to get involved across the Jewish and local communities. We thank our dedicated leaders and volunteers for the great work they do! Learn more about each committee below, and see how you can get involved.

Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Rabbi Alex Braver

Aleph is the starting point for Jewish life in one’s 20s and 30s. Programming includes happy hours, learning, and social events. Aleph members have reduced membership dues and lower rates on some events.

Chair: Cathy Levine
Staff Liaison: Rabbi Braver

Assists Rabbi with organizing adult learning programs.

Chair: Lisa Dragin
Staff Liaison: Paige Richards

Oversees the administration of the Samuel M. Melton Religious School; recommends policies & procedures; and supports the Education & Youth Director and Staff.

Chair: Jamie Goldson
Staff Liaisons: Nancy Gurwin, Brandon Hensley

Helps develop the annual budget in partnership with the Executive Director; identifies, prioritizes, and recommends expenses.

Chair: Howard Schottenstein
Staff Liaison: Juan Pineda

Monitors the building for repairs and improvements; develops maintenance projects as the budget allows. Oversees facility issues & identifies, prioritizes, and recommends capital improvements & deferred maintenance needs.

Chair: Dr. Mark Levy
Staff Liaison: Nancy Gurwin

Works in conjunction with the Columbus Jewish Cemetery Association, cemetery professional staff, synagogue professional staff, & Chevra Kadisha to oversee both cemeteries.

Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Stacy Grossman and Rabbi Braver

Coordinates social programming for members of the community ages 55+.

Co-Chairs: Jackie Marowitz & Dr. Ted Borkan
Staff Liasons: Rabbis Braver and Skolnik

Conducts ritual cleansing & dressing of the deceased before burial.

Co-Chairs: Carol Glassman and Julie Jacobson
Staff Liaison: Stacy Grossman

Coordinates cultural arts programming.

Co-Chairs: Karl Rubin and Lee Rosenthal
Staff Liaison: Nancy Gurwin

Develops and implements annual fundraising programs & collection efforts. Identifies, plans, and implements special fundraising efforts (e.g., capital campaign).

Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: TBD

Maintains the archives and historical documents of the congregation.

Chair: Helen Miller
Staff Liaison: TBD

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

Co-Chairs: Susan Mott, Stephen Manos, and Janet Schwarz
Staff Liaison: Stephanie Hukle

Works with the Membership Director to welcome new members and support engagement and retention of current members.

Co-Chairs: Sue Ehrlich and Alison Merzel
Staff Liaison: Nancy Gurwin

Manages the contracts & evaluations of the clergy and professional staff.

Chair: Marty Rosenthal
Staff Liaison: Rabbis Braver and Skolnik

Works with the rabbis to determine religious policies & practices within the congregation. Coordinates the High Holiday Honors aliyot & p’tichot, including soliciting members for associated donations.

Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: Nancy Gurwin

Collaborates with the Executive Director to support security measures for the buildings & grounds & members & visitors to the building by establishing & reviewing policies and practices consistent with recommendations of professional security personnel.

Chair: TBD
Staff Liaison: TBD

Works with the larger community of Columbus to fulfill the mitzvah of tikkun olam.

Chair: Sue Sitler
Staff Liaison: Rabbi Braver

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