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Sharon Mars
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Sharon Mars officially joined the Temple Israel congregation as Associate Rabbi for Community Engagement in April, 2013 and became the congregation's Senior Rabbi in July, 2017 . She received her Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, and Rabbinic Ordination HUC-JIR in New York.

Rabbi Mars has served as Columbus Jewish Community Chaplain and Rabbi of Wexner Heritage Village's Zusman Hospice. Before moving to Columbus, she was the Rabbi of Hillel at University of North Carolina. Both Rabbi Mars and her husband, Or, have led worship services at Temple Israel during the High Holy Days.

Rabbi Mars is married to Or Mars, and they have three children. She loves yoga, classic and alternative rock, college basketball, and chatting over a good cup of coffee.

Rabbi Mars' email address is


Bat-Ami Moses

Cantor Bat-Ami Moses is delighted to be living in Columbus, Ohio and serving Temple Israel. A native of Los Angeles, she received her investiture from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America with a Masters of Sacred Music in 2007. She also holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and an M.S. Ed. in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of New York. She has served in several pulpits, including the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York, Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, NY, Congregation Ahavat Achim in Howell, NJ, and Congregation Agudas Achim in Iowa City, IA. She is a member of both the Cantor's Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, and is currently participating in the Institute of Jewish Spirituality's cohort of Rabbis and Cantors. 

Cantor Moses has been a guest artist, prayer leader and scholar in residence at synagogues throughout the country. She was highlighted in a series called "Creating Soulful Worship," along with Craig Taubman and Joey Wiesenberg, and has performed with other Jewish artists such as Billy Jonas, Dan Nichols and Rick Recht. She has an extensive theatrical resume performing off-Broadway and regionally, and has produced and performed in many concerts, such as "From Broadway to the Bima" and Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalayim," a Benefit concert for ATZUM, an organization dedicated to pursuing social justice in Israel.

She can be heard on many recordings and CDs, "Kol Bat-Ami- A collection of Sacred and Soulful Melodies" and "Bo Nashir, Come Sing With Me!" her original new Jewish kids music. She can also be heard on three musical compilations produced by the Cantor’s Assembly, the "Best of Jewish Children's Music Spirit Series," the “The Spirit of Hope and Healing,” and “The Spirit of Simcha and Celebration.” She has recently recorded, "The Music of Temple Israel featuring, SHIRjoy! The Shabbat Band,"  

It is Cantor Moses' passion and vision to elevate people to their own prayer and healing through the languages of music and liturgy intertwined. She is married to Rabbi Jay Moses, who is the Vice President of the Wexner Foundation and is the proud mother of two sons, Caleb and Ezekiel.

Cantor Moses' e-mail address is and her website is 


Listen to our Cantor!
From "Kol Bat-Ami"
Lecha Dodi
Shema Koleinu

From "Bo Nashir, Come Sing With Me!"
Bo Nashir
Nesiya Tova

Thu, April 26 2018 11 Iyyar 5778