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Temple Israel

Our Clergy


Misha E. Zinkow
Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Misha Zinkow has been Senior Rabbi at Temple Israel in Columbus, Ohio since July, 2004. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Occidental College in 1978, a Master’s in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Los Angeles campus, and Rabbinic Ordination from its New York campus in 1985.

Rabbi Zinkow has served as a URJ Camp Director (Swig, 1984-1992), a pulpit rabbi in San Francisco, California (Congregation Emanu-El) and St. Paul, Minnesota (Mt. Zion Hebrew Congregation) (1992-2000), and a Hillel rabbi (The Ohio State University, 2001-2004). During his rabbinate, his expertises have been in the areas of worship renewal, lifelong learning, social justice and synagogue transformation.

Rabbi Zinkow is married to Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, and they have four children. 

Rabbi Zinkow's e-mail address is: rabbizinkow@templeisrael.org

 


Sharon Mars
Associate Rabbi,
Director for Community Engagement

Rabbi Sharon Mars is no stranger to Temple Israel and officially joined the congregation as Associate Rabbi for Community Engagement in April, 2013. 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 rabbimars@templeisrael.org.

 


Bat-Ami Moses
Cantor

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.

Cantor Moses has been a guest artist and prayer leader throughout the country, participating in a series called "Creating Soulful Worship," along with Craig Taubman of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. She has also been a scholar in residence and guest Cantor in many synagogues throughout the country. 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 her two 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 CDs 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.”

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:cantormoses@templeisrael.org

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

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

Mon, 5 December 2016 5 Kislev 5777