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Our Clergy

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. Before coming to Columbus, she served in several pulpits including the Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue in New York and the Midway Jewish Center in Syosset, NY.  She is a member of both the Cantor's Assembly and the American Conference of Cantors, and has been a  participant 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 several benefit concerts for ATZUM, an organization dedicated to pursuing social justice in Israel.

She can be heard on many recordings and CDs such as, "Kol Bat-Ami" and "Bo Nashir, Come Sing With Me!" her original Jewish kids music. She can also be heard on three musical compilations produced by the Cantors Assembly,  "The BEST OF Jewish Children's music, Hope and Healing, and Simcha and Celebration."  You can listen to her latest recording of the music of Temple Israel's Shabbat band, "SHIRjoy!"  Click here.

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

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781