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Temple Israel Board Meeting Minutes

Temple Israel  Leadership

Amy Weisbach, President

Amy has lived in Bexley, Ohio for serveral years.  She joined Temple Israel’s Sisterhood immediately upon her arrival and servecd as Sisterhood President.  Prior to being President she rewrote the annual dues letter for the Financial Secretary and served as its Financial Vice President.  Before moving to Columbus, Amy served as the Treasurer of Sinai Temple in Champaign, IL for four years and as its Religious School Committee President for the two years prior to that.  Amy works at Fisher College of Business. Since March of 2011 she has been with Fisher’s Information Technology as the Associate Director of Business Analysis.  She also spent four years as Fisher’s Associate Director of Alumni Relations.  Amy is married to Michael Weisbach and is the mother of Richard, Beth and Jonathan.

David Frolick, Vice President

David and his wife Katy moved to Columbus in 2007 when Katy joined the faculty at Denison University. They have one child, Max. David is a retired academic. He joined the board in 2014, and has brought his experience of serving on two other congregational boards to Temple Israel. He continues to work on a long term project about Jewish life in his hometown, Quincy, IL.

 

 

Lisa Goldsand, Vice President

Lisa has been a Temple member since moving to Columbus in 2003.  She is a vice president of sourcing at Abercrombie & Fitch, and has worked in the apparel industry during her entire career.  She and her husband Corey, an attorney with Cardinal Health, live in Bexley and have two young children.

 

 

 

Cheryl Lever Hooker, Vice President

Cheryl has been a member of Temple Israel since 1999 with her husband Greg and their two children, Carly and Max. In addition to the Board of Trustees, Cheryl has served on the Education Committee and the Personnel Committee. In addition to her service at Temple Israel, Cheryl is the past Board President for Dress for Success Columbus, is a current member of Harmony Project and is active with a number of community non-profits. She is a Human Resources leader in the community with over 25 years experience.

Liz Plotnick-Snay, Assistant Treasurer

Liz and her husband, Mitchell Snay, met at Temple Israel's first Mitzvah Day in 1998.  Liz's family moved from the East coast to Columbus in 1972, and so began Liz's life-long affiliation with Temple Israel.  Growing up in Worthington, Liz's connections to the Temple became stronger as she started high school and became active in YFTL where she took on leadership roles in the organization.  Liz has served on the Board of Trustees since 2006 and on the Executive Committee since 2008 where she has served as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. She chairs the Budget/Finance Committee.  Liz is a full-time consultant at B2Z Business Advisory Services.  Mitchell, a Chicago native, is a Professor of History at Denison University, Granville.  Their son, Elliott, is living and working in Columbus.

 

Paul Russell, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee Sanders, Assistant Secretary

Aimee and her husband, Josh, were married at Temple Israel in 1998 - the same synagogue where Josh had attended preschool and religious school many years prior. They have been active members ever since, and Aimee has been a Board Member since 2013.  Aimee’s passion for education has extended to her taking an active role in Temple Israel’s Education Committee as well as serving as a Board Member of The Granville Education Foundation. Aimee is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine Physician, working for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Physician Educator for Women’s Health Services and seeing patients at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Newark. Aimee, Josh and their 2 daughters, Abby and Evie, are proud to call Granville their home…and Temple Israel their Jewish home. 
 

 

Patti Shorr, Immediate Past President

Patti became a Board Member in 2003 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2006.  She has served in the capacity of Assistant Treasurer,  Treasurer and Assistant Secretary and has had the pleasure of working on several of Temple Israel's fundraisers.  Patti has also served on numerous Boards with in the Columbus Jewish Community as well as the YWCA. In addition to the Temple Board, she serves on the Columbus Housing Partnership Board of Trustees, Melissa's House and the OSU Behavioral Health STAR Board.  Patti is also the mother of Henry, who now attends the Ohio State University. She is a renewable energy consultant.

 

Trustees

Tom Anger

Tom and his family joined Temple Israel in December, 2013.  They felt immediately welcome and quickly became involved in Temple activities.  Tom was elected to the Board in 2016.  A native Chicagoan, Tom works as an antitrust attorney with the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  When he's not spending time with his daughters and wife, he enjoys competing in triathlons, reading, and sailing on Hoover Lake.  He remains an avid Chicago sports fan.  Tom also works part-time as an emergency medical technician with Morrow County EMS, and traveled to Israel in 2015 as part of a medical response group.

Debbie Belinky

 

Debbie Cohen

 

Joan Folpe  

I became a member of Temple Israel in 1955 when I married my husband, Norman, who was president of the Brotherhood at that time.  I taught in the Columbus Public Schools before my daughters were born.  When they entered Religious School, I began teaching  classes in the school.  I was an active member of Temple Israel Sisterhood and served as president.  Several years later I became Religious School principal, a position I held for many years, also serving on the national board of the National Association of Temple Educators.  

 

Judy Herman

 

 

 

 

 

Shelly Hoffman
Shelly and her husband, Bob, have been members of Temple Israel since 2001 and are active with the Empty Nester Havurah. Their children, Ben and Rose, grew up in Temple Israel. Shelly is an avid cyclist and longtime Pelotonia rider. She has served on the boards of Jewish Family Services and Thurber House. Shelly has held senior communications positions at a number of major institutions and currently serves as associate director of external affairs for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.

 

 

 

Josh Latzko
Josh is a transplant to Columbus, moving to the area in 2016 from Louisville, KY, after being raised in Atlanta, GA. However, he first attended services at Temple Israel with his now-wife, Heather (nee, Stone), in 2012. Josh has been an active and passionate member of his Jewish community in each step of life, from participating in NFTY as a student, to serving as Youth Engagement Director for The Temple in Louisville while attending the University of Louisville, to his newest role as a board member of Temple Israel. A Boston pro-sports fanatic in every sense of the word, Josh is always happy to strike up any sports debates or conversations with you at any moment. He and Heather reside in Berwick, along with their zoo - two dogs and two cats of their own, while also fostering dogs through local organization "Speak! For The Unspoken.

 

Clemy Keidan

Clemy and her husband Bob have been members of Temple Israel since 1989.  She has been involved through the years with cooking for the homeless and this year co-chaired Tikkunapalooza.  She is a Friendly Visitor for Jewish Family Services and volunteers at the YWCA Family Shelter Preschool.  Clemy retired from Upper Arlington Schools where she was an elementary school counselor.  She and Bob have two grown children Nikki and Mitchell.

 

Izzy Naveh

Born and reared in Israel, I have lived in several different countries and multiple cities throughout the U.S.;  I am a retired international flight attendant and now working from home as a travel consultant specialising in Australia and New Zealand. Having spent the last 10 years in Philadelphia, my husband, Allan, and I moved to Columbus in June of 2016.  Within 2 days of our arrival, Shavuot 2016, both Allan and I stepped into Temple Israel for yizkor services and  experienced something extraordinary.  Never has there been a time in my life where I felt as warm and welcomed as I did that Sunday morning.  The word 'besheret" is truly fitting for I have been immersing myself into the joys of this amazing community with a daily smile on my face.  I hope to be able to share that feeling with others who also walk into our community for the first time.

 

Nathan Render

 

 

 

 

Lynne Schmidt
Lynn is a lifelong member of Temple Israel and has recently become reinvolved.  Coming back to Temple Israel is like “coming home”.   Her background is Volunteer Management and was a 25 year volunteer with Franklin County Children Services where she served as the Chair of the Board.  She also volunteered many years at the Capital Area Humane Society.  Now retired, she currently volunteers at a long term care facility and is looking forward to getting more involved at Temple Israel.

 

Tara Shiman
Tara Shiman first started attending Temple Israel in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the spirit and community. She is always looking for ways to become more involved and give back to the community. She spent this past teaching first grade at Temple Israel’s religious   school. Raised in Pickerington, Tara now lives in Worthington and works as a youth services librarian for Worthington Libraries.

 

 

 

 

Jen Teal

Jen grew up in Temple Israel and remembers attending board meetings when she was the high school youth group president. When her family returned to central Ohio ten years ago, Temple Israel once again became home. She has served on the dues and education committees, and currently serves on the JewishColumbus Community Impact Committee. Professionally, Jen has spent the last two decades improving and leading public sector organizations. She currently works as a consultant with The Novak Consulting Group, where she uses her organizational assessment and facilitation skills to strengthen local government organizations around the country.

 

 

 

Amy Wharton

Amy is a Columbus native, a life-long member of Temple Israel, and a founding member of the Temple Israel Lurie MicroGrant Program and Social Justice Team. Her mother Helene attended the groundbreaking for Temple Israel’s former Broad Street synagogue in 1958, and Amy carried on her family legacy in 2019 at the groundbreaking for TI's new Broad Street home. Amy has devoted the majority of her career to nonprofit service, holding senior advancement positions with The Ohio State University/Wexner Center for the Arts, Wexner Heritage Village, and United Way of Central Ohio, and consults in the areas of nonprofit planning and capacity building. Amy is the mother of Leah and Tyler.

 

Auxilliaries

Jay Agranoff, Brotherhood President

 

Debbie Cohen, Sisterhood President

 

Bob Keidan, Temple Israel Foundation President

Tue, September 24 2019 24 Elul 5779