The following staff may be reached by calling (614) 237-2747 and entering the appropriate extension number, or by email listed below each name.
Rabbi Mitch Levine grew up in a Conservative congregation in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating from Kenyon College and subsequently attending the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for two years, Rabbi Levine spent five years living and learning in Israel, where he earned his ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of the State of Israel and Yeshivat HaMivtar. Additionally, Rabbi Levine was awarded the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship at Harvard University.
Rabbi Levine served as a congregational rabbi for over a decade at Congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, Rhode Island, the largest Orthodox congregation in the state. During that time, he also served as the supervising rabbi of the Vaad HaKashrut of Rhode Island and administrator for the Rhode Island Mikveh. Rabbi Levine was a rabbinic associate at Brown University Hillel for four years and prior to living in Rhode Island, he served as rabbi at Congregation Rodphey Sholom in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Rabbi Levine’s Lunch & Learn, Rhode Island’s only Jewish adult pluralistic study group, regularly attracted the participation of community leaders from across the spectrum of Jewish observance, which proved to be the inspiration for establishing the Jewish Community Day School of RI.
Following his passion for educating, Rabbi Levine served as Director of Judaic Studies at Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island and Head of School at Columbus Jewish Day School before returning to the pulpit at Congregation Agudas Achim.
Rabbi Levine enjoys working with the warm, pluralistic, traditional egalitarian congregation at Agudas Achim. He is highly regarded for his ability and desire to study Judaism with individuals of all backgrounds; he finds inspiration in the adage that for every two Jews, one may expect to find three opinions.
Naomi Kurland has worked at Agudas Achim since moving to Columbus in July 2007. Naomi was born and raised in Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University. She has worked in Jewish education for 25 years.
Naomi resides in Reynoldsburg with her husband Ruvane, son Lyric, and daughter Aria.
Bobbie Shkolnik, Synagogue Events Coordinator, ext. 22
Bobbie Shkolnik joined the Congregation Agudas Achim staff July 2010 as Membership/Volunteer Coordinator. She has been a member of the synagogue for over 25 years.
Bobbie grew up in Marion, Ohio that had a small but thriving synagogue with 60-70 families coming to services every Friday night from Marion and other surrounding, small towns. This close-knit group had a rabbi every other Friday night from HUC (which continues to this day) while many volunteers led (and still do) services on the other Friday nights.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Bobbie made Columbus her home and has worked in the Columbus Jewish community for more than 20 years, mainly in the areas of PR and Communications and Event Planning.
Outside of work, Bobbie serves on the board of the National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus Section and is a past president. Currently, she is the Co-VP of Fundraising.
Bobbie and her husband Steve reside in Columbus with their dog, Raffi, and turtle, Rocky. They are the proud grandparents of Sam, Alison, Emily and Jake.
Robert Sweeney joined the staff of Congregation Agudas Achim in March of 2014. A Bexley Ohio resident for 30 years he received his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Robert and his wife Lucinda enjoy the warm and friendly community of Bexley and spending as much time as they can with their grandchildren.
Beverly Ward first came to Ohio to attend the University of Akron. Five children and eight grandchildren later and after working in the legal field as a paralegal for over 30 years, she is enjoying her position as office manager at Agudas Achim.