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, he returned home for a year to teach Religious School, organize Hillel activities, attend graduate school in Judaic Studies (UNC) and visit Israel. After 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. Rabbi Levine brings a wide range of diverse educational leadership experiences to the Agudas Achim community.
In addition to serving as a congregational rabbi for over a decade in a role that emphasized adult education, he taught several elementary and middle school grades in a variety of school and informal educational settings. Rabbi Levine’s school administration experience includes serving as a Director of Judaic Studies (Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island) and as a Head of School (Columbus Jewish Day School). Rabbi Levine is passionate about educating kids and supporting their growth as they become committed Jewish adults; he finds inspiration in the adage that for every two Jews, one may expect to find three opinions.
Naomi Kurland, Academy Administrator/Assistant to Rabbi Mitchell Levine, ext. 17
Naomi Kurland has been the Agudas Achim Academy Administrator since July 2007. Naomi was born and raised in Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University. Since her Bat Mitzvah, she has served several Jewish communities as a tutor, teacher, administrative assistant, and day campdirector. Prior to moving to Columbus, she worked in Human Resources at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Naomi is married to Ruvane Kurland, and they have a son, Lyric Samson and a daughter, Aria Isabelle.
Bobbie Shkolnik, Membership/Volunteer 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 25 years.
Following her childhood years of growing up in Marion, Ohio (yes, there is a synagogue there!) Bobbie moved to Columbus to attend The Ohio State University, graduating with a B.A. in Anthropology.
Since then, Bobbie has made Columbus her home, working in the Jewish communal field for more than 18 years in Marketing and Public Relations; Event Planning; and Coordinating Volunteers.
Outside of work, Bobbie serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for National Council of Jewish Women, Columbus Section and is a past president. She also serves as a Commissioner for the national organization.
Bobbie and her husband Steve reside in Columbus with their dog, Raffi, and turtle, Rocky.