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.
Ari Goldberg, Chief Administrator, ext.11
Naomi Kurland, Senior Management Coordinator, 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, 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 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.
Ron Rudolph, Engagement Manager, ext. 16
Bob Sweeney, Bookkeeper, ext. 13
Beverly Ward, Office Manager, ext. 14
Thax Winston, Facilities Maintenance Technician