Rabbi Mitchell Levine, ext. 112
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, Executive Director , ext. 111
Ari has served as Executive Director of Agudas Achim since February 2013. A native of Rutland, Vermont, Ari received a B.A. in Hebraic Studies from Rutgers University and M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
In the 1990’s Ari worked in the national office of United Synagogue Youth (USY), serving as national Kadima Director and subsequently Assistant Director for Education. After editing 8 sourcebooks for some of the leading educators in the Conservative Movement, Ari went on work as Senior Editor at Behrman House. Following a stint as Director of Central Hebrew High School for the MetroWest Jewish Federation in New Jersey, Ari served as Director of the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College (JCHS) in Philadelphia for 10-years. In 2006, Ari was elected as founding President of the North American Association of Congregational & Community Hebrew High Schools (NAACCHHS).
Residents of Bexley, Ari and his wife Stacy are actively involved in awareness and advocacy efforts for mitochondrial disease in memory of their daughter Rina, who died from the disease just after her 15th birthday.
Naomi Kurland, Executive Director for Member Services, ext. 117
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.
Nancy Kaunitz, Member Relations Specialist
Bob Sweeney, Bookkeeper, ext. 113
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.
Thax Winston, Building Maintenance Manager
I take pride in working at Agudas Achim, and also take pride in assisting our congregants. I’m always willing to lend a helping hand to the congregants both inside and outside of the shul.
Kelly Armstrong, Facilities Maintenance Associate
Arguably the strongest person on the Agudas Achim Staff, though Nancy is catching up. Has a nice calendar collection.