Rabbi Abigail Treu, Interim Rabbi

rabbi@agudasachim.org

Rabbi Abigail Treu is a spiritual leader who has served in a variety of roles at legacy institutions of American Jewish life. Since ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2008, she has served at JTS as a Rabbinic Fellow; worked on the senior team of the National Ramah Commission as Director of Strategic Advancement and Reshet Ramah; and since 2016 as the rabbi and Director of the Center for Jewish Living and David H. Sonabend Center for Israel at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Rabbi Treu has served on the board of Big Tent Judaism, working to build Jewish communities welcoming to all kinds of Jewish families, as well as on the Women’s Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly, and is an alumna of the Clergy Training Program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In 2005 she co-authored, with Dov Peretz Elkins, The Bible’s Top 50 Ideas, and she has written a number of articles and op-eds. An avid knitter and yoga enthusiast, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and three children. Rabbi Treu comes to Congregation Agudas Achim excited to walk with individuals and families in their Jewish journeys, bringing her love of teaching, writing, and Torah to nurture the community during this time as Interim Rabbi.

Ari Goldberg, Executive Director , ext. 111

agoldberg@agudasachim.org

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

nkurland@agudasachim.org

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 Louer Kaunitz, Member Relations Specialist, ext.114

nkaunitz@agudasachim.org

Nancy joined the staff of Agudas Achim in September 2019, and has worked in Jewish institutions since 2012. She holds a B.F.A from Ohio State, and an M.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nancy lives in Bexley with her partner and their collective zoo of children; Gidon Zev, Le’ah Rose, & Paxon the Daniel. She can often be found narrating her day through off-tune song.

Bob Sweeney, Bookkeeper, ext. 113

bsweeney@agudasachim.org

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

twinston@agudasachim.org

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.