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Current Presidents of Temple Israel Akron“The ultimate goal (of Judaism) is to transform the world into the kind of world God had in mind when He created it”    Rabbi Harold Kushner

Here at Temple Israel, our goal is to provide each of our congregants the tools to be able to accomplish this task. Our tools are: Prayer, Learning, Social Action, and Fellowship.  Rabbi Brown has made an immediate impact on our Temple by bringing to us a new energy and enthusiasm.  Temple Israel has had a long history of outstanding and beautiful music accompanying our services. This past year Cantor Kathy, accompanied by Laura Silverman , playing on a Grand Piano donated by Shirley Kahn, have reached to the heavens. Along with our regular Adult services, we will be having Rock Shabbats and Wee Sing for our younger children. Baby sitting services are provided at all of our Shabbat services.  

Learning and education is an important cornerstone in Jewish life.  For our adults there is Torah Study, lectures and special presentations all year round. Leah Levinstein is our Director of Education, this year we have had a large increase in the number of children enrolled in our school. If you are going to transform the world, you need an active Social Action Program, which we have.  From Mitzvah Day to Family Promise our Social Action Committee is busy all year round.  Our Programming Committee provides a diverse range of programs for our congregants and in so creates multiple opportunities for fellowship.  Our Temple life is enriched by the activities of Brotherhood and Sisterhood, along with the support from our Caring Community.   

All this does not happen on its own.  We have a large group of motivated volunteers helping Temple Israel accomplish its goals.  The committee chairs and their members deserve our appreciation and we would like to thank them for all they do for us.  If you have an interest in joining a committee or have an idea that you want to express, please let us know.  

Larry Kaye and Ron Winer, Co-Presidents

2016-17 Board Members

The Executive Committee of Temple Israel  2016-2017

Co-Presidents - Dr. Larry Kaye and Ron Winer*

First Vice President – James Levin

Second Vice President – Mike Segal

Treasurer – David Lipkin

Secretary – Julie Zurn


photo of board members 2016-2017


  • Audrey Baker
  • Linda Barr
  • Joyce Butlien*
  • Mike Butlien
  • Elaine Cohen
  • Carol Friedman, Sisterhood Representative
  • Daniel Horowitz
  • Josh Lemerman
  • Jeff Lubash
  • Candy Mirman
  • Elaine Neumann
  • Melissa Pidhorodeckyj
  • Shauna Reyes-Leff
  • Janet Silverman
  • Jeff Sloan, Brotherhood Representative

* Indicates past presidents


2016-2017 Temple Israel Committee Chairs

  • Budget & Finance: David Lipkin & Jeff Lubash
  • Building & Facilities: Michael Segal
  • By-laws: Linda Barr
  • Caring Community: Carol Blum
  • Cemetery: Larry Kaye & Ron Winer
  • Create a Jewish Legacy: Mike Segal & Larry Kaye
  • Dues: Sue Sigalow
  • Endowment & Investments: Larry Roth
  • Dorot (Generations): Joyce Butlien
  • Legal: Josh Lemerman & Julie Zurn
  • Music: Laura Lee Garfinkel
  • Nominating: Larry Roth
  • Personnel: Jim Levin
  • Programming: Elaine Neumann
    •  Adult Education
    •  Fundraising
    •    General Programing
    •    Interfaith Programing
    •   Marketing
    •    Membership
  • Programing for Families with Young Children
  • Religious School: Melissa Pidhorodeckyj
  • Ritual & Worship: Keith Mirman & Mike Neumann
  • Social Action: Art Krakauer
  • Website (old): Mike Wade
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