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Our Interim Rabbi

We are pleased to announce that Rabbi Daniel Steinberg has graciously agreed to be the interim Rabbi of Ahavas Sholom as we navigate through the transition process.

Please feel free to contact him with questions, concerns, and suggestions at:  or 614-500-3682.

Rabbi Steinberg will check email, texts and voicemail twice daily, and endeavor to respond in a timely manner.

Rabbi  Search

Dear Congregants,

The Ahavas Sholom search committee is excited to announce the details for our upcoming weekends with our Rabbinic candidates. There will be a variety of opportunities to meet them and their families, to interact with them, and to consider their candidacy as our next Rabbi. 

On February 3rd, Rabbi Shmuel Lemann will be joining us in Columbus. His wife, Sarah, is expecting their 3rd child imminently, and while she will be unable to join him for the trip, we will have opportunities for you to meet her via zoom. We wish them a Besha'a Tova at this exciting time. 

On February 9th, we will welcome Rabbi Sammy Bergman and his family to Columbus, and on the weekend of February 17th, we will welcome Rabbi Shlomo Eisenberg, and his wife Liba for his probeh weekend.

The Rabbis will attend Ahavas Sholom minyanim while they are in town and will visit our schools and other institutions to get a better feel for the community. Please make every effort to attend shul on Shabbat mornings, where each candidate will deliver the Shabbos drasha. 

There will also be an interactive shiur given by Shalosh Seudos on all three shabbosim, and special Shabbos women’s programs on February 11 and 18. Additionally, we invite all shul members to join us for davening followed by brunch, on Sunday mornings (2/5, 2/12 and 2/19) when congregants will have the opportunity to engage in a Q & A session with the Rabbanim. Babysitting will be provided at the shul.

Thank you for your continued patience as we endeavor to bring our search process to a successful end. More details regarding the voting process are forthcoming. 

Shabbat shalom. 

The Search Committee

Dear Congregants,

We are excited to announce that preparations are underway for "proba" shabbosim with our three rabbinic candidate finalists. Please mark the dates of February 4th, 11th, and 18th on your calendar, and plan to be in attendance so you can have the opportunity to meet each of our candidates. We are planning multiple events to give everyone a chance to meet and hear from the candidates. We will release more information about the candidates in the coming week. Thank you for your continued patience and trust in us.

The Search Committee

Dear Congregants,

We would like to update you on our rabbinic search process, and the progress we have made thus far. B’H, we have received many impressive resumes and have had first round interviews with all of the candidates. 

Three of these candidates stood out, (unanimously in this committee’s opinion) for their experience and energy, as well as their thoughtful approach to our questions and their interest in our synagogue and Columbus. We have begun meeting with these three candidates a second time to ask more in-depth questions. Assuming all continues to go well, we will plan to bring them to town for a short day trip, to meet with the Board and other local Rabbaim, and to tour the community. 

For those we would like to move forward after the day visit, we will give them an opportunity to spend Shabbos in our community to meet everyone. We want to give the congregation enough advanced notice as to the timing so that as many of you can be in attendance as possible to meet the candidates and their wives/families. We are looking at the end of February and the beginning of March for those weekend visits. We will update the congregation once we have the dates finalized. 

Thank you for trusting us with this process, 

The Search Committee

Hello congregants,

We wanted to provide an update on the efforts of our rabbinic search process. We have been working with our contacts to promote our job opening and to publicize the position in various platforms. Following the guidance we received from Rabbi Schwartzberg, the position went live on the J Careers website shortly after Sukkot. B”H we have received a number of candidates to consider through this site and other channels.

The search committee continues to meet frequently and will shortly begin first round Zoom interviews with candidates. These interviews will be facilitated by Rebeka Lefkowitz and Rabbi Moshe Yachnes, who were selected by the committee for their individual talents and areas of expertise, to guide the conversation. They will pose questions the entire committee has prioritized, based in large part on the congregational input we received from the survey you completed. The entire committee will also be present at the interviews, though in listening roles so as to be able to discuss each candidate under consideration.

We will update you as we progress thru this process. Our gratitude goes to each of you for your trust in us and our appreciation to Rabbi Steinberg, the Board and our many volunteers who continue to show why Ahavas Sholom is such a special place to call home. 


The Search Committee 

Rabbi David Claman has taken a rabbinic position in Hollywood, Florida.  We thank him for his 6 years leading Ahavas Sholom, and wish him well.

A rabbinic search committee has been formed, and is in progress.  We thank this committee of dedicated members:

  1. Perle Benmoshe
  2. Shoshana Ginsburg
  3. Jonathan Gisser
  4. David Grashin
  5. Dotan Herszage
  6. Rebecca Lefkovitz
  7. Joey Nutis
  8. Ruth Pack Adler
  9. Rabbi Moshe Yachnes
Sat, January 28 2023 6 Shevat 5783