Meet Our Clergy

Rabbi Goldstein

Rabbi Avi Goldstein joined Beth Jacob Congregation in January 2012 from Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, Rabbi Goldstein was on the rabbinic staff at the Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion synagogue in Baltimore, and over the past two summers he served as a rabbinic intern at the famed congregation Knesseth Israel - "the White Shul" - in Far Rockaway, NY. He has international rabbinic leadership experience as well, as he led Baltimore SEED teams for several summers to Sydney, Australia. He has also worked at the National Council of Young Israel central offices in Manhatten, NY. He received training in synagogue conflict mediation and helped design national rabbinic training curricula for the NCYI rabbinic training program. Rabbi Goldstein was educated and ordained at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rabbi Goldstein holds a Masters degree in Clinical Community Counseling from the Johns Hopkins University. He has clinical experience at the Women's Correctional Facility of Jessup, MD and with Jewish adolescents at the Maryland Counseling Network in Baltimore, MD.

Rabbi Goldstein is married to Miriam, from West Hempstead, NY, and has two daughters and two sons: Elana, Rachel, Aryeh and Yaakov.

Rabbi David Stavsky

Rabbi David Stavsky zt"l (1930-2004) was born in New York City in 1930. The Rabbi's credentials include B.A., Psychology, Yeshiva University; ordained at Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary (studied with master scholar Rabbi Soloveitchik); M.A., Psychology, Ohio State University.

After ordination, the Rabbi served in the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital and he was the Post-Chaplain at Fort Carson, Colorado. He served on the pulpit at Beth Jacob Congregation from 1957 until his death in 2004. Rabbi Stavsky founded the Columbus Torah Academy in 1958, and is a former National VP of the Rabbinical Council of America.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Sukienik, Coordinator

Lisa Sukienik began working at Beth Jacob in 2008 when the Gan Ephraim Preschool first opened. As different needs presented themselves, Lisa stepped up to cover them. She coordinates the Morah Lisa Mini Minyan on Shabbat, holidays and with the monthly brotherhood breakfasts. Lisa also helps throughout the year with various special programs and projects. Lisa resides here in Berwick with her husband Harvey Sukienik, one of the shul's gabbonim, and her children.

Rabbi Zecharia Weitz, Director of Inreach

The Columbus Community Kollel, together with Rabbi Tuly Weisz, brought Rabbi Zecharia Weitz and his family to Columbus in 2007. Leah, Zecharia, Yaakov, Penina, Yosef, Nechama and Tzipora have been living on Dover Road as a part of the Beth Jacob family ever since.

After 2 years at the Kollel, Rabbi Weitz was officially brought on board at Beth Jacob, joining the upper school Judaics staff at Columbus Torah Academy, as well. Even after moving on to a full day at CTA, Rabbi Weitz has continued his involvement at the shul, currently serving as Director of Inreach.

Before moving to Columbus, the Weitz family lived in Baltimore. While there, Rabbi Weitz earned his Masters of Talmudic Law at Ner Israel Rabbinical College, as well as his Masters in School Counseling at the Johns Hopkins University. In Baltimore Rabbi Weitz had the opportunity to pilot counseling programs in multiple schools and further developed his enthusiasm for chinuch (education). Moonlighting at Baltimore's Community Kollel served to whet Rabbi Weitz's passion for community leadership.

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Yaffa Gindoff - JR Congregation Leader

Yaffa Gindoff recently moved to Columbus from Philadelphia where she served on the Youth Committee of her shul, ran Mini Minyan, and taught a women only yoga class at the shul once a week for the frum community. Shortly after arriving in Columbus for specialized education (after graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy), Yaffa began leading our Junior Congregation. This Beth Jacob program focuses on creating a fun and safe environment for the children of the kehilla so that they can become more familiar and comfortable with Shabbos davening.

Yaffa has extensive experience working with children, having served in several positions with Bnei Akiva of North America, first as a madrich (group leader), then as Rosh Snif, and subsequently as an adviser. Yaffa currently works as a physical therapist in a local rehabilitation center and teaches yoga on the side.

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Danny Lebowitz - Director of Outreach and Youth Engagement

Danny Lebowitz grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Columbus in 8th grade. He attended Columbus Torah Academy for high school, and then spent a year and a half in Israel studying at Yeshivat Reishit in Beit Shemesh. After Israel, Danny attended Yeshiva University for a year and a half, and then got married last summer and moved back home to Columbus. Now Danny and his wife Valery live in Berwick, and Danny is a student at Ohio State University studying pre-medicine.

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Arie Hazan - BJC FOOD SERVICES

Arie Hazan was born in Casablanca, Morocco and moved to Israel with his family when he was just 6 months old. After high school, where he studied culinary arts, he entered in to the Israeli army and served as a chef. When Arie completed his service, he moved to Paris, France where he was a chef at the world renowned kosher restaurant, Richard, where he perfected his culinary skills. He then worked as a pastry chef in the Jewish Quarter, St. Paul, in Moskowich Bakery.

Arie moved to the United States in 1991 and opened a small kosher bakery, which grew to serve the Memphis, TN area selling retail and wholesale baked goods and artesian breads. His salads, breads, and pastries were sold in Kroger supermarkets, as well as to numerous restaurants in town. Arie also opened 2 successful kosher restaurants during his 18 years in Memphis.

Arie, his wife Shana, and their 5 children are now living in Columbus, Ohio and Arie is presently serving as the house caterer at Beth Jacob Congregation as well as working with Buckeye Kosher.

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Miranda Abrams-Weisbuch - Executive Director

Miranda Abrams-Weisbuch is originally from Bexley, Ohio where she graduated from Columbus School for Girls. After graduating from college and working in Boston for several years, Miranda and her husband Ben moved back to Columbus in 2009.

Most recently, Miranda was the Executive Director of a non-profit school in Canton, Ohio. Miranda honed her leadership skills in management consulting early in her career, serving international and domestic fortune 500 clients for Ernst and Young in Boston.

Miranda, Ben, and their Son Maccabee, live in Berwick.