$1 million in funding
for security initiatives each year
$382k raised
to support Ukrainian Jews
120+ Columbus kids
sent to overnight Jewish summer camp

Shabbat Shalom – July 5, 2024

State Rep Dontavius Jarrells is headed to Israel next week. Stay tuned for details on his trip!
Columbus Torah Academy float.
Bexley Police Chief Lewis and Jewish War Veteran Bernie Hirsch.
As Shabbat arrives following our nation’s Independence Day, I am filled with a profound sense of community and patriotic spirit. The recent festivities have been a heartfelt affirmation of the values that unite us.
In Bexley, the July 4th parade was a beautiful display of Jewish Americana. Our community members’ active participation in various roles—both within the Jewish community and beyond—highlights the rich tapestry of our heritage within the broader American story.
This sense was exemplified by JewishColumbus Board Member Josh Barkan participating in the parade and Bexley City Councilwoman Lori Ann Feibel, showcasing the broad contributions of Jews to the community. Additionally, the participation of students, parents, staff, and alumni from our day schools—CJDS and CTA—added to the event’s warmth, showcasing our community’s unity and vibrancy.
One of my favorite parts of the parade was seeing my late grandfather Charlie’s good friend, 93-year-old Bernie Hirsch. Bernie is a Jewish man, a member of the local Columbus Jewish War Veterans, a Korean War veteran and Marine who has proudly walked in the parade with this group for 30 years. He shared with me that he will always be a proud Jewish Marine, someone truly proud of both identities. Bernie and the other Marines and war veterans are a testament to the enduring spirit of freedom that we hold dear.
This year, Bernie was accompanied by our friend Bexley Police Chief Lewis. JewishColumbus and Chief Lewis work closely together with police chiefs throughout Columbus to provide security strategies and training for the entire community.
While this weekend I celebrated our freedoms with my Bexley community, I am proud to know that from Worthington to Gahanna to New Albany Jewish community members engaged in celebration, weaving their unique experiences into our collective narrative.
Our Jewish heritage offers us a distinctive lens through which to view freedom. Our history is marked by oppression and resilience, teaching us to value freedom not just as a right but as a duty to ourselves and others—a freedom we strive to honor daily.
As we pause this Shabbat, let’s reflect on the blessings we have to live freely, safely and securely and pay tribute to those who have served and continue safeguarding these freedoms for everyone.
May you and your loved ones find peace and meaning in this Shabbat.
Shabbat Shalom,
Wendy Klein and her book club in the Worthington 4th of July Parade.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik and Young Jewish Columbus leaders.
Ahavas Sholom's Rabbi Shlomo and Rachel Gabay and family with Ira Nutis. This is the Gabay’s first July 4! They moved here from Canada.
Jewish professionals Rabbi Hillel Skolnik at Tifereth, Rabbi Morris Allen at CJDS, Naomi Lambi OSU Hillel CEO and JewishColumbus' Rabbi Yoni Nadiv enjoying the 4th.
Columbus Torah Academy float.
Bexley City Council Representative Lori Ann Feibel and Julie Friedlander.
Wasserstrom Family Truck. Boots Wasserstrom helped build the Columbus Jewish community over 50 years ago.
JewishColumbus’ Financial Resource Development Chair, Josh Barkan enjoying the parade route.
Pelotonia Rider Mark Wachter getting ready to ride out cancer. JewishColumbus is partnering with Peolotonia and P24 this year to bring Israeli cyclists to the race to ride in memory of riders killed on 10/7.
CTA alumni and coaches of the infamous jump rope team Rebecca Lefkovitz and Deena Tanenbaum.
Lisa Goldsand entrepreneur, Wexner Heritage Village champion and Lion of Judah showing her patriotic spirit.
Elizabeth Ellman, Bexley Sustainability Coordinator reminding everyone to clean up and recycle.