Elders (Z’keiniym)

Senior Elder: Michael Rudolph

Associate Rabbi:  Aaron Allsbrook

Z’keiniym (Elders): Scott Moore, Bruce Bakaysa

Shamashim (Deacons): Dennis Sollenberger, Bob Blicksilver, Jim Eadie, Steven Caldwell, Bruce Simpson, Ronald Zapien and Larry Rothstein

Ohev Yisrael’s Elder-led government is modeled after the congregations that were founded by the Apostles and described in the New Covenant Scriptures. Our Elders seek wisdom and strength from the Holy Spirit in protecting, teaching, and giving spiritual leadership to the individuals and families that comprise Ohev’s congregational membership. Ohev’s Congregational Leader is also its Head Elder. He is responsible for setting the congregation’s vision and direction, and for leading the other Elders; reciprocally, the other Elders are responsible for affirming the congregation’s vision and direction, and for assisting the Congregational Leader in his broad area of responsibility.

Deacons (Shamashim)

Ohev’s Shamashim are modeled according to the New Covenant Scriptures. As in the case of the Elders, they are ordained to perform all general ministry, but they are particularly concerned with overseeing the physical aspects of the congregation. These include finance, benevolent giving, physical maintenance of our facility, and planning for our annual Feasts and celebrations. They also serve to assist the Elders in any void created by the Elders’ absence or incapacity.

Financial Services Committee

Ohev Yisrael is supported through the tithes and offerings of its members. In order to ensure good stewardship and accounting for its financial assets, Ohev Yisrael relies on its Financial Services Committee, chaired by the congregation’s Treasurer.

Torah Service Committee

The Torah Service Committee is comprised of congregational members devoted to God’s entire written Word – Tanakh (Pentateuch, Prophets and Writings) and Kitvey B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant Scriptures) – and bearing respect and sensitivity toward Jewish customs and synagogue traditions. Working with the Congregational Leader, the Committee establishes policies and procedures for the weekly Torah Service, helps plan for festival services, reviews Torah d’rashot (short expositions on the weekly Torah portion), and advises the leadership on liturgical matters.

Gemilut Chasadim Committee

The Gemilut Chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) Committee seeks to provide comfort and compassion, both within and outside the congregation, to those who may be going through difficult trials. This can take many forms, including physical helps, prayer, and friendship.


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