Adath Israel Congregation

3201 E. Galbraith Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236

(513) 793-1800 -

©2018 by Adath Israel Congregation


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Chris comes with his family from West Lafayette, Indiana, and has significant management and leadership experience working with non-profits. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette. Chris is skilled in strategic, goal-oriented thinking, talent management, budgets and finance, and communication.

Chief Operating Officer


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Dara Wood holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Montessori certificate. She spent time substitute teaching with Lakota schools and then served as head teacher at a local Montessori pre-school for four years. Dara has been an active volunteer at Adath Israel for many years. She was an officer and chaired served on the membership committee, budget and finance committee, religious school board, and religious services committee. She is married to Rob and they have two children, Brittany (Randy) and Becca, both Adath Israel Religious School and Mercaz graduates.

Director of Education and Ritual


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Phylicia was born in Baltimore and moved to South Florida in 2000 where her love for Kadima and USY began! Phylicia loved learning the ins and outs of temple life which led to her leadership roles in USY. She received her B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University in 2013, but her passion for USY continued as she became the youth director at Temple Beth Am in Margate, Florida during her senior year. In 2016, she made the brief move to Pittsburgh to complete an 11-month service year as an education justice fellow for the Jewish non-profit Repair the World. Her husband, Jason, is in Rabbinical school at HUC.

Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs


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Mollie manages online and printed publications, social media, and synagogue communication. Holding a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in History and Film and Video Studies, she worked as a film/TV producer in New York and LA. Upon returning to her hometown, Mollie took the position as Adath Israel’s Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, a role she found both rewarding and tremendous fun. Most recently, she served as the Public Relations and Communications Coordinator at Wise Temple. Mollie comes to this new position with years of experience in communication, organization, and synagogue life, as well as a passion for graphic design. She lives with her husband, Jared, and her two children, Arthur and Lielle. 

Director of Marketing


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Kathy supervises all aspects of building usage, catering, office, and High Holy Days as well as a myriad of other projects.

Assistant Administrator


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Kim was born and raised in Cincinnati and went to school for Computer Business Management. She handles Rabbi Smolkin's calendar scheduling, works with bar/bat mitzvah students and their families, arranges caring havurah deliveries, and handles registration for adult studies classes.  If you have questions about conversion to Judaism or how to arrange for a bris or baby naming, she can help. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer and help any animal shelter or organization to find homes and dwindle the homeless.

Rabbi Smolkin's Administrative Assistant


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Mitch teaches our bar and bat mitzvah students. He also teaches music and "trope" in our religious school. Mitch is available to instruct congregants who wish to learn how to lead services, such as Shachrit and Musaf. He is also available to teach congregants skills, such as how to chant Torah and Haftorah. Mitch has been our High Holy Day Choir Director since 1991 and also directs our Friday Night Live Band Shir Ami.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Teacher

& Choir/Band Director


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Sandy coordinates the scheduling of our Torah readers and daveners. We encourage our congregants to chant Torah. Any congregants who are interested in reading a Torah Aliyah can contact her directly. She can also arrange times for Torah readers to come into the synagogue to practice reading their portion out of the actual Torah Scroll.

Torah Reading Coordinator


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Marilyn Kiefer was Rabbi Wise’s Rabbinic Secretary for 20 years before retiring in January 2016 to work part-time. If you need information about yahrzeits, want to know how to arrange for a memorial plaque in memory of a loved one or are looking for family history, she can help. You can find her in the synagogue office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

Part-time Rabbinic Administrative Assistant


Tim and his staff maintain the synagogue's physical plant and grounds with great care- much as they do in their own homes.Contact Tim through the Synagogue office at 513-793-1800

Building Manager


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Sydney is from St. Louis, MO.  She recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Religious Studies and a certificate in Jewish Studies. Her years at Herzl Camp in Wisconsin, attending USY events, and studying abroad in Jerusalem, have steered her towards a career in the Jewish sector.

School Administrative Assistant


Gretchen Willis - ext 119


Marlene Beraha - ext 120

School Administrative Assistant 


Susan Volz - ext 117

Synagogue donations  


Barbara Bresler - ext 162


Dr. Jennifer Grubbs - ext 123

Director of Mercaz Hebrew High School