about Tifereth israel
Tifereth Israel is an energetic, welcoming, and growing synagogue in the heart of Columbus. We are passionate about inclusion of all people, of all levels of Jewish knowledge and experience, of all financial means, of all lifestyles. We have a nationally recognized program for affirming the value of interfaith families and Jews-by-choice, a history of being at the center of social justice work in Columbus, and an award-winning religious school that educates and inspires hundreds of students every year. We are fully gender-egalitarian, we pray in traditional Jewish modes, and we embody the best of what it means to practice an age-old religion in the contemporary world.
Our clergy team – Rabbi Michael Ungar, Rabbi Alex Braver, Rabbi Harold Berman, and Cantor Jack Chomsky – are renowned as caring, relatable, and dynamic Jewish leaders. We are the largest synagogue in Columbus, with a huge diversity of programming, but we also consciously cultivate a sense of intimacy and our congregants forge tight friendships with each other. We are a member of the United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism, and proud residents of Olde Towne East.
Congregation Tifereth Israel was one of 18 congregations selected from a continent-wide search to participate as a member of the USCJ-Ruderman Inclusion Action Community. This program, designed to foster inclusion of those with disabilities is funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation. Through this effort Tifereth Israel will examine every aspect of their community: physical facilities, education programs, tefillah, social activities, and attitude of congregants and leaders. The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism will provide consultation and guidance to develop and implement an action plan to make Tifereth a more inclusive community.
Our Statement of Inclusion:
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We provide large-print siddurim, page magnifiers, and transliterated siddurim. We are in the process of obtaining hearing assistance devices for listening or T-Coil hearing aids. The greeter at the sanctuary entrance will show you where they are.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. Access to the bimah is ramped. We have installed a chair lift to allow access to the rabbis' offices and meeting spaces, thanks to the generous financial support of Gerald and Sandi Steiman.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We provide education opportunities, formal and informal, for children of all abilities.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We recognize that not all disabilities are visible.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We invite people of all abilities to participate in our worship services.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. When the congregation stands during the service, the obligation to rise is only for those who can stand easily.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We welcome members, without regard to age, race, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We welcome questions from members of the community who would like to learn more about Judaism.
Congregation Tifereth Israel is an inclusive congregation. We offer monthly Inclusion Services, which are designed for individuals or families of individuals with special needs and open to anyone who wishes to welcome Shabbat in this warm and meaningful fashion.