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Rabbi In Residence

Rabbi Josh Warshawsky


Rabbi Josh is a pray-er, gatherer, music creator, and lifelong meaning seeker.

He is a nationally touring Jewish musician, songleader, composer, and teacher of Torah. Josh seeks to build intentional praying communities, and travels to synagogues and Jewish communities across the country sharing his music and teachings on prayer and meaningful living. He has released four albums of Jewish music, filled with melodies written intentionally to express the deep meaning of the words of our tradition. His latest album, “Chaverai Nevarech Vol. III, came out in Spring 2022!

My mission is to help people find a spiritual and meaningful home for themselves in order to live lives filled with purpose. I am guided and motivated by my belief that human beings are spiritual seekers and meaning-makers. We can find that meaning through Jewish sacred text and ritual, and in the chain of tradition passed down from generation to generation. These texts and rituals have great power to guide us as we live our lives today, if only we can seek to better understand them and make them our own. Through prayer, through song and harmony, through spirituality, through ritual, through community, and through justice and fairness, the way is illuminated and becomes clear.

Please join us for Shabbat, holidays, and events at Agudas! If I haven’t had a chance to meet you yet, I would love to get to know you. Please reach out to to schedule a meeting or coffee date.

You can also visit Rabbi Josh's website to learn more about his other projects HERE

Staff Directory

Naomi Kurland, Director of Operations, ext. 117

Naomi Kurland has worked at Agudas Achim since moving to Columbus in July 2007. Naomi was born and raised in Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University. She has worked in Jewish education for 25 years. Naomi resides in Reynoldsburg with her husband Ruvane, son Lyric, and daughter, Aria.

Janet Zucker, Head of Programming & Education, ext. 111

Janet is excited to be part of the Agudas Achim community, and to serve as Head of Programming and Education. For more than 20 years she has worked in Jewish education including both teaching and directing Jewish schools, and serving as ritual director. She has also served on synagogue boards and enjoyed several years as Sisterhood president. Committed to lifelong Jewish learning, Janet is especially interested in liturgical music. She holds a master’s degree in teaching from Brandeis University, and economics and math degrees from Wellesley College and UCLA.

Nancy Louer McCormack, Head of Marketing and Communications, ext. 110

Nancy joined the staff of Agudas Achim in September 2019, and has worked in Jewish institutions since 2012. She holds a B.F.A from Ohio State, and an M.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design. Nancy lives in Ashville, Ohio with her husband, Ian, and their collective zoo of children. She can often be found narrating her day through off-tune song.

Josh Sutterlin, Bookkeeper, ext. 113

As the newest member to join the staff of Agudas Achim, Josh is looking forward to serving our congregants as Bookkeeper. Josh received his B.S. in Accounting from Franklin University in 2010. Josh resides in Reynoldsburg with his wife, Kimberly, their three daughters, two cats and labradoodle.

Thax Winston, Building Maintenance Manager

I take pride in working at Agudas Achim, and also take pride in assisting our congregants. I’m always willing to lend a helping hand to the congregants both inside and outside of the shul.

Kelly Armstrong, Facilities Maintenance Associate

Arguably the strongest person on the Agudas Achim Staff, though Nancy is catching up. Has a nice calendar collection.

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