Leah Apothaker joined the Temple Beth-El team in July 2016 as the Director of Congregational Learning. She is a graduate of The John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Organizing and Civic Engagement. A long-time camper at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) and daughter of a Reform Rabbi, Leah was raised as an active participant in the Jewish community. As a high school student, she studied in the inaugural summer semester of the Eisendrath International Exchange (EIE, now Heller High).
For years, Leah worked in many capacities at Temple Beth Shalom in her native Columbus, Ohio, including song and service leading, young family and teen programming, religious school and Hebrew teaching, and b’nei mitzvah tutoring. In June 2016, Leah completed a two-year Education Fellowship at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS, where she wrote curriculum, developed innovative Jewish educational programming, and traveled around the Southeast to consult for 12 congregational religious schools.
Leah is a member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) and a faculty member at URJ Greene Family Camp. She is a proud bone marrow donor and is a life member of Hadassah and of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), for whom she interned in the fall of 2012. In 2015, she was named among NCJW’s 40 under 40 – recognizing young Jewish women leading social change and working in advocacy. In her free time, Leah loves to compete in trivia and watch sports, especially NCAA Football and Wrestling.