Ministry Heads

The following individuals manage and administrate the various functions of the synagogue under the oversight of the Sharatim

  • Nursery ages 0-5 yrs.

    Lucille Farazakis is our Nursery coordinator.  All nursery workers are pre-screened, background checks and are vetted and qualified to work with children.  Parents are required to change all diapers and take children to the restrooms.  

  • Sisterhood

    Mrs. Bobbie Siegel is Tikvat's Sisterhood coordinator.

  • youth & young adult ministry

    Plans are being made to implement new youth and young adult groups in 2019, and leadership is being sought for these endeavors.  Please keep this in prayer for Tikvat!

  • Messianic & Davidic worship Dance

    Rebbetzin Nancy Katz is Tikvat's Dance coordinator.

  • IFI Prayer and Community resources

    Sipora Greene leads the IFI prayer team: a group of dedicated prayer warriors who meet weekly to intercede for Israel and its people. They use the weekly prayer points which are sent out to the nations every Friday morning from Intercessors for Israel in Jerusalem (www.ifi.org.il). General topics of prayer include: Israel’s Government, Israel’s safety, Middle East current events as they are revealed in God’s Prophetic Word, Aliyah, and other news and issues pertinent to Israel. Also, Sipora is a Retired Social Worker , and Tikvat's Contact Person for general information on community resources for: 

       • Counseling Agencies

       • Mental Health Social Services

       • Miscellaneous needs

    Anyone interested in further information must speak directly with Sipora. Please contact the office at (216) 297-9929 and leave a message for Sipora to return your call. 



  • Children's education

    Mrs. Carrie Rodriguez is a very talented Bible teacher and administrator for Children's Education here at Tikvat Yisrael.  The program is called Club Maccabee, and is designed for children ages 5 and up until the Bar and Bat Mitzvah age.  

  • Audio Visual Services

    Rick Bihary serves as Tikvat's AV engineer.  Rick also serves on the worship team lead by his talented wife Sonia. 

  • Hospitality

    The Hospitality Team is in charge of serving the congregation during it's Kesher Kafe as well as Oneg meals.  Currently the leadership is in transition, but many volunteers work together to serve on this team.  

  • Ushers & Greeters

    Mrs. Gim Gulcin is over the "art of welcoming" , making sure that everyone who visits Tikvat Yisrael is sure to feel welcome and loved.

Ha Meshartim המשרתים

שָׁרַת The Hebrew word (shârath) translated as “servant”. Is one of ministerial service (opposed to menial, עבד Aved or 'slave'). Serve the congregation by “overseeing” .  Overseeing various ministries and helping those who lead those ministries… Sharatim are empowered and authorized by the Board of Elders to make decisions in areas they lead.



  • Mrs. Janice Despenes

    Fundraising, hospitality, Bookstore, nursery

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  • Mr. Larry Kolenz

    Security Team, Service Volunteer coordinator, Worship, Shofars, Dance, Torah Service, ushers, liturgy

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  • Ms. Susan Detorre

    special events, youth & children education, sisterhood, drama

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  • Mrs. Bonnie List

    Mentoring Women, CJP, Bichur Cholim, Shaliachim

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  • Mr. Tom Despenes

    Benevolence, AV Services, building & Grounds maintenance, outreach & shaliachim

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  • Mr. Martin List

    men's groups, Adult Ed., Havurah, mentoring men

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  • Check out the new education program for Children, setting the spiritual foundation, and prepare them for their bar & bat mitzvah!  Click the header or the image to the left

  • Do you have a simcha to celebrate?  Anniversary of a loved one, a friend you'd like to honor for a milestone achieved? Or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah?  Get a leaf engraved on the Tree of Life.  It's easy to do and provides a permanent reminder of your milestone.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

  • Tikvat now also offers memorial plaques for all our loved ones and friends who have passed on to their Eternal reward.  You can now have the name and Yahrzeit dates engraved on the plaque in our Sanctuary.  The Bible says: "I will give to them in My House and within My walls a memorial and a name" (Is. 56:5a).  Order your permanent memorial plaque for your friend or family member today, and be sure to be here on the Shabbat anniversary of their passing (as well as Yizkor services), as we will recite their name and say Kaddish.  Order Here

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