Board of Elders

The following leaders are the Spiritual covering for the congregation of Tikvat Yisrael.

  • Rabbi eric david lakatos

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  • Rabbi elliott katz

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  • joyce (abelson) Iammarino

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  • Dr. Larry Morrison & Cheryl (Sanger) Morrison

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Tikvat yisrael staff

The staff at Tikvat Yisrael supports the Elders in planning all events and services provided to the congregation.  Many other leaders also manage programs at Tikvat on a volunteer basis.

  • Barb Brick

    office manager

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  • Sonia (Benjamin) bihary

    Worship director


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  • Harold baum

    outreach director

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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.



  • Mr. Martin List

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

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  • Mrs. Bonnie List

    Mentoring Women, CJP, Bichur Cholim, Shaliachim

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  • Ms. Susan Detorre

    special events, youth & children education, sisterhood, drama

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  • Mr. Larry Kolenz

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

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  • Mr. Tom Despenes

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

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  • Mrs. Janice Despenes

    Fundraising, hospitality, Bookstore, nursery

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Ministry Heads

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

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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. 



  • 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.  

  • Audio Visual Services

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

  • Messianic & Davidic worship Dance

    Rebbetzin Nancy Katz is Tikvat's Dance coordinator.

  • Sisterhood

    Mrs. Bobbie Siegel is Tikvat's Sisterhood coordinator.

  • 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.  

  • 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!