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Rabbi Stuart Lavenda



Rabbi Stuart Lavenda was appointed as Rabbi at Golf Manor Synagogue (GMS) in the fall of 2014. He has been serving the GMS community for close to 30 years, previously as Assistant Rabbi. Rabbi Lavenda graduated from Yeshiva University, where he received his rabbinic ordination and a MSW. He has also worked for the last 34 years at Standard Textile. Rabbi Lavenda enjoys playing sports and walking the family dog, Gracie. Together with his wife, Karen, they are the proud parents of 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Rabbi Hanan Balk

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Balk

Rabbi Hanan Balk is a respected leader of the Cincinnati Jewish community, whose 24 years of service to the Golf Manor Synagogue has led to a blossoming of Torah learning and Torah living, both inside the congregation and beyond.  Rabbi Balk has been honored both locally, by the congregation  and nationally, as the recipient of a National Rabbinic Service Award at the Union of Orthodox Congregation's National Centennial Rabbinic Award Dinner in New York.

He received his B.A. in Ancient Studies from Columbia University, his M.A. In Religion and Education from Columbia's Teachers' College, and his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University. For many years he taught Torah on the radio, hosting “Religion on the Line,” a two hour talk show on Cincinnati's CBS affiliate. He has contributed articles to halachic journals, periodicals and books, and has served as scholar-in-residence and guest speaker on the campuses of several universities and at numerous congregations.

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Rabbi David Indich z"l

Rabbi Emeritus

Rabbi Indich

Rabbi David Indich is a legend in Cincinnati's history.  Ordained at the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, He led the congregation from 1952 until 1988.  Beloved by all both inside the congregation and in the greater Cincinnati Jewish community, Rabbi Indich was a true leader. His warmth and passion led the congregation to greatness as a place were everyone was accepted, regardless of their background.  Rabbi Indich passed away in 1992.

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