Rabbi Michael Ungar

Rabbi Michael Ungar was born and raised in the Detroit area and received his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Political Science from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. He has studied extensively in Central and South America, as well as Israel. Rabbi Ungar was ordained in 1992 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and also holds a Masters of Holocaust Education from that institution.

Before coming to Columbus in 2002 as Tifereth Israel’s Associate Rabbi, Rabbi Ungar served as Rabbi at Temple B’nai Israel in Toledo, Ohio and Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Montclair, New Jersey, and as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rabbi Ungar is a past-President of the Columbus Board of Rabbis, and is a member of the Columbus Jewish Federation’s Planning and Allocations Committee as well as the JCC’s membership committee. In the general community, he has been involved with the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, BREAD, the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the Community Shelter Board. Rabbi Ungar is married to Michele Ungar, who grew up at Tifereth Israel. They have five children, Rami, Adi, Maya, Rachel and Liat – and a hyperactive puppy named Belle.

Rabbi Ungar recently left Columbus to come to Cleveland, in order to join his wife, whose career is based here. In addition to joining Beth El –The Heights Synagogue as our rabbi, he is teaching at Gross Schechter Day School and working as an athletic trainer at the Mandel J.C.C.