Shabbat Services

Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue

Office Hours:


9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Closed holidays

1715 Meister Road

Lorain, OH 44053

(440) 282-3307

(440) 282-1300 Fax

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Agudath B’nai Israel Synagogue



10:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Holiday Services

Times will be announced on

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Our Clergy & Staff

Mark Jaffee - Religious Director

Arnie Milner - President

Cindy Sokol - Computer Tech

Sheila Evenchik - Office Mngr/Liaison

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Cindy is the Computer Tech at ABI and Sheila’s assistant. She designs and creates computer-generated documents, such as flyers and newsletters. Cindy has worked at the temple since 2003. She completes most of her work at home and stops by the temple once a week to deliver and pick-up work, and to help Sheila.

Cindy was born and raised in Lorain in the Jewish community. She has Associate Degrees in Business and Accounting. Her hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, reading, and playing computer card games.


Sheila is the Office Manager, Temple Liaison and everything else at ABI. She keeps the temple running smoothly. Sheila started working at ABI in 1992 as the Religious School Director and then moved to the office in 1999. She is a member and past president of the Board of Trustees and Coordinator for Sisterhood/Hadassah.

Sheila was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, where her father was a Cantor at El Emeth temple. She moved to Lorain in 1957 after she married her husband Alan. Sheila has three children, one daughter-in-law, two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Sheila loves playing Mahjong, reading, and being with her dog, Yogi.


Mark Jaffee taught mathematics in Lorain County public schools for 45 years and is currently the Annual Conference Coordinator for the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. He is a former President of Agudath B’nai Israel Congregation and has assumed the position of Ritual Director for the congregation. Mark will conduct Shabbat and holiday services, officiate at funerals, visit sick and shut-in congregants, and plan adult education programs. He is also licensed by the State of Ohio to perform weddings.

Mark and his wife, Kathy, have been married 46 years and have two children, Sara, who is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and Brian, who is the Executive Director of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati. Brian and Sara each have 9 year-old and 7 year-old daughters. Brian’s wife, Rabbi Shena Jaffee is the Educational Director of the Mayerson Jewish Community Center of Cincinnati.