I was raised in Columbus with a strong sense of community, social justice and the mitzvah of giving back. While I have always had and continue to have a strong interest in community history and development, it was not until I was a law student that I found my passion for real estate, development and urban planning issues. When my father passed away in 1992 at the age of 59, I was exposed to Jewish burial practices and cemeteries. As a result, my legal interests and my community interests merged into an interest in cemeteries.
As a past member of the Board of Directors at O’hav Shalom I became involved locally in cemetery issues and was asked by the founders of the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati to participate in this new community organization. It could not have been a better fit for me, given my interests and desire to contribute to the community which has given my family its Jewish foundation. Today, as President of the JCGC, I have the opportunity to give back in the form of my time and professional experience everyday; and through the Legacy Gift Karen and I have made to JCGC, we will help our community maintain the cemeteries which are so important in defining what type of community we have!