Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus named Laura Moskow Sigal its interim executive director, the synagogue announced July 31.

Moskow Sigal began the new role July 20, replacing Steve Friedman who retired on July 24 after serving the synagogue for four years.

“I am so excited to be part of Tifereth Israel after being a member for over 22 years,” Moskow Sigal said in a news release. “I hope to bring my passion and experience to set them up for continued success.”

The release said her hiring will allow the synagogue to assess its “short-term and long-term needs” for the executive director position prior to making a permanent hire.

Moskow Sigal served as executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County for 25 years. She also has been the president of Sigal Consulting Group for the past five years, empowering nonprofit organizations to excel, the release said.

She has served as an interim executive director for the Reeb Avenue Center, Central Ohio Diabetes Association and Campfire Boys and Girls. She led CODA through a strategic merger with LifeCare Alliance, as well as MHAFC through a merger with Postpartum Outreach and Encouragement for Moms, the release said. That merger experience will be a benefit to Tifereth Israel as it continues merger conversations with Congregation Agudas Achim in Bexley, the release said.

“We believe we are most fortunate to have Laura with us as interim executive director during this time of challenge and change. We look forward to her leadership and guidance,” said synagogue president Ron Solove, in the release.

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