CHRIS & MEG AVERY
I am Chris Avery and this is my wife Meghan Hirsch and we are the Facilities Management for Temple Israel. We have been Married now for 12 years and have 3 beautiful boys, Ayden(11), Mason(10), and Collier(8), that keep us busy and on our toes. I am from originally from Tyler, Tx and moved to Columbus, Ga in September of 2016 where my wife is originally from. We have 20+ years individually in the Restaurant Industry and in Business Management and cooking is our passion! We now have our own Facilities Management company, MWH Ventures, LLC., that utilizes the certifications, skills, and knowledge we have in cleanliness, sanitation, and preventative maintenance to ensure a safe, clean, sanitized, and well maintained Temple for everyone to feel safe inside of while in a warm welcoming environment.
DEBBIE M ANDERSON
Debbie has enjoyed working as Administrator of Temple Israel for over forty years, and attributes her longevity in that role to the warmth and kindness of its members and to the outstanding leadership of its Board of Directors. As Administrator, she has been involved in almost every aspect of the Temple, and has kept its finances and activities in order and running smoothly. Among the many highlights of her career at Temple Israel were the 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2004, and her induction into Jewish Ladies Aid Society as an Honorary Member in 2016.
Since 2004, Ronnet Rice has served as the principal of Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS). In the time that Ronnet has led TIRS, she has spearheaded the religious education of hundreds of children, including her own. Indeed, one need only look at the photographs that adorn the walls of the temple to see the impact that TIRS has made. From organizing and running original programs such as Purim carnivals and camp retreats, to partnering with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life to enhance the quality of TIRS, Ronnet has played a foundational role in empowering our congregation's youth. In short, Ronnet has made, and continues to make, young Jews feel that being Jewish is joyous, and that TIRS is a safe place for them to connect with and explore their faith.