Gary Covel
Lev Tov Award
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   Gary Covel, a native of Columbus, was involved in the Jewish community since his youth. He grew up in a loving environment, where he learned the importance of both secular and religious studies. Gary had his Bar Mitzvah and married Lana Bernstein, z’l at the Agudas Achim Synagogue. Gary’s parents z’l, served as role models for him, which makes him the kind, friendly, and giving individual that he is today. Gary’s parents served as brotherhood and sisterhood presidents at Agudas Achim and as presidents of the PTA at the Columbus Hebrew School. Gary gained a love of Jewish music in his home, where his parents had a collection of Hebrew and Yiddish records, which included the works of world renowned cantors. His father was a member of the Agudas Achim choir. Many other individuals had an influence on Gary’s life such as his maternal grandfather, Frank Rich z'l, who lived with Gary and his parents. Frank taught Gary the importance and love of prayer.
 
   Professionally, Gary has worked in life and health insurance for 50 years, helping families become financially secure. He also worked as a tax professional with H&R Block and as a supervisor for the Department of Franklin County Human Services.
 
   Gary’s involvement in the Columbus community is extensive. He was active in the BBYO, founded the Capital AZA chapter, became its first president, and later its advisor and chairman of the BBYO Adult Committee. He was a charter member of the B’nai Brith Men’s Maccabee lodge, eventually serving as its president. He was on the executive board of the Jewish National Fund, worked on the Super Sunday fundraising program for the Columbus Jewish Federation, helped to form youth groups at Agudas Achim, taught Sunday School there, finally served as a member of the synagogue board and as Brotherhood president. Gary was on the board of the Columbus Vaad, has participated in the community Chevra Kadisha for 25 years and serves on the Eruv Society board. Within the larger Columbus Community, Gary served as a counselor for the Juvenile Probation Council, helping youth who had served time in jail and been released on probation. He was recognized with the Counselor of the Year Award.  He has been a poll worker for the board of elections for many years.
 
   Gary enjoys music, dancing and theater. Of course Gary is a Buckeye fan, but enjoys watching all sports. He has played softball and was a member of the B’nai Brith Men’s Bowling team.
 
   Gary met his wife Lana through her sons David and Dan.  Gary loves and is proud of David, Dan and grandson Bryson.  In Bexley, they made many new friends and opened a hospitality suite in their home, inviting guests from all over the world. Lana’s passion for cooking led her to study the culinary arts and become a professional executive chef. As a couple, they enjoyed traveling, taking classes at the Columbus Community Kollel and participating in activities at the JCC.
 
   Gary joined Ahavas Sholom in 2005. He especially enjoys the warmth of members at the shul as well as their deep commitment to chesed. Gary would like to thank Rabbi Claman and his wife Shira, who have been very kind and hospitable to him.  Gary appreciates the shiurim and joined the Daf Yomi study group, completing a 7 1/2 year learning cycle, culminating in his attendance at the Siyum Hashas in New York.
 
   We are proud to recognize Gary with the Lev Tov Award, as an outstanding member of Ahavas Sholom and the Columbus Jewish Community.  Gary would be thrilled to have you join him as a partner in supporting his incredible shul, by joining him at the Ahavas Sholom virtual Gala, and by placing an ad in the Ahavas Sholom ad journal.
 
Al and Shelly Dembe
*$185.40
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Shimon David and Barbara Abrams
*$370.80
Congratulations to our honorees. We thank Rabbi Claman and the Ahavas Sholom community for your help, support and tefilot during Shimon David's recent illness
Eddie and Lily Friedman and Family
*$18,000.00

Thank you to Rabbi Claman and the Congregation for honoring us and Gary Covel this year.

We wish Ahavas Sholom much continued success as a place of meaningful davening, learning, and spiritual growth.
Andrew Adler
$100.00
Mazel Tov Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel! Thank you for all you have, and will continue to do for our shul!
Eric and Anny Hoffman
*$100.00
Mazel tov to Gary, Eddie and Lily! — Anny & Eric Hoffman
Max and Liraz Blank Madison Braids
*$180.00
Mazel Tov to the Honorees! www. madisonbraids.com
The Covel, Moel, Schmelzer & Ramer Cousin Families
$370.80
Mazal tov to Gary on this well deserved honor. We're proud of you!
Tod and Pilar Bennett
$103.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Pilar Bennett Coldwell Banker King Thompson
$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Anonymous Anonymous
$100.00
Congratulations, Gary. This is a nice honor to a good man. Anonymous Shelly cash
Rabbi Levi and Aviva Andrusier
$180.00
In tribute to Gary Covel, Who represents Integrity, Honesty & Sincerity - A True Mentch!
Beim - Grundstein & Associates Insurance Services Llc / Protectall Insurance
*$679.80
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
David & Esther Bernzweig
$103.00
Mazel Tov Gary! Your Good... Real Good!
Howard Schlein
$103.00
Mazel Tov Gary Congratulations on your award. Your good friend, Howard Schlein
Zalman and Sarah Deitsch
$100.00
Mazal tov Gary Covel for an honor well deserved! We love you.
Sarah Frank
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Sherri and Rick Cohen and Family
*$185.40
In honor of Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel for all that you do in support of Congregation Ahavas Sholom.
Richard & Liba Shakarchi
$500.00
To our dear friend Gary
A special soul with a heart of gold
Who became part of our family.

Mazal Tov from the entire Shakarchi clan!

Richard, Liba, Yehudit, Rivqah, Ayelet, Tamar, Eliezer, Yisrael, and Reuven
Marc and Sharon Schramm
$100.00
Mazel Tov, Gary! From Marc and Sharon
Jim and Janice Winnegrad
*$180.00
Congratulations to Eddie and Lily, and Gary! Thank you for everything you do for Ahavas Shalom and our Columbus Community
Yael and Alan Bleiberg
$500.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Anonymous Anonymous
*$500.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Sima Gellman and Fred Needham
$103.00
Mazel Tov Gary on your honor.
Bill Bill Gordon Commercial One Realtors
$100.00
Gary: We've been great friends through the years. Without a doubt, you are deserving of this honor.
Cherie & Steven Winter the Winter Family
*$1,000.00
May you and your families be blessed with good health & happiness. And may you continue to be a blessing to our Jewish Community.
Rick Turkel
$500.00
In honor of our dear friend
Gary Covel
on this much deserved award

Mazel tov to Rabbi Claman & all the honorees


Rick Turkel
Moshe & Adina Rhein

Shari and Dotan Herszage
*$500.00
Thank you to the Friedmans and Gary for their commitment to Ahavas Sholom.

Our shul community is stronger because of your leadership and generosity.

A special shoutout to Phil (and Julie) for his tireless and dedicated efforts for Ahavas Sholom.

Kindly,
Shari and Dotan Herszage
Daniel & Ilana Newman
$100.00
Congratulations Gary & the Friedmans on well deserved honors. Gary, your tireless work for this community is unsung
Israel Bonds
*$360.00
Dr. Jonathan & Miriam Gisser
*$180.00
Mazal Tov and a hearty Yasher Koach to Mr. Gary Coval and the Friedmans. Thank you for all you do for the shul and community.
Herb and Deedee Glimcher
*$500.00
Mazel Tov to Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel
We appreciate all you do for the Jewish community in Columbus
Margolin
$180.00
Mazal tov to our dear friend Gary Covel on the award! From Margolin and Lakhman family.
Imre Klein
*$370.80
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Zvi & Chaya Aviva Katz Zvi & Chaya Aviva Katz
*$180.00
Congratulations to our dear friends Eddie & Lily & Gary Covel on their well deserved honors we miss you, all the best.
The Ruben Family Plaza Properties, Inc.
$370.80
Mazel Tov to Gary Covel and the Freidman's for all your service in our community.
Laura and Ira Nutis Nutis
*$1,000.00
mazal tov

Lily and Eddie Friedman, Gary Covel

May you continue with Blessings and good Health

in all your Chesed you do for our community.

May we continue to enjoy Simchas together

Laura and Ira Nutis
Kenny Cohen
$100.00
Mazel Tov to my cousin and friend on his well deserved honor for his contributions to Ahavas Sholom Kenny Cohen
Matt Goldish
*$103.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Yhezkel and Yael Levi
*$500.00
Mazal tov to Ed & Lily Friedman and Gary Covel on their well deserved honors.
Mazal tov to Rabbi David Claman and Ahavas Sholom for making a difference in the community.
In honor of our parents, Dr. Ze'ev & Galia Davidovitch and Avraham (Z"L) & Doris Levi and our children Tali, Yaniv, Nitzan, Nadav, Noa, and Aviga'yil.

Yhezkel & Yael Levi
Susan and Victor Schmelzer
$370.80
To our Cuz Gary! You are most deserving of this award and we are proud to be counted among your friends Susan and Victor Schmelzer
Sanford Lefklowitz
*$2,500.00
Hope and Avrohom Drandoff
*$360.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Joe Sniderman
$185.40
gary covel....a true mensch. well desered
Chani and Chaim Capland
*$180.00
Mazel Tov to our good friends Gary, Eddie and Lily. How appropropriate to virtually honor such virtuous people! Bracha V'Hatzlacha
Michoel Alt Mitzvah Depot
*$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Bruce Gartner
*$100.00
Congratulations to Ahavas Sholom for making a difference in the community..
Yitzchak Gold
$180.00
Congratulations to Gary A. Covel Gary has done many wonderful things for the community, mostly behind the scenes, and for me personally. Thank you Gary for being my friend and neighbor.
Allan & Marcia Wool
*$500.00
Congratulations to this year's honorees
And to the Ahavas Sholom Congregation for 107 years of community service.

In loving memory of Sol & Ethel Rising,
Morton Rising, and Bryna & Harry Bruce

Marcia & Allan Wool & Family
Yaakov & Baila Klein Yaakov & Baila Klein
*$180.00
Mazal Tov to the honorees upon receiving these well deserved honors.
Finegold
*$180.00
Caring with a gentle demeanor; this blend is rare, and unique to all of the honorees. Mazel Tov! Josh and Aliza Finegold
Debbie and Barry Adelman
$103.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Edgar and Sofiya Karpovich
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Handel's Ice Cream
$500.00
Charles and Penny Libicki
*$300.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Jay, Karen and Steven Waitzman
$360.00
Congratulations and Warmest Wishes to Our Dear Friend Gary Covel on this Well-Deserved Honor. Jay, Karen and Steven Waitzman
Joel and Lynn Fisher
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Bernie Cohen
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Miriam and David, Jacob, Aaron, Dena, Noah and Rebecca Portman
*$500.00
We are so pleased to honor our dear friends Lilyand Ed Friedman with the Amud HaChesed Award for their tremendous commitment to the Columbus Jewish Community,
Ahavas Sholom and all the institutions benefiting from their leadership and generosity.

Congratulations to Gary Covel on his well-deserved Lev Tov Award—a truly appropriate honor for a man with a good heart—and his significant contribution to the
Ahavas Sholom family
Steve and Rhonda Schottenstein and Family
*$10,000.00
Mazel tov to
Eddie and Lily Friedman
and
Gary Covel

With Appreciation for all you do
for the Columbus Jewish Community
Jewishcolumbus Board of Trustees and Staff
*$360.00
Will send graphic
Harold and Elaine Shindel
$180.00
Gary- Mazel Tov! We treasure our friendship and enjoy your company( especially your rendition of Shir Hamaalos). Elaine and Harold
Alegria and Yehuda Bitton
*$100.00
Congratulations to Lily and Eddie Friedman and Gary Covel for their awards well deserved!
Don, Eydie and Jennifer Garlikov
*$360.00
Congratulations to Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel
Barbara and Marvin Vinar
*$100.00
Congratulations to Gary, Lily and Eddie on receiving these appropriate honors. Barbara and Marvin Vinar
Alan S. Levine
*$360.00
Mazal Tov to the honorees! Alan S. Levine and Family
Audrey and Fred Kapetansky
*$185.40
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Marcia and Avrom Epstein
*$185.40
Yasher koach, Ed, Lily, and Gary
Kathy and Paul Pollack and Family
$1,483.20
Many thanks to the Friedman's and Gary for all they have done and continue to do for Ahavas Sholom and the Jewish Community
Boris Lantsman
$515.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Avi Hollander
$185.40
Mazal Tov to Gary and all the honorees and thank you to R' Claman for everything you do for the community! -Avi & Mirav Hollander
David and Shulamit Ginsburg
$100.00
Dear Gary, Mazel Tov on the Lev Tov honor! Much bracha and hatzlacha! David and Shulamit
Gilad and Susan Kucherski Chazan, Sammy, Goldie and Emmanuelle, Mr. and Mrs. Lev Kucherski
*$720.00
The Kucherski and Chazan Families
Wish to congratulate

Gary Covel
and
Eddie and Lily Friedman

on their worthy honors
Leslie and Dan Chase
*$360.00
Congratulations to Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel on their well deserved honors. Ahavas Sholom and our community appreciates all that you do.
In Appreciation of the Honorees
*$3,601.00
Mazel Tov to

Eddie and Lily Friedman
and
Gary Covel
Your many years of work and support for Ahavas Sholom and the Columbus Jewish community are much appreciated.
David & Patricia Gold
*$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Sarah Miriam Weixelbaum
*$185.40
Mazel tov to all the honorees on their well deserved honors! Sarah Miriam and Zach Weixelbaum
Lev and Lidia Kucherski
*$720.00
In Loving Memory of Revered and Beloved Parents
Mordechai Kuchershki and Ekaterena Tovarovskay
יהי זכרם ברוך
May their memories serve as a Blessing and Inspiration
ת'נ'צ'ב'ה

Mark and Martha Rosenson
$180.00
We celebrate GARY Covel: Gracious Adventurous Respected Young at heart With all our best wishes, Mark and Martha Rosenson
Warren and Marlene Sobol
*$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
William Schottenstein
$1,800.00
Mazal Tov Gary on receiving this well deserved honor!
William Schottenstein and children
Ari & Jana Schottenstein
Kate & Drew Ullman
Jaclyn & Brian Vandermeer
Ron and Beth Dolinger
*$360.00
In Honor of Eddie and Lily Friedman for the Amud HaChesed Award & Gary Covel for the Lev Tov Award, wishing you simchas and good health ! Ron & Beth Dolinger
Bob and Marcia Hershfield
*$103.00
Mazel tov, Eddie, Lily and Gary. Thank-you for all that you do for our community. Bob and Marcia Hershfield
Michael Berenstein
*$360.00
Mazal Tov to Gary Covel and Eddie & Lily Friedman May Hashem grant you strength to continue your Avodas Hashem Michael Berenstein and Family
The Columbus Community Kollel
*$100.00
Mazel tov to Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel From your Rabbis and Friends at
Steven Mathless
*$500.00
Congratulations to the honorees.

In memory of Gene Mathless.
Thompson -Plageman Memorials
*$180.00
same as last year
Susan & Alex Rosen
*$1,000.00
Mazel Tov to Lily & Eddie Friedman and to our dear friend Gary Covel

Your avid support of Ahavas Sholom and the Columbus Jewish Community make you an integral part of our lives.

Susan & Alex Rosen
David Keesey, Sarit Rus, Daniel and Bryson Keesey, Amanda Stuart, Barbara, Les, Amy, and Brian Share
$185.40
Mazal tov Gary from your biggest fans! We love you and are excited to celebrate with you.
Mickey and Lise Rich/weisberger
$185.40
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Sarah Miller, Neil, Aaron and Rachel Regberg
$208.00
Proud to be in Gary's family. His wit, knowledge, grace make the world a better place. More to come, Tikun Olam
Ebner Foundation
*$500.00
as close to last year as possible , just changing honorees
Jodi and Eddie Karmia
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Bill Young
$103.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Janet Kreitman
$180.00
Gary, mazel tov on this well deserved honor, and thank you for your hospitality through the years. Bob & Janet Kreitman & Family
Benyamin and Ahuva Weinschneider
*$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Re/max Main Street Re/max Main Street
*$360.00
RE/MAX Main Street Realtors support Ahavas Sholom and are very proud of this years deserving honorees. Thank You, Terri & Rick Barnett and Matan Gutwaks
Longtime Friends of Gary
$180.00
Make new friends but keep the old . . . . . M & J Calabrese, J & J Epstein, S & S Epstein, A & S Shulman, B & S Shapiro
Andrew and Tricia Rosenstein
$500.00
mazal tov to our dear friend Gary covel on all he does for ahavas sholom and Columbus
Ruth, Buddy, Andrew and Hannah Adler
*$500.00
Mazel tov Lily and Eddie
&
To our dear friend Gary, we celebrate you receiving the Lev Tov Award, and raise a virtual plate of fish patties in your honor! We miss your presence at our table and look forward to sharing many happy times with you in the future.
Perle and Avi Benmoshe
*$360.00
Congratulations to Eddie and lily friendman and Gary Covel on their well deserved honor. Thank you for being part of the Ahavas shalom family.
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Kay
*$360.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Ed Mellman & Family
*$360.00
In Loving Memory of Faye Mellman Mazal Tov Eddie & Lily Friedman and Gary Covel for making a difference in the Jewish Community Ed Mellman and Family
Philip and Julia Weinerman
*$2,500.00
Mazel tov to our good friends

Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel

with appreciation for all you do for Ahavas Sholom and the Columbus Jewish Community.

May you have good health and continued success.


Sarah & Josh Barber
$500.00

Matt's Bakery
*$100.00
Mazel Tov to the Friedman Family & Gary Covel. Thank you Ahavas Sholom for your continued support.
Tod and Cheri Friedman
*$100.00
Mazel tov to Lily and Eddie, Gary, and Ahavas Sholom! Well deserved!
Sam Katz
$180.00
Congratulations to the Friedmans and Gary Covel on your much deserved honors! Sam Katz
Nancy & Ken Charles Schwab
*$180.00
Congratulations and warm regards to Gary, Eddie, and Lily, from Nancy and Ken Supowit
Mousa & Shelly Aframian and Family
*$1,800.00
Mazel Tov on this well-deserved honor:
Eddie and Lily Friedman
Gary Covel
Thank you for all that you do for our shul and our community.
Cheryl and Jackie Jacobs
*$500.00
In Honor of our friends

Gary Covel

and

Eddie and Lily Friedman
Henry and Candis Schwarz
*$360.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Shmuel and Sharone Goodman
*$1,800.00
Mazal tov to this year's honorees. Thanks for the years of service and connection to this special, kind and warm shul.
May you be blessed with uncapped success in all that you do.
May Ahavas Sholom continue to be an anchoring source of light and true yiddishkeit for all of central Ohio.
Love
Cantor Baruch and Minna Shifman
*$103.00
Mazal tov on a well deserved honor!
Ely Aofan
*$180.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Rebecca and Raanan Lefkovitz
*$185.40
Thank you Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel for your work for the Jewish Community Rebecca and Raanan Lefkovitz and family
Debbie, Josh, Aria and Zoe Grashin
*$185.40
Mazel Tov to Eddie and Lily Friedman and Gary Covel on their well deserved honors
Jason Amos
$103.00
Congratulations Gary on your well deserved honor and making a difference in the community
Schottenstein
*$1,000.00
Mazel tov and Yasher koach to honorees lily and Eddie Friedman, Gary colel May you continue to be a source of illumination and strength to Ahavas Sholom and the entire Columbus Jew community
Rabbi David &Shira Claman thank you for your wonderful and dedicated leadership of Ahavas Sholom and Klal Yisrael. May Hashem bless you and your entire family with many years of health, happiness, and continued success
Lea and Tovia schottenstein family
Susan Bonowitz
*$515.00
Congratulations to Eddie, Lily and Gary for their well-deserved honors and tireless commitment to Ahavas Shalom.

Susan, Sppencer and Austin
Michael and Sheila Nutis Cutler
$500.00
Mazal tov, Gary!
Such a well deserved honor! Yasher koach, old friend!
Michael and Sheila Nutis Cutler
*$1,000.00
In loving memory of our parents
Frank and Boots Nutis,
Philip and Sarita Cutler
And
Gary Nitka
Tari & Stuart Modes
$103.00
Mazel Tov Gary on a well deserved honor. Best Wishes Tari & Stuart Modes
Robert & Sheila Shapiro
$185.40
In honor of our dear friend Gary Covel. You deserve it! Sheila and Bob Shapiro
Ariella, Sam, Reuben and Millie Nutis
*$100.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Louis R Polster Company
*$500.00
Epstein Memorial Chapel
*$360.00
Congratulations to all the honorees on their well deserved honors
Sonny and Ellen Romanoff
*$500.00
We are excited to be part of Ahavas Sholom's first virtual ad journal
to give honor to our friends
Ed & Lily Friedman and Gary Covel
Your participation and support
within Ahavas Sholom and the greater Jewish Community
Make you an integral part of their success.
Mazel tov!
Sonny and Ellen Romanoff
Friend of Ahavas Sholom
*$3,600.00
Eddie, Lily, and Gary, Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Ahavas Sholom. We are blessed to have you as pillars of the Columbus Jewish Community.
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