Spiritual Care

At Wexner Heritage Village, our commitment to providing superior care is holistic in nature and therefore includes an individual’s religious and spiritual needs. Under the leadership and guidance of Rabbi Debbie Lefton and Jewish Educator and Hospice Chaplain, Rabbi Arye Berk , our founding Jewish principles inspire the life-affirming spirit that is at the heart of everything we do. While we remain faithful to our Jewish heritage and traditions, we also welcome individuals of all faiths into our family of services. 

For a complete schedule of Wexner Heritage Village's weekly religious services, please click the image to the right.


 

Rabbi Debbie Lefton

Director, Spiritual Care & Resident Life
614-559-0243
dlefton@whv.org

Rabbi Debbie Lefton serves patients, residents, and their families across Wexner Heritage Village. An integral part of the central Ohio Jewish community for more than a decade, Rabbi Lefton came to Wexner Heritage Village from Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany, where she conducted services, taught, counseled and officiated life cycle events. Prior to that, she was an assistant rabbi and religious school director for Temple Israel in Columbus.

Ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati in 2001, Rabbi Lefton also earned a Masters in Theological Studies, with a concentration in the Hebrew Bible, from the Harvard Divinity School in 1995. She did her undergraduate studies at Hobart & William Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion in 1992.
 
In addition to leading the Columbus Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Lefton is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism, Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. She lives in New Albany with her husband, David Lefton, and their three children, Jeremy, Emily and Stacey.

"I treasure the ability to help people during times of stress and joy and to help them feel a level of trust that is hard to fathom,” Rabbi Lefton said. “Whether it is a still voice inside or G-d felt through prayer, G-d is near in times that we do not even know. These moments are filled with kedushah – holiness – and make us thrive as human beings."


 

 

Rabbi Arye Berk

Jewish Educator & Hospice Chaplain
614-559-5500
aberk@whv.org

Rabbi Arye Berk is the Jewish Educator for Creekside at the Village and the Geraldine Schottenstein Cottage.
 
He was ordained as a Conservative rabbi in 2006 after earning a master’s degree in rabbinic studies from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from McMaster University and most recently was the spiritual leader of Adat Shalom Synagogue in Los Angeles.
 
In addition to developing Jewish programming for residents of Creekside at the Village and the Geraldine Schottenstein Cottage, Rabbi Berk will assist the WHV spiritual life team. Along with serving as a congregational rabbi, Rabbi Berk has a great deal of experience with programming for Jewish community centers and on college campuses (including Kenyon College and Ohio Wesleyan University) as part of Hillel International.
 
Rabbi Berk resides in Bexley with his wife, Miriam, and their daughter.