Rabbi Debbie Lefton
Director, Spiritual Care & Resident Life
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."