Call Rabbi Koval at 216-509-1989 or Email Rabbi Koval


Associate Director

Ruchi Koval is the co-founder and Associate Director of JFX. She has been a Jewish educator since 1998, leading self-development groups for adults and teens, and mentoring educators around the world. Ruchi is a certified parenting coach, motivational speaker, musician, blogger, author, and mother of seven. She is a Trip Leader for Momentum, inspiring hundreds of women on their journeys in Israel. She is also a columnist for the Cleveland Jewish News. Find her blog at outoftheorthobox.com, download the “Ruchi Koval” app from your app store, and follow her podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Call Ruchi at 216-346-9582 or Email Ruchi


Assistant Rabbi

Josh Grodko was born and raised in NY and attended rabbinical school in Yeshiva Toras Chaim (Chofetz Chaim) in North Miami Beach. He graduated as a business major from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Josh lived in Israel and returned to Cleveland in 2015 with his wife Sarah Rena and their three sons. As our assistant rabbi, Josh leads the congregation on Shabbat together with Rabbi Koval. His ready smile, depth and wisdom add so much to our community.

Call Josh at 845-548-3013 or Email Josh


Mini Mussar Director

Born and bred in Hunting Valley, Kim Farkas graduated from Orange High School and continued her education at the University of Arizona with a master's in education from John Carroll University. Since 1998 she has been a popular teacher at Mandel Jewish Day School, receiving the Libbie Braverman Award in 2000, which recognized her significant contributions to Jewish education in Cleveland. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Steiger Family Education Grant award through the JECC. Kim's pivotal “mini mussar” program for kids ages 8-18 introduces kids to the ancient ideas of mussar: that we are here to improve ourselves and improve our world. Kim and her husband, Bryan, are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.

Call Kim at 216-496-5091or Email Kim


Sunday School Director

Rochie Kutoff is the author of two books on Hebrew reading: “The Amazing Aleph Beis Experience,” and "The Nekudos Experience," which incorporate her teaching methods that she has developed in over a decade of teaching and several years as a kindergarten supervisor at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland. She holds degrees in Music Therapy, Education and Special Education. 

Call Rochie at 216-849-0209 or Email Rochie


Bat Mitzvah and Teen Director

Zelda Nakdimen was born and raised in Cleveland and has been working with JFX since 2010. She launched our unique Bat Mitzvah program for girls ages 11-13, which includes group classes and experiences as well as one-on-one learning. As an experienced mentor in the Hebrew Academy's mentorship program, Zelda also runs JFX's program with get-togethers and Shabbatons throughout the year in her home. Zelda is a much-beloved member of our staff, forging relationships for life with our tween and teen girls.

Call Zelda at 216-456-6222 or Email Zelda


Administrative Staff

Logistics Coordinator

Shua Levin is originally from Los Angeles. He lived in Israel from 2012-2020 where he pursued his education, attending the TJ Rabbinical School, the Mir institution of Talmudic study, and Ohr Sameach, in which he received his certificate in pedagogy, administration and Rabbinic responsibilities. Shua's favorite activity is planning and organizing, so his position at JFX of Logistics Coordinator is a perfect fit. Shua says, "This is what I have always enjoyed spending my time doing — the only difference is that now I'm directing my energies and skill into one of the top organizations of its kind."

Call Shua at 818-629-9732 or Email Shua


Office Manager

Deena Henfield hails from upstate NY. She spent four years in Israel after graduation and received her degree in Business Management from Touro College. Deena lives with her Cleveland-born husband and their three sons in Shaker Heights.

Call Deena at 216-591-9525 or Email Deena


Batya Heinselman joined the JFX staff in 2021.  She joined the military as a teenager, holds a degree in Intelligence Analysis and has previously worked as an administrative assistant at her previous synagogue in Dunwoody, GA. She and her family are settling in from their recent move to the Cleveland area.

Call Batya at 216-591-9525 or Email Batya