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Dr. Tussy Shnider Brings a Wealth of Experience to Her Congregation

Updated: Jan 29, 2019

D. Tussy Shnider, BS in Ed, MA, MSW, PhD (The Ohio State University), began her interest in not-for-profit organizations in local community and synagogue volunteer work. She held leadership positions in many local, regional, and two international organizations. Expanding on that interest, Dr. Shnider returned to graduate school to enhance her knowledge of organization management and Jewish studies. As part of her doctoral studies in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University, her research included such areas as motivation of volunteers, women in leadership, and anti-Semitism in Poland. Her doctoral dissertation, a blending of her volunteer and academic interests is entitled Management Factors Associated with Perceived Effectiveness in Reform Jewish Congregations: Questionnaires Eliciting Leader and Member Perspectives.

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Dr. Shnider served as a member of

  • The North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and their Executive Committee,

  • The International Board of Directors of Women of Reform Judaism,

  • The CCAR-URJ Joint Commission on Synagogue Management,

  • The URJ Communications Committee,

  • The URJ Jewish Family Concerns Committee,

  • Temple Israel Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, chairing the Religious School Committee, the Hebrew Education Committee, and a committee to restructure the congregation.

Dr. Shnider served as president of

  • Women of Reform Judaism District 10 (a five-state district organization of WRJ),

  • Northeast Lakes Council/URJ (a five-state regional organization of URJ),

  • Temple Israel Sisterhood, Columbus, Ohio (having served as treasurer, vice president, and parliamentarian for many years).

Dr. Shnider has also held leadership positions in the Ohio Speech and Hearing Association, the Central Ohio Speech and Hearing Association, the Wexner Heritage House Auxiliary, the Joseph Schoenthal Cancer Ray, and the Ohio Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the Collier/Lee (FL) Chapter of Hadassah. She is currently leading a transformational initiative at her temple in Naples, Florida.

Dr. Shnider has worked professionally as

  • A teacher of the deaf in the Columbus Public Schools,

  • An audiologist for the Ohio School for the Deaf,

  • A lecturer at The Ohio State University teaching research, management, and policy courses for graduate students in the College of Social Work,

  • Developer of survey questionnaires for business and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Shnider continues to combine professional engagements and volunteer involvement in her community.

Dr. Shnider continues to combine professional engagements and volunteer involvement in her community. For more information about Dr. Shnider's new book, email her at Author@DrTussyShnider.com. One Congregation's Journey of Change: A Guide to Enriching Relationships in Your Congregation will be available this Fall.