Rabbi David E. Ostrich 

Rabbi David E. Ostrich

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Rabbi David E. Ostrich received his education at Northwestern University and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. During his thirty-seven years in the rabbinate, he has specialized in small congregations, serving in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Savannah, Georgia, Pensacola, Florida, and now in State College. He brings to our congregation a wealth of experience in spiritual development, teaching, programming, youth work, and social justice. Rabbi Ostrich is the editor/compiler of two of our congregation's prayer books, Siddur B'rit Shalom and Machzor Ki Anitani, and our congregational Haggadah. He is also a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at Penn State University and a frequent instructor for OLLI (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Penn State.
If you would like to learn more about Judaism or about Congregation Brit Shalom, or if you would like to do some work on your own personal spiritual quest, please contact Rabbi Ostrich at (814) 238-4611 or rabbiostrich@britshalomstatecollege.org.


Mike Radis, Ed.D.

Mike Radis

Mike Radis and his family have been long time members of Congregation Brit Shalom and both of his children attended the religious school from first grade through confirmation. He has served in many positions on the Board of Directors, including Chair of Education and President.

I have spent over 40 years in education. After graduating from Penn State I taught at the elementary level for five years until, after earning my doctorate, I taught at the college level- with undergraduates at Mayville State College (North Dakota), Penn State- Altoona, Penn State- University Park, and then with graduate students at Howard University( (Washington, DC) as director of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program and then back again at Penn State as Associate Director, Graduate Education in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. I retired In January 2014 and am now substitute teaching in the State College Area School District and enjoying spending time in Washington, DC with my grandchildren.


Board of Directors  

Barry Ruback, President

Benson Lichtig, Past President

Mark Lafer, Treasurer

Eleanor Schiff, Secretary

Becca Thorsen, VP Education

Zaryab Iqbal, VP Programming

Ron Hodes, VP Finance 

Lynn Petnick, VP Membership

Lauren Gluckman, VP Religious Affairs

Esther Siegfried, VP Social Action

Directors At Large:

Andrew Blender

Scott Daggs 

Salua Kamerow

Jennifer Norton

Timmy Shanahan

Tonya Sulman



Rabbi David E. Ostrich, Rabbi

Mike Radis, Religious School Director

Michelle Davis, Office Manager

Christine Nebroski, Bookkeeper


Building Trustees  

Carey Eckhardt

Harvey Gilbert

Herb Lipowsky

Lewis Steinberg


Todah Rabbah

Thanks to Tamar London of London Wolfe Photography and Zaryab Iqbal for our website's fine photos.
Thanks to R. Thomas Berner for our home page's panoramic view.