Director of Education
Lauren is a product of the Reform Movement — attending URJ Camp Coleman and participating in NFTY (the Reform Jewish Youth Movement). For her undergraduate studies, she attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where she studied Comparative Religions. Lauren graduated from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2012 at the Los Angeles campus.
She’s worked for nearly a decade in various capacities in Jewish community services. Prior to coming to Akron, Lauren was the educator at Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, WA.
She and her husband, Zach, live in Cleveland and enjoy the ease of living in Northeast Ohio.
Kylee Burdohan started as the executive administrator at Temple Israel in May 2017. She was born and raised in the Akron area but received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Point Park University. After graduation, she stayed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she worked in the banking industry.
She moved back to Akron in 2014, where she lives with her rescued Cairn Terrier mix, Benton.
Director of Engagement and Administration
Kim Williams became the bookkeeper for Temple Israel in December 2013 and the Director of Engagement and Administration in May 2020. She attended Kent State University and has more than 25 years experience in various aspects of the financial industry.
Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends and volunteering time with the local youth group. She resides in Coventry Township and has two sons: Ryan and Ian.
Rachel Armin Williams
Rachel Armin Williams became the librarian at Temple Israel Library upon it’s move to the Springside location in the fall of 2014. She received her masters in Library Information Science with a concentration in Special Libraries in 2011. Since that time she has been working at multiple Jewish agencies in the Akron and Cleveland area, most recently the Shaw JCC and the Jewish Education Resource Center in Cleveland. Rachel takes pride in the special collection that Temple Israel has, and enjoys seeing it grow.
Rachel resides in West Akron with her husband David, and their two children: Clay and Gwen.
Dale Redington joined the staff of Temple Israel as the Facilities Coordinator in 2012. Dale oversees the maintenance, purchasing and events logistics at Temple Israel. Having been in the maintenance business for more than 25 years and the construction business all his life, Dale is detailed, focused and brings a passion for perfection to maintaining the beauty of the Temple Israel building. Dale is the proud owner of Portage Cleaning and Maintenance and has worked with clients such as Akron Children’s Hospital and Goodyear.
Dale was born, raised, and currently lives in Akron with his collie, Bear, and enjoys visits from his three adult kids.