WELCOME TO THE
MIDWEST TORAH CENTER
Your Jewish Home in South Bend
The Midwest Torah Center is a warm and welcoming center for Jewish life in the heart of South Bend. Founded in 2007, MTC has hosted hundreds of Jews from all over the Michiana region for services, classes, celebrations, trips and events. MTC promotes a lifetime of Jewish growth and exploration, regardless of background or affiliation. Please reach out and connect to learn more about our programs and let us know how we can welcome you to our MTC community.
MEET THE TEAM
Rabbi and Rebbetzin Lazarus joined MTC in 2020 to assume the spiritual leadership of this vibrant and growing community. Rabbi Lazarus is a native of San Diego and completed his BSc in psychobiology from UCLA. He went on to pursue rabbinic ordination under Rabbi Zalman Goldberg in Israel. He has written two books on the topic of Jewish Mindfulness and Medical Ethics.
Rebbetzin Lazarus is a native of Luton, England and a graduate of the University of Salford Manchester, Shearim Seminary, and
completed her Masters in Speech Therapy (Valedictorian) from the University of Cincinnati TTI Program. She has extensive
experience in building Jewish communities through her work with Meor, JLE and J-Life. She has been on many community based
committees and initiatives.
They are the proud parents of 6 children and live here in the South Bend community.
Rabbi Kuppel Lindow - President
Rabbi Lindow was a founding member of MTC in 2006 and served as it's Executive Director for its first twelve years. Even though Rabbi Lindow stepped down from that position, it gave him the ability to then become MTC's president and to help it evolve to achieve even more grandiose goals.
Joshua Solomon - Vice President
Josh has been involved with MTC since moving to South Bend with his family in 2017.
He loves the Torah Center's warmth and its appeal to a diverse crowd of families and individuals of various observance levels.
In his spare time he enjoys helping out with various community needs.
Janine Orenstein - Treasurer
Janine has been involved with different Shuls for almost 50 years. She has been president of the sisterhood, and Shul secretary. Since moving to South Bend, she has been treasurer and is active in helping out for kiddush in prep and serving.
Stacey Rubin - Secretary
Stacey has been a member of the South Bend and Midwest Torah Center community since 2012. She and her husband David and two boys live right up the block from the MTC. She has been spotted biking at the Torah Center with her kids, and has even been seen pulling a sled through the snow to the Torah Center. Stacey teaches both Language Arts and Math at the local Jewish Day School.
Rabbi Stephen Sokolow - Board Member
Rabbi Sokolow and his family have been a part of the MTC family since arriving from Israel in South Bend in 2015. He helped start the daily minyanim at MTC and spearheaded many of the fundraising activities. Stephen works full-time as a turnaround specialist Nursing Home Administrator and is licensed in Indiana and Michigan. Stephen is married to Mimi and they have four kids.
Mark Orenstein - Board Member
Mark has been actively involved in Shul life for the better part of 50 years and loves being part of it. He has served on the board of several shuls and on many different committees including building, ritual, membership and rabbinic selection. He and his wife have been residents of South Bend since 2012.
Please reach out and let us know how we can best welcome you to the MTC community.