JCC Senior Staff
Barry A. Abels, Executive Director
Barry has been the Director of Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center since February 2013. Barry holds a master’s degree in Adult Education, Human Resource Development & Leadership and has over 40 years of experience in management, training and organization leadership. He brings a wealth of experience working as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation & Charles Schusterman JCC and the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Corpus Christi, Texas as well as working as a consultant with many other non-profit organizations and small businesses. He has two sons. His hobbies include golf, fencing, and Civil War re-enactments.
803-787-2023 ext. 207
Emily Flemming, Administrative Coordinator
A Columbia native, Emily Flemming received her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of South Carolina. Before joining Palmetto Citizens Federal Credit Union as a Credit Specialist, Emily enjoyed internships at Hyatt Place and Courtyard by Mariott. Emily is thrilled to bring her expertise in both finance and hospitality to help the JCC with member accounts and facility rentals. When not working, Emily is enjoying time with her two boys: RJ and Caiden.
Robin is a life-long athlete, avid runner & triathlete. Robin is nationally certified as a personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, two types of group fitness instructor certifications, TRX suspension and Rip trainer, and CPR, AED, and First Aid. Robin has run the Boston Marathon twice. She has done 3 Ironman triathlons as well as dozens of shorter distance triathlons and marathons. Robin has taught Cycling and Strength classes. She enjoys helping others improve their fitness and live stronger, healthier lives. On July 26, 2015, Robin will compete at Ironman Lake Placid in Lake Placid, NY. She will be racing on the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, Teams for a Cure, raising funds for Multiple Myeloma research, as well as research for 40 other types of cancer.
803-787-2023 ext. 309
Robby Lewis, Sports Coordinator
Robby is our Sports Coordinator and works hard to bring exciting sports & recreation opportunities to our members and the wider community. Robby has been a Certified Emergency Medical Technician for 6 years. Pairing his passion for helping people with his enjoyment of exercise, he obtained his CrossFit Level 1 certificate. Shortly after achieving that, Robby obtained his NASM – Personal Trainer Certification. With a broad range of knowledge in human movement science, Robby recently became a certified Rock Tape Medical Professional. This skill enables him to apply kinesiology tape that can help ease pain. It helps decompress an area of inflammation & swelling as well as delay fatigue during periods of intense exercise.
803-787-2023 ext. 309
Rachel Rudman, Membership Service Coordinator
Rachel is from a well-traveled military family who settled in Columbia, SC. Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Columbia College. She is excited to bring her years of customer service experience to the JCC. When not working at the JCC, Rachel enjoys coaching colorguard at a local high school.
803-787-2023 ext. 206
Joshua Edwards, Jewish Programs Director
Joshua is an Air Force Veteran, holding a degree in Marketing. He is well-traveled due to his time serving our Nation. He married his highschool sweetheart in 2006 and they have 2 beautiful children. He and his family are members of Beth Shalom Synagogue and has been attending Beth Shalom since Pesach 2015. Joshua has a love for Judaism and it’s traditions, He looks for ways to incorporate Judaism into each objective he takes on at the Community Center. He wants to take the participation of the Jewish programs to new heights by using his marketing and organizational experience.
803-787-2023 ext. 201