It is National Donor Sabbath Week. This week we join Lifeline of Ohio to talk about organ and tissue donation with Rabbi Stephanie Covitz and Demia Kandi.

National Donor Sabbath is observed annually two weekends before Thanksgiving, from Friday through Sunday. This three-day observance seeks to include the days of worship for major religions practiced in the United States. During National Donor Sabbath, faith leaders from many religions, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation and transplantation professionals participate in services and programs to educate the public about the need for the lifesaving and healing gifts passed to others through transplantation, while also encouraging people to register their decision to be organ, eye, and tissue donors.

  • In Central Ohio, more than 105,000 Americans are waiting for a lifesaving organ.
  • 38 counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia are served by Lifeline of Ohio.
  • 78 hospitals support patients with our services.

Here’s the truth:

  1. 8 lives can be saved and more than 75 can be healed by one person
  2. 700 Central Ohioans and more than 3100 people across the state are waiting for   organ transplants.
  3. 20 times a day, a man, woman or child dies for the lack of an available organ.
  4. Zero lives will be saved if you do nothing


You can sign up to be an organ, eye and tissue donor by visiting (you will need a valid Ohio’s driver license or state identification card).

I would like to encourage you to hear this week’s News in Motion segment with Rabbi Stephanie. You can hear the entire interview after the news headlines by clicking this link

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This holiday, give the gift of life and become a donor.

Our Guests

Meet Rabbi Stephanie:

Rabbi Stephanie Covitz was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Jewish Studies at Indiana University. She then went on to receive rabbinic ordination and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Stephanie completed a year-long residency in chaplaincy at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and achieved board certification in 2016. She served as a chaplain at multiple central Ohio hospitals, including Mount Carmel East, OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital and most recently Riverside Methodist Hospital. Stephanie joined the team at Lifeline of Ohio in 2021 as a Bereavement Coordinator. She resides in Columbus with her husband and two children. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her kids, cross stitching and officiating the occasional wedding.

Meet Demia Kandi:

Demia Kandi is the Founding Partner of Significance LLC, a consulting firm specializing in training, strategy, and program design. A global leader with an innate ability to guide and influence others, Demia is a change agent with a niche for identifying best practices; and a content expert in the area of Diversity Equity and Inclusion with 15 years of strategic outreach and community relations in the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) field. Her specialization in Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and OPO multicultural outreach are crucial in building cultures of inclusion within an organization and the communities they serve. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Demia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University; with a Masters in Family Studies. She is a passionate facilitator and motivational speaker, not just in the business of professional development; but people development. According to Demia, “Success is subjective. Being significant requires having impact, and changing lives forever. It is my goal to help companies reach beyond success to significance.”  Contact Demia on LinkedIn:


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