Ralph Smithers Jr. of New Albany has been promoted to vice president of the new MAX service division at the Motorists Insurance Group.

Smithers promoted

Ralph Smithers Jr. of New Albany has been promoted to vice president of the new MAX service division at the Motorists Insurance Group.

He currently serves as the assistant vice president of the personal lines division. Smithers joined Motorists in 1989 as a personal lines underwriter, and has also held positions in commercial lines and training and development.

Smithers graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He holds a number of professional designations, including the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation.

Temple to offer Bnai Mitzvah class

Temple Beth Shalom will offer an adult Bnai Mitzvah class from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Sundays, Jan. 10, 24 and Feb. 27.

The class is an opportunity to begin studying beginning Hebrew and then cover topics in Judaic studies.

Registration for the course requires TBS membership. Call TBS at 855-4882 or Rabbi Debbie Lefton at rabbidebbie@tbsohio.org.