TEMPLE SHALOM - Key Persons


Andrea Mark

Job Titles:
  • Honorary Trustee
  • Co - Administrator

Andrew Maayan

Job Titles:
  • Executive Director
Before joining Temple Shalom, Andrew was previously the Executive Director of The Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a Graduate Certificate in Israel Education from George Washington University, and will soon be completing a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management with a focus on Jewish Education Administration from Gratz College. He is an alumnus of numerous Hazon/Pearlstone Jewish environmental programs and fellowships, as well as AmeriCorps, and spent many wonderful summers as a camper at Camp Airy. Andrew, a native of Baltimore, and his wife Sally, a native Washingtonian, are proud parents of a wonderful young daughter named Bina, and they are proud to be a part of the Temple Shalom community

Anne Feinberg

Job Titles:
  • Honorary Trustee
  • URJ Board Member

Carol Jimenez

Job Titles:
  • Financial Secretary
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Carri Wasserberg

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Director and Pedagogista, Early Learning Center
Carri was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and has since lived in Arad and Tel Aviv, Israel; Chicago; Cincinnati; and now in Silver Spring. Carri earned a Master's degree in Jewish Education from Gratz College in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She has worked in the field of Jewish education for 19+ years, 10 or more of those years as the Jewish Family Educator here at Temple Shalom. Carri believes deeply in the importance of play for young children and the role of family in the development of a strong Jewish identity. She and her husband, Scott, have two children, Joseph and Maya, who is a graduate of our preschool program. When she is not working, Carri enjoys spending time with her family; hiking; walking her dog, Pongo; and playing the clarinet.

Debbie Szyfer

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Jeffrey Steger - President

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • President

Joan Kalin

Job Titles:
  • Honorary Trustee

John Landesman

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Karen Miller

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Katherine Schnorrenberg

Job Titles:
  • Clergy & School Administrator
Katherine has worked for Temple Shalom since 2013. She has 29 years of administrative experience and has a BA from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is a highly organized individual who has a talent for making "sense out of chaos" and enjoys projects that require detailed thinking and a strong sense of purpose. When she is not working Katherine is very involved with her church and singing in local choral groups.

Lisa Heiser-Polin

Job Titles:
  • Director, Early Learning Center
Lisa (she/her) has spent the last 20+ years working in the field of Jewish Education. She has been a classroom teacher, a Curriculum Specialist, a Mentor Teacher, a Camp Director, and an Education Director. Lisa earned a bachelor's degree in Education and Judaic Studies from the University of Denver and her Graduate work is in Education and Training from American University and George Washington University. Lisa has spent many years teaching in Reggio-inspired schools and, in 2012, studied in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Lisa and husband Justin have two children, Benjamin and Olivia, who is soon to graduate from our preschool. Lisa believes in the importance of children making meaning and being immersed in rituals and traditions - and this is the essence of what makes Jewish preschool valuable!

Lynn Mandel - Treasurer

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Treasurer

Marty Shargel

Job Titles:
  • Youth Representative

Matt Andelman

Job Titles:
  • Temple Counsel

Michael Rubin

Job Titles:
  • Immediate past President
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Missy Mandell

Job Titles:
  • Director of Congregational Engagement
Missy Mandell is originally from Toms River, New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degrees in Education and Hebrew Language from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Experiential Education and Human Development at the George Washington University, which is what brought her to the DMV. Missy has a wide variety of education and programming experience in schools, synagogues and camps and afterschool programs. She enjoys finding teaching and learning experiences in everyday life. When she is not creating Jewish programs, Missy enjoys running, reading and Israeli dance. She has been Israeli dancing with Temple Shalom since 2015 and is excited to bring more programs to the Temple Shalom community.

Peter Howard - EVP

Job Titles:
  • Executive Vice - President
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Rabbi Ackerman

Rabbi Ackerman is also proud to represent Temple Shalom in her capacity as a faculty member at URJ Camp Harlam, and a chaperone for the Religious Action Center's (RAC's) L'Taken Social Justice Seminar. She also served on the Leadership Team for the RAC's Campaign to Protect Transgender Students and as an executive committee member of the Greater Washington Education Directors Council.

Rabbi Bruce E. Kahn D.

Job Titles:
  • Rabbi
  • Rabbi Bruce E. Kahn D.D

Rabbi JoHanna Potts

Job Titles:
  • Rabbi
  • Adjunct Rabbi and Jewish Educator
She currently has an independent consulting practice working with small non-profits focusing on change leadership and offers on-line professional development classes for Jewish educators. As the COO and Executive Director at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, she led the congregational education change initiative in the community. Rabbi Potts was the Director of Education at Temple Solel, the first Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and the first Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School in the Washington, DC area as well as a founding parent of JPDS. She was the co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University and a board member of NewCAJE. Her passions are to strengthen communities by making them more inclusive, to guide individuals on their spiritual journeys and lifecycle experiences, and to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.

Rabbi Joshua Gischner

Job Titles:
  • Rabbi
  • Rabbi Bruce E. Kahn D.D

Rabbi Rachel Ackerman

Job Titles:
  • Rabbi
  • Senior Rabbi
Additionally, Rabbi Ackerman worked for several summers as the Director of Education and Unit Head at the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Newman, and also served as the student rabbi of Har Shalom in Missoula, Mont., and Chaverim of Jewish Family Service in Los Angeles (a Jewish social and religious group for adults with developmental disabilities). She completed the first level of chaplaincy certification in clinical pastoral education at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. Rabbi Ackerman has a special interest and developing expertise in issues relating to diversity, disability accessibility, and inclusion. Additionally, she is very interested in interdenominational Jewish dialogue and Jewish community efforts on issues of local global social justice. Outside of the Jewish institutional setting, Rabbi Ackerman loves the outdoors and is an avid runner. She was a competitive cross-country and track runner throughout high school and college and has completed more than a dozen marathons. Prior to becoming Temple Shalom's Senor Rabbi in July 2018, she served as Temple Shalom's Rabbi Educator for 7 years. In that position, Rabbi Ackerman worked with our congregants on a number of initiatives including co-facilitating the process that led to Kehillat Shalom (a reimagining of family and adult educational engagement in our congregation), working on the DREAM for Equality campaign (the passing of ballot initiatives regarding the Maryland DREAM Act and marriage equality), creating Kids' Time (Sunday morning infant/toddler-adult educational program), and exploring opportunities for synagogue involvement in the Sanctuary movement.

Scott Kravetz

Job Titles:
  • Co - Administrator, Interim ELC Administrator
Scott Kravetz grew up at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC and was part of the faculty prior to graduating high school and attending college. He began his current teaching career at Temple Shalom in 1979 and has taught grades 4 through 12. He became a member of Temple Shalom in 1981. In 1987 he began working with Temple Shalom b'not/b'nai/simchat mitzvah families as a madrich. He received a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Jewish Studies at American University. He was the Director of Education for Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA. Scott has served as Secretary of the Temple's Board of Trustees and served on the search committees for Interim Rabbi, Director of Education, and Rabbi/Educator positions as well as serving on the Financial Task Force and Futures Committee. Scott believes it is an honor and privilege to be part of our families' b'not/b'nai/simchat mitzvah journeys and to share in this important simcha (joyous occasion) in their lives.

Sharon Winick

Job Titles:
  • Bookkeeper
Sharon is a bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience, having managed her husband's Computer Consulting business and working for clients as a bookkeeper. Sharon received her B.A. in English Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Sharon was certified as a Corporate Paralegal and worked in the Corporate/Securities Legal field as a Senior Paralegal as well. After having three daughters in 3.5 years, Sharon decided to stay at home, work part time and help bring them up to middle school years. Sharon decided to go back to more formal work once their trajectory was set and coincidentally found a job in her neighborhood, at Temple Shalom. Sharon is detail-oriented and possesses strong organizational, communication, and computer skills. She has been a Bookkeeper at Temple Shalom for three years.

Sherry Doggett

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee
  • Secretary

Stephen Schleien

Job Titles:
  • Member of the Executive Committee

Susan Goutos Zemsky

Job Titles:
  • Executive Director
  • Director of Children and Family Services for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
  • Executive Director in 2003, Bringing to Our Family the Benefit of over 20 Years' Experience in Jewish Congregational and Communal Leadership
Prior to joining our senior staff team, she was the director of children and family services at the JCC in Rocville, Maryland after which time she served as the executive director at nearby Tifereth Israel Congregation. Before that, she managed special projects at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater Washington. She is currently on the board of trustees of Kehila Chadasha, a 100 family chavurah that is part of the Jewish Renewal movement. Susan is on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Temple Administrators and serves as editor of their Journal. As director of Children and Family Services for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Susan created and implemented a full range of after-school, vacation and snow closing programs and Center-wide holiday festivals. She was instrumental in building pro-family programs responsive to diverse family needs and configurations, such as the highly successful Jewish Single Parent Connection. "Creating and developing family friendly programs for children that put them in a safe and fun Jewish environment while their parents were working is something that I am especially proud of," says Susan.

Toby Lowe

Job Titles:
  • Ex Officio Members ( Voting )