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Marla Cohen joined Adat Shalom staff August 2015 as our executive director. She is a third-generation Jewish community builder hailing from Denver, Colorado. “Everything I learned, I learned at my parent’s kitchen table...and summer camp.” Marla
She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to this position, including serving as a Hillel director in Santa Cruz, CA; day camp director at the JCC in Seattle, Washington and synagogue executive director at B’Nai Havurah (Reconstructionist) in Colorado, and most recently at Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn, NY. Her Jewish journey includes studying at Brovender’s Yeshiva in Jerusalem for nine months and serving as a madricha for Livnot U’Lehibanot in Safed, Israel, in the mid-80s. Marla graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, with a degree in Jewish history.

Marla is married to Salvador Mandry. 

Marla and Salvador are delighted to be making their home in Rockville, Md., and joining the congregation. Marla reminds us (and it is supposed to be our practice) to please wear your name tags during Shabbat; it helps!

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Rabbi Julie Gordon grew up in Albert Lea, MN. She was ordained a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-JIR, NYC in 1984 and served two Conservative congregations for 17 years, including as co-senior rabbi in St. Paul, MN. In 2012, she graduated Julie1
the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem with a Master in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, Boston, MA. During the 2012-2013 school year she studied full time at the Conservative Yeshiva and at Ulpan Milah.

Rabbi Julie has 28 years of professional experience in Jewish education, synagogue life, and communal service where she developed many unique skills in spiritual leadership, teaching, formal and experiential program development, communication, administration, and building partnerships. She has broad experience collaborating with Jews from various religious perspectives.

Rabbi Julie was the principal of the St. Paul Talmud Torah afternoon and Hebrew schools for three years including coordinating the Hebrew program at Mount Zion Temple.

She served as the spiritual life director of the Heilicher Minneapolis Day School where she wrote, "B’chol L’vavcha, A Shabbat and Festival Companion", which is used in many day schools.      

Rabbi Julie is the proud mother of two grown children: Shoshana, 30, who is a children’s librarian in DC, and Ari, 26, who will start a masters in statistics program this fall.

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Rabbi Jane graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2005. She attended the University of Michigan for both undergraduate and graduate studies where she received a Master’s in Social Work and a certificateRabbi Berman portrait in Jewish Communal Service. Rabbi Jane worked with Hillel at the Claremont Colleges and Eastern Michigan University, and served as Rabbi to Temple Beth El in
Hammonton, N.J.

She studied Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Jane is a Board Certified Chaplain and has specialized training in Jewish Pastoral Care. She has worked for years with Jewish Social Service Agency and is currently a hospital staff chaplain.

Rabbi Jane is married to Adam Diamond and is blessed with three incredible children Mira, Galya and Raphael.

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Ayelet Levi, our new Schlicha. Ayelet was born near Tel Aviv. She graduated this year from Ben Gurion University in Be'er Sheva with degrees in Politics and Government, the Media and European Politics and Society.

AyeletAfter high school, Ayelet participated in a year of service at  "WIZO Nir Haemek," a boarding school and youth village in Afula. She served as a guide commander  in "Nativ", a Jewish Zionist course under the educational unit of the IDF.

We share Ayelet with MoEd, Inc. a partnership we continue for a second year. She can be reached by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ext 104. We thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington DC and an anonymous donor for the financial support to continue this valuable project. 

 

Leah Bloom, Youth Advisor 

Our part-time youth advisor, Leah Bloom, is a current graduate student at Towson University, studying Jewish Education and Communal Service. LeahBloom

Originally from Phoenix, AZ, she has an undergraduate degree in education and a wealth of experience supervising youth group activities, most recently at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  301.767.3333 ext. 106

 

 

Administrative Staff

KathyBPicsmlKathy Bloomfield, Executive Assistant, has been at Adat Shalom since May, 2013. Kathy provides administrative support to Rabbi Fred and Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel; serves as the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator with Hazzan/Rabbi Rachel; is Staff Support for major events (e.g. High Holy Days, Shabbatons, etc.); and maintains the website as Communications Coordinator, along with myriad other opportunities to support the congregation. There are no dull days on Kathy’s calendar! Kathy has two grown children - Aaron (32) and Samara (29) - and lives in DC with her husband of 36 years, Mark, and their cockapoo, Chimera. Kathy earned a B.S. in Zoology from Cal Poly, Pomona. In a previous work life, she helped raise two baby gorillas at the Los Angeles Zoo and has had a varied career in the secular, non-profit and entrepreneurial worlds. She is passionate about Children’s Literature and is currently the President-Schools, Synagogues & Centers Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries. You can reach Kathy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ext. 108.

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Sarah Wesson, Office Administrator, has recently joined Adat Shalom as the Office Administrator. If you need assistance planning an event, organizing a rental, or making sure that your latest news goes in Ma Chadash, Sarah is your go-to person! Sarah is in the process of completing her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. Before joining Adat Shalom, Sarah was working at another congregation coordinating youth engagement activities for kids in grades K-6. In her free time, Sarah loves to visit DC’s wonderful art museums and spend time with her family. You can reach Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

marciwilsonsmlMarcie Wilson, Systems Administrator, is a 20 year resident of Washington originally from Overland Park Kansas. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the Torah School and Adat Shalom’s IT infrastructure. Marcie’s background includes; working at B’nai B’rith International for 15 years and working for Holy Trinity Catholic Parish and School. At both of these positions, she used her organizational and project management skills, in addition to her background in Information Technology to advance the missions and goals of each organization. She is excited to once again be working within the Jewish Community and to continue to work for the advancement of childhood education. In her spare time, Marcie is an avid foodie who likes to explore cuisines from around the world, travel and spend quiet time at home with her husband, their two cats and their Dachshund, Chloe. You can reach Marcie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ext. 101.