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