Our Leadership



  –Education Director

  –PreSchool Director 

  –Board of Directors


Philip Pohl, Rabbi Congregation Kol Shalom


Rabbi Philip Pohl was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and studied at the State University of New York at Albany, Columbia University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature, a Master of Arts in Judaic Studies, and Rabbinic ordination in 1978 from the Seminary.


In 1978 Rabbi Pohl became the first full time rabbi of Congregation B’nai Shalom’s (Olney, Maryland), and served there for twenty-seven years. Rabbi Pohl was appointed by The Jewish Chaplaincy Service of the Jewish Social Service Agency to serve as Jewish Chaplain for Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland and served in this capacity for more than twenty years. He subsequently held the same position at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. Rabbi Pohl is a co-founder of the Washington Jewish Healing Network, a Washington, D.C. based consortium of lectures, activities and services promoting Jewish healing resources.

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 In May 1999 Rabbi Pohl received a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. His project thesis is entitled Whole, Healthy and Holy – Developing Synagogue Rituals and Services for Spiritual Healing. Rabbi Pohl also has taught a course entitled “Healing Ministry” at Wesley Theological Seminary.

In November 2005 Rabbi Pohl received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In conjunction with the degree, Rabbi Pohl was awarded a citation which in part reads:

“You have devoted your career to understanding and promoting spiritual health and wholeness within your community.  Through your extraordinary service to your congregation, and your commitment to healing, you have affected the lives of so many.”

From 2005-2008 Rabbi Pohl served as an instructor in the Florence Melton Adult Min-School Adult Education program, the Adult Foundation for Jewish Studies, and the JCC of Greater Washington.

From 2006 – 2008 Rabbi Pohl served as rabbi of Congregation Nevey Shalom in Bowie, Maryland. This enabled Rabbi Pohl to join with Nevey Shalom’s 2008 transition to Annapolis and to become the first rabbi of the newly formed Congregation Kol Shalom, the only Conservative congregation in Anne Arundel County. Rabbi Pohl is proud to serve Congregation Kol Shalom and to share in worship and study with its members.

Rabbi Pohl is married to the former Sharon Temin, who is from Silver Spring, Maryland. They are the parents of three daughters.



Howard Salob, President

president_1The Salob family have been members of Congregation Kol Ami/Congregation Kol Shalom for 34 years. Howard was President of Congregation Kol Ami for 6 years and has been the President of Congregation Kol Shalom since its merger with Congregation Nevey Shalom in August 2008. Howard was Religious Chair of Congregation Kol Ami, a lay leader for all religious services, a B’nai Mitzvah tutor, a Torah reading tutor, and has been intimately involved in all aspects of synagogue activity. Howard has been practicing general dentistry in Prince George’s County since 1974. Howard and his wife, Judy, have 2 children and 3 grandchildren and reside in Severna Park, MD.


Education Director

Sue Westenburger, Education Director

education_director_1The Westenburger family have been members of Kol Ami/Kol Shalom for over 30 years and celebrated their children’s B’nei Mitzvot and eldest daughter’s wedding with the congregation. Sue has been involved with the education of children for the past 30 years. Sue graduated from the University of Maryland College Park where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Elementary Music Education. Currently Sue is studying at Loyola University in Baltimore to earn a Master’s degree in Pre-school and Elementary Education Administration. She has been the Education Director of the Daniel Rothman Religious School since 2005, and prior to that Sue was a music and art teacher at another religious school in Annapolis. Prior to becoming the Education Director at Kol Shalom, Sue owned and operated four Pre-school and Daycare centers in Anne Arundel and Wicomico counties. And, when Sue’s children were younger, Sue was the “Wandering Musician”, teaching music to Pre-school children throughout Maryland.


In addition to her dedication to educate our children, Sue loves to sing and quilt, so you will almost always hear her singing or humming a tune while she works. Sue plans to continue to spread music to our DRRS students and to those in Tree of Life Pre-school too!


When Sue was asked what she liked most about being involved with the education of children at Kol Shalom, she replied that “it is a pleasure and honor to be here at DRRS and Kol Shalom and to watch all of our wonderful children grow and become successful adults with a solid foundation in Judaism.”


Preschool Director

Allison Charapp, Preschool Director

preschool_director_2The Charapp Family have been members of Kol Ami/Kol Shalom since 2002 when their two boys began attending the Daniel Rothman Religious School. Since then, both boys have celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs, and their family has embraced the Kol Shalom community. Allison has worked with the school board, assisted with planning for renovation of the school wing, and spearheaded several integral fundraising efforts.


Allison has been a teacher for over 20 years and earned a Master’s degree in Education with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Design. Allison holds an Association Montessori International Elementary diploma and has Orton-Gillingham training in multi-sensory instruction. Beyond teaching the children at our religious school, Allison has developed education outreach for Volanz Aerospace (a STEM space science organization serving elementary children in Maryland), and has served as an education consultant for NASA.

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Allison’s experience in introducing Jewish culture and religion as well as her extensive knowledge of teaching zoology, botany, and geography to young children lays a solid foundation for the Tree of Life’s Nature based Pre-school program. Allison’s passion for working with children and supporting parents guarantees that a solid foundation of cultural, religious, and academic awareness will be provided to the families attending the Tree of Life Pre-school.


Board of Directors, Members, Committee Chairs

Rabbi Philip Pohl
President Howard Salob
Vice President Ira Snyder
Secretary Janice Krasnow
Treasurer Elie Pallia
Education Director Sue Westenburger
Preschool Director Allison Charapp

Board Members

Helaine Betnun Lou Davidsburg
Hannette Goldberg Phil Itzkowitz
Bill Katcef Sharon Kolstad
Kim Jacobsohn Maxine Silber
David Sheinhorn Gwyn Walcoff
Ben Weiner  

Committee Chairs

Membership Kim Jacobsohn
Religious Ben Weiner
Cemetery Larry Snyder
Israeli Affairs Ira Rifkin
Women’s League Joyce Malech
Men’s Club TBD
Youth Group Advisor Marin Weisblatt
House Rotation Bobbie Kestenbaum
Good & Welfare Hannette Goldberg
Publicity Bill Katcef
Yahrtzeit/Simcha Plaques Howard Salob
Shofar/Directory Howard Salob


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