Our Leadership

  –Rabbi

  –President

  –Education Director

  –PreSchool Director 

  –Board of Directors

Rabbi

Josh Wohl, Rabbi Congregation Kol Shalom

Rabbi Josh Wohl grew up in Detroit and has been involved in Jewish life from a very young age. He decided to enter Rabbinical School as a senior at the University of Michigan after he realized that he was spending more time studying Rashi then Rousseau.

 

Rabbi Wohl earned a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theology Seminary and has taught at multiple Jewish Day Schools in the New York metropolitan area. He began his pulpit career as a Rabbinical student, serving for four years as the spiritual leader of Beacon Hebrew Alliance Congregation in Beacon, NY. For the past seven years, he has served as the Rabbi at Agudath Achim Congregation in Altoona, PA.

 

Rabbi Wohl has been committed to building a caring community, fostering Jewish learning and developing social justice programs that make a difference in the community. He enjoys helping others search for joy and meaning in their Jewish practice.

 

Rabbi is married to Julie, a Jewish artist and educator and they have two very active children, Sam age eleven and Micah age seven. In his spare time, Rabbi enjoys playing basketball, tennis and golf and cheering on his beloved Michigan Wolverines. He also loves meeting new people and prides himself on his ability to have a conversation with almost anybody on almost any topic.

 

President

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 Josh Wohl
President Howard Salob
Vice President Ira Snyder
Secretary Janice Krasnow
Treasurer Elie Pallia
Education Director Sue Westenburger
Preschool Director Allison Charapp

Board Members

Ben Weiner Stephen Stern
Hannette Goldberg Phil Itzkowitz
Bill Katcef Sharon Kolstad
Kim Jacobsohn Joel Stein
David Sheinhorn Kate Penn

Committee Chairs

Membership Kim Jacobsohn
Religious Ben Weiner
Cemetery Larry Snyder
Israeli Affairs Ira Rifkin
Women’s League Joyce Malech
Men’s Club Arnold Abraham
USY/Kadima Kate Penn
Youth Group Advisor Marin Weisblatt
House Rotation Bobbie Kestenbaum
Good & Welfare Hannette Goldberg
Chesed Helen Goren
Chazak Hannah Kaufman
Publicity Bill Katcef
Yahrtzeit/Simcha Plaques Howard Salob
Shofar/Directory Howard Salob

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