Our Leadership

Rabbi Josh Wohl

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 than 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. He then served for seven years as the Rabbi at Agudath Achim Congregation in Altoona, PA before joining Kol Shalom in 2018.

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 and Micah. 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.

Howard Salob, President

The 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.

Allison Charapp, Education Director

Allison I Charapp, M.Ed., has been teaching for over 30 years and is the Director of Education at Kol Shalom in Annapolis, MD.  In 2015, Allison opened Tree of Life Preschool – a nature preschool – to teach Jewish traditions and their connection to nature. Today the program is now flourishing and has become a model for other communities, solidifying her expertise in the field of nature education. She also holds a BA in Theatre and training in AMI Montessori, Orton-Gillingham, and Reggio Emilia. Allison is currently working with the Advisory Committee to implement Maryland’s HB525 creating a Pilot Program for Nature Preschools under the Dept. of Education – the second of its kind in the country.

In 2020, Allison became the Director of the Daniel Rothman Religious School, implementing and connecting the work begun at the Preschool with the work of students beginning preparations towards their B'nai Mitzvot. Under Allison's vision, DRRS is transitioning their programming to embrace the connections between Jewish traditions and nature. Further influenced by Reggio, lessons and planning are as hands-on, project based, and experiential as possible, allowing all children to flourish and learn using their strongest skills. Judaism has a long tradition of embracing the joy of life - we feel that should include making joyful memories at religious school.