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ABOUT OUR CLERGY

Rabbi Ari Sunshine

November 2006 - Present
rabbi@bnaishalomofolney.org

Shalom of Olney welcomed Rabbi Ari Sunshine to our bimah as of November 15, 2006.

After graduation, Rabbi Sunshine served 3 years at Temple Israel in Sharon, Massachusetts as Youth Director and Senior USY Advisor.  In 1997 he decided to attend the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.  While the Rabbi attended the Seminary, he also served as a Rabbinic Intern for Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland, and for The American University in Washington, D.C.  Rabbi Sunshine has extensive experience working at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California.  He staffed United Synagogue Youth on Wheels during the summer of 1995 and was a group leader for United Synagogue Youth Pilgrimage to Israel and Eastern Europe.  He received his MA and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in the spring of 2002.  From July 2002 until November of 2006, he served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel in Charlotte, North Carolina.    In November 2006 Rabbi Sunshine became the Rabbi of B’nai Shalom of Olney.  Rabbi Sunshine currently serves as the President of the Greater Olney Interfaith Ministerium and as the President of the Washington-Baltimore Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.  Rabbi Sunshine and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Jonah and Elana.

 

Hazzan Sara Geller

November 2002 - Present
cantor.geller@bnaishalomofolney.org  

Hazzan Sara Geller joined our staff in July 2002.  She brings over 10 years experience to our synagogue, having served as cantor at two congregations in Massachusetts.  A lyric soprano, she combines operatic vocal studies with her advanced Judaic knowledge and lifelong commitment to Jewish tradition to provide congregants with a worship experience conducive to active participation as well as individual prayer.

Cantor Geller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English at Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in near eastern and Judaic studies at Brandeis University.  She was admitted to the Cantors Assembly in 1999 and received her commission as Hazzan-Minister in 2002.  She served as vice president of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of New England.

During her career, Cantor Geller has prepared bar and bat mitzvah students to lead services and chant their Torah and Haftorah portions.  She has taught adult education courses in synagogue skills.  Cantor Geller has worked with professional and volunteer adult choirs as well as a kid's choir.  She enjoys teaching and singing with students in day school, Hebrew school, preschool, and summer camp settings.  

"I am very excited to be part of a community that celebrates Judaism and where people of all ages are eager to learn more and participate more," Cantor Geller says.

Originally from New Rochelle, N.Y., Cantor Geller is married to attorney Leon Geller, a Newton, Mass. native.  They have two daughters, Ruth and Becky.

 

ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS 

Carol Cohen Wolfe, Executive Director 

c.cohenwolfe@bnaishalomofolney.org

Carol Cohen Wolfe joined the staff of B’nai Shalom in early 2015.  Carol has been an involved member of the Olney community for over 15 years and currently serves on the Boards of Olney Home For Life and Montgomery County Board of Social Services.  Carol has been an administrator of facility operations and social service programs for over 30 years and has specifically worked in areas of Jewish community services for more than 27 of these years.  During this time, Carol received various certifications as an Aging Services Professional.  Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration from New York University, with additional business administration training. 

As Director of Operations, Carol oversees the daily operations of the synagogue and is responsible, among other duties, for planning simhas with                                                     congregants, arranging appropriate space for meetings and other events, and serving as liaison between congregants and the Board of Directors.

 

 

Michal Morris Kamil, Director of Education

michal.morriskamil@bnaishalomofolney.org

A genuine Israeli Irish and Cockney Leprecohen, Michal has developed a rich 'armory' of creative and engaging strategies and tools for enhancing young Jewish students' educational learning experiences. A British Ashdown Fellow and MBA graduate in International Jewish Education Leadership, Michal has led major Jewish and Israel education initiatives across a broad community educational spectrum including synagogue school capacity building, teacher training, curriculum development, Hebrew education and youth movement and campus leadership.  A senior Jewish educator herself, specializing in Jewish history, ethics, Jewish anthropology, Jewish texts, Shoah, and Israel studies, she is committed to serving community membership and its youth. Among her roles, Michal was a Synagogue Education Director, an Interim Head of a Jewish Day School, a Jewish Agency Community Shlicha, a Senior Manager of Professional Development at Yad Vashem, and has held  numerous leadership positions in Jewish experiential education.

 

Rabbi Sarah Meytin, Director of Early Childhood Education

sarah.meytin@bnaishalomofolney.org

Sarah is an ordained rabbi with an MSW. She has significant program development and oversight, community engagement, and nonprofit administration experience. She has 10-plus years of education and teaching experience, including formal classroom education, workshop/ seminars, and educational program facilitation for children and adults of all ages. Sarah has been in early childhood education since 2009, has completed the "90-hour course" in Early Childhood Education, and earned a National Director’s Credential from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. She is also an alumna of the Jewish Early Childhood Leadership Institute (JECELI), Cohort 3. Prior to joining the B'nai Shalom team as Director of Early Childhood Education, she served for four years as the assistant director of Gan HaYeled in Washington, DC. Sarah lives in Silver Spring, MD with her wife, Rachel, and their two children, Coby and Ruthie. 

 

ABOUT OUR STAFF

Teresa Click, Executive Assistant, BSO - teresa@bnaishalomofolney.org

Teresa's family moved to Olney in the early 70's, where she attended Cashell Elementary, Redland Middle and Magruder High Schools; so Montgomery County is very much considered "home" for her and her husband, Jason, and their two cats.  Teresa has been a Jill-of-all-Trades for many years, having worked in retail management, office administration and legal services.  And in order to be successful in these fields, she has developed and fine-tuned her management, marketing, and customer service skills by meeting and exceeding expectations every time.  As the Executive Assistant for BSO since August 2016, Teresa provides daily support to our Executive Director, and Clergy.

 

Andrea Keller, Bookkeeper/Membership Engagement, BSO - andrea.keller@bnaishalomofolney.org           

 Andrea has been employed at B'nai Shalom of Olney since April 2015 and is very familiar with our Synagogue. Previously, her 2 daughters attended  their preschool years at the ECS.  Andrea has a BA in Journalism from Radford University. She lives in Olney and is very active within the community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Sandy Weiss, Office Manager, ECS - sweiss@bnaishalomofolney.org

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