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Our talented team is dedicated to delivering the most rewarding experience to each member and guest who engages in the Washington Hebrew Congregation community.

With nearly 200 full-time staff positions in education, membership, communications, events, development, finance, technology, maintenance, and administrative support, our professional staff meet exacting standards of member service and are always eager to receive feedback, answer questions, and determine ways to best serve each individual's needs.

Senior Staff

Steven Jacober

Steven Jacober

Executive Director

Steven Jacober joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Executive Director in 2007, bringing extensive experience in leading both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies to his oversight of the Temple's operations. Before assuming this position at the Congregation, Steve spent 12 years as president of the School, Home, and Office Products Association, based in Dayton, Ohio. He previously served as president of Macfadden Trade Publishing, LLC, having worked as a publisher, editor, and research director at various stages in his tenure. His professional experience also includes positions at several New York City-based advertising agencies. Steve is a graduate of Providence College and earned graduate degrees in Hebrew Bible from Columbia University. He and his wife, Beth, have four adult children and two beloved grandchildren.

Miriam Feffer

Miriam Feffer

Director of Development

Miriam Feffer joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Director of Development in 2013. With advancement experience in both the secular and Jewish worlds, Miriam leads the Congregation's efforts to build a more sustainable financial future. Her professional experience includes positions as development director at the Campaign for America's Future, director of institutional advancement at Rachel's Network, and communications manager at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She also conducted market research at a boutique Chicago firm before relocating to the Washington, D.C. area. She pursued a doctorate in anthropology at the University of Chicago, with a focus on Jewish youth, language, and gender, and earned a bachelor's degree in American studies and anthropology from Brandeis University. Miriam and her husband are the parents of one energetic daughter.

Lindsay Fry Feldman

Lindsay Fry Feldman

Director of Member Services

Lindsay Fry Feldman joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2011 as Director of Member Services. Often the first member of our staff to greet prospective members, she offers a warm welcome to all individuals and families who enter our community. In addition to overseeing member recruitment and retention, Lindsay helms our talented communications team, managing a broad array of internal publications, traditional and new media outreach, and public relations. Her previous professional experience includes multiple positions in AIPAC's Development and National Affairs department as well as in a boutique public relations firm. She earned a master's degree in government, with a focus on political communications, from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in political science from University of Kansas.

Naomi Abelson Gohn

Naomi Abelson Gohn

Director of Programs and the TOV Center

Naomi Abelson Gohn joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Director of Programs and the TOV Center in 2014, bringing her extensive experience working in the Jewish nonprofit sector. Just prior to joining the team at WHC, Naomi spent seven years at the Union for Reform Judaism, first as the Social Action Specialist and then as the Associate Director of Young Adult Engagement. She holds a master's degree in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, a master's degree in public administration from University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies and political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

DJ Schneider Jensen

DJ Schneider Jensen

Director of the Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center

DJ Jensen joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in July as Early Childhood Director for the E-T ECC. Before coming to Washington Hebrew, she worked at the Center for Jewish Education in Baltimore as an educational consultant, training educators at all levels - classroom teachers, organizational directors and administrators, and parents. Her first book, Monday Memo: Creating Change In Early Childhood Education, One Message at a Time (September, 2013), teaches educators how to establish and implement developmentally appropriate practice. She earned her master's degree in early childhood education from Towson University, and a bachelor's degree in French education from University of Georgia.

Fran Miller

Fran Miller

Director of the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and WHC Kindergarten

Fran Miller joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Director of the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center in July 1999. She oversees a staff of approximately 45 teachers and administrators in a school that has over 150 children. Fran has been in the education field for over 30 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and as a director of schools. She has served as co-chair of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning Directors' Council and has presented at the National Association of the Education of Young Children's annual conference. She holds a master's degree in early childhood education and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College. Fran has two daughters and two grandsons.

Ira Miller

Ira Miller

Director of Informal Education

Ira Miller has worked at Washington Hebrew Congregation since the summer of 2002, first as Director of Youth Programs and currently as Director of Informal Education. Ira has worked in the field of informal Jewish education since 1994 in Miami, Denver, and now the District of Columbia. Ira completed the Seminar in Professional Leadership at the Institute for Informal Jewish Education of Brandeis University. He has a master's degree in human resource development from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and an undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Miami in Florida.

Mohan Mistry

Mohan Mistry

Director of Engineering

Mohan Mistry joined WHC as Director of Engineering in 2005, bringing with him extensive experience in commercial property management throughout the metropolitan Washington area. Prior to his tenure at Washington Hebrew, Mohan worked for 15 years at Robert G. Depew & Associates where he managed two million square feet of office property and at Rubloff Inc. where he was an operations manager. Mohan is a graduate of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University. He and his wife, Panna, have two adult children.

Steve Stoupa

Steve Stoupa

Director of Finance

Steve Stoupa joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Director of Finance in 2014, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in auditing, nonprofit finance, human resources, and administration to Temple.  Prior to this position with the Congregation, Steve spent more than five years as an auditor at Price Waterhouse LLP and another 20 years in senior-level finance positions for several nonprofit medical trade associations in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  He maintains an active CPA license in the Commonwealth of Virginia and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University.  He is the father of two extraordinary teenage daughters and lives in McLean, Virginia.

Stephanie Tankel

Stephanie Tankel

Director of Religious School

Stephanie Tankel joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2008 as Assistant Director of Religious School Education. She became the Interim Director in 2014 before becoming the Director in 2015. Prior to her arrival at WHC, Stephanie served as the Principal Educator at The West London Synagogue of British Jews in London, England. She also worked as Director of Education at Finchley Progressive Synagogue and at the Movement for Reform Judaism while in the United Kingdom. Previously, Stephanie was the Family Educator at Central Synagogue in New York City. She also serves as the Course Coordinator for "Bridging the Great Divide," a course exploring the intersection of Judaism and Islam at American University. She earned master's degrees in Jewish education and modern Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature, Hebrew, and Jewish studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband live with their rescued mutt, Honey.

Staff Directory

    Programs

  • Naomi Abelson Gohn,

    Director of Programs and the TOV Center
    202-895-6328
    ngohn@whctemple.org

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