Washington Hebrew Congregation

:: Our Clergy


M. Bruce Lustig - Photo by Andrew Harnik  

M. Bruce Lustig, M.A.H.L., D.D., Senior Rabbi

Rabbi Bruce Lustig is senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Along with the daily responsibilities of leading a 3,000 member congregation, he has shown community involvement in the Jewish Council for the Aging, the Executive Board of Israel Bonds of the Greater Washington Area, the UAHC Rabbinic Network on Youth Suicide, the Mayors Faith Advisory Board, the National Liaison for National Day of Prayer, and the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, District of Columbia Division. He is a pro-active leader of Washingtonís Interfaith Community and organized the nationís first Abrahamic Summit bringing together Christians, Jews and Muslims for dialogue.

Rabbi Lustig received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the University of Tennessee. He holds a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

To contact Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig,
please forward correspondence to his assistant Layne Weiss at: LWeiss@whctemple.org

Susan Shankman - Photo by Howard Lansat  

Susan N. Shankman, M.A.H.L., A.M.R.S., Rabbi

Rabbi Susan Shankman is a Rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Along with officiation at services, life cycle events and pastoral care and counseling, Rabbi Shankman coordinates the Confirmation program, and focuses on programming for families with young children, Sisterhood and womenís issues, social action, and outreach to interfaith families.

Rabbi Shankman was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2001. As a rabbinical student at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, Rabbi Shankman served student pulpits in Valparaiso, Indiana and Columbus, Mississippi, providing their sole rabbinic support. She worked as an intern in the Youth Programs Department of HUC-JIR and was also an intern in the Outreach Department of HUC-JIR. Upon ordination, Rabbi Shankman received the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize, an award recognizing her contributions toward the development of community relations.

Rabbi Shankman received a Masterís Degree in Religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1992. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991, having majored in History and Religion.  Prior to rabbinical school, Rabbi Shankman was Regional Director to NFTY-Long Island, and Assistant Director of URJ Eisner Camp.

Rabbi Shankman is President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, and is on the board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). She is also a member Jewish Women Internationalís National Clergy Task Force on Domestic Abuse and was honored with the Community Leadership Award at JWI's Women to Watch luncheon in 2006.  She serves on the faculty at URJ Camp Harlam, and has served as regional rabbinic advisor to NFTY-MAR.  In June 2014, Rabbi Shankman will receive the Matthew H. Simon Rabbinical Award from the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

Rabbi Shankman is married to Rabbi Michael Namath, Program Director at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and they are the proud parents of Isabel, Jacob, and Evie.

To contact Rabbi Susan N. Shankman,
please forward correspondence to her assistant Marsha Humphries at: MHumphries@whctemple.org

Aaron Miller  

Aaron Miller, M.A.H.L, M.Ed, Associate Rabbi

Rabbi Aaron Miller joined our clergy team as Assistant Rabbi in July 2011.  Along with fellow Clergy, he officiates at services and life cycle events as well as provides pastoral care and counseling. Rabbi Miller works closely with the Congregationís post-bínei mitzvah program and Jewish young professionals engagement.

He was ordained at Hebrew Union College Ė Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC) in Cincinnati in May 2011, when he also received a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration in a combined program with Xavier University. While at HUC, Rabbi Miller received the Schusterman Rabbinic Fellowship for three years of formal study on addressing the opportunities and challenges of Jewish life in the 21st century. In addition, he was recognized with the Rabbi Morris H. Youngerman Memorial Prize for the best sermon preached in the Chapel during the senior year.

He is a graduate of Brandeis University with a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He served as a rabbinic intern at Temple Israel in Dayton, Ohio, in addition to student rabbi positions in Michigan and Indiana. Having teaching experience in a variety of Jewish schools and settings, Rabbi Miller was also an Adjunct Professor and Hillel Rabbinic Intern at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.

His wife Lauren received her M.B.A. from Georgetown University and is a consultant at Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students.

To contact Rabbi Aaron Miller,
please forward correspondence to his assistant Marsha Humphries at: MHumphries@whctemple.org


Joseph Skloot, Assistant Rabbi

Mikhail Manevich - Photo by Howard Lansat  

Mikhail Manevich, Cantor

Cantor Mikhail Manevich was born in Leningrad, USSR.  He received a degree in choral conducting from Leningrad State Conservatory of Music in 1975.After immigrating to the United States he studied and graduated from Hebrew Union College-School of Sacred Music. Cantor Manevich was appointed Cantor with Washington Hebrew Congregation in 1989.During his tenure with the Congregation, Cantor Manevich has performed at all of the major halls of the City-Kennedy Center, Constitution Hall and National Cathedral. His voice can be heard on six recordings.

To contact Cantor Mikhail Manevich,
please forward correspondence to his assistant Marla Banov at MBanov@whctemple.org

Susan R.A. Bortnick - Photo by Howard Lansat  

Susan Rachel Adelman Bortnick, Cantor

Susan Bortnick is one of the Cantors of Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.  A graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, she served congregations in Arnold, Maryland and Ft. Worth, Texas as a student cantor before coming to Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2001.

Inspired by Cantor Robert Gerber, Cantor Sharon Kohn, and Rabbi Liza Stern, Cantor Bortnick enrolled in the School of Sacred Music after receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin.  The first cantor from Amarillo, Texas, Cantor Bortnick is a member of the American Conference of Cantors (Reform) and The Cantors Assembly (Conservative).  She is involved on the national level of the American Conference of Cantors as the ACC representative to the Executive Committee of the URJ Commission on Lifelong Learning.  She has recorded two CDís with Cantor Manevich.  One, a collection of their favorite duets titled, Together, the other a recording of their innovative Shabbat service, Shirei Shabbat.

Cantor Bortnick is married to David Bortnick and they are the proud parents of daughters, Naomi, Eliya and Mikala and dogs, Serena and Riley.

To contact Cantor Susan R. A. Bortnick,
please forward correspondence to her assistant Marla Banov at MBanov@whctemple.org