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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.

Miryam Buchler

Miryam Buchler

E-T ECC Director

 Miryam Buchler joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in August of 2019 as the Director of the Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center. Before joining the WHC team, Miryam served as the Early Childhood Director, Assistant Director, and an educator at the Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches. Miryam has also worked in early intervention and provided applied behavior analysis therapy for children with autism and other developmental delays.

Miryam was born and raised in Morocco and moved to the United States after high school where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, an associate degree in Jewish Studies from Yeshiva University and a master’s in special education from Touro College. She also pursued her board certificate in behavior analysis and was selected as one of twenty educators to be part of the Sheva Covenant Director Institute; a prestigious fellowship led by the JCC Association that aims to shape future leaders in the field of early childhood Jewish education. Miryam and her husband Nir have two daughters, Emma and Abigail.

Lindsay Feldman

Lindsay Feldman

Assistant Executive Director

Lindsay Feldman joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2011 as Director of Member Services and began her position as Assistant Executive Director in 2019. 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 manages a broad array of executive administrative duties. 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.

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.

Jennifer Millstone

Jennifer Millstone

Director of Communications

Jennifer Millstone has worked with WHC’s talented communications team for more than 10 years. She leads a comprehensive marketing, communications, and public relations program that employs both traditional and new media to increase awareness and engagement through compelling messages and inspired designs. Prior to her tenure at WHC, Jennifer worked in organization development and training in the consulting, investment banking, and retail industries. She has a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and public policy from Syracuse University.

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.

Eliza Prince

Eliza Prince

Director of Development

Eliza Prince joined Washington Hebrew Congregation as Director of Development in 2018, bringing her extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the team at WHC, Eliza spent five years as the Director of Development at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, as well as several years before that at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in women’s philanthropy. Eliza spent her university years at Emory University, the Sorbonne, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in international relations.

Kirstin Springer

Kirstin Springer

RJWECC Director

Kirstin Springer joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2019 as Director of the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center. Prior to joining WHC, Kirstin served as the Preschool Director at the Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center in Washington, D.C. and as the Assistant Director of Simpson Academy and Child Care (SACC) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While at SACC, Kirstin also taught two-year-old and Pre K classes and served as the Spanish language educator for the school. Kirstin holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Indiana University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Human Development at the University of Maryland. Originally from Fort Wayne Indiana, Kirstin now lives in Silver Spring with her cat Thomas and an ever-growing collection of house plants.

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 Education

Stephanie Tankel joined Washington Hebrew Congregation in 2008 as Assistant Director of Religious School Education and began her position as Director in 2014. 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. Currently, Stephanie is a participant in the Wexner Foundation's Field Fellowship program for Jewish professionals.

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