Clergy

Our dynamic and dedicated clergy lead Washington Hebrew Congregation through worship, life cycle events, lifelong learning, and everyday outreach.

Each of our four rabbis and two cantors contributes a unique spiritual perspective, grounded in a rigorous scholarly background, far-ranging professional experience, and a deep-seated connection to our community. They offer support through life’s transitions, enrichment programs in their respective fields of specialty, and an unwavering commitment to serving our diverse membership with distinction.


Clergy

Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig

M. Bruce Lustig

Senior Rabbi

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Susan N. Shankman

Rabbi

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Aaron Miller

Associate Rabbi

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Eliana Fischel

Associate Rabbi

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Susan R.A. Bortnick

Senior Cantor

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Suzanne Hamstra

Assistant Cantor

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Mikhail Manevich

Cantor Emeritus

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Update on our Rabbinic Transition

In September 2021, Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig announced he is stepping back from the day-to-day activities of the Congregation. We now have before us a rare opportunity to chart the course of our Congregation’s future. We have begun a process to listen and better understand our Congregation’s thoughts and wants for the Temple.

LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS