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Susan N. Shankman


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 women’s 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 Master’s 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 Immediate Past President of the Washington Board of Rabbis, and serves as the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Vice President of Organizational Relationships, as well as on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She is also a board member Jewish Women International, serves on JWI’s 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 received 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.