Rabbi JoHanna Potts
Adjunct Rabbi and Jewish Educator
Rabbi Potts (she/her) brings to Temple Shalom a vast array of experiences in education including Director of Student Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis, Director of Sports Information at Grinnell College, camp director in Green Bay, WI and was the Director of Education at Temple Shalom twice and interim Director once! Rabbi Potts has continued to be involved in teaching and leading Torah Study at Temple Shalom for the past 27 years.
She currently has an independent consulting practice working with small non-profits focusing on change leadership and offers on-line professional development classes for Jewish educators. As the COO and Executive Director at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, she led the congregational education change initiative in the community. Rabbi Potts was the Director of Education at Temple Solel, the first Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and the first Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School in the Washington, DC area as well as a founding parent of JPDS. She was the co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University and a board member of NewCAJE. Her passions are to strengthen communities by making them more inclusive, to guide individuals on their spiritual journeys and lifecycle experiences, and to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.