Before joining Temple Shalom, Andrew was previously the Executive Director of The Woodstock Jewish Congregation in Upstate New York. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, a MS in Nonprofit Management with a focus on Jewish Education Administration from Gratz College, and a Graduate Certificate in Israel Education from George Washington University. He is an alumnus of numerous Hazon/Pearlstone Jewish environmental programs and fellowships, participated in two terms of AmeriCorps, and spent many wonderful summers as a camper at Camp Airy. Andrew, a native of Baltimore, and his wife Sally, a native Washingtonian, are proud parents of a wonderful young daughter named Bina. They are all very proud to be part of the Temple Shalom community.
Julie Margel comes to Temple Shalom and our Early Learning Center with a successful career of more than a dozen years as a preschool director at two local preschools, through Bright Horizons and Rockville Day Care Association.
Prior to that, Julie worked at the JCCGW (now the Bender JCC of Greater Washington). Her extensive roles at the JCCGW included pre-school teacher, assistant Camp JCC director for the three-five years age groups, and director of its Bender-Dosik Parenting Center. Julie also worked as a preschool teacher at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah and was active on the synagogue’s Board of Directors.
Julie’s undergraduate degree is in psychology with an emphasis on early childhood education, and she holds a Master of Special Education degree. Julie’s philosophy is centered around the belief that each child is unique and should feel supported in their educational journey, and that parents should be supported in that as well. Julie and her husband Stu take much pride in their three sons, all of whom started playing hockey at a young age and have continued this passion into college.
Katherine has worked for Temple Shalom since 2013. She has 29 years of administrative experience and has a BA from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is a highly organized individual who has a talent for making “sense out of chaos” and enjoys projects that require detailed thinking and a strong sense of purpose. When she is not working Katherine is very involved with her church and singing in local choral groups.
Kennette came to Temple Shalom in 2020 during the covid pandemic. Before organizational restructuring, she was the Financial Aid Manager for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth for 13 years and a Financial Aid Administrator at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the previous 15 years. She has a MS-Education in Student Administration from UW-La Crosse and a BS-Business/Marketing from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She has also been her parents’ and mother-in-law’s caregiver for the past few years. In her “spare” time, she enjoys her Kiwanis Club, cake decorating, crocheting and knitting. She has been married for 13 years.
Sharon is a bookkeeper with over 20 years of experience, having managed her husband’s Computer Consulting business and working for clients as a bookkeeper. Sharon received her B.A. in English Studies at the University of the District of Columbia. Sharon was certified as a Corporate Paralegal and worked in the Corporate/Securities Legal field as a Senior Paralegal as well. After having three daughters in 3.5 years, Sharon decided to stay at home, work part time and help bring them up to middle school years. Sharon decided to go back to more formal work once their trajectory was set and coincidentally found a job in her neighborhood, at Temple Shalom. Sharon is detail-oriented and possesses strong organizational, communication, and computer skills. She has been a Bookkeeper at Temple Shalom for three years.
Katie Heinzer joined Temple Shalom in 2022, just after finishing her Bachelor's in Slavic Languages and Literature at Princeton University. Originally from Dayton, OH, Katie has moved up and down the East Coast many times and intends to stay put here for a while. She originally moved to the DC area for graduate school at Gallaudet University, and found the warm and vibrant Temple Shalom community by a stroke of luck. Katie repeatedly finds herself drawn to Jewish education, from her first office job as an Education Intern at Holocaust Museum LA to serving as a Jewish Learning Fellow for her college's Hillel. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring DC with friends.
Scott Kravetz grew up at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC and was part of the faculty prior to graduating high school and attending college. He began his current teaching career at Temple Shalom in 1979 and has taught grades 4 through 12. He became a member of Temple Shalom in 1981. In 1987 he began working with Temple Shalom b’not/b’nai/simchat mitzvah families as a madrich. He received a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Jewish Studies at American University. He was the Director of Education for Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA. Scott has served as Secretary of the Temple’s Board of Trustees and served on the search committees for Interim Rabbi, Director of Education, and Rabbi/Educator positions as well as serving on the Financial Task Force and Futures Committee. Scott believes it is an honor and privilege to be part of our families’ b’not/b’nai/simchat mitzvah journeys and to share in this important simcha (joyous occasion) in their lives.
Andrea, better known to all as Andy, has been teaching religious school at Temple Shalom since 1977. Andy started as the 6th grade Hebrew School teacher, then added 6th grade Sunday School teacher as part of her involvement with Temple Shalom. After being warmly embraced by the community at Temple Shalom, Andy became a member and has been an active participant ever since. Andy has served on several search committees for Rabbi Educator and Senior Rabbi, and has held various positions on the Board of Trustees, including as President and now an Honorary Trustee. Currently, Andy is the B’not/B’nai/Simchat Mitzvah Co-Administrator, a B’not/B’nai/Simchat Mitzvah Hebrew tutor, a teacher in our Hebrew School, and the Confirmation Coordinator. Andy knows how much being a part of the Temple Shalom family has enriched her life, and she encourages everyone to get involved with this amazing community!
David has worked at Temple Shalom since 2009. David's willingness to do all sorts of tasks from building furniture for the Early Learning Center to setting up for Shabbat services makes him an invaluable member of our team.