Susan Alpern-Fisch, Development Consultant
Susan Alpern-Fisch has joined the temple staff as a part-time Development Consultant. A professional fundraiser for more than 35 years, Sue has worked for nonprofits in the fields of arts, education, children’s health, the environment and American-Israel politics. She is a graduate of Cornell University and earned an MA in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
Sue has served on the Board of Directors at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, where she and her family have been long-time members, and was also on the Board at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. She and her husband Ricky were actively involved at Georgetown Day School, where their two daughters, Emily and Abigail, attended for 22 consecutive years.
Sue considers herself an “adopted member” with Micah as her second spiritual home, and she is especially honored and excited to be part of the extraordinary Micah team. When not at Micah, Sue can be found singing Alto-1 in the community choir “Choralis,” hanging out at The Phillips Collection, shopping at Antique Fairs, daydreaming about the beach, and adding up frequent flier miles to visit her daughters in Seattle and Boston.
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Jeannelle D’Isa, Office Administrator/Chief Relationships Officer
Jeannelle came to Temple Micah in 2014 after exploring retail management, a think tank, and editorial work at several DC-area NGOs. She loves research of all kinds, but particularly enjoys translating pre-Holocaust Yiddish plays, poetry, and recipes; she cherishes her rejection letter from Marge Piercy. She attended Brandeis University, enjoys baking and spreadsheets, and lives in the Maryland suburbs with her wife and child.
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Ilana Goldman, Student Cantor
Ilana Goldman is currently in her second year as a cantorial student at the HUC-JIR Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York City. Originally from Ocean Township NJ, she spent her senior year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan studying music and voice. Ilana went on to continue her education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin where she received her BA in Music and Religious Studies, and minored in psychology. Her love of music, Judaism, and social justice led her to spend one summer in Novafeltria, Italy with La Musica Lirica, an opera training program, and one summer in DC as a participant in the Religious Action Center’s Machon Kaplan program where she interned at the gun violence prevention organization, the Violence Policy Center. Back on campus, she served as the President of her Hillel where she initiated and led Shabbat services. She continued her Jewish campus work at Hillel International in Washington DC, where she worked as a Development Associate. Last year Ilana spent the year living and studying in Jerusalem as part of HUC’s Year-in-Israel program.
Ilana’s perfect day would consist of going on a long run on the boardwalk with her husband Alex, eating a potato knish at a Yankee game, and then attending an opera at Lincoln Center. This summer she will be serving as a Chaplain Intern at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is thrilled to be the student cantor at Temple Micah!
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Alexina Haefner, Community Coordinator
Alexina Haefner is originally from northern Virginia, but spent half of her high school years in Singapore. She attended the College of William and Mary, where she studied Jewish Studies and Business Analytics and had the pleasure of taking classes with several professors who were Temple Micah members. While in college she served as president of both Hillel and the LGBTQ community, and taught Hebrew school for three years at Temple Beth El. She also worked as a summer intern at Sixth & I and was part of the HUC-JIR Founders’ Fellowship for Jewish student leaders. Outside of work Alexina loves rock climbing, language learning, French musicals, and watching every adaptation of Romeo and Juliet she can (she’s seen twenty).
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Lesley Levin, Assistant Director of Education
Lesley Levin has served as the Educator at Temple Micah since June 2017. An alumna of The Ohio State University’s Melton Center for Jewish Studies, Lesley has consistently served in the Jewish communal field since 2007, where she worked for the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County’s Jewish Teen Initiative and Temple Judea of Palm Beach Gardens. In addition to basking in the beautiful Florida weather, Lesley honed her experiential education skills and love of grilled cheese in the Jewish camping world at Camps Airy and Louise. Prior to Temple Micah, Lesley held the position of Jewish Student Life Coordinator at UMBC Hillel.
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Josue Portillo, Building Manager
Yevette Smith, Communications and Administrative Associate
Maya Sungold, Special Events and Administrative Associate
Rhiannon Walsh, Bookkeeper
After a fun but unfulfilling first career as a hair stylist, Rhiannon discovered that math wasn’t so bad after all, and that she even had a knack for bookkeeping. Prior to joining the Temple Micah staff in 2014, she worked with a bookkeeping company specializing in small business development. When not crunching numbers, Rhiannon spends her time hiking, gardening, and seeking out the best cup of coffee in the city.
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