Staff

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.

Contact Susan Alpern-Fisch:
Email: sueafisch@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

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.

Contact Jeannelle D’Isa:
Email: disa@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

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).

Contact Alexina Haefner
Email: alexina.haefner@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

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.

Contact Lesley Levin:
Email: levin@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

Josh Neirman, Communications and Administrative Associate

Email: neirman@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

Josue Portillo, Building Manager

Email: josue@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

Maya Sungold, Special Events and Administrative Associate

Email: sungold@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175

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.

Contact Rhiannon Walsh:
Email: walsh@templemicah.org
Phone: 202-342-9175