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, Administrative Director
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 daughter.
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Ben Kissin, Administrative Assistant
Ben joined Temple Micah in 2017. Originally from Maine, Ben moved to the area in 2016 to find a job in International Relations. He was heavily involved in the Jewish community back home in Maine, volunteering with the local Federation, the Maine Conference for Jewish Life, and Documenting Maine Jewry (a local Jewish history project). In his spare time, Ben organizes events with Young Professionals in International Affairs, volunteers with HIAS, the DC Rape Crisis Hotline, and watches the New England Patriots. He lives in the Maryland suburbs.
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Josue Portillo, Custodian
Biography coming soon.
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Yosef Webb, Communications Director
Yosef Webb grew up in Sacramento, California and spent the last three years of high school in Pueblo, Colorado. After high school, Yosef spent four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy CV-67, an aircraft carrier.
Yosef has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a focus or Archaeology, from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). While at CSUS, Yosef volunteered in the Anthropology Lab where Yosef spent time digitizing records and cataloging human remains for repatriation to Native American tribes. Yosef moved to Washington, DC in 2011 to attend Wesley Theological Seminary and graduated with a Masters of Divinity in 2014. Yosef has also completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, four of which were at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in SE DC, in October of 2016.
When not at Temple Micah, Yosef also teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park and has since the Fall of 2015. Specifically, Yosef co-teaches Inter-Group Dialogues based on Cultural Competency which are undergraduate requirements to graduate. Classes have different themes per section such as: Size and Appearance, Gender, Socio-Economic Status, Religious Bias, and Race. Yosef has also facilitated dialogues for various groups in both the DC and Baltimore area. They also love to cook and travel.
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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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