Hebrew Instructors:

Sarit Lisogorsky:
Sarit is from Gedera, Israel. She was trained as a Hebrew teacher by the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also has a BA in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She speaks Hebrew, English, Spanish and Arabic.

Gila Efrati:
Gila currently teaches Hebrew at the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital and coordinates special support for the Hebrew program at Adas Israel. She has a Masters from Tel Aviv University in Theater and taught Theater at a high school in Israel for 9 years. She has also worked at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School on integrating technology in to the classroom.

Introduction to Judaism Instructors:

JoHanna Potts (Spring and Summer sessions):
JoHanna is the former director of The Department of Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Her teaching passion is to bring enjoyment to Jewish learning with a view towards empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism. Previously, she served as Director of Education at Temples Solel and Shalom, Director of The Primary School at Washington Hebrew Congregation, and Director of the Middle School at Gesher Jewish Day School. In 2006, she served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education at Duke University. She has been involved with the DCJCC Jewish Women’s Project and helped coordinate and lead the group's text study activities. JoHanna currently teaches the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, the Heritage series, a Women’s Torah Study Group, and conducts teacher training workshops.

Miriam Weiner Szubin: (Fall and Winter sessions):
Miriam Weiner Szubin has been teaching Introduction to Judaism at the EDCJCC since 2007, and has introduced over 375 students to Judaism in that time.  She has a B.A from Yale and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She spent several years teaching high school history and Jewish history at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and has also worked as an Educator at the National Portrait Gallery. She is currently the Director of the EDCJCC Parenting Center, where she creates and coordinates programming for infants, toddlers, parents and parents-to-be. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and three sons.

Love & Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners Instructor:

Marion Usher:
Nearly two decade ago, Marion created "Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners" and has since worked with over 600 interfaith couples. In the workshop, she helps facilitate conversations where Jewish interfaith couples have the opportunity to: address questions they have about establishing a religious life, discuss the central challenges they face, and learn skills to enhance their relationship. In the context of this safe environment, couples feel comfortable sharing their concerns and meeting other couples dealing with similar issues. Marion also serves as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences and works with individuals and couples in clinical practice.

Questions? Contact us for more information on any Jewish Life program, event, or class.

Darya Watnick

Jewish Engagement Manager

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