Rabbi Evan Krame

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Evan J. Krame, a resident of Potomac, Maryland, was ordained as a Rabbi by the ALEPH Ordination Program in January, 2015.  Evan is a fellow of Rabbis Without Borders.  A past president of several non-profit organizations including the Hillel at George Washington University and Shared Horizons, Inc., which manages a pooled special needs trust for persons with disabilities, Evan now serves as a founding builder of BAYIT, a national organization to provide the tools to build a new Judaism. A founder of the American Friends of the Anne Frank House, Evan continues to serve as an officer after 25 years.  His honors include Hillel’s Exemplar of the Year, Israel Bonds Young Leadership Award, Jewish Federation of Washington’s Campaigner of the Year, ORT’s community leadership award and the Shared Horizons Humanitarian award.

Evan continues as a partner in Krame and Biggin, a Maryland law firm specializing in estates and trusts work, with an emphasis on assisting the families of persons with special needs.  Evan is a graduate of Brandeis University and George Washington University Law School and has an LLM in Taxation. 


Cantor David Abramowitz

David Abramowitz was ordained as a Cantor by the ALEPH Ordination Program in January, 2016, and received his certificate as a spiritual director in January, 2017. Twice a month, David leads Shabbat morning services at the Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MD, and also officiates life cycle events year round. In his other professional life, David is the Mid-Atlantic regional technical lead at Trend Micro, a specialist in computer and network security.  When not at work, he enjoys playing drums and singing in a rock cover band, and playing in an adult ice hockey league. He is the father of three - daughters Jordan and Stefanie are pursuing degrees in speech pathology and elementary school teaching respectively, while son Neil enjoys skating for his high school’s ice hockey team.  David is a graduate of Brandeis University with a Masters in Computer Science from the George Washington University. 


Rabbi JoHanna Potts

JoHanna's passion is to bring en-joy-ment to Jewish learning, with a view toward empowering individuals to create lives of meaning through Judaism.  She is a titan of Jewish education.  Rabbi Bruce E. Kahn said "JoHanna Potts is someone who always leaves me shaking in awe." Her current work is as Educational Consultant to Advancing Wisdom and Education, Inc.

JoHanna's most recent roles are CEO of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, Director of Education for Temple Shalom (Chevy Chase) and Solel (Bowie), Director of the Primary School at Washington Hebrew and Middle School Director at Gesher Day School.  She also facilitates professional development workships for educators and served as co-chair of the Conference for Alternatives in Jewish Education (CAJE) at Duke University.  In community life, JoHanna has served as vice-president of the former Board of Jewish Education, as well as chair of the Educator's Council of Greater Washington.  She holds a degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Art and Archaeology and earned a Masters in Education and Human Development and Jewish Studies from The George Washington University.

JoHanna is known also as a synagogue service leader and master educator. As Rabbi Kahn said "I usually exit from her presence just finding it difficult to believe that someone could be as remarkable as is she."  

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