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Dianne Neiman

Executive Director, originally from Boston, Dianne comes to us from Minneapolis, MN, and she brings to Temple Emanuel an extensive background in all major aspects of synagogue and community management, ranging from executive leadership, to serving as president of her sisterhood, to so much more. She has also been a practicing lawyer, specializing in end of life issues and working with vulnerable adults. Her commitment to the Reform Jewish community and her synagogue in Minneapolis is underscored not just by her personal journey, but also by the journey of her two sons, who are deeply engaged in Jewish learning, community and youth groups.

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Rabbi Mark H. Levine

Director of Congregational Learning, Rabbi Mark received rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1984 and a M.Ed. in Curriculum Theory in 1983 from Temple University. His experience in Jewish education has been extensive and varied. He served the Jewish community of Greater Washington as an educational consultant at the Board of Jewish Education from 1984-1997; worked as the founding editor for BabagaNewz magazine from 1997-2008; and was Executive Editor of Behrman House Publishing from 2009-2013. He is married to Dr. Lisa Horowitz and has three grown children and a granddaughter.


Melissa Williamson
Interim Director of Early Childhood, Melissa has been a faculty member of Temple Emanuel ECC since 2011. She has been a classroom teacher of 2, 3 and 4 year old children and from 2013 to 2018 she held the position of Atelierista until transitioning to the role of Pedagogista in August 2018. Melissa is an active participant in the Federation of Greater Washington’s Jewish Life and Learning Pedagogista and Atelierista communities of practice, which are guided by the values and practices of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Melissa is a member of the DC Reggio Emilia Alliance’s Steering Committee and has participated in three study programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Melissa received her BA in English and Studio Art from Hamilton College. She has lived in Kensington for over 20 years and she is the proud parent of Nick, a junior at the University of Georgia, and Kara, a freshman at the University of Florida.

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Laura Enkiri
Assistant Director of Early Childhood, Laura grew up here in Kensington. She has come full circle as her first education experience was right here at Temple Emanuel in the 1980s when she attended the preschool. After graduating from Fairfield University with a degree in International Relations she moved back to the area to begin work at National Geographic, where her love of photography grew. Over the years Laura has been fortunate enough to experience living throughout the United States. Her favorite spot so far has been San Diego. However, Savannah was a close second when it comes to beautiful places to live. This is where she worked at the Jewish Education Alliance as the Assistant Children’s Director.  In 2015 Laura began working at TEECC as a Teacher and began the role of Assistant Director over the summer of 2017.  She will be attending a Study Tour to Reggio Emilia in October 2017. When Laura is not at Temple Emanuel you may see her around Kensington walking her dog, Newton.
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Kathy Magenheim
School Administrator – Religious School, Kathy is a marketing professional with over 25 years of experience. Kathy received her B.S in marketing from the University of Maryland. She started her career with Procter and Gamble and then moved into marketing computer hardware and software with XDB Systems. Kathy helped become the #1 Distributor for Contex Scanners which eventually purchased the family business. Her marketing and communication skills include developing and executing marketing plans to build brand awareness and increase sales, writing and designing product literature, advertisements, newsletters, and press releases, applying social media to drive results, and using quantitative analysis to track results. Kathy is detail-oriented and possesses strong organizational, communication, and computer skills. Kathy has been a long time volunteer at Temple Emanuel being a room parent for her son’s classes through the years, chairing the membership committee, chairing the oneg committee, and volunteering for the silent auctions. Kathy Magenheim joined the Temple staff in 2010. She is the Religious School Administrator and helps the Director of Education to smoothly run the school.
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Nicole D’Isa

Bookkeeper & IT Support, Nicole has been a part of our Temple Emanuel community for almost five years. She began as an administrative assistant and became more entrenched in our family when her daughter, Noel, became a student in our Early Childhood Center. She is now the full time bookkeeper for the temple. Nicole grew up outside of New York and Philadelphia, and got her degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. She has been living in the DC metro area for over two decades, being joined by her wife Jeannelle in 2005. Nicole loves performing and listening to music and watching television but spends most of her free time curling.

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Teresa Kasper

B’nai Mitzvah CoordinatorTeresa was first introduced to the Temple Emanuel community on New Year’s Day when she and her husband celebrated Shabbat and their daughter’s baby naming ceremony with Cantor Boxt in HaMakom during the 2009/10 season of blizzards. Over the years, Teresa became a Temple member, preschool parent, part-time employee, full-time employee, religious school parent, and is now delighted and honored to be able to work with families in the B’nai Mitzvah program. Teresa also works on the Temple website, helps with special events such as the “Year of Torah” and “Todah Rabah” activities, and assists with the operations of the Main Office, the Religious School and the Early Childhood Center.

Originally from the mid-west, Teresa moved to Maryland from Los Angeles where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Her husband, William, is an independent consultant. The two met in graduate school and have one young daughter and one very large dog.

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Amy Turim

Librarian, Amy has served as Temple librarian for more than ten years. She worked previously as a professional in film cataloguing, archives and preservation at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society, the National Archives, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and as Film Archivist of the American Film Institute. This background in collections management provided a natural transition to running the Temple library. In addition, Amy has an affinity with Jewish literature going back to her grandfather, a historian and scholar who wrote for the Jewish Daily Forward, and a deep connection with the Jewish experience through her mother’s background as a child survivor of the Holocaust. In connection with her role as librarian, Amy is an active participant in the Association of Jewish Libraries. As a Temple member since 2001, she has served on the Temple Board of Trustees, is one of the original members of the Global Mitzvah Team, and works with Kathy Magenheim to oversee and coordinate the Temple’s Oneg Shabbats. Amy lives in Takoma Park with two wonderful dogs, Marty and Ozzy, and her husband Larry Hershman. Their son Jacob – a TE Religious School confirmand – is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Debbie Nathanson

Administrative AssistantDebbie was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she earned a degree in Film and Television from the University of Southern California.   She has over 20 years of experience in the television industry, primarily working in post production and project management.  Since moving to Maryland in 2005, she worked at National Geographic in both the Television and Giant Screen Film divisions, and at Smithsonian Channel, where she supervised post production on all 130 videos that premiered with the opening of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.  Debbie has a strong passion for animals and, in her spare time, she volunteers with the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center and the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.  She has a rescue dog, cat, and ever-growing carnival goldfish, and lives in Rockville with her wife and son.