background
    Neal J. Meiselman, Esquire is a founding director of Shoresh Hebrew High School.  An experienced family lawyer and mediator, Mr.
    Meiselman has practiced law in Maryland since 1978 and is the founding partner of Meiselman & Helfant, LLC, in Rockville, Maryland.  
    Mr. Meiselman's law firm earned the Montgomery County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award four times from 1993 to 2001.  His
    involvement in Jewish education includes stints as a teacher, youth director, school board member, and congregation board
    member.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A. 1975) and Boston University Law School (J.D. 1978).
    Tamara Halle, Ph.D. is a Developmental Psychologist who works for Child Trends, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization in
    Washington, DC.  Dr. Halle conducts research and professional development of the early childhood workforce, and children's school
    readiness and professional development of the early childhood workforce, and children's school readiness and the transition to
    formal schooling.   Dr. Halle currently serves on the Ohr Kodesh CE21 Task Force.  Dr. Halle is the parent of a Shoresh student.
    Rabbi Lyle Fishman has been the spiritual leader of Ohr Kodesh since 1984.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale University, Rabbi
    Fishman was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). He taught at JTS and the Herzl Institute. He is a member of the
    Rabbinical Assembly of America. In addition to serving the members of Ohr Kodesh, Rabbi Fishman serves as a board member of
    the Greater Washington United Jewish Communities and helped to create the Washington Chevra Chapter to foster a better
    interchange of ideas among community rabbis.  He is a member of the National Rabbinic Cabinet of UJA and a member of the Board
    of Governors of the New York Board of Rabbis.
    Sharon Rosenberg Safra is the Assistant Director at Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington (Camp Ramah in New England). She
    served as Family Education Director at B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville from 2003 to 2015.  Prior to coming to B’nai Israel, Ms.
    Safra served as the Assistant Director at Maryland Hillel, the Program Director at Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell, NJ, and the
    Regional Youth Director in the Connecticut Valley Region of United Synagogue.  A Bowie, Maryland native, Ms. Safra received her BA in
    Judaic Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Jewish Education from the Davidson Graduate School of the Jewish
    Theological Seminary.
    The Shoresh Board of Directors includes
    the school's founders, parents, and other community
    members and professionals:
    Rebecca Kaplan  is currently a Client Manager at Nielsen in their Reseller Division.  Prior to working at Nielsen in DC she lived with
    her family in Sydney Australia for 12 years.  In Sydney she served on her Synagogue board as well as the Maccabi Soccer board.  
    Rebecca grew up in New York and received her BS in Economics from SUNY Albany.  Rebecca is currently Treasurer on the Shoresh
    board.
    Orna Eldor Gerling is founding executive director of MoEd, a new Jewish educational Hebrew immersion after-school program for
    children in grades K-5.  Ms. Gerling came to MoEd after two decades of experience teaching and overseeing informal educational
    programs for children and young adults -- including afterschool programs, summer language immersion camps, and arts camps.
    Her extensive administrative experience includes directing a network of 180 Jewish Community Centers in the former Soviet Union
    and directing multiple education and social support agencies in Israel. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tel-Aviv University, a
    teaching certificate from the Beit Berl Arts Academy in Kfar Sava, Israel, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown
    University.
    Lara L. Fleischer is the parent of two Shoresh students.  She received her BA from Washington College on the Eastern Shore of
    Maryland, and taught for nine years at the Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center.  She currently divides her time between two local small
    businesses.
Ulpan Ben Yehuda
conversational Hebrew
at the JCCGW is now open to
Shoresh students for only
$100 per semester,
a $300 savings!  
Call today for details.
    Deena Bleich is the parent of a Shoresh student. She grew up in Wilmington, DE, where she graduated from Gratz Hebrew High
    School, a community academic Judaic program like Shoresh for students attending secular high schools.  As a student at the
    University of Maryland, she held leadership roles at Hillel. Ms. Bleich is currently on the Green Team at Shaare Torah. She served as
    electronic communications chair for 3 years for her local Hadassah chapter. She re-invigorated the Judaic library at Kehilat Shalom
    and served as the library committee chairperson for many years. Professionally, Ms. Bleich is a computer programmer/ analyst.
Shoresh Hebrew High
School
is a nonprofit
organization and has
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.