Our Faculty
    Outstanding teachers are the keystones of Shoresh's success.
    Shoresh teachers represent the range of Jewish practice and
    experience in the Washington Jewish community:
    Rabbi David L. Abramson has served congregations in Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts, and
    Minnesota.  Rabbi Abramson has taught Judaic Studies, Bible and Rabbinics at Jewish day
    schools in  Massachusetts and  Minnesota; and, for many summers, taught Judaica at Camp
    Ramah in Wisconsin.  Rabbi Abramson currently serves as Adjunct Rabbi at Congregation
    Beth El in Bethesda and recently served as Interim Rabbi at Tikvat Israel in Rockville.  In
    addition, he is a Chaplain at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington.  Rabbi Abramson
    received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. and Rabbinic
    Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
    Gary Simms is a life-long Jewish learner.  A former Ohr Kodesh President (Conservative), Mr.
    Simms has served as executive director of Temple Sinai in Washington, DC (Reform) and
    Kemp Mill Synagogue (Orthodox), and Har Shalom (Conservative).  He was recognized by the
    National Association of Temple Administrators as a leading teacher of Judaica to his fellow
    professionals, and is a graduate of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning's program for
    supplemental school educators and the Me'ah program of the Hebrew College.  He teaches
    History and Pirke Avot.
    Maryana Harouni has taught at Shoresh for 8 years and was Director for 2 years. She is the
    Director of Education at Bnai Shalom in Olney, MD. Born in Iran, Ms. Harouni immigrated to
    Israel in 1977 to attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she earned her Bachelor's
    degree. Before immigrating to the United States in 1986, Ms. Harouni was Personal Assistant
    to the Chairman of the Immigration and Absorption Department of the Jewish Agency and
    World Zionist Organization, and subsequently Director of Hayim Greenberg Hebrew College in
    Jerusalem. In the United States, she has taught in religious schools for 26 years, including 8
    years as Religious Education Coordinator at Adas Israel's Melvin Gelman Religious School.
Ulpan Ben Yehuda
conversational Hebrew
at the JCCGW is now open to
Shoresh students for only
$100 per semester,
a $300 savings!  
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Shoresh Hebrew High
is a nonprofit
organization and has
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.