Meet Our Teachers
Sarit Lisogorsky 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 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.
Marianne Tatom (Mirl) is an enthusiastic Yiddishistke who has studied Yiddish at YIVO, the Workers Circle, and KlezKanada. She was a 2018-2019 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center and is now a Field Fellow with the Wexler Oral History Project, conducting interviews in and about Yiddish. Marianne teaches beginning and intermediate Yiddish at Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle) and Seattle Central College. She also facilitates a weekly online Yiddish Torah study based on Yehoash’s famous translation of the Tanakh. In addition to her Yiddish activities, Marianne is a klezmer clarinetist and a freelance copyeditor with a PhD in music theory.
Originally from Egypt, Dr. Rania Suliman is an experienced Arabi lecturer and has been working at Johns Hopkins University and Montgomery College for the last three years. She has a PhD from Johns Hopkins in History of the Ancient Near East, and a certification from the Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy. She lectures on ancient Egyptian Art and Archeology and is excited to join the EDCJCC language team!
JoHanna Potts (spring and summer sessions) 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) 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.
Marion Usher created “Love and Religion: An Interfaith Workshop for Jews and Their Partners” nearly two decades ago, 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.