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Our Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer continues in his role as spiritual leader of BJC - now in his 18th year.

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Our Program & Worship Coordinator

Alicia DePaolo is a Jewish educator, musician, and prayer leader. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. Prior to joining BJC, Alicia lived in Boston and worked at Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, MA. She loves baking for Jewish holidays, having animated discussions about Torah, and singing in community. She also specializes in Jewish Baroque music and directs MIRYAM Baroque Ensemble. She is thrilled to join the BJC staff and can’t wait to meet you!

Our School Coordinator

Maran Gluckstein, BJC’s School Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Rochester and a Master’s in the same field from George Washington University with a concentration in Judaic Studies.  She was the Executive Director and Director of Education at Bethesda Jewish Congregation in Bethesda, MD for 26 years.  Since retiring in 2002, she has taught Hebrew and English for Speakers of Other Languages in a variety of settings. She was also active as an interviewer of survivors of the Holocaust from 1983 through 2000.  Since 1977, she has been a member of the alto section of Zemer Chai, The Jewish Chorale of the Nation’s Capital.


Our Membership & Administration Coordinator

Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, joins the BJC staff to coordinate membership services, engagement and outreach, and to provide organizational and financial administration for the synagogue.  Elizabeth is a people person with a diverse set of skills and interests from program management and home organization to mediation. An avid reader, she has worked for Politics and Prose Bookstore managing books sales from house parties to team-run large events. She is also an experienced Mediator with a demonstrated history of working in the alternative dispute resolution industry. She is certified in Basic Mediation from Community Mediation Maryland focused in collaborative conflict resolution, parenting plan mediation.  Elizabeth, her husband Ralph, and her children Rachel and Aaron have been part of the BJC community for over 15 years from running special events to serving on the BJC's Board of Trustees.

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