Board of Directors
Neal J. Meiselman, Esquire, President of the Board, 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).
Mindy Feldman has been working with students, faculty, and school administrators in the Washington, DC area for more than twenty-five years. Currently, she is an educator with Montgomery County Public Schools and a parent of a Shoresh student. Ms. Feldman received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature from Muhlenberg College and a Masters Degree in Jewish Education from George Washington University.
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.
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 the transition to formal schooling. Dr. Halle currently serves on the Ohr Kodesh CE21 Task Force. Dr. Halle is the parent of two current Shoresh students.
Elizabeth Joseloff, Ph.D. is a Research Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the proud parent of a Shoresh student. Dr. Joseloff grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended a Hebrew high school program similar to Shoresh when she was a student. In addition to being on the Shoresh Board, she is also actively involved with her synagogue, Temple Beth Ami, and with her son's public high school. Her son is a current Shoresh student.
Rebecca Kaplan, Treasurer, is currently a Business Development Manager for Claritas. Prior to moving to the Washington DC area, 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. She is the parent of two Shoresh graduates.
Rabbi Saul Oresky is a founding teacher at Shoresh. A 2013 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (now the College of Reconstructing Judaism), Rabbi Oresky taught in religious schools, Confirmation programs, and provided Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring for hundreds of students over a more-than 30 year period. He also worked for the Naval Research Laboratory for 24 years. He is now the rabbi of Mishkan Torah in Greenbelt, MD.
Kira Plagge is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist practicing at Johns Hopkins Howard County General Hospital. Ms Plagge received her Masters in Science from Georgetown University. She holds a Bachelors degree from Reed College in Religious Studies and Judaism. She volunteers with Pan American Medical Society on surgical missions. She volunteers with Bikur Cholim of Silver Spring. She lives with her husband Dr. Adam Messinger and three children in Chevy Chase, MD. She is a member of Ohev Sholom in D.C. She is the parent of a current (and Alum) Shoresh student.
Sharon Rosenberg Safra is a Bowie, MD native and has worked in the field of Jewish education for over 20 years. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Ramah Day Camp of Greater Washington, DC. Prior to Ramah, she served as the Family Education Director at B'nai Israel in Rockville and the Assistant Director of Maryland Hillel. Sharon 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. She is married with three children.