Rabbi David L. Abramson has served congregations in Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts,Minnesota, and Maryland. 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 and for the Jewish Social Service Agency. Rabbi Abramson received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, an M.A. and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and certification as a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain from the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He teaches Rabbinics.
Maryana Harouni has taught at Shoresh for 14 years and was Director for 2 years. She is a teacher at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. Born in Iran, Ms. Harouni immigrated to Israel in 1977 to attend the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she earned her Bachelor's degree. In the United States, she has taught in religious schools for 32 years, including 8 years as Religious Education Coordinator at Adas Israel's Melvin Gelman Religious School and was the Director of several local synagogue schools. She teaches Tanach.
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, Siddur, Machzor, and Pirke Avot. He has been a Shoresh faculty member since 2010.