About Us

Sheila Abrahams, Executive Director

Sheila Abrahams

Sheila, originally from London, England moved to Massachusetts with her family in 1982. In 2001 Sheila was employed as Temple Administrator at Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley.  While in Massachusetts Sheila volunteered at the Jewish Federation of Metro West, the Jewish Community Center of Metro West and was co-editor of The Jewish Reporter, a monthly non-profit newspaper.

Sheila and her family moved to the Seattle area where she secured a position as the Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of Hadassah (2005-2009) working with the volunteers to grow membership, leadership and fundraising.

Prior to joining Kol HaNeshamah, Sheila worked as Director of Development at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle.

Sheila is delighted to be working with the Rabbi and the Congregation at Kol HaNeshamah and looks forward to strengthening and enhancing members’ experiences while congregants participate in Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chassadim.

Everyone is invited to call Sheila at 206.935.1590 or visit by her office.

 

Deborah Massarano, Jewish Educator

Debbie Massarano

Debbie has a great deal of experience working in Jewish Education.  From 2013 to 2015, Debbie was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Israel in Omaha, Nebraska, from 2009-20013 she was the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Shalom in Dallas, and from 2002 to 2009 she was the Regional Educator (working with approximately 145 congregations) of the Union for Reform Judaism.

Debbie also completed a Masters Degree in Religious Education from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2013.  Debbie oversees both the Out of the Box! Shabbat School and Tuesday Hebrew programs.  Debbie also is a seasoned song-leader, and will lead some of our Shabbat morning services.

Debbie recently moved to Seattle to be near her adult children, and to be the Director of Livnot Chai, the community Jewish High School program.

As part of its strategic planning process, KHN determined that strengthening our children’s education was a top priority, and hiring a professional Jewish educator would help us achieve that goal.

Shmuel Kahlke, Education Administrator

Shmuel Kahlke

The economic crash of 2008 effectively ended Shmuel’s decade long career within the design and printing world. From 2009 to 2012 Shmuel worked for the Philosophy Dept. of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho and from 2012 to 2014, Shmuel was the Office Administrator for Kadimah Toras-Moshe synagogue in Brighton, Mass.

Shmuel received a Master of Jewish Studies degree in 2014 from Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. Before moving to Seattle, Shmuel taught Jewish philosophy and history for Ahavath Beth Israel synagogue in Boise, Idaho and resumed his place as a senior student, and sometimes instructor, at Komyozan dojo.

Shmuel moved to Seattle to be the Education Administrator for Kol HaNeshamah and to take a teaching position in both the Out of the Box! and Hebrew School programs.