Connie Burk, Acting Executive Director
Connie Burk and her family are long-time members of Kol HaNeshamah. Connie served on the Board of Trustees as both Senior V-P and Treasurer, and chaired the Rabbinic Search Committee. In 2010, she received KHN’s inaugural Deborah Award for Visionary Leadership.
An experience executive leader and community organizer, Connie directed the NW Network, an anti-violence program serving the Pacific NW and the nation. At the NW Network, she founded the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence, the National LGBTQ TTA Institute and the annual Q&A Summit. She authored numerous articles and publications including the book, Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.
Connie believes congregations are emerging as the most vital social institution of our time, “Congregations are uniquely poised to call us in, affirm what is good and kind, and reconnect our capacity for authentic relationship in real time.”
Elizabeth Fagin, Director of Education
Elizabeth Fagin has been a Jewish Educator in the Seattle area for over 25 years. She has taught all ages from toddlers to adults at multiple synagogues throughout the Puget Sound area. Having grown up in western Pennsylvania, Elizabeth moved to the Seattle area in 1980. As a Jew-by-Choice, her first teaching job was in the 2nd grade for Temple B’nai Torah (where she was a member) in 1989. She continued as a teacher there for 10 years and was hired as Director of Education in 2001.
Elizabeth and her husband Michael live in Redmond WA, where they raised their two children and are currently enjoying a joint hobby of being travel writers, focusing on agricultural tourism (think wine and artisanal cheese!)
Elizabeth is thrilled to join the Kol HaNeshamah staff and is looking forward to working with Rabbi Zari and Sheila Abrahams to provide a quality Jewish Educational experience for our children and families.