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Assistant Rabbi Search


Olam Tikvah is eager to welcome a new Assistant Rabbi into our kehillah to help teach, lead, learn from, engage with, and counsel our community and has registered for the joint placement process of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Rabbinical Assembly.

The process includes completing an in-depth congregational questionnaire (application), two rounds of interviews, and virtual site visits, and is guided by our Search Committee. 

OT members will be notified of opportunities to virtually learn from and engage with candidates between the dates of February 14 and March 22. Please watch the listserv for details and make sure to share your feedback with the Search Committee via


January 20, 2021

Questionnaire submission deadline

February 8-11

Virtual Interview Week/First round of interviews

February 14, 7:00pm

Offer candidates site visits

February 14-March 22

Virtual "Site Visits" and Interviews

March 21 or 22

Board of Directors holds special meeting to vote on Search Committee recommendation for offers

March 22, 7:00pm

First opportunity to make a hiring offer

Contract Negotiations

via Executive Committee

Summer 2021

Expected start of Assistant Rabbi

Meet the Search Committee

Michelle Pearlstein, Chair

Michelle serves as 2nd Vice President of OT’s Executive Committee. Passionate about Olam Tikvah and our broader Jewish community, she grew up at OT and her mom, Joan Isenberg, is still an active member. Michelle works as the Development Director for the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, was previously the Associate Director of Project Interchange at the American Jewish Committee, and taught Jewish and Israeli history at OT's religious school for several years.  She served on OT's Board for 9 years before joining the Executive Committee, chairing the Education and Membership committees, and serving as President of the preschool board. Michelle has been married to Dave for 22 years, her son Jacob goes to George Mason University, her daughter Sara is a senior at Centerville High School, and her mother-daughter rescue dogs are named Lily and Stella.

Jeff Borenstein

Jeff joined Olam Tikvah ten years ago. He is the proud father of Dean and Ari and the proud husband of Leela Borenstein. Jeff co-owns King Street Chiropractic Wellness Center and speaks publicly throughout the community on the topics of health and wellness. Jeff was born in Israel and is passionate about his love of Israel and fostering strong community ties between Israel and Northern Virginia. He enjoys coaching and mentoring young athletes, playing soccer (he plays for the OT team when he can and when we are not in the midst of a pandemic), and playing the piano. 

Naomi Brown Saad

Naomi and her husband, Yoni Saad, joined Olam Tikvah three years ago. They, and their children Maddie and Nathan, and are excited to be a part of the community. Naomi grew up in a family very involved in the Northern Virginia Jewish Community. She is currently seeking an advanced degree and most recently worked as a Clinical Social Worker and Synagogue Liaison for the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA). Naomi and Yoni have been active in OT’s Young Professionals group and their children attend Olam Tikvah Preschool. Naomi and her family are “Shabbat regulars” and love how warm and welcoming the congregation is to children and adults of all ages.

Arnold Golub

Arnold, his wife, Barbra, have been members of Olam Tikvah since 2003.  Their children, Jarod (23) and Hannah (19), attended religious school at Olam Tikvah and had their B’nai Mitzvahs here and the whole family has been actively involved at OT for years.  Arnold is Deputy General Counsel at Nasdaq, Inc. In down time, he and Barbra enjoy hiking with their rescue dog, Beau. (Pictured with Barbra enjoying life as empty nesters - at least for a few months, before COVID brought Hannah home from college.)

Alan Gorowitz, President

Alan and his wife, Jennifer, joined Olam Tikvah 2007 after spending over six years living in Germany. Their children, Aaron (13) and Emma (11) attend Gesher Jewish Day School and participate in OT Youth activities. Alan works for the U.S. Department of Defense, and Jennifer teaches at Olam Tikvah Preschool. Alan is passionate about providing opportunities for others to connect with the Jewish community and explore new ways to bring a little more happiness to our world.  At OT, he led the young fathers group (ABBA) and later served as Safety and Security Committee Chair. He has served on the Executive Committee for over six years, currently as President. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Alan served as president of his BBYO chapter and held regional leadership roles and later served on Atlanta Jewish Federation's Community Relations Committee. Alan plays guitar, loves to explore history, and likes to hike and bike the trails of Northern Virginia and beyond.

Walter Meyer

Walt joined OT 11 years ago, following retirement, having been an active member of The Jewish Center of Princeton, where he served on the board and several committees.  His career spanned being a college counselor, director of counseling, grant writer, associate professor of psychology, and director of the college's Center for Training and Development.  He also served as a quasi-public quasi-private association's Director of Training and retired as its Director of Association and Business Development.  He has been an active volunteer and board member in several organizations, including serving 11 years as a member and president of a Regional Board of Education, in central N.J.  He spends his "golden years" playing golf and bocce, acting in a little theater company, volunteering at Dulles Airport for Travelers Aid, and occasionally consulting for not-for-profit organizations on strategic planning and board member roles and responsibilities.  He has been married to Linda for 54 years.  They have three children, Rochelle Goldberg (OT Synagogue Administrator), Rebecca Steinman, and Marc Meyer and four grandchildren, Molly, Nathan and Jacob Goldberg, and Mabel Meyer. (Pictured left to right: Walt; Nathan, Jacob, David, Molly, and Rochelle Goldberg; and Linda Meyer)

Sara Silverman

Sara Silverman is a Northern Virginia native and has been a member of Olam Tikvah since 2015. She grew up as a member of Agudas Achim. She is married to Eddie Silverman. They have 2 children, Jeremiah (10) and Miriam (7), who are enthusiastic OTRS students. Sara has been engaged in OTRS and community service activities and Eddie participates in Men’s Club and Abba. Sara lives in Chantilly and works as a local government attorney. (Eddie and Sara Silverman pictured on the left of couch with family and their children in front)

Brittanie Werbel, Immediate Past President

Brittanie first joined the Olam Tikvah Board in 2003, and served as Safety & Security Chair and Membership Chair before moving to the Executive Committee in 2010 and becoming president in 2018. Her favorite things about Congregation Olam Tikvah are the congregation’s uniquely warm nature and our lay-led services. Despite living in the DC area for more than half her life, Brittanie still considers herself a Denverite at heart and enjoys visits back to the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and crossword puzzles. Brittanie and her husband, Dan, were married at Olam Tikvah in 1999 and promptly became members. Their teenagers, Jonah and Brandon, proudly identify as 4th generation OT members.

Judy Werbel

Judy and her family immediately joined Olam Tikvah upon moving to Virginia in 1971, and she has had the great pleasure of watching her children and grandchildren grow up in its warm and caring environment. She quickly became involved in Sisterhood and served as president from 1976-1977; under her leadership Sisterhood rejoined Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Judy is a retired high school math teacher who taught every subject from Algebra I through Calculus at Annandale High School. Throughout the years, during celebrations and sadness, Olam Tikvah has become a second home. (Pictured with Dan & Brittanie Werbel)

Learn More

If you have questions or comments for the Search Committee, please send them to To learn more about the search process, check out the January 2021 issue of the Contemporary.

Fri, January 22 2021 9 Shevat 5781