Michele Zuckerman • Director of Education & Youth Activities
Michele is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she developed her interest in Jewish studies. She went on to get her M.A. in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1984 to work as a Presidential Management Intern in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. After several years staying home to raise her children, she transitioned from a career in public service to a career in Jewish education. She is about to start her 20th year with Congregation Sha’are Shalom.
Michele has served on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Education Directors Council of Greater Washington and is serving her second term as chair of the Education Directors Council of Northern Virginia. She lives in Potomac Falls with her husband Michael and has two grown sons, Adam and Alex, who both celebrated their bar mitzvahs at Loudoun Jewish Congregation, the former name of Congregation Sha’are Shalom, of which her family is a founding member. She enjoys traveling, discovering new restaurants, cooking, walking and reading.
Sheryl Brotman • Co-director RUJEC
Sheryl is a graduate of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she began her career in Jewish Education, teaching Hebrew and Judaics. After a few moves, including Taipei, Taiwan and Seattle, Washington, Sheryl, her husband Joel and their three children moved to Leesburg in 2002 where she began working in Jewish Early Childhood Education and at Sha’are Shalom’s Religious School.
Sheryl has been with RUJEC for more than 10 years, serving as a teacher, activities coordinator and co-director. She lives in Lansdowne and spends her free time talking to and visiting her grown daughters in New York City and Baltimore. Sheryl also enjoys trying to get through a good book, exploring the area’s wineries, going to the movies and getting in her 10,000 steps a day.
Allison Musa • Co-director RUJEC
Allison grew up in Richmond, Virginia and has a BA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Alabama. Upon completion of college, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she met her husband Jeff and began her teaching career. In Dallas, she worked as both a teacher and an assistant director of a private school program with children age 6 weeks to 6th grade. Allison received her Masters’ degree in Long Term Care Administration in 1997 from the University of North Texas and moved to Loudoun County in 2005 with her family.
Allison began at RUJEC in 2007. She has had many roles including assistant teacher, lead teacher, enrichment instructor, and co-director. Allison is adjusting to an empty nest by walking with friends, reading and eating yummy food.