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Jessica Pelt, Executive Director

Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto (3rd generation Pelt to graduate from U of T), and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.   She joined Beth Sholom Congregation & Talmud Torah in May, 2016 as Executive Director.   Previous synagogue roles include serving as Executive Director of Kesher Israel in Washington, DC, and Shaarei Shomayim Congregation in Toronto, Ontario.  Although Jessica has worked on & off in shuls for over 25 years, she has also worked in both the private sector focusing on Organizational Effectiveness and Business Transformation, and in public & non-profit sectors in various areas of Human Resources and Business Operations.   She is an active participant of the Orthodox Union’s Executive Director Forum, and in the local Executive Director’s group, Mid-Atlantic Synagogue & Temple Administrators Association.   Jessica lives with her husband, Gamliel Kronemer, in the Woodside neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland.   While they don’t have a dog (or any other pets), they do have a very well-stocked wine cellar and bar, and Jessica readily admits to being spoiled by Gamilel’s cocktails and their joint ventures into pushing the boundaries of kosher cooking.

Jessica can be reached at or 201-279-7010 #2087. 

Stevie Friedman, Events Manager 

Stevie has been an events professional for 25 years.  She has a Masters degree in Event Management and Sustainable Tourism from The George Washington University.  Stevie made aliyah and lived in Jerusalem for 10 years. She's had champion Akitas but is currently between dogs.  She is a member of Woodside Synagogue where she helps run their sisterhood in-house catering. Stevie Friedman lives in Woodside with her husband and two children, and she runs a hat business out of home, HATtitude by Stevie

You can reach Stevie at or 301-279-7010 #206. 

Rachel Zutshi, Accounting Manager

Rachel Zutshi currently resides in Rockville, Maryland. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University. Rachel started her career as an auditor and has worked in accounting roles in both the private and public sectors. Her work has been focused on not-for-profit entities in the US, Europe and Africa for the last several years. Rachel is a married mother of two wonderful children (a daughter and a son). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking and playing with the family dog.

Rachel can be reached at or 201-279-7010 #208.  

Arene Windolph, Bookkeeper 

Arene Windolph joined Beth Sholom Congregation in May 2018, as Bookkeeper. Before this role, Arene performed accounting, most recently in the construction and automotive industries. This variety provides Arene with valuable experience that helps her serve in many facets of bookkeeping at Beth Sholom. Arene attended Yavapai College in Clarkdale, Arizona and the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Maryland. Arene also fulfills her responsibilities at Kunzang Palyul Chöling Buddhist Temple in Poolesville, Maryland, as a Tibetan Buddhist Nun and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, art, writing and spending time with her family and two dogs.  

Arene can be reached at or 201-279-7010 #225. 

Amanda Cohen, Office Coordinator

Originally from Rockville, Amanda now lives in Germantown, MD.  She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Hospitality Management in May, 2017.  She brings administrative experience in different industries with her, and is excited to learn more about the shul world.  In her free time, Amanda takes dance classes and plays with her dog, Otis.

Amanda can be reached at or 301-279-7010 #200.

Jessica Pelt, Executive Director
Stevie Friedman, Events Manager 
Rachel Zutshi, Accounting Manager
Arene Windolph, Bookkeeper
Amanda Cohen, Office Coordinator
301-279-7010 #207
301-279-7010 #206
301-279-7010 #208
201-279-7010 #225
301-279-7010 #200

Contact Us

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 2:00pm  (1:00pm in winter)
Note: office hours may vary due to holidays.
Get in touch! 
Main phone: 301.279.7010
Fax: 301.279.5815
11825 Seven Locks Road
Potomac, MD 20854
Beth Sholom Early Childhood Center
Michelle Singer, Director
Meredith Salamon, Curriculum Specialist
Heather Strauch, ECC Administrator
301-279-7010 #212
301-279-7010 #224
301-279-7010 #214
Fri, July 19 2019 16 Tammuz 5779