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Meet Our Staff

Executive Director

Sara Astrow

Sara is a familiar face in Northern Virginia! She has lived in  Northern Virginia for 41 years, and currently lives in Springfield.  For 18 years, she was the  Jewish Coordinator at Fort Belvoir.  Additionally, for 22 years she has worked as the Parent Liaison at Holmes Middle School. Sara is a long time  member of Olam Tikvah. 

Administrative Manager

Tami Gleich

Tami is a native New Yorker who resides in Clifton with her husband and 21 year old daughter. Tami has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and was a special education teacher for 20 years.  She joined our staff while looking for something new and someplace to be able to renew her faith.   Come in and you will probably see her face first as she helps run the office while also supporting the preschool.

Interim Education Director

Melanie Berman

Melanie Berman, previously a respected teacher in our Religious School, holds a BA in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Jewish Education from American University. She is an innovative educator who has directed congregational schools and day schools across the country, inspiring students and their families to find joy and meaning in their exploration of Judaism.    

Preschool Director

Therese Fournier

Therese is dedicated to making the synagogue’s Reggio-inspired pre-school a place where children are truly seen and celebrated. Therese has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications, and has received comprehensive training in the Reggio Emilia approach. Therese has held numerous leadership positions in private industry, nonprofits and community volunteer efforts. She is a mother of three children – all in their 20’s - and resides in Annandale with her husband. She loves to travel, read, watch documentaries and listen to historical podcasts.


Marilyn Daniels

Marilyn has served as our part-time bookkeeper for several years.  She always keeps our financial records straight and supports our board and staff with budget planning. Contact her if you have any questions about your bills.

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