Laura Cohen Apelbaum, Executive Director

Laura is a native of the Washington area and has been Executive Director of the Society since 1994. Her work has centered on preservation of the 1876 historic synagogue, building the community’s archives, expanding the Society’s school and family programs, and outreach in the community.

Previously she worked as an attorney for both the local and the federal government. She has a Masters in Taxation from Georgetown University, a law degree from George Washington University, and a Bachelors degree in American History from Duke University.

Samantha Bass, Program Coordinator

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Sam began at the Society in 2011 as an intern and volunteer. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies with concentrations in administration and exhibition development from The George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History with minors in English, Jewish Studies, and Spanish from the University of Minnesota.

Mary Ann Dawedeit, Office Manager

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Mary Ann is a native Washingtonian, and proud to be providing administration, finance, and property management for the Society, as well as working with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Seeing the Capitol on the way to work every day is an added bonus! Mary Ann was previously the operations manager for a local franchise, Wild Bird Centers of America. 

Wendy Turman, Director of Collections

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Wendy has worked for the Society since 2000. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a Bachelors degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously worked at the National Museum of Health and Medicine and the Smithsonian Institution.

Claire Uziel, Special Projects Manager (Social Media, Publications, Board Relations)

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Claire has worked at the Society since 2005. She holds a Masters in Library Science, specializing in Archives, Records, and Information Management, from the University of Maryland and a Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.