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Susan WaN Congregation President

It was extremely important to my husband and me to find a synagogue that was warm and inviting in general, but even more so because we are an interfaith family. Everyone was friendly and welcoming from the moment we joined, almost eighteen years ago. Becoming involved was easy as well. There is always something to do – whether your passion is social action, teaching in the Religious School, Sisterhood, Men of Solel, weekly mah-jongg games, coffee houses, youth activities – you can find what you’re interested in and jump right in.
I did, and I was not disappointed!

Rabbi Steve WEisman

Rabbi Weisman joined the Temple Solel family in August, 2000. He came to us after serving as the spiritual leader of congregations in Fairfield County, CT, and Fredericksburg, VA. Rabbi Weisman has made his reputation in several areas, including working with the National Federation of Temple Youth, establishing programs of outreach to college students and young adults, teaching Torah and prayer book study classes to all ages, and working in outreach and interfaith relations.
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New to this position, Bruce Hislop graciously accepted the role of administrator until a new permanent principal is identified and hired. Bruce’s entire career has been about education. He taught chemistry and physics for seven years (and still tutors both) and has been in administration for the past 19 years. His graduate work is in the field of education testing.

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Elizabeth Craig - Office MAnager


Elizabeth Craig joined the Temple Solel staff in the fall of 1995. Elizabeth looks forward to coming to work every day because of the warmth and support of the congregation. She has been married to her husband Milford for 50 years and has lived in Bowie for the past 21 years. As a military family, they moved around the world having spent 17 years in Elizabeth’s homeland – Northern Ireland. Elizabeth and Milford have two sons, two daughters-in-law and five wonderful grandchildren! 

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Karl Stehmer joined Temple Solel in 1985 when his wife Pam said it was time to find a congregation so they could begin their son’s Jewish education. They were of diverse backgrounds, one Jewish conservative, one formerly Catholic. Both found a welcome home with Temple Solel. Their sons Eric and Mark both became a Bar Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple Solel. Karl joined the Men’s Club, eventually captained their softball team, and now serves as its Treasurer. He has also been the Temple’s Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2001. Upon his retirement from NASA and the U.S. Senate staff, where he served for 30 years, Karl took on a larger role as the Temple’s volunteer Administrator.