Staff Directory



Rabbi Michael G. Holzman, began his tenure as NVHC’s fourth Rabbi in July 2010. An inspirational and compassionate spiritual leader, Rabbi Holzman has a strong commitment to lifelong Jewish education, youth programming and social action and is known for his highly innovative, energetic and successful approaches to making Judaism accessible and exciting to all. Rabbi Holzman served from 2004 to 2010 as Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served for one year as the Rabbi of B’nei Israel Congregation in San Jose, Costa Rica. Rabbi Holzman was ordained in 2003 by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York and Jerusalem, and is a 1995 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Before rabbinic school, he worked for three years as a paralegal specialist with the Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Rabbi Holzman and his wife, Nicole Saffell Holzman, reside in Reston with their two children.

Michael Holzman


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Cantor Caro is thrilled to be part of the NVHC community. A native New Yorker, Cantor Susan Caro proudly serves as the immediate past president on the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), her professional organization which supports its members in their sacred calling as clergy committed to Judaism and for Jewish music. Prior to receiving her Masters in Sacred Music and Ordination from the School of Sacred Music at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1993, she graduated with honors from New York University. After living in Israel, Cantor Caro served congregations in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Singapore, devoting much of her energy to sacred journeys and spiritual experiences through the prism of music, exploring the confluence of music and wholeness in the totality of life. Her roots in Jewish music are firmly planted from song leading for many years at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) summer camps, with experience spanning years of work with youth and adults in a variety of teaching settings, choral opportunities, performances throughout the United States and Israel, and creative liturgical and spiritual work. Trained in Spiritual Direction, Cantor Caro is a current fellow of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, both as a participant in the first Cantorial cohort and having served on its faculty for the Lay Retreats. She has also contributed her talents serving on the adjunct faculties in Los Angeles of both the Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and the Academy for Jewish Religion. Cantor Caro strives for excellence and integrity in the work of Jewish clergy as demonstrated by her long track record of work and commitment to the ideals and future of the Reform Cantorate. As the immediate past president of the ACC, she continues her service on its Executive Board since 2001, having also served as a member of the Executive Board of the URJ, and a long-time member of its Joint Commission on Worship, Music and Religious Living, including as vice-chair. She has coordinated the breadth of the ACC’s involvement for numerous URJ National and Regional Biennial Conventions; through the years, she has chaired a variety of Task Forces for the ACC, has served on the faculty of the URJ’s Summer Adult Study Kallah, on the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, on the National Camp Commission, on the URJ-Pacific Southwest Council Executive Board, and is a past chair of the ACC-Pacific Southwest Region. Drawing upon great support and insight from colleagues, Cantor Caro was the editor of Divrei Shir, the curriculum developed by the ACC with the URJ for Adult Education in the area of Jewish music. She has contributed to numerous recordings of Jewish music, and is an accomplished flutist, having studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. When not singing, teaching or counseling, you will find Cantor Caro with a book, on a hike, enjoying nature, yoga, travel, cooking or enjoying good wine, and feeling blessed to share her life with her husband, John Lertzman and their adult children and their families, and their fabulous Australian Labradoodle, Molé.

Susan Caro


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Rabbi Rosalind A. Gold was ordained in 1978 from the New York Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), where her major area of interest was Jewish liturgy. She received her Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 1975, and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1972. In May of 2001 she earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and was awarded the doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR in 2003. Upon her retirement in 2004, Rabbi Gold became the Rabbi Emerita of the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston, VA, a congregation she had served for 23 years. Prior to this position, she was the Assistant Rabbi of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY. Rabbi Gold is active in her rabbinic organization, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). She served for four years as the Chair of the CCAR Committee on Ethics and Appeals. She was the first woman rabbi to serve on the Placement Commission. She has also served in the CCAR’s B’rit Milah Board, the Committee on Rabbinic Salaries, and as Chair of the Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate. In 2006, Rabbi Gold was appointed to the Fairfax County Commission on Organ and Tissue Donation. She has also worked with JACS, a support group for recovering Jewish addicts and alcoholics and their families. She is a member of the Clinical Faculty of HUC-JIR, where she works as a mentor to rabbinic students. She recently was named the coordinator of the Brickner Fellows Program of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center, where she is working with colleagues from different denominations on effective social action programming. Rabbi Gold, who comes from California, was born in 1949. She is married and the stepmother of two grown children. She enjoys traveling and reading. Since her retirement, she happily sings alto in Zemer Chai, the Washington area’s Jewish Community Chorus.

Rosalind A. Gold

Rabbi Emerita

Rabbi Wainer was ordained in the Spring of 2016

Jessica Wainer

Rabbi, Director of Congregational Learni

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Sara Moore is the executive director of NVHC.

Sara Moore

Executive Director

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Cindi Drake became NVHC’s Director of Early Childhood Education in July, 2012. Cindi came to NVHC Preschool from Or Ami Nursery School in Lafayette Hill, PA where she held the position of Assistant Director since 2007. Prior to being the Assistant Director at Or Ami Nursery School, Cindi was a lead teacher for twelve years. Cindi has experience in all aspects of directing a preschool including budgets, staffing, staff evaluations, programming, student observations, and community outreach, to name a few. As Director of Or Ami’s Nursery Summer Camp, Cindi is credited with growing the camp to a daily enrollment of over 45 children by offering new and innovative programming, including swimming lessons, sports, and much more. Cindi participated in continuing education through early childhood workshops offered by the Area Nursery School Directors Association and Jewish Learning Ventures (formerly ACAJE) as well as received certificates in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and Adult Literacy Training, and is a certified pre-k through kindergarten teacher. She has been an elementary school reading tutor and has taught adult non-readers as well. Cindi is currently a member of the Directors Council of Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning. Cindi graduated from CUNY at Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Physical Anthropology), with Departmental Honors. Cindi and her husband Tom have a daughter, Livia, and a son, Austin.

Cindi Drake

Director of Early Childhood Education


The first friendly voice you may hear when you call NVHC (or face you might see), Mozelle Karnette Stanton, the Temple Secretary, has been employed with the NVHC staff since August, 2007. A longtime member of NVHC, with both children attending the Preschool and the Religious School, and a member of Kol Shirah (adult choir) since 2001, Mozelle has many diverse interests and commitments to NVHC. She also teaches ballet at a local area dance school, as her greatest passion in life is dance.

Mozelle Stanton

Temple Secretary

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Emily Hummel

Education Administrative Assistant

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Adam Zemel joined NVHC in the summer of 2016 as the congregation's Youth Engagement Coordinator.

Adam Zemel

Youth Engagement Coordinator

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Linda Klinker is the bookkeeper at NVHC.

Linda Klinker


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