Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community

Jane Schulman

Jane Schulman, has been a member of the Kol Ami community since 2006. She has served in multiple roles over the years, including chair of the Ritual Committee, Vice President, President, and Past President.  She also led the participatory and inclusive Rabbinical selection process that culminated in the selection of Rabbi Gilah Langner after Rabbi Leila Gal Berner retired from Kol Ami. Jane was raised in a Conservative/Orthodox home. However, like many others, Jane was alienated from her Jewish roots for most of her adult life… until she found Congregation Bet Haverim, a vibrant, growing Reconstructionist community in Atlanta, GA. When she and her husband moved to Alexandria, she was very grateful to find Kol Ami — the only Reconstructionist community in northern Virginia — and remains fully committed to supporting this progressive, inclusive, thoughtful, and caring community.

Jane’s professional training is in biostatistics and public health research (M.S. Harvard University; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley). In 2019, she retired from a rewarding 40 year career working with folks at CDC, NIH, EPA and FDA. Jane’s husband, Don Viehman, is a cloisonné enamel artist at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria.

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