Kol Ami — The Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
Susan Freiband is a retired library educator and volunteer librarian living in Alexandria, Virginia. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived in many parts of the United States since her father was a social worker in the army. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and did graduate work in library science at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Medellin, Colombia. Most of her professional career was spent in Puerto Rico teaching library science at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. Her interests are in the arts, including visual arts and classical music. She does volunteer work at the Arlington Public Library, as well as at Green Spring Gardens Horticultural Library and at two synagogue libraries, Beth El Hebrew Congregation and Agudas Achim Congregation, both in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition to being a member of Kol Ami (since 2009), she supports and participates in two Jewish Renewal communities, Minyan Oneg Shabbat in Washington, D.C. and Am Kolel in Bethesda, Maryland.