The Team

Rabbi Aaron Potek is the Community Rabbi at GatherDC. He loves to help people find new ways to think about Jewish identity, understand themselves, and process the world around them. There are many ways to be Jewish, and he wants to help you find a path that works for you. When Reb Aaron isn’t meeting with community members, hosting a Mini Gathering, or leading GatherDC’s Beyond the Tent experience, he’s making people laugh at an improv show, or being active on the tennis court or hiking trail.

 

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Molly Cram is an Oregon native (which she will talk about incessantly) and has lived in Washington, DC for two years. She currently works for Moishe House and spends her free time reading books for the four books clubs that she is a part of but chooses not to attend, making tea, and listening to the soothing voice of Ira Glass via This American Life. Molly is passionate about building community, recycling, and staying hydrated in the DC summers. She hopes to one day own a dog. 

 

Meleia Egger hails proudly from Madison, WI- birthplace of the Vietnam War protests, the Onion, and cheese curds. Before moving to DC 6 years ago, she served in Peace Corps Malawi. Meleia is pathological optimist who enjoys yoga, bird watching, and spoken word poetry and storytelling. Most weekends she can be found traveling around to hang with friends, or wandering the streets of DC searching for the best Thai food. 

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Daniel Wasserman is the pride of West Bloomfield, Michigan and a proud University of Michigan alum, so he definitely knows your camp friend's cousin. Daniel spent most of his time in Ann Arbor (or on the road) covering the men's basketball team from Hawaii to the Final Four. While living in Tel Aviv after college, a midnight epiphany changed his career plans. Daniel eventually found himself in DC, but not before he supervised guided hiking trips throughout the West and to Alaska. Outside of football season, you can find him on the trail or rocking out to Spotify's "early 2000s" playlist. 

 

Jackie Zais is the senior associate at GatherDC. She helps facilitate the programs our community has come to know and love. Every day, she gets to meet and connect amazing people in DC, dream up new ideas for our community, meet people for coffee, and help build vibrant Jewish life here in DC. When she’s not crushing it at the GatherDC office or grabbing coffee with community members, you can catch her cooking a feast for friends, or making hysterical pop culture references that make every conversation a little more awesome.