Our Clergy

Gil Steinlauf, Rabbi

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Rabbi Gil Steinlauf began as the new rabbi at Congregation Kol Shalom in Rockville, Maryland, in July 2019.

He served for ten years at Adas Israel Congregation in DC, where he was recognized for his success in re-envisioning the nature of the largest and oldest Conservative synagogue in Washington, DC.  In that role, he pioneered a paradigm shift that lifts up innovative modes of study and exploration of meaning as central in synagogue life.

Rabbi Steinlauf founded nationally recognized projects now operating out of Adas Israel, including MakomDC for 21st century experiential learning, and the Jewish Mindfulness Center of Washington for meditation, yoga, and contemplative Jewish practices.

Rabbi Steinlauf is the first senior rabbi of a large, historic, conservative congregation to come out as openly gay, and through his honesty, has sought to create an atmosphere of constructive dialogue on this and many other issues facing modern culture and Judaism.

He is the founder and director of the Hineni Fellowship for LGBTQ Jewish Leadership, a program that trains, educates and inspires up and coming Jewish leaders from the LGBTQ community to serve in leadership roles throughout the Jewish world.

Rabbi Steinlauf had previously been the Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Tifereth Israel in Columbus, Ohio, and the Rabbi of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, studied at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, earned an MHL from the University of Judaism, and received rabbinic ordination and an MA at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Currently, He also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. He also served as a co-creator of the USCJ’s “Innovation Labs” program that encourages Conservative Congregations to explore innovative programming.  Rabbi Steinlauf serves on the boards of A Wider Bridge and the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. He also sits on the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion Council, as well as on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee of JTS. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, a member of the Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership’s Rabbis Without Borders program, and is graduate of the current GLEAN cohort of spiritual entrepreneurs.

Sally Heckelman, Director of Spirituality and Engagement


Office hours: Monday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Tuesday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Thursday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From the time of her youth, Sally had a love of Jewish music. The child of survivors, growing up in Buffalo, NY, Sally’s parents infused music into her life and encouraged her at a young age to play piano and sing.  Sally earned a BA in Judaic Studies from SUNY Binghamton and a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.  Sally studied abroad in Israel and returned to Israel after college to volunteer with neglected children and Ethiopian youth in a development town.  Early in her career, Sally worked in Jewish communal work at the JCC of Greater Washington- first with youth, then families, and then with children and adults with disabilities. She taught Jewish music in several synagogue schools, the Jewish day school, day camps, overnight camps, and several Jewish preschools.  Sally produced two children’s CDs (Sally and the Daffodils) and performed in a Klezmer band for several years.

When the Heckelman family joined Kol Shalom in 2005, Sally began participating as a Shlichat Tzibur in the services. She discovered a new calling and in 2011 became Kol Shalom’s High Holiday and festival chazzan.  After years of studying on her own, Sally started taking classes, attended Davening Leadership Programs, and began formal training in Aleph Jewish Renewal cantorial program. She is hoping to be ordained in 2023.

Sally is married to Dan and they have four grown children, Shira, Josh, Adina, and Sara.

Jonathan Z. Maltzman, Rabbi Emeritus

In the winter of 2002 Kol Shalom elected its first rabbi, Jonathan Z. Maltzman who was  installed in May of 2002. Rabbi Maltzman comes to Kol Shalom after having served as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. His previous positions include serving as spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Jewish Community of Japan in Tokyo where for three years he was the only civilian rabbi in Japan. He also spent many years as a chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Rabbi Maltzman grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the son of a Conservative rabbi. A product of Jewish day schools in Philadelphia, Rabbi Maltzman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters Degree and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. In December 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree (honoris causa) from the Seminary for distinguished service to the Conservative movement and the Jewish people.

Rabbi Maltzman is a former president of the Washington-Baltimore region of the Rabbinical Assembly. He served on the board of MAZON for many years and chaired MAZON’s Jewish Leader’s Council.

Rabbi Maltzman retired as Kol Shalom’s rabbi in the summer of 2019. He was chosen to be Rabbi Emeritus by the synagogue board in the spring of 2019 and honored at a gala dinner in June 2019. He can be reached at: jzmaltzman@gmail.com.