Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Society since 2006 and brings a unique blend of talents to the organization. She is a lover of all things historic but also believes that we make history every single day. Lisa would love to bring a Jewish Heritage Center or Museum to our community.
As a CPA with over 30 years experience, and with a Masters degree in taxation, Lisa has extensive experience conducting complex research programs. Using her Certificate in Museum Studies from UW, she has produced programs and exhibits that have been well received not only by the Jewish community, but also by the general public of Washington State. Lisa continues to reach out to many organizations to form partnerships and develop public awareness.
Lisa served as a Board Member on the Association of King County Historical Organizations for over six years and is a past recipient of the Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship from the Washington Museum Association, a winner of a Fellowship from the Council of American Jewish Museum Association and was awarded a grant by the American Association of State and Local History for Project Management at the Washington State History Museum. Currently, Lisa teaches in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at the University of Washington.
In addition to the office staff, the WSJHS contracts with a professional archivist to maintain and grow the Washington State Jewish Archives collection housed at the University of Washington.
Eileen earned her master’s degree in Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2010. Since then she has worked as in archivist at museums, universities, and historical societies in Canada, Arizona, California, and New Mexico. What she enjoy most about working as an archivist is discovering stories that have been hidden for decades in personal papers and photographs.
In addition to her master’s degree, Eileen also has a bachelor’s degree in Literary and Critical Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a certificate in Celtic Studies.
Eileen is originally from Wisconsin. But has lived in Ireland, Norway, Canada, and across the United States over the last ten years. She and her husband moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 to put down roots. In her spare time she enjoys reading, kayaking, baking, traveling, personal genealogy, and spending time with her husband and two cats.
Shmuel P. Kahlke
Shmuel applies a broad education focused in philosophy and Jewish studies, history and thought, in the service of developing strong and diverse community. Having lived and worked in a variety of different Jewish communities he made the move to Seattle several years ago and is grateful to call the Emerald City home.
While Shmuel was active in his first career in printing and design it became clear that his passion was elsewhere. In migrating into a new career as a Jewish professional he acquired a master of Jewish studies degree building on an undergraduate education in philosophy and anthropology. Shmuel fills out his time as an educator of various Jewish studies topics, is an artist, designer, and Japanese sword instructor.
The Jewish Archives document the fascinating history of Jews and Jewish communities in Washington State, beginning with the first settlers in 1853. Explore the treasures stored in our archives now! Read more.
Introducing our newest project, Passport to Washington. The WSJHS is capturing a variety of journey stories from Jewish residents throughout Washington. Learn more.
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