About Us

Sheila Abrahams, Executive Director

Sheila Abrahams

Sheila, originally from London, England moved to Massachusetts with her family in 1982. In 2001 Sheila was employed as Temple Administrator at Congregation Beth El of the Sudbury River Valley.  While in Massachusetts Sheila volunteered at the Jewish Federation of Metro West, the Jewish Community Center of Metro West and was co-editor of The Jewish Reporter, a monthly non-profit newspaper.

Sheila and her family moved to the Seattle area where she secured a position as the Executive Director of the Seattle Chapter of Hadassah (2005-2009) working with the volunteers to grow membership, leadership and fundraising.

Prior to joining Kol HaNeshamah, Sheila worked as Director of Development at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle.

Sheila is delighted to be working with the Rabbi and the Congregation at Kol HaNeshamah and looks forward to strengthening and enhancing members’ experiences while congregants participate in Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chassadim.

Everyone is invited to call Sheila at 206.935.1590 or visit by her office.


Elizabeth Fagin, Director of Education 

Elizabeth Fagin has been a Jewish Educator in the Seattle area for over 25 years. She has taught all ages from toddlers to adults at multiple synagogues throughout the Puget Sound area. Having grown up in western Pennsylvania, Elizabeth moved to the Seattle area in 1980. As a Jew-by-Choice, her first teaching job was in the 2nd grade for Temple B’nai Torah (where she was a member) in 1989. She continued as a teacher there for 10 years and was hired as Director of Education in 2001.

Elizabeth and her husband Michael live in Redmond WA, where they raised their two children and are currently enjoying a joint hobby of being travel writers, focusing on agricultural tourism (think wine and artisanal cheese!)

Elizabeth is thrilled to join the Kol HaNeshamah staff and is looking forward to working with  Rabbi Zari  and Sheila Abrahams to provide a quality Jewish Educational experience for our children and families.