Alan Isenberg, together with his wife Lisa, has been a member of B’nai Israel since 1996. He is a regular participant in our minyan, particularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a gabbai for the Shabbat minha service. Alan enthusiastically assists our clergy with teaching about tefillin to our 6th-grade students. He is active in our Men’s Club, where he helps to organize the annual Health Fair and has presented “A Guide to Genealogy Discovery” at a dinner and speaker event. Lisa and Alan enjoy attending the L.I.F.E. Lecture Series, which they help to sponsor.
Professionally, Alan has been a community pharmacist for more than 43 years, licensed in four states. He is also a member of the American Philatelic Society and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington.
In their spare time, Alan and Lisa enjoy shepping nachas and spending time with their son Adam, his wife Stacy, and their granddaughter Jordan, who live in Potomac; and their son Daniel, his wife Miriam, and their other granddaughter, Meira, who live in Hunt Valley, MD.
Mincy Neil was born and raised in Pittsburgh. She joined B’nai Israel soon after her family moved to Maryland from Cherry Hill, NJ, in 1972. Services at that time were held at the JCC because the current building was under construction. “I remember feeling so warmly welcomed,” Mincy recalled. “Soon we were part of one of the very first havurot.” B’nai Israel has been a second home for Mincy and her family for close to 50 years.
As a realtor with Long and Foster, Mincy always tries to introduce her Jewish clients to B’nai Israel, meeting them in the parking lot and giving them a tour of the facility. She began attending the daily minyan upon the loss of her husband and mother many years ago, and she realized what a crucial difference it makes for people in that position. Grateful for the support she received from the clergy, her havurah, and other members, Mincy was determined to give back. Still a regular attendee, Mincy brings cake, candles, and cards to celebrate everyone’s birthdays.
Reflecting on the honor of Kallat Breishit, literally “The Bride of Genesis,” Mincy remarked, “I was an actual bride at B’nai Israel in Pittsburgh 56 years ago, and I look forward to this special honor as “Torah bride” at B’nai Israel in Rockville.