At the center of Tikvat Israel’s commerce, you’ll find Angie Hersh, manager of the Judaica Shop for the past three years.
It’s an all-consuming volunteer role but one that Angie has come to enjoy as she’s learned the ins and out of operating a retail business. “My greatest joy comes from being part of the life of the shul, helping people select items for their simchas, meeting members of our community and of course enjoying the kids who’ve become Judaica Shop groupies during Hebrew School hours,” she says.
Angie and her family gained a favorable first impression when they joined the synagogue 10 years ago. She vividly recalls two members at her doorstep welcoming her with a round challah and other goodies.
Angie taught for 24 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools, mostly Spanish immersion and English as a second language, before retiring on a disability 10 years ago.
Her volunteer activities today include serving as a Spanish interpreter for Children’s Hospital and raising puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She helps her three children run a small enterprise known as Kemp Mill Critter Care.
She also enjoys several hobbies, including needlecrafts and watercolor painting.