Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival October 18-28 at Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic. Join us for films of all genres during our 18th (chai) year! See our festival line-up in the Cultural Arts tab below.


Meet Our Instructors

Cynthia Maltenfort

Cynthia has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and is ERYT clientuploads/cynthia.jpgcertified through Sun and Moon yoga.  She was the Creative Movement Specialist at the JCCNV for nine years and then began teaching yoga in the evening. Cynthia incorporates many styles and techniques in a fun and loving environment. She believes yoga is a gift for all ages and all abilities. She loves the creative challenge of bringing yoga to anyone who is interested and is honored to share the journey.
Classes Taught: Yoga


Denise Wertheim

clientuploads/denise.jpgDenise is a Water Aerobics Instructor and first began teaching at the JCC more than 22 years ago.  In addition to water aerobics, she has worked as a personal trainer and taught a variety of aerobic and weight training classes during her 30 year career in fitness.  “I love the students in my class.  They are an absolute inspiration to me.  They take an active role in maintaining their health and are so supportive of each other,” she says.
Classes Taught: H20 


Elizabeth "Liz" Hammond Williams

“I found spinning/indoor cycling six years ago when I was so out-of-shape that I lost my breath walking up a flight of stairs. It was the only group exercise class available where I wasn't intimidated when I couldn't keep up with the rest of the class. Indoor cycling also helped me find my love of outdoor cycling and I have participated in several long distance charity bike rides. I no longer feel intimidated in most group exercise classes. As a result of my own journey, I try to teach a class where everyone can participate regardless of their age or physical shape. I believe variety is the key to any good indoor cycling classes. You might hear pop, country, and techno music while sprinting, climbing or visualize a flat road while you de-stress from your day in any of my classes.”
Classes Taught: Cardio Cycling

Fee Pearson

clientuploads/fee.jpgFee has been teaching fitness classes for approximately 20 years. She’s certified through American Aerobic Association International and loves teaching cardio kickboxing.  In addition, she is also licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Sentao. 
Classes Taught: Cardio Kickboxing


Haruko Newman

clientuploads/haruko.jpgHaruko is certified through AFAA and licensed in Zumba.  She loves dancing and especially dancing with her Zumba ladies and gentlemen. She welcomes everyone and says every class, “We will have a great dance party.”
Classes Taught: Super Sculpt, Stretch & Meditate, Intermediate Core, Zumba, Cardio Dance Fusion, Beginner Core

Jane Hansen

clientuploads/jane.jpgJane has enjoyed exercise and fitness through years of jogging and being a Group Instructor teaching Jazzercise classes. Jane has been with the JCCNV since 1992 as a certified Jazzercise Instructor and Personal Trainer, and she recently completed her degree in Exercise Science from George Mason University. What Jane enjoys most about working at the J is getting to know the members and learning more about the Jewish heritage and traditions. Jane specializes in core training, weight training, adults/senior fitness and working with clients with osteopenia.  
Classes Taught: Jazzercise


Jaya Bhatt

Jaya recently got licensed as a Doonya instructor in 2016. She grew up dancing to Bollywood all of her life, but is trained in ballet, modern, tap and jazz. After a year of taking Doonya classes and with some persuasion from her big brother, Jaya decided to get licensed as an instructor to share her joy of Bollywood with her new home town. She emulates her favorite Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit, with every song she teaches. 
Classes Taught: Doonya Bollywood Fit Dance Class


Jodi Pick

clientuploads/jodi.jpgJodi has been active in sports almost all her life. She loves to run, bike and swim. She has participated in several ten mile races, century bike rides, and sprint triathlons. Her new passion is to teach spin class. She brings high energy, challenges and motivation to each class. Jodi has been taking spin classes for the past 15 years and became certified as an instructor six years ago. She is proud to be a pioneer of the new JCCNV spin exercise group. Jodi loves to teach. She has a degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona and enjoys working with children. In her spare time, she tutors and works with the Special Olympics Swim team.
Classes Taught: Cardio Cycling

Karen Kapen

A native of New Orleans, Karen has lived in the D.C. area for 20 years. She has been a member of the JCC for nearly a decade. As an avid exerciser and former competitive athlete, Karen enjoys teaching spinning for its energy and intensity. She loves the fact that you can get a great workout in a very short period of time - something every busy parent of young children can appreciate.
Classes Taught: Cardio Cycling


Kirstie Pomaranski

Kirstie is a Washington D.C. native who grew up in Oxon Hill, MD. She went to Bishop McNamara High School and on to graduate from Virginia Tech. She has worked as a personal Trainer for six years at a local area gym. Over the past year, she has been working as Nutrition and Wellness Coach for a local area women-only training studio. She has taught preschool movement classes, and is in her second season as a RunFit Kidz Coach. She has completed several half marathons and enjoys working out, gardening, and cooking clean.
Classes Taught: FUNctional Fitness, Advanced Core, Power Hour 30/30

Lynne Maloney

Lynne is a certified Jazzercise Instructor and owner of the JCC Jazzercise Program; she teaches many of them as well. Lynne is also an ACE certified Personal Trainer. After enjoying Jazzercise classes for many years, she decided to try her hand at becoming an instructor. That was nine years ago and she wishes she had done it sooner! The enjoyment she gets from seeing the positive effects of exercise and getting to know the students in her class prompted her to get her personal training certification almost two years ago.  
Classes Taught: Jazzercise 


Petya Ivanova

clientuploads/petya3.jpgPetya started working for the J in 2011. She is the Wellness Coordinator and has been integral to the J's successful wellness programming. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner, and also teaches meditation, chakra balancing, crystal healing, and basic strength training. She is versed in Essential Oils and is also an Aromatherapy Advisor, a blogger, and the founder of Mindful Beauty Advisor.
Classes Taught: Basic Sculpt, Wellness Classes


Tejas Patel

clientuploads/tejas.jpgTejas Patel has been teaching Group Exercise classes (to include Cycle and Bootcamp) since 2009.  He is certified in various formats to include Mad Dogg Athletics, AFAA Group Exercise, Silver Sneakers, and Jillian Michael’s Bodyshred.  He enjoys providing an opportunity for participants to achieve that physical fitness goals.  His other passions include playing soccer (indoor and outdoor), and running through scenic locations.
Classes Taught: Intermediate Core


Below are our great subs that help out when we need them!

Cindy Rosen

Cindy has been a member of the JCCNV community for several years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from Penn State University and was in the United States Marine Corps for 24 years before becoming a certified Personal Trainer through the National Personal Training Institute. She has taught aerobics classes as well as swimming lessons, and has a wide range of fitness knowledge and certifications- including kettle bells, TRX and more making her a very well-rounded trainer. Cindy enjoys working with people and helping them reach their personal fitness goals and she looks forward to helping you get a strong core!

Connie Leibowitz

clientuploads/connie.jpgConnie is a retired high school English teacher who has been an AEA Certified Aquatic Instructor since 2003. She has benefited personally from aquatic exercise and firmly believes in its value to both physical and emotional wellness.  She used to teach H20 Aerobics at the J full-time, but now divides her time between Virginia  and Florida. She is a substitute H20 Aerobics teacher here at the JCC and has also been a seasonal instructor at the YMCA in Sarasota, Florida.

Elin Kanchev

clientuploads/fee.jpgElin Kanchev is our new Sports and Wellness Director. Elin is originally from Plovdiv, Bulgaria and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia. His primary focus is on the personal training component of our department. He will be giving wellness talks, subbing/teaching classes as needed, such as Level 5 strength, Core and Kickboxing and various other things. He has a great passion for Martial Arts. He won the Bulgarian National tournament in 2004, and is a member of the USA Boxing Potomac Valley Association. Elin has been helping many people get in shape throughout the years as a NASM certified personal trainer. 

Masumi Scott

Masumi has been been teaching Zumba for more than two years in the Alexandria area, and has always been especially into fitness during the past ten years. She is very happy to share her passion for Zumba with other people and enjoys seeing the big smiles, while having fun and still getting a hard workout! She is specialized to teach Zumba, Aqua Zumba, Zumba Gold and Strong by Zumba classes. “I always love to challenge myself and to spend time with people. I want you to try my classes and see how you like them!”

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