Our Staff

sharon.jpgSharon Díaz, Executive Director

Sharon Díaz comes to JRC with extensive experience in houses of worship and nonprofit management. Most recently, she was executive director of Congregation Solel in Highland Park; before that, she was an administrator for North Shore Unitarian Church. Immediately after earning her Masters of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University, Sharon was the Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Meadeville-Lombard Theological Seminary, affiliated with the University of Chicago.

Sharon and her husband, John, live on the north-side of Chicago. They have three grown children, Orlando, Ivan and Maia.

Contact Sharon if: You have a question about the budget, finances for your committee, if you expect to enter into a legal agreement with another organization or vendor, if you want to include sales (i.e. tickets or books) at your event, or if you have general questions about how to get stuff done at JRC. 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2224

 

claudia_crop_0.jpgClaudia Rozenberg, Early Childhood Center Director

Claudia Rozenberg has been in early childhood since 2006. She has taught in a variety of school settings over the years both here and abroad. She believes that children develop skills in preschool that they use their entire lives and feels that a positive first school experience is the key to a child’s school success. She knows a child's family and community are key to that child's success and therefore holds those relationships paramount.

Claudia holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Erikson Institute in Chicago and is a certified teacher in the state of Illinois. She holds a second Master’s in French culture and civilization from Middlebury College.

Claudia is very excited to become part of the JRC community and bring her family into the community as well. She lives in Lincoln Park with her husband Barry and her two daughters, Clara and Naomi.

Contact Claudia if: you are looking for information about our Early Childhood Center.
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2227

jrchoir.jpgDanny Wallenberg, Choir Director

The adult, children's and family choirs rehearse and perform under the direction of Danny Wallenberg. Danny is an effective teacher and talented musician; he is perceptive, welcoming and supportive. He is a long-time JRC member. In addition to his commitment to the JRC choirs, Danny works for the Chicago Children's Choir and is the conductor of the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale. He is also the founder and artistic director of Zemer Am, the Chicago Jewish Choral Festival.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Danny earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in choral conducting from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In Israel, he founded several adult and children's choirs, and sang with the Cameran Singers, a professional choir in Tel Aviv. He has extensive experience conducting collegiate, community, professional, and children's choral groups throughout the world and has many choral arrangements to his name.

Contact Danny at[email protected].

lrs-staffpic.jpgLeslie Rosen Stern, Membership Coordinator and Clergy Assistant

Call Leslie if you have a question about membership, b'nai mitzvah, or to make an appointment with Rabbi Weiss. 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext.  2222

 

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Nina Litoff, Communications and Program Coordinator

Contact Nina for all communications related questions (including social media, the JRC website, and the weekly announcements) and when you want to plan an event at JRC.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2229

 

img-6157.jpgYvonne Kaminsky, Assistant to the Executive Director and Assistant Rabbi for Education

Contact Yvonne if you have a question about Religious School registration, you want to make a donation, or if you have questions or changes to make to the Member Portal (contact info, yahrzeits, ect).
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext.2220

 

megan_2.jpgMegan Baldeshwiler, Bookkeeper

Contact Megan with questions about your payments or statements, or to request an emailed invoice or receipt.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2235

 

 

Custodial and Facilities Staff 

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Ernesto Vega, Head Custodian

 

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The Religious School provides JRC children with the building blocks they need to engage throughout their lives in Jewish exploration, community and activism.

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The Green Synagogue and the Pillars of Chai

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In 2008, we built the first platinum LEED-certified green synagogue in North America. The construction required 18 pillars - the number in Hebrew that also means "chai" or "life." 

Now, more than ten years later, JRC has launched the Pillars of Chai Campaign to raise $4.4m to wholly own our beloved building. 

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JRC Early Childhood Center

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Our enriching and diverse preschool program is based on progressive Jewish values, is open to families of all religious backgrounds, and focuses on the importance of relationships between students, teachers, and families. 

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New Assistant Rabbi for Education

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Welcome to Rabbi David Eber, our new Assistant Rabbi for Education!

 

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