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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. 
Phone: 847-328-767​8, ext. 2224


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).​​​​​​

Phone: 847-328-7678, ext.2220



Shelli Patt, Early Childhood Center Director

Shelli Patt has worked in the early childhood field for over twenty years as a program administrator, teacher, university instructor, and curriculum consultant and trainer. Her experience includes teaching in synagogue and university-based early childhood programs, and supervising the preschool program at a social service agency in Chicago. She is a certified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from University of Illinois-Chicago. Shelli enjoys cooking and gardening, and is always looking for new and interesting classroom ideas and activities to share with the preschoolers. Shelli is a lifelong Chicagoan who grew up not too far from JRC in West Rogers Park. She and her husband Andy live in Skokie. They have two sons, Josh and Roni, and two cats.


Phone: 847-328-767​8, ext. 2227

Max Sendor, Communications and Events Coordinator

Max Sendor comes to JRC as a North Shore native with a background in retail and entertainment communications. He recently returned to Chicago after a few years away in New York City and Boulder. While away from Chicago, Max worked for a variety of organizations, including Fjallraven North America and RSA Films, providing a wide range of media and customer experiences. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Chinese language from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Max lives on the north-side of Chicago. He currently sings in Lakeshore Dynamics, a Chicago-based a cappella group, as well as engaging with you on topics ranging from music to art to travel.

Contact Max if: You have any questions about communications, programing, upcoming events, scheduling event spaces, social media, etc.

Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2229

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