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: 847-328-767​8, ext. 2224

 

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.

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 847-328-767​8, 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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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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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