Meet the Temple Sholom Staff

Meet the Temple Sholom Staff

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Julie Adler

Administrative Assistant to Executive Director

Julie Adler is the Administrative Assistant for the 2nd floor administrative office. She came to Temple Sholom after many years of working in the for-profit sector. Among her many responsibilities, she helps organize meetings, congregational events and also works with community groups. When she’s not working she loves to cook, read and spend time with friends. Her most favorite activity of all is spending time with her children and 3 grandchildren.

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Caleb Bromberg

Youth Engagement & Curriculum Coordinator

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Caleb arrived in Chicago in 2012 to study Education at Depaul University. Since graduating, he has pursued Jewish teaching opportunities wherever they can be found. Here at Temple Sholom Caleb has taught 3rd, 4th, and 7th grade Hebrew and Jewish Studies, in addition to writing curriculum, contributing to the Hebrew assessment program, running the “Kef Club,” and chaperoning youth events. In his spare time, Caleb writes poetry and music and plays/hosts open mics around the city.

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Stacy Charnay

Director of Engagement and Member Services

Stacy, Director of Engagement and Member Services, moved to Chicago from Oklahoma in 2009 and began working at Temple Sholom in 2015 after being a member of, and going through her Jewish conversion process at Temple Sholom. She lives in Buena Park with her husband who works for the Religious school Program, son who attends Gan Shalom, and two dogs.

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Heidi Cooper

Director of Early Childhood Education

Heidi joined Temple Sholom of Chicago in 2012 where she taught before stepping into the role of Early Childhood Education Director. She and her husband relocated to Chicago from New York in 2004 where she spent most of her adult life working with young children. While teaching full time in New York City, she earned her Master’s Degree in early childhood education from Hunter College, New York. After spending many wonderful years in the classroom, Heidi decided to bridge her teaching experience with her love for working with parents and children and was accepted at Columbia University, New York where she earned her MSW. Heidi has dedicated the last 15 plus years to being a leader, teacher and creator while bringing a positive nurturing energy to a school environment. Before leaving New York, she worked as a director/social worker in an integrated preschool program working and helping young families receive services for a variety of special/identified needs. The other loves of her life are her husband, Stuart and her 8 year old son Max.

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Lori Curtis

Assistant to Rabbi 
Goldberg & Cantor Ben-David

Lori Curtis is the Assistant to Rabbi Goldberg and Cantor Ben-David, and improves quality of life in the Temple Sholom community by deftly performing many other miscellaneous duties. She has been with Temple Sholom for 6 years and comes from a background of working with Temple clergy. Lori was the Rabbi’s secretary for eleven years at a Temple in the South Suburbs. In her spare time she enjoys walking, rollerblading, hiking, and dancing. She lives near Lincoln Square with her husband.

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Rodney Ervin

Facilities Manager

Rodney joined our team as Facilities Manager in August, 2015. Prior to becoming part of Temple Sholom of Chicago, Rodney spent 15 years at Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) where he was involved in every aspect of maintenance and cleaning of multiple buildings. Rodney enjoys solving problems, painting and decorating. He often says that painting is “therapeutic” for him.

He was raised in Toledo, Ohio and is the youngest of his siblings. Rodney relocated to Chicago in 1977 where he met wife of 34 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters, 1 son, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Rodney is a man of faith with a spirit of excellence. We are very glad he is part of our team.

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Emma Harmon

Family Engagement Coordinator

Emma is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a degree in English Literature. She grew up in Oak Park, but has lived in the city for close to 10 years. She currently lives in Logan Square, and when she’s not at the temple, you can find her reading, eating her way through Chicago’s restaurants, or working on city-based social justice campaigns. She can’t wait to get to know the families and community at Temple Sholom!

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Shayna Jensky

Adult Engagement & Membership Manager

Shayna is the Adult Engagement and Membership Manager at Temple Sholom. She helps to engage current members to become more involved in temple life, and works the virtual and actual spheres to get the word out to prospective members of the growing community. When she’s not working, she run marathons, binge watches TV and explores the Chicago restaurant scene… which is why she has to run so many marathons!

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Marla Krupman

Director of Development

Marla joined our senior staff team in September 2014. She has had an extensive career in senior development positions, most recently at Anshe Emet Synagogue, and before that at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Opera Theater, Rodeph Sholom School in NYC, and The School of the Art Institute Chicago. Marla is a Columbus, Ohio native and a graduate of Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She and her husband, Danny Bernstein, live here in East Lakeview with their Labradoodle, Kramer. They are very excited to be part of our Temple community.

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Lauren Levin

Gan Shalom Program 

Lauren recently became Temple Sholom’s Program Coordinator after six years of teaching Early Childhood at Gan Shalom. She now splits her time between coordinating programs and teaching young students! She is proud to be working at the same temple that her grandparents belonged to when they lived in Chicago between 1972 and 2000. Lauren is originally from Northbrook and attended the University of Illinois for her bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development, before earning her master’s degree in Elementary Education at National Louis University here in Chicago! She’s an avid cook and traveler.

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Jodi Morady

CPA, Financial Services Director

Jodi Morady joined the Temple Sholom staff in 1995 and LakeShore Jewish Funerals in 2008. She now serves as the Director of Financial Services for both. Jodi feels very fortunate that she is able to combine her love of Judaism with her profession. She oversees the financial operations of both entities while working very closely with the Temple Treasurer, and Budget and Investment Committees. Prior to working at Temple Sholom, Jodi worked as a CPA at Kesselman and Kesselman in Tel Aviv, Israel and as an accounting manager for the Alzheimer’s Association. Jodi is very involved in the Jewish community and especially active at Solomon Schechter Day School. Jodi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and has her CPA license. Jodi, her husband, Amnon, and children, Sam, Margo and Ethan love being a part of the Temple Sholom family.

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Manny Pappas

Senior Accountant

Manny recently started as Temple Sholom’s Senior Accountant, handling the payment, processing, and all things monetary! He graduated from Bradley University and worked in public accounting for six years before coming to the Sholom community. Manny is a big reality TV fan, and currently resides in Arlington Heights, where he was raised.

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Jeremy Perlin

Executive Director

Jay Rapoport

Director of Lifelong Learning

Jay Rapoport oversees Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Chicago, including Gan Shalom Early Childhood Education, Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School, Crown Family High School and Adult and Family Education. Prior to moving to Chicago he served for many years as Youth Educator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and Camp Director at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. Jay earned his Master’s Degree in Religious Education from HUC-JIR and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Music from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He is a pianist, vocalist and composer of original Jewish music, and his latest album, “They Tried To Get Us, We Won, Let’s Rock!” was released in December 2014. Jay and his wife Rachel live in Lakeview with their two children, Ruthie and Emet.

Toby Sanders

Assistant to Rabbi Conover & Development

Toby is an assistant to Rabbi Connover, and a development guru at Temple Sholom. She graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Social Media Marketing. Following graduation, she worked in retail and then lived in Israel for 5 months before joining the Temple Sholom family in September of 2016. Toby loves to explore new restaurants, loves to travel and was born and bred a Chicago Cubs fans! Toby grew up in the North Suburbs and now resides in Lakeview.

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Hassaya Wangprapha

B’nai-Mitzvah & Member Service Coordinator

Hassaya Wangprapha – affectionately known as “Wan” – recently joined Temple Sholom as the B’nai-Mitzvah & Member Services Coordinator. Originally from Thailand – “The Land of Smiles” – Wan came to Chicago to work as a childcare professional through a host family.

After later finishing her higher education, Wan went on to work for a large international logistics company before joining the temple staff last month. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the Temple Sholom community and is looking forward to helping our families create incredible memories through the B’nai Mitzvah process. She will be working directly with Cantor Ben-David and Stacy Charnay, our Director of Engagement & Member Services.

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Rebecca Weller

Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Welcome Rebecca Weller, our new Lifelong Learning Coordinator! She is excited to officially join the Temple Sholom team and support our students, parents, teachers and teen Madrichim.

Rebecca is new to Chicago, studying social work at Loyola. Originally from the DC suburbs, Rebecca grew up at Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, VA. She is excited to be a part of the team after starting as a 2nd grade teacher in Religious School and helping prepare for the school year during the summer. When she is not working, you can find her baking, running, or playing with dogs. Rebecca can’t wait to answer any questions you have about Religious School or Adult Education!

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