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

In his role as the Youth Engagement & Curriculum Coordinator, Caleb writes curriculum, contributes to the Hebrew assessment program, and designs and runs the youth program. He also has taught third, fourth, fifth, and seventh grade Hebrew and Jewish Studies classes. Originally from Boston, Caleb holds a bachelor’s degree in education and English from DePaul University, and enjoys writing poetry and music in his spare time – he even participates in open mics around the city! Caleb is studying for his Master’s in Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

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Stacy Charnay

Director of Engagement and Member Services

Stacy has been with Temple Sholom since 2015 after being a member of, and going through her Jewish conversion process at Temple. As the Director of Engagement and Member Services, Stacy supports all prospective, new and current members with finding community at Temple Sholom. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma as well as the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, she lives in Buena Park with her husband (who works for the Religious School Program), her son who attends Gan Shalom, and her 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 Clergy

Lori is the Assistant to clergy, and contributes to other projects in the Temple Sholom community as well. She has been with Temple since 2010 and comes from a background of working with clergy at other temples, previously serving as the Rabbi’s secretary for eleven years at another temple in the south suburbs. She resides near Lincoln Square with her husband, and in her spare time enjoys walking, hiking and dancing.

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Luke Duda

B’nai Mitzvah Specialist

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Emma Harmon

Family Engagement & Member Services Coordinator

Emma helps connect families and the community with Temple Sholom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and serves as an organizing fellow on the Jewish Council for Urban Affairs. A native of Oak Park and now a proud Chicago resident, when she’s not at Temple you can find her reading, eating her way through Chicago’s many delicious restaurants, or working on city-based social justice campaigns.

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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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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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Jeremy Perlin

Executive Director

Jeremy joined Temple Sholom as its Executive Director in 2017. Before joining the temple, Jeremy served as the National Director of Legal Affairs and Human Resources for Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and was based on the institution’s original and historic campus in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to HUC-JIR, Jeremy was an entrepreneur who founded and owned a specialty retail business, Fleet Feet Sports Cincinnati, which was consistently recognized as one of the 50 best running stores in America. Jeremy believes in creating exceptional customer experiences, a philosophy that he brings to his work at Temple where he tries to ensure the best experiences and interactions with congregants. In his spare time, he enjoys running, coaching youth sports and spending time with his family – his wife Susan Frankel and two sons, Eli and Gabe.

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Jay Rapoport, RJE

Director of Lifelong Learning

Jay oversees Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Chicago, including Gan Shalom, Beit Sefer Shalom Religious School, Youth Group, Crown Family High School and Adult and Family Education. Prior to joining Temple in 2014, he served as the youth educator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and as the camp director at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. Jay earned his master’s degree in religious education (MARE) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion 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 serves on the leadership boards of the local and national Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). Jay and his wife Rachel live in Lakeview with their two children, Ruthie and Emet.

Toby Sanders

Development & Sholom Justice Associate

Toby is the Assistant to Rabbi Conover and the Director of Development, joining the Temple Sholom family in 2016. In her spare time, Toby loves to explore new restaurants, travel and cheer on the Chicago Cubs. A native of the northern suburbs, Toby now resides in Lakeview.

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Joe Silberman

Communications Director

Joe Silberman, is the Communications Director at Chicago’s esteemed Temple Sholom. Founded over 150 years ago, Temple Sholom of Chicago is the city’s second largest Reform Synagogue and also its 2nd oldest.

Silberman has spent his 33+ year career in communications industry, touting nearly every aspect of public communications with a focus on strategy, branding, and public relations.

The build of his experience was working at global ad agency Leo Burnett, leaving in 2010 as a Senior Vice President, Global Strategy Director.

For the last seven years, he helped start, build and grow Listen Ventures, a venture capital fund with over $30MM under management. There, he was Partner/Head of Strategy.

Silberman is excited to join the Temple Sholom family, planning to strengthen its communication efforts to reinforce the temple’s values and commitment to a embracing a diverse congregation that continues to illuminate the future through worship, life-long learning, spirituality, and community.

Silberman is married and lives in Chicago’s vibrant Uptown neighborhood. He is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

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Lauren Tabloff

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education

As the Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, Lauren coordinates programs and teaches young students in Temple Sholom’s early childhood education program. Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Lauren served as the program coordinator and also spent six years teaching early childhood at Gan Shalom. A native of Northbrook, she is proud to be working at the same Temple her grandparents belonged to! She holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood development from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University. Outside of her work at Temple, she is an avid cook and traveler.

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