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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.


Julie Adler

Manager, Events, and Facilities


Julie Adler is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director at Temple Sholom. Besides her administrative tasks, her responsibilities include organizing meetings and congregational events. She has a B.A. in Behavioral Science from National-Louis University. 

When she became an empty nester, she moved to Lakeview. When she’s not working, she likes to explore the city, make and view art, listen to music and read. She loves spending time with family and friends. Her favorite activity is traveling to visit her children in Dallas and Los Angeles, and to spend time with her four Chicago area grandchildren. 

Temple Sholom has given me a true sense of community and a deep connection to many generations of my family. Forty years ago, I had my Auf Ruf on the bimah of Temple Sholom. My dearly loved, late (ex) in laws, were part of the group that came from Beth Am to Temple Sholom. They both remained active at Temple Sholom until their deaths. My grandparents were Beth Am members as well.  My Grandmother and Great Aunts helped to needlepoint the Ark Cover that now hangs in Bettie Port Hall.  I feel incredibly blessed to be able feel their presence, every day. 


Lori Curtis

Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Conover, Senior Rabbi


Lori is the Assistant to clergy, making sure their calendars tell them where they need to be, which is no easy feat given their busy schedules!  She has been with Temple Sholom since 2010 and comes from a background of working with clergy at other temples, previously serving as the rabbi’s secretary for 11 years in the south suburbs. She resides in the Ravenswood Garden neighborhood in Chicago with her husband, and in her spare time enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, and dancing. 


Stacy Charnay

Director of Adminstrative and Member Services


Stacy has been a part of the Temple Sholom staff since 2015 when she supported the Lifelong Learning Department. After two years, she moved into the role of Director of Engagement and Member Services where she supports prospective and current members as they begin and continue their journey with Temple Sholom through programming and connection with the community. 

Stacy has her Bachelor's of Fine Arts for Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma, an Associate degree in Culinary Arts from the Illinois Insititute of Art and just recently finished her Master's in Public Policy from Depaul University. 

Stacy has been a part of the Temple Sholom community has a congregant for many years. She completed her conversion in 2013 and became a Bat Mitzvah in 2016. She has been a guest presenter at the URJ Biennial (2019) and continues to share her conversion story to adult education classes, religious school students, and at the URJ Shavuot community celebration (2020). She was also accepted into the 2nd Upstart Change Accelerator cohort and completed this program in 2019. 

Stacy is originally from Oklahoma and moved to Chicago with her husband Mat in 2009. She has two children, Levi and Abra. When she is not engaging with the Temple Sholom community, she loves being with her family or at the Chicago Public Library roaming the aisles. 


B'nai Mitzvah


Luke Duda

B’nai Mitzvah Specialist


Luke Duda began at Temple Sholom in February of 2019 as B’nai Mitzvah Specialist. Luke schedules, coordinates, and helps facilitate the B’nai Mitzvah Services, and preparations, as well as works alongside Cantor Sheera Ben-David to create meaningful and personalized experiences for each of Temple Sholom’s B’nai Mitzvah students, and their families.  

Luke is a graduate of Roosevelt University with a degree in Psychology. He has worked in numerous customer service-related positions as well as in the Mental Health Field.  

Luke lives in Edgewater and enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring the city with friends. 


Building Management


Cornelius Scruggs

Facilities Supervisor

Cornelius Scruggs joined Temple Sholom in 2020 as the Facilities Supervisor. In this role he is responsible for most of the day to day maintenance of the facility. 

Before Temple Sholom, Cornelius has spent his entire career working similar positions throughout the Chicagoland Area.

Cornelius was born and raised in Chicago and currently lives in the West Loop. He is a lifelong sports fan, with a passion for basketball with the Duke Blue Devils being his favorite team. 




Isabel Soble

Communications Associate

Isabel is the Communications Associate at Temple Sholom. She works behind the scenes in building and managing the website, designing promotional material for marketing events, and assisting with temple-wide communication.

Isabel graduated from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia where she focused on art and digital communication. She lived in Virginia after college working as a graphic designer, then moved to Israel for a year to freelance design and teach English in a small town called Ramle. In the summer of 2019, Isabel moved back to her hometown, Chicago, to settle down and continue pursuing her passion for graphic design.

When Isabel is not working, she is walking around Roscoe Village, visiting family around Chicago, or creating artwork in her apartment.




Allison Barker

Development Associate


Allison joined Temple Sholom in October 2020 as the Development Associate. Within her position, Allison supports reaching yearly fundraising goals, planning events, executing donor appreciation, and coordinating a variety of special projects. All-encompassing the culture of giving within the Temple Sholom community. 

Allison graduated Cum Laude from DePaul University in 2019 with a degree in Public Relations and Advertising, and a minor in Event Planning. During her time in college, she interned in the Non-Profit sector with positions in Event Planning and Communications. Allison also led her Sorority, Chi Omega, as the organization's 2018-19 President. Before coming to the Temple, Allison also strengthened her eight years in customer service, as Assistant Manager of a family-focused company. 

Allison moved to Chicago in 2016 from Minnesota. In Chicago, Allison currently resides with her partner, Dan in the Avondale neighborhood. In her free time, Allison enjoys cooking new vegan recipes, exercising, working on a variety of crafts, and volunteering. 


Early Childhood Education


Heidi Cooper

Director of Early Childhood Education


Heidi Cooper joined Temple Sholom of Chicago in 2012, where she first taught at the temple’s early childhood education program, Gan Shalom. In 2013, she became Early Childhood Education Director.  

Heidi and her husband Stuart relocated to Chicago from New York -- where she spent most of her adult life -- working with young children. While teaching full time in New York City, Heidi earned a Master of Arts in Education from Hunter College, New York. After spending 15 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 Master of Social Work with a clinical concentration. 

Heidi has dedicated over 25 years to becoming a strong leader, educator, and advocate for young children and creator of programing, while bringing a positive, nurturing energy to Gan Shalom/Temple Sholom. 

The other loves in her life are her husband, Stuart and her son Max. 


Lauren Tabloff 

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education


As the Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education, Lauren coordinates programs and activities 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 many years teaching early childhood at Gan Shalom.  

Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in elementary education from National Louis University.  

A native of Northbrook, she is proud to be working at the same temple her grandparents belonged to! Lauren resides in the Gold Coast neighborhood with her husband Matt and Golden-Doodle, Maui. Outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, trying new restaurants, and exercising.




Jodi Morady

Director of Financial Services


Jodi Morady joined Temple Sholom in 1995 and LakeShore Jewish Funerals in 2008. She serves as the Director of Financial Services for the synagogue and affiliate entities. Jodi feels very fortunate that she can combine her love of Judaism with her profession. She oversees our financial operations while working very closely with the Temple Treasurer, and Finance 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. 


Chelsie DuPlanty



Chelsie DuPlanty joined Temple Sholom in May of 2020 as Accounting / Payroll Manager at the Chicago-based synagogue.   

Before Temple Sholom, Chelsie went to school for education and is certified to teach K-9th grade. After she graduated, Cheslie  managed eafter school programs and summer camps. She also led special interest groups for students to highlight fine arts, and choreographed high school musicals.    

Chelsie lives in the Irving Park neighborhood with her dog Logan. She is a huge sports fan and tries to go to a new stadium every year for a game as well as checking out the surrounding city. 


Lifelong Learning


Jay Rapoport, RJE

Director of Lifelong Learning


Jay oversees Lifelong Learning at Temple Sholom of Chicago. Prior to joining the Temple Sholom staff in 2014, Jay served as Youth  Educator at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and as Camp Director at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia. He earned his master's degree in Religious Education (MARE) from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York City and a B.A. in Elementary Education and Music from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  

In 2019 Jay earned the Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) title, reflecting his academic and professional accomplishments. In 2020 he was the recipient of the Yad B’Yad Award from the ARJE recognizing innovative programming and curricula. 

Jay has served on many Jewish organizations and presented at several Reform Judaism conferences and seminars.  

Jay is a pianist, vocalist and composer of original Jewish music, and is a Featured Artist on Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) and PJ Library Radio, and a member of JRR Chicago Sings. Jay and his wife Rachel live in Lakeview with their two children, Ruthie and Emet. 


Rachel Lipson

Religious School Administrator

Rachel began at Temple Sholom as the Religious School Administrator in July 2020. She provides general support for the Religious School Sunday and Midweek Hebrew programs, and works with the Lifelong Learning team on a broad range of programs throughout our Religious School and to support Religious School families and faculty.   

Before joining the Temple Sholom team, Rachel worked at Metro Chicago Hillel for five years. She studied Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Iowa, and has nearly completed her Master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus. 

Rachel lives in Lakeview and enjoys going on long walks, cooking, and re-watching her favorite sitcoms (it’s a long list!). She is proud to be supporting the local Jewish community in Lakeview and beyond. 


Esther Fishbein

Youth Engagement Coordinator

Esther Fishbein began at temple Sholom as the Youth Engagement Coordinator in July of 2020. She creates Jewish programming for grades 3-12 and also provides the teens with different opportunities where they are encouraged to act as leaders.

Previously, for two years,  Esther worked as the songleader for grades k-6 at BJBE in Deerfield. She received her BFA in Theatre with a concentration in acting from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. In 2014 ,she was the first recipient of the Karson Family Scholarship, which is awarded to a Freshman to enhance Jewish student leadership. In 2018, she received a Basic Pass from the Society of American Fight Directors in stage combat. 

Esther recently moved to Lakeview and absolutely loves traveling, her favorite trip was her solo trip to Yosemite National Park in the summer of 2019. She also enjoys watching great movies, creating art and drinking a really great cup of coffee. 


Programming & Membership


Emma Harmon

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Emma began at Temple Sholom in January of 2018 as Family Engagement Coordinator, and in August of 2018 took on the role of Engagement and Member Services Coordinator. Emma collaborates with lay leadership to develop Temple Sholom’s community group programming, connects with prospective Temple Sholom members as they commit to membership, and supports our current members through the yearly membership cycle.  

Emma is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in English Literature. In 2016-2017, she completed the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs social justice organizing fellowship, and in 2019-2020 was a member of the Avodah Chicago Justice Fellowship.  

Emma appreciates the positive impact Temple Sholom has in both the Jewish community and the Lakeview neighborhood. Emma lives in Logan Square and enjoys biking the 606 Trail, reading, and cooking. 


Toby Sanders


Toby Sanders began at Temple Sholom in September of 2016. Toby supports the Development Department in reaching its yearly goals, planning events, celebrating Temple Sholom’s Community, and coordinating a variety of special project. Additionally, Toby supports the social justice program (Sholom Justice) helping with events and coordinating social justice efforts, maintaining weekly/monthly meetings and keeping the congregation connected to the ways in which we support our community.  

Toby graduated from Bradley University in 2013 with a degree in Organizational Communications and a minor in Social Media Marketing. Having grown up in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, Toby has been a resident of the Chicago Lakeview since 2015. She enjoys cheering on the Chicago Cubs, trying new restaurants, and traveling the world. 


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