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Administration
B'nai Mitzvah
Building Management
Communications
Development
Early Childhood Education
Finance
Lifelong Learning
Programming & Membership


Administration
 

Jeremy Perlin
Executive Director

773-525-1537

jeremy@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Jeremy Perlin

 

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

773-525-1538

jadler@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Julie Adler

 

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

773-525-1531

lori@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Lori Curtis

 

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 Administrative and Member Services

773-435-1545

stacy@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Stacy Charnay

 

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 Institute 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 Manager

773-435-1551

luke@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Luke Duda

 

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@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Cornelius Scruggs

 

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.


 
 
 

Communications
 

Isabel Soble
Communications Associate

isabel@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Isabel Soble

 

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.


 
 
 

Development
 

Allison Barker
Development Associate

773-435-1535

allison@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Allison Barker

 

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

773-435-1546

heidi@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Heidi Cooper

 

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.


 
 
 

Finance
 

Jodi Morady
Director of Financial Services

773-435-1539

jodim@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Jodi Morady

 

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
Senior Bookkeeper & Payroll Specialist

773-435-1540

chelsie@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about 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

773-435-1544

jay@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Jay Rapoport

 

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 serves as the President of the Chicago Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ChARJE), as well as a faculty member at URJ Camp OSRUI and the Hava Nashira Jewish Music Conference. He is a frequent presenter and performer at  URJ Biennial and other conferences.

Jay is a pianist, vocalist and composer of original Jewish music, and is a Featured Artist on Jewish Rock Radio (JRR) and JKids 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@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Rachel Lipson

 

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.


 
 
 
 

Sam Cohen
Youth Engagement Coordinator

sam@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Sam Cohen

 

Originally from Round Lake Beach, IL, Sam recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Education and is currently a student-teacher at Belding Elementary in Albany Park. He loves spending summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (URJ Camp OSRUI) in Oconomowoc, WI where he just finished my 10th consecutive summer at camp, serving as the Rosh Eidah of Moshavah (Unit Head for the outdoor education program). When not working at camp or at school, he love to play with his two cats, go on a hike, or chill and read in a hammock!


Programming & Membership
 

Emma Harmon
Program Manager

emma@sholomchicago.org

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Learn more about Emma Harmon

 

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
Program Manager

773-435-1536

toby@sholomchicago.org

Learn more about Toby Sanders

 

Toby Sanders began at Temple Sholom in September of 2016 as the Development Associate and has most recently transitioned to Program Manager. In addition to planning and supporting a variety of programs and activities at Temple Sholom, she also supports many of our community groups to help them achieve their goals through social, educational, and religious programs.

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

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