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the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.

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Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is comprised of current parents, grandparents and community members who are extremely dedicated and generous with their time and resources. The responsibilities of the Board include the following:

  • creating and maintaining the mission and vision of the school
  • establishing policies for the school to ensure that the mission of the institution is pursued and upheld
  • developing and implementing a strategic plan
  • financial oversight of the school, including the budget and fundraising efforts


Stacy Raviv

President (July 2019 to present)

B.A. Judaic Studies - Brown University, M.D. - University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

"By any measure, CJDS graduates excel; that is not enough. As a board, it is our mission to always strive to be better, to settle for nothing less than excellence, and to remain relevant in a rapidly changing environment."

Past Presidents

Anat S. Geva

Past President (July 2015 to June 2019)

B.S. - University of Toronto, Ph.D. - University of Michigan, J.D. - Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

"CJDS is more than just a school; it is a place in which diversity is embraced, critical thinking skills are cultivated, Jewish identity and thought evolve, and emotional well-being is nourished. The school is a critical element in the development of our collective present and future."

Adam Levine

Past President (July 2012-July 2015), New Campus Project Chair

B.S. - University of Pennsylvania, J.D. - University of Chicago

"It is a privilege to help CJDS as it helps develop the next generation, engaged throughout the entirety of the Jewish community, and fully engaged in broader society as well."

Jonathan Cope

Past President (July 2009-July 2012), Founding Board Member, Vice Chair of Capital Campaign

B.A. - Brandeis University, M.S. - Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D. - University of Chicago

"Knowing that CJDS educates our children not just to be amazing thinkers with a love of learning and Torah, but also to be compassionate members of our community with a true desire to help others in need. This commitment to help others is inspired by an amazing faculty and is evidenced by the countless mitzvah projects (good deeds) our students and graduates undertake each year."

Wendy Platt Newberger

Founding President (2001-2009), Capital Campaign Chair

B.A. - University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

"I am inspired by CJDS's commitment to its mission. From the children and the teachers to the parents and administration, everyone works toward the mission of creating a multi-denominational community where Jewish life is valued and excellence in education is realized."

Board of Trustees

David Desser

B.A. cum laude - Brandeis University; J.D. - Georgetown University Law Center

"CJDS is an important part of our Jewish community and my family. I want to contribute to its continuing excellence, and motivate other Chicago families to commit themselves to Jewish and Zionist education."  

Iris Gafni-Kane

B.S. Biology - University of Michigan; J.D. - Columbia Law School

"I am passionate about CJDS's mission to develop the next generation of leaders with strong Jewish identities and with deep respect and appreciation of diversity in the Jewish community, the city of Chicago and beyond."

Jay Goodgold

Endowment Chair of Capital Campaign

B.A. Humanities - Johns Hopkins University, M.B.A. -The Stern School of Business - New York University

"What is more important than to teach our children the ways and thinking of Torahcombined with the best overall education. This is the unending goal that I, as a board member of CJDS, seek to achieve."

Daniel Gorlin

B.A. - Columbia University, J.D. - Harvard University, School of Law

"Over its first decade and a half of existence, CJDS has established an amazingly strong foundation on which it educates our children and provides them with tools and skills to become the next generation of Jewish leaders. It is our responsibility as parents, members of the community, members of the Board to build upon that foundation and take the school—and through that the children of our community—to higher and higher levels of Jewish and Secular scholarship and leadership."

Micky Hervitz

B.A. - New York University; M.Sc. - London School of Economics; M.B.A. - University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School 

“I am pleased that our family has recently joined the tight-knit CJDS community. I appreciate the values placed by the school, faculty, staff and fellow parents on fostering a Jewish identity in our children that prioritizes a community spirit, a love for Israel and ethical principles.”

Michal Lerner


B.S. Accounting - Indiana University; licensed Certified Public Accountant

"I believe in the Jewish and General studies mission of CJDS as well as its community values. I am honored to be a part of the CJDS Board of Trustees and help the school achieve continued success."

David Lipschultz

B.A. Political Science/International Affairs - Indiana University; J.D. - DePaul University College of Law

"I am inspired by the vision of the founders and longtime leaders of CJDS who, starting with a school of seven children just 15 years ago, dedicated time, talent and treasure to create our beautiful school. I hope to advance their goals because CJDS is a major force for good both within and beyond our new campus."

Katie Dealy Polansky

Strategic Planning Co-Chair

B.A. Government - Cornell University; M.A. International Education Development - Columbia University's Teacher College

"I am inspired by the mission of CJDS, and the degree to which CJDS students, faculty, staff, board members, parents, and supporters partner together to achieve that mission."

Jenny Puchtel

B.A. Economics - Northwestern University; M.S. Higher Education Administration & Policy - Northwestern University

"From its inception, CJDS has provided an incredibly rich learning experience for our children - emotionally, Jewishly, and academically. I'm honored to stand on the shoulders of the school's founders and help CJDS achieve its inspiring mission."

Marc Rubenstein

Undergraduate - University of Michigan, M.D. - University of Illinois

“I am a firm believer in the value of Jewish education for academic, social, and religious enrichment."

David M. Rubin

B.A. - University of Illinois; M.A. - University of Chicago; M.A. - Harvard University

"Our family is deeply committed to Jewish education. We are drawn to CJDS’s mission of Jewish inclusion and diversity built around the highest standards of secular and Jewish education."

Shira Schwarz

B.A. History, University of Michigan; M.B.A. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

"CJDS is an incredible mission-based school that prepares our children for the world through thoughtful and engaging experiential learning in both secular and Jewish studies. I am honored to be a part of this meaningful organization."

Eitan Stieber

B.A. Public Policy - University of Chicago, J.D. - Northeastern University School of Law

"I'm inspired by the diversity of our student body, as well as our professional and lay leadership, and the steadfast commitment to tolerance and inclusiveness in the classroom, the sanctuary and our local community, as well as in our travels to Israel."

Ira Weiss

B.S. - University of Illinois, M.B.A. and Ph.D. - University of Chicago

"I believe that the future of American Jewry rests on the back of Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight Jewish education."

Rabbinic Advisory Group (Ex-Officio Members)

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago

B.A. English - University of Wisconsin-Madison (with honors), Rabbinic Ordination - Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

"I am inspired to serve on the Rabbinic Advisory Group at CJDS with other brilliant rabbis who constantly ask the question, 'How can we help CJDS develop the growing hearts and minds of young people so that they learn the fine art of being a mensch?' I am proud to help guide this school who has built its reputation on inclusivity with its heart beating passionately with love of Torah."

Rabbi Michael Siegel

Senior Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue

B.A. - Hiram College, M.A. Hebrew letters - Jewish Theological Seminary, Ordination - Jewish Theological Seminary

"Serving on the Board of CJDS offers me the opportunity to celebrate the breadth of the Chicago Jewish community in an exemplary school setting. It is very gratifying to support the important work and the spirit of a very special place of learning."

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

Rabbi at Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel

B.A. Intellectual History - Harvard University, Rabbinic Ordination (Yoreh Yoreh), Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, Rabbi She'ar Yashuv Cohen, and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
[Student for two years at Yeshiva University's Revel Graduate School and for two years at Yeshivat Hamivtar and for one year at Yeshivat Har Etzion)

"Chicago Jewish Day School and ASBI Congregation have had a symbiotic relationship since the first years of CJDS. The growth of CJDS, together with the other local day-schools, has enabled families to raise their children in Lakeview, confident that they will receive an excellent Jewish and general education. I feel an enduring sense of gratitude to CJDS for welcoming my family to Chicago with so much warmth and love. Thanks to CJDS our children enjoy an integrated life here, where teachers and friends from school show up at shul on Shabbat, and where the traditions and values they learn at home, are appreciated, respected, and reinforced at school."