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Faculty and Staff

Head of School

Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Titles: Head of School
Departments: Head of School
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"Every member of the CJDS community contributes to the life of the school. Community is a key word. When you choose Chicago Jewish Day School for the education of your child, you are also choosing a community for your family."

Educational Leadership Team

Jill Kushnir LeVee

Jill Kushnir LeVee

Titles: Assistant Head of School
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Rachel Pickus

Rachel Pickus

Titles: Director of Middle School
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Tamar Cytryn

Tamar Cytryn

Titles: Director of Jewish Studies and Campus Life, Grade Eight Judaic Studies
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Penina Berdugo

Penina Berdugo

Titles: Director of Hebrew Curriculum, Kindergarten, Grade One, and Grade Two Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Faculty & Staff

Jeni Alcakovic

Jeni Alcakovic

Titles: Reach Learning Specialist
Departments: Student Services
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Deborah Barack

Deborah Barack

Titles: Grade Four General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Henry Bernstein

Henry Bernstein

Titles: Grade Seven and Grade Eight Judaic Studies
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Moriah Bradley

Moriah Bradley

Titles: Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Kate Burstein

Kate Burstein

Titles: Math Department Chair, Middle School Math
Departments: Middle School, Middle School Math
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Adnan Džubur

Adnan Džubur

Titles: Interim Director of Operations
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Claudia Edwards

Claudia Edwards

Titles: Middle School Humanities
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Liz Erlich

Liz Erlich

Titles: Director of Finance
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Hannah Esbrook

Hannah Esbrook

Titles: Grade Two General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Levana Freund

Levana Freund

Titles: Grade One Hebrew and Judaic Studies
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Jamie Friedman

Jamie Friedman

Titles: Grade Two General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Mor Gamlieli

Mor Gamlieli

Titles: Grade Five Hebrew
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Mira Gelman

Mira Gelman

Titles: Middle School Hebrew
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Michael Gladstein

Michael Gladstein

Titles: School Psychologist
Departments: Student Services
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Sara Goodman

Sara Goodman

Titles: Middle School Hebrew, Music Specialist
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School, Specialists
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Barbara Gordon

Barbara Gordon

Titles: Receptionist
Departments: Support Staff
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Lianne Gross Philipp

Lianne Gross Philipp

Titles: Grade Five Judaic Studies, Grade Eight Judaic Studies
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Nina Harris

Nina Harris

Titles: School Social Worker
Departments: Student Services
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Paulette Herbstman

Paulette Herbstman

Titles: Administrative Assistant to Head of School, Director of Middle School
Departments: Support Staff
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Carly Humes

Carly Humes

Titles: Grade Three General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz

Titles: Grade Five General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Wendy Kline

Wendy Kline

Titles: Director of Operations
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Amy Levine

Amy Levine

Titles: Grade Three General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Irit Levy

Irit Levy

Titles: Grade Three Hebrew/Judaic Studies
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Eric Lindau

Eric Lindau

Titles: Physical Education/Movement Instructor
Departments: Lower School, Middle School, Specialists
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Nadine Linton

Nadine Linton

Titles: Grade Four Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Grade Two Hebrew/Judaic Studies
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Susie Lorge

Susie Lorge

Titles: Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Hannah Lynch

Hannah Lynch

Titles: Middle School Science Teacher, Lower School Science Specialist
Departments: Lower School, Middle School, Middle School Science, Specialists
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Hadar Markin

Hadar Markin

Titles: Middle School Hebrew
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Jen Minkus

Jen Minkus

Titles: Marketing and Communications Associate
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Sarah Palmer

Sarah Palmer

Titles: Grade Four Judaic Studies, Grade Three Judaic Studies
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Alex Randhava

Alex Randhava

Titles: Middle School Science
Departments: Middle School, Middle School Science
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Amanda Reinglass

Amanda Reinglass

Titles: Grade Four General Studies, Maternity Leave Substitute
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Dalia Rosenberg

Dalia Rosenberg

Titles: Junior Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Molly Rubin

Molly Rubin

Titles: Grade One General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Jennifer Saba

Jennifer Saba

Titles: Grade Seven and Eight Humanities
Departments: Middle School Humanities, Middle School
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Danielle Sandler

Danielle Sandler

Titles: Grade Five General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Jill Schwartz

Jill Schwartz

Titles: Middle School Math, Middle School Performing Arts Director
Departments: Middle School Humanities, Middle School, Middle School Math
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Tamar Shapira

Tamar Shapira

Titles: Kindergarten, Assistant to Director of Admissions, Art Specialist
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood, Specialists, Support Staff
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Naomi Shapiro

Naomi Shapiro

Titles: Director of Institutional Advancement
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Bonnie Silverman

Bonnie Silverman

Titles: Student Support Specialist: Junior Kindergarten - Grade 1
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Rachel Sollinger

Rachel Sollinger

Titles: High School Placement Counselor and Testing Coordinator
Departments: Student Services
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Erez Solomon

Erez Solomon

Titles: Kindergarten Associate
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Early Childhood
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Sarah Sparber

Sarah Sparber

Titles: Director of Reach Support
Departments: Student Services
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Cortney Stark Cope

Cortney Stark Cope

Titles: Director of Admissions
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Rebecca Tessler

Rebecca Tessler

Titles: Nurse
Departments: Nurses
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Rachel Treister

Rachel Treister

Titles: Visual Arts Specialist
Departments: Specialists
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Alex Treyger

Alex Treyger

Titles: Director of Technology and Digital Learning
Departments: Operational Leadership Team, Middle School, Middle School Science
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Alicia Vinocur

Alicia Vinocur

Titles: Junior Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Rachel Warach

Rachel Warach

Titles: Grade Two General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Carrie Weber-Greenberg

Carrie Weber-Greenberg

Titles: Middle School Learning Specialist
Departments: Middle School, Middle School Math, Student Services
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Rita Weintraub

Rita Weintraub

Titles: Junior Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Alexis Witkin

Alexis Witkin

Titles: Grade Four General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe

Titles: Grade One General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Samantha Worth

Samantha Worth

Titles: Grade Five General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Mara Zimmerman

Mara Zimmerman

Titles: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher
Departments: Lower School, Middle School, Specialists
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