Educating our children in the richness of their past,
the diversity of their present and the possibilities for their future.

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Head of School

Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Judy Finkelstein-Taff

Titles: Head of School
Departments: Head of School
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Biography:

Judy Finkelstein-Taff has been the Head of School at CJDS for 18 years. She earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Judaism, Los Angeles and Arizona State University. Judy also holds a Masters Degree in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Judy, known as Ms. J to the students and families of Chicago Jewish Day School, has devoted her career to Jewish Education and brought her experience working in all areas of the field to CJDS.

Ms. J began her career working in informal Jewish Education at Camp Ramah, Ojai in California. Her experience in formal education settings began in early childhood and spanned all grade levels through high school.

Ms. J held both faculty and administrative positions in Jewish Day Schools both here in the States and in Israel. Her involvement in the Reform Movement, Conservative Movement, and Modern Orthodox Communities provided her with a unique foundation for leading the first Multi-denominational Jewish Day School in the Midwest.

In 2013, Ms. J was honored with receiving the nationally recognized Covenant Award.

Ms. J is the proud parent of three sons, Avi, Josh and Ari, two daughters-in-law, Amy and Tirzah, and three grandchildren, Ethan, Eliana, and Noa.

Words written by the founders of Chicago Jewish Day School reflect Ms. J’s philosophy: Chicago Jewish Day School is dedicated to: "Educating our children in the richness of their past, the diversity of their present, and the possibilities for their future."

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 Judaic Studies, Grade Four Judaic Studies; Middle School Judaic Studies
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Penina Berdugo

Penina Berdugo

Titles: Director of Hebrew, Grade One Hebrew & Judaic Studies; Middle School Hebrew
Departments: Educational Leadership Team
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Jen Alcakovic

Jen Alcakovic

Titles: Reach Learning Specialist
Departments: Student Services
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Natalie Baer

Natalie Baer

Titles: Grade Five General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Deborah Barack

Deborah Barack

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

Henry Bernstein

Titles: Operations and Logistics Administrator
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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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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Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark

Titles: Middle School Science
Departments: Middle School, Middle School Science
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Caroline Delk

Caroline Delk

Titles: Keshet Paraprofessional
Departments: Lower School, Student Services
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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 Business Operations
Departments: Operational Leadership Team
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Levana Freund

Levana Freund

Titles: Grade Two Hebrew/Judaic Studies
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Logan Gannon

Logan Gannon

Titles: Grade Four General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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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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Lianne Gross Philipp

Lianne Gross Philipp

Titles: Middle School Judaic Studies
Departments: Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Lee Gruen

Lee Gruen

Titles: Athletic Director
Departments: Lower School, Middle School
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Nina Harris

Nina Harris

Titles: 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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Elana Hiller

Elana Hiller

Titles: Violin Instructor/Music Education
Departments: Specialists
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Carly Humes

Carly Humes

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

Molly Jaret

Titles: Grade Three Judaic Studies, Grade Five Judaic Studies, Campus Life Coordinator
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Nancy Kamin

Nancy Kamin

Titles: Learning Specialist
Departments: Specialists, Student Services
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Jennifer Katz

Jennifer Katz

Titles: Grade Four General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Lily Kawer

Lily Kawer

Titles: Grade One General Studies
Departments: General Studies
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Sydney Levenfeld

Sydney Levenfeld

Titles: Grade Two General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Jennifer Levine

Jennifer Levine

Titles: Kindergarten
Departments: General Studies, Lower School, Early Childhood
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Nadine Linton

Nadine Linton

Titles: Grade One 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, Early Childhood
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Dorothy Margo

Dorothy Margo

Titles: Keshet Paraprofessional
Departments: Lower School, Student Services
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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 Manager
Departments: Support Staff
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Rachel Mylan

Rachel Mylan

Titles: Jewish Music Song Leader
Departments: Specialists
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Jenn Oswald

Jenn Oswald

Titles: Grade Five General Studies
Departments: General Studies, Lower School
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Amy Pappas

Amy Pappas

Titles: Social Worker
Departments: Student Services
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Alex Randhava

Alex Randhava

Titles: Middle School Science
Departments: Middle School, Middle School Science
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Dorit Rogan

Dorit Rogan

Titles: Grades Five Hebrew, Middle School Hebrew
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies, Middle School
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Laura Roth

Laura Roth

Titles: Receptionist
Departments: Support Staff
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Molly Rubin

Molly Rubin

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

Jennifer Saba

Titles: Middle School Humanities
Departments: Middle School Humanities, Middle School
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Rachel Schmuckler

Rachel Schmuckler

Titles: Grade Three 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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Eve Segel

Eve Segel

Titles: Development Coordinator
Departments: Support Staff
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Tamar Shapira

Tamar Shapira

Titles: 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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Rachel Sollinger

Rachel Sollinger

Titles: High School Placement Counselor and Testing Coordinator
Departments: Student Services
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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 One 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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Almog Yehuda

Almog Yehuda

Titles: Grade Three Hebrew; Grade Four Hebrew, Shinshinim Coordinator
Departments: Lower School, Hebrew/Judaic Studies
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Mara Zimmerman

Mara Zimmerman

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

Alex Bahena

Alex Bahena

Titles: CJDS Building Manager
Leticia Barraza

Leticia Barraza

Titles: Facilities Staff
Pete Calderon

Pete Calderon

Titles: Facilities Staff
Ermelinda Carcamo

Ermelinda Carcamo

Titles: Facilities Staff
Efren DeLuna

Efren DeLuna

Titles: Facilities Staff
Joel Magana

Joel Magana

Titles: Facilities Staff

Faculty & Staff