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Meet Our Team

Rebecca Milder
Founding Director
Rebecca Milder is a rabbi and veteran Jewish educator with a Masters degree in educational administration. Her extensive leadership experience spans across formal and informal Jewish education throughout the religious spectrum. Rabbi Rebecca’s professional work has focused on innovative approaches to Jewish learning and community-building. She has revitalized religious schools, reimagined family education programs, and created new educational tracks at camp. In addition, she worked for four years at a central agency for Jewish education, building collaboration among Jewish day schools. She is honored to be building this Jewish Enrichment Center with the children and families of Hyde Park, and our outstanding professional team.
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Sara Grossman
Assistant Director and Nitzanim Educator
Sara grew up in Memphis and earned a Masters degree in Child Studies from Vanderbilt University. Before working at the Enrichment Center, she designed family programming for the Country Music Hall of Fame and was as a research assistant for the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning at Vanderbilt. In her spare time, Sara likes to try new recipes, spend time with friends, and explore Chicago.
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Spenser Scheinman
Operations Manager
Spenser works primarily in the office taking care of the back-end side of our operation at the Jewish Enrichment Center. Spenser comes to us from the sunny and warm state of Arizona where he graduated the University of Arizona in Tucson with degrees in English and Judaic Studies. Thereafter he worked at a sports marketing firm in Scottsdale. During his spare time, he loves to spend time finding new places in the city, going to the beach with his golden retriever, and going to see live music.
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Amy Schaeffer
Shalom Chaverim Educator
Amy is now in the midst of her fourth year at the Jewish Enrichment Center as the Shalom Chaverim educator. During the week, Amy can be found building, painting, exploring and learning with her class of four-year olds at Bright Horizons of Evanston. Amy graduated from Cornell University in 2011 and is currently pursuing her masters in early childhood education/special education at UIC. In her increasingly rare spare time, Amy enjoys trying out new cupcake recipes, sewing, and finding great children's literature to share with her students. She’s thrilled to continue at the Jewish Enrichment Center-- filled with challah baking, grape-juice making, Alef-bet stamping, and synagogue exploring.
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Aliza Geller
Shorashim/Shteelim Educator
Aliza has an MA in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary, a BA in Jewish History, and has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Aliza has taught children in pre-k though 12th grade in day schools, synagogues and camps. Aliza has worked as a resident advisor and a student life professional at a Jewish pluralistic boarding school, and has served as Jewish Programming Director at a JCC overnight camp. Aliza enjoys spending time in nature, baking challah and singing.
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Molly Kulwin
Alonim Educator
Molly is just starting her first year at the Jewish Enrichment Center. She grew up in Montclair, NJ and studied Anthropology and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a new resident in Chicago, Molly enjoys exploring the city, painting, and baking in her free time.
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Emily Branton
Educational Consultant
Emily grew up in Washington, DC. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College, and just completed an MA focusing on Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Besides exploring Jewish texts at work and at play, she loves backpacking, craft projects, and bluegrass music.
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Michelle Brint
Yetzirah (Art) Specialist
After growing up under the blue skies of North Carolina, Michelle spent enough time sitting behind a desk at UNC-Chapel Hill to move that tarheel tassel from one side of her forehead to the other in 2016. Motivated dually by a yearning to learn some Jewish content and a fear of exiting the classroom, she spent her first year out of school learning with BINA Secular Yeshiva. Now she happily finds herself (and is continually finding her self) living in Hyde Park, frequenting museums and exhibitions, smiling at strangers, and getting lost walking along the overwhelming amount of sidewalks available in Chicago.
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Emma Davis
Anafim Educator
Emma grew up in the Chicago area and is excited to be back home starting her first year at the Jewish Enrichment Center. She studied at Vassar College and just received a Masters in Jewish Studies from the University of Oxford. In her spare time, Emma loves cooking, watching the Chicago Bulls, and is on a quest to find the best coffee roaster in Chicago (recommendations welcome).
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Freddi Konefsky
Alonim Educator
Freddi grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and bounced around New York and North Carolina before moving to Chicago last year. She has a bachelor's degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is in the process of earning her master's degree in Urban Education from the University of Chicago. She has previously taught children with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral difficulties at the elementary and middle grades levels. Freddi is excited to join the Jewish Enrichment Center team this year. She is most looking forward to learning new ways to experience Judaism and expanding her Jewish community. In her free time, Freddi enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and writing.
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