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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 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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Emily Branton
Anafim Educator
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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Erica Riback
Shorashim Educator
You might remember her from four years ago when she taught Shorashim back in 2013-2014. Since then, Erica taught Pre-K at the JCC in Lakeview, and completed a fellowship in the first Chicago JECELI (Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute) cohort. Before moving to Chicago, she received a BS in Early Childhood Education from University of Maryland with a minor in Special Education. Originally from New Jersey, Erica currently lives in Hyde Park with her scientist husband who studies at UChicago, her two kittens Babka and Rugelach, and her son, Wesley.
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Molly Kulwin
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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