2018 – 19 Board of Directors

Mishkan’s Rocking Board of Directors is leading our organization as we grow and realize our vision.

Meet the incredible group of smart folks who love this organization and are going above and beyond to put their time, talents, and treasure to ensuring our long-term sustainability. They keep us motivated and grounded as we continue to pioneer new entryways into Jewish life.

Our Board’s main role is to help envision Mishkan for the present and future and ensure our financial responsibility and stability. We meet regularly to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of responsible organization running, from 30,000 feet up. If you’re interested in a role on the Board, please contact Rachel Cort to discuss!

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If you’re interested in learning more about the Mishkan Board, we’d love to talk to you.

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Mark Achler

Mark Achler

Board Chair

Mark is passionate about joyful creation – because starting something new should be joyful, building inclusive communities, and empathy. He practices this as a Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners and as a Guest Lecturer at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business. He is married to Marcie and they have three wonderful daughters – Emily, Sarah and Haley.

Lisa Portnoy

Lisa Portnoy

Treasurer

Lisa is a Partner with Ernst & Young, currently working with technology companies throughout the Midwest.  Originally from New Jersey and having spent many years in the Bay Area, she has a long history of involvement with many different Jewish organizations as a learner, a volunteer and a board member. She came to Chicago in 2012 where she is also a member of the board of Orot – The Center for New Jewish Learning, and 1871/Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.   Lisa graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and lives in River North where her rooftop is always open for Mishkan gatherings.

Susan Horowitz

Susan Horowitz

Board Member

Susan has over 20 years of experience as a consultant working with Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations in the area of human and organization performance, change management, leadership and governance. A native Floridian, she started her career in New York City as a banker and still prefers New York pizza. She has also lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and is pleased to call Chicago and Mishkan home. She received her MBA from Tulane University.

Jane Charney

Jane Charney

Board Member

Jane Charney is the director of domestic affairs at the Jewish Community Relations Council. She previously served as the assistant regional director of AJC Chicago, where her portfolio focused on building lasting relationships with leaders in Chicago’s ethnic, religious and diplomatic communities. Jane holds a B.A. in journalism and international studies from Indiana University, and an A.M. in international relations with a focus on nationalism from the University of Chicago. Born in Moscow, Jane came to the US with her family as a teenager. In addition to English, she speaks Russian, Spanish and French. Jane and her husband live in Chicago’s Lincoln Park with their two young children, who are avid Mini-Mishkan participants.

 

Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Board Member

Stephanie Cohen has experience in Brand Strategy and Marketing and has worked at both Media and Creative agencies, as well as a Global Brand Consulting firm. Nowadays, you can find Stephanie on a myriad of Chicago stages, as she pursues her passion for
improv and comedy. Stephanie holds an MBA from The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a B.S. from New York University. When she’s not Yes And-ing her fellow performers, you can find Stephanie and her wife, Anita, chasing after
their young daughter and dog.

Scott Issen

Scott Issen

Secretary

Scott Issen is President & CEO of Future Founders, a non-profit that believes every youth can become an entrepreneur and has served over 30,000 youth to date. Prior to Future Founders, Scott was Managing Director at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which now runs 1871, and provided strategic guidance to high-growth entrepreneurs. Scott has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, management, leadership and fundraising and was named one of the Crain’s “40 Under 40″ list.

Stephanie Goldfarb

Stephanie Goldfarb

Board Member

Stephanie Goldfarb is a veteran Jewish community professional specializing in experiential Jewish teen education. Goldfarb holds Masters Degrees in both Gender Studies and Clinical Social Work from Loyola University, as well as a certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. Goldfarb is also an accomplished chef and operates her own monthly underground supper club called Seven Species Supper Club (a nod to her passion for the intersections of Judaism and food) from which she donates all of the proceeds to Chicago-based non-profits.

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Board Member

As the founding Rabbi of Mishkan, Rabbi Lizzi is also on the board. Read more about her here. 

James Edward Johnson

James Edward Johnson

Emeritus Board Member

James enjoys carrying his twins on his shoulders and dancing with his wife, Dana. In his work, James has helped people get permanent residency in the US, a hospital open a hospice care unit, and a company ensure that its supply chain does not include forced labor. James is unusually skeptical and interested in adopting unpopular opinions, which somewhat ironically explains why he converted to Judaism more than ten years ago.

 

Jacob Kaufman

Jacob Kaufman

Emeritus Board Member

In addition to being the proud host of the very first Mishkan Shabbat in his living room, Jacob is most proud of his role in creating two wonderful children – Ariel 19 and Josh 17. He is thankful to have experienced a varied and fascinating career – as a lawyer, real estate developer and artist.  Jacob is deeply grateful for the opportunity to add his voice and experience to the growth of the Mishkan community.

 

Michael Kornick

Michael Kornick

Board Member

Chef Michael Kornick is a nationally recognized leader in the culinary arts and co-owner of DMK Retaurants. In 1998 Kornick, together with his wife Lisa, opened mk, the restaurant. In 2009, Michael Kornick partnered with David Morton to open DMK Restaurants, the group that owns four DMK Burger Bars, Fish Bar, Ada Street, County Barbecue, Henry’s, and Rec Room. Although known primarily for his accomplishments as a chef, Michael Kornick has developed into one of the country’s leading restaurateurs. Chef Kornick lives in Evanston, Illinois with his wife and business partner Lisa and their children.

Avi Lewittes

Avi Lewittes

Board Member

Avi is excited about helping to create opportunities for progressive and spiritual engagement in the Jewish community. He and his family moved to Chicago in 2010 from New York City, where they had been longtime active members of B’nai Jeshurun, a leading synagogue community with similar values, passion and impact as Mishkan. Avi is the Chief Investment Officer of The Scion Group, a national owner and operator of student housing communities located in major university campus markets across the US. Originally from Montreal, Avi graduated from McGill University and received an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is also on the Board of Hillel at Northwestern University, where two of his children, Dani and Eitan, are students. His youngest child, Orly, is in her junior year of high school.

 

Al Rosenberg

Al Rosenberg

Board Member

Al Rosenberg leads the communications and marketing departments at OneTable, a national Jewish nonprofit making Shabbat dinner accessible to millennials. Formerly the Director of Communications at a small liberal arts college, she is now active in the 20-30s Jewish Chicago scene, volunteers regularly with a local literacy program, mentors young women entering the workforce, and hosts a monthly Queer Shabbat dinner open to the community. Originally from Florida, she now thrives in Humboldt Park.