Team Mishkan

Meet our well-oiled machine (running on coffee and love).

From our home-grown, local Rabbi and founder, to our super-human staff of professionals and clergy, Mishkan’s team has (collective) decades of experience envisioning, creating, growing, sustaining and organizing community.

Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann catalyzed the founding of Mishkan Chicago in September of 2011. She graduated with Honors from Stanford University, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles in 2010. Her first job out of school was as the first Revson Rabbinic Fellow at IKAR in Los Angeles. Mishkan contains the DNA of IKAR in Los Angeles, B’nai Jeshurun in New York, and the ecstatic, musical and meditative Jewish tradition that emerged out of South America to give rise to that approach here in the States.

Meet our Rabbi & Founder

Rhonda Abrams

Rhonda Abrams

Director of Development

Rachel Cort

Rachel Cort

Executive Director

Ashley Donohue

Ashley Donohue

Director of Communications and Marketing

Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Vision Director of The Mensch Academy

Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Rabbi Lauren Henderson

Rabbi + Director of Family Learning and Spirituality

Hannah Schaeffer

Hannah Schaeffer

Program and Engagement Associate

Essie Shachar-Hill

Essie Shachar-Hill

Maggie's Place Specialist

Ellie Spitz

Ellie Spitz

Director of Programs

Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca Stevens

Director of Experience Design

Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh

Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh

Jewish Emergent Network Rabbinic Fellow

Zach Weinberg

Zach Weinberg

Rabbinic, Executive, and Administrative Assistant

Anna Wolfe

Anna Wolfe

Family Program Coordinator