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. 

Meet our Rabbi & Founder

Full-Time Team

Rhonda Abrams

Rhonda Abrams

Director of Development and Engagement

Rachel Cort

Rachel Cort

Executive director

Claire Bergen

Claire Bergen

Family Educator

Rabbi Deena Cowans

Rabbi Deena Cowans

associate rabbi

Rachel Cohn

Rachel Cohn

Family educator

Ashley Donohue

Ashley Donohue

Director of Communications

Amy Nadal

Amy Nadal

Development and Engagement Associate

Rabbi Steven Philp

Rabbi Steven Philp

Associate Rabbi

Hannah Rehak

Hannah Rehak

Communications Associate

Aviva Stein

Aviva Stein

Director of Mensch Academy

Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca Stevens

Director of strategy and Design

Seth Torres

Seth Torres

Rabbinic Assistant

Zach Weinberg

Zach Weinberg

Program and Operations Manager

Part-Time Team

Stacy Broxman

Stacy Broxman

EDOT Fellow

Steven Chaitman

Steven Chaitman

Music Fellow

Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Educational Consultant

Jordan Golding

Jordan Golding

Shabbat Coordinator

Katy Ibur

Katy Ibur

Shabbat Coordinator

Rachael Jimenez

Rachael Jimenez

Davening Team Coordinator

Rachel Mylan

Rachel Mylan

Family Music Specialist

Eli Newell

Eli Newell

Shabbat Coordinator

Val Schlosberg

Val Schlosberg

Mensch Facilitator

Essie Shachar-Hill

Essie Shachar-Hill

Maggie's Place Specialist