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

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Rabbi Deena Cowans

Rabbi Deena Cowans

associate rabbi

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Ashley Donohue

Ashley Donohue

Director of Communications

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Rachel Cort

Rachel Cort

Executive director

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Mady Frischer

Mady Frischer

Development & Engagement Associate

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Amy Nadal

Amy Nadal

Senior Development and Engagement Associate

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Rabbi Steven Philp

Rabbi Steven Philp

Associate Rabbi

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Keith Schnabel

Keith Schnabel

Communications Manager

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Aviva Stein

Aviva Stein

Director of Mensch Academy

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Rebecca Stevens

Rebecca Stevens

Director of strategy and Design

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Seth Torres

Seth Torres

Rabbinic Assistant

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Zach Weinberg

Zach Weinberg

Program and Operations Manager

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Julie Wernick

Julie Wernick

Mensch Academy Program Coordinator

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Part-Time Team

Claire Bergen

Claire Bergen

Mensch Academy Facilitator

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Anna Gelman

Anna Gelman

Shabbat Producer

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Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

Educational Consultant

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Jordan Golding

Jordan Golding

Shabbat Coordinator

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Rachael Jimenez

Rachael Jimenez

Davening Team Coordinator

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Nathan Kaplin

Nathan Kaplin

Mensch Academy Facilitator

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Ben Kaye

Ben Kaye

Shabbat Coordinator

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Rachel Mylan

Rachel Mylan

Family Music Specialist

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Eli Newell

Eli Newell

BMitzvah Coordinator

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Betsy Ross

Betsy Ross

Mensch Academy Facilitator

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Val Schlosberg

Val Schlosberg

Mensch Facilitator

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Annie Share

Annie Share

Shabbat Coordinator

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Mira Warmflash

Mira Warmflash

Mensch Academy Facilitator

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