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.

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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 retired partner with Ernst & Young. Lisa spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and relocated to Chicago in 2012. She has been an active community volunteer in Jewish and secular organizations including the Executive Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and the audit committee of Jewish Federations of North America. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning and a member of the International and Chicago regional councils of New Israel Fund. She is also a member of the advisory council for the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics at DePaul University. Since retiring, Lisa spends her time traveling and cooking for friends.   

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.
Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg

Board Member

Hannah Bloom-Hirschberg is the Program Manager for JECELI Chicago, a program for Jewish early childhood education professionals which seeks to transform Jewish education through collaborative leadership. Prior to this role, she developed professional development curricula for daycare providers and taught young children. Hannah holds a Bachelor’s  from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s from Erikson Institute. She serves on a number of JUF committees as well as the Board of Vanderbilt Hillel. Hannah lives in Lakeview with her husband, Gary, and their sons.

Adam Case

Adam Case

Board Member

Adam Case was drawn to Mishkan for its vibrant vision of Judaism, and is thrilled to support this community by serving on the Board. He lives in Lincoln Square with his wife Alicia and children Elsa (who just finished the Bonim cohort) and Ben. He works for Right At School, an organization that provides high-quality after-school programs across the country. 

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.

 

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. 
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.

 

Shira Marks

Shira Marks

Board Member

Shira Marks spends her days as a Partner Solutions Manager at Salesforce, and her evenings trying to find a great pair of earrings and binging podcasts in Lincoln Park. She has also served on the Board of Base Hillel since moving back to Chicago after graduating from the University of Rochester and spending a few years in Manhattan. 

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, they are 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.