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Mission

The mission of JPRO Chicago is to support individual career growth and the collective growth of our community by serving as a central resource for professional development.

JPRO Chicago will connect Chicago’s Jewish communal professionals to each other, provide training and leadership development opportunities, inspire and strengthen individuals and their organizations, and empower professionals to make a difference in our community.

Vision

JPRO Chicago strives to provide all Chicago professionals who work at and with Jewish organizations the ability to access information and opportunities that will help advance their personal and professional growth.

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Core Values

  • Customer Focused
  • Respect & Integrity
  • Growth & Innovation
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Passion

Leadership

JPRO Chicago Founder

Staff Pic - Deborah Shub

Deborah L. Shub

Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Deborah L. Shub is the Director of Leadership Development at the Jewish United Fund (JUF) /Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, where she helps cultivate JUF's volunteer leadership and ensures they have positive experiences and meaningful roles within the organization. She began her career at JUF in 2012 in the Planning & Allocations department, where she managed all of JUF's Young Family and PJ Library events. Prior to JUF, Deborah worked with youth at two different synagogues in the suburbs. She has sat on the Board of Directors and volunteered with many organizations, including PAWS Chicago and The Anti-Defamation League, among others. She also enjoys hosting Shabbat Dinners as a OneTable host. Deborah earned her Bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies and Certificate in Jewish Leadership from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership. In 2016, Deborah was honored with the Bernard Rodkin Professional Development Israel Fellowship – a prestigious JPRO Network Award.

JPRO Chicago Committees

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Dean Bell

Dean Bell

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning & Leadership

Dean Bell earned a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. The author or editor of 8 books and dozens of articles, he currently serves as Provost/Vice President and Professor of Jewish History at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. In July 2018 he becomes Spertus' 9th President.

Joel Bennett

Joel Bennett

Beber + Perlman Camps

Joel Bennett is the Director of Operations and Human Resources at Beber and Perlman Camps. Recognized in 2014 as one of the “36 Under 36” up-and-coming Jewish Professionals in Chicago, Joel sits on the JUF’s Health and Human Services Commission, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Yitro Fellowship, a professional development and advancement program by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. He is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt. An Open Water SCUBA diver, Joel is also an American Airlines Million-Miler.

Laurence Bolotin

Laurence Bolotin

Zeta Beta Tau

Laurence Bolotin was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and his master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. As Executive Director for Zeta Beta Tau, he provides oversight to the organization, its 145,000 initiated members, and the day-to-day operations of the International Headquarters and its staff. Laurence has served on the Young Leadership Board as well as part of the ATID leadership program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the national board of Jewish Student Connection, co-founded JPRO Indiana, serves on the board of directors for Hillel at Indiana University, earned his Certificate in Jewish Leadership from Spertus Institute, and is part of the third cohort of Schusterman Fellows. Laurence and his wife Carli have a daughter, Sienna, and reside in Lakeview.

Sarah Greenberg

Sarah Greenberg

Dina and Eli Field EZRA Multi-Service Center

Sarah Greenberg currently serves as Assistant Director of EZRA Multi-Service Center, a Jewish social service agency in Uptown. Sarah graduated from Indiana University with her Master of Public Affairs and moved to Chicago to work in the nonprofit sector in 2012. She volunteers with Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago and the Anti-Defamation League and serves as the current president of the Northside Anti-Hunger Network. She grew up in the Northwest suburbs and currently lives in Lincoln Square.

Ann Luban

Ann Luban

Jewish Child & Family Services

Ann Luban, MAJCS, MSW, is the Coordinator of the Synagogue Community Partnership Initiative at Jewish Child & Family Services. She has previously worked at both CJE SeniorLife and Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Ann is a founding and current board member of Chicago Jewish Day School and has served on the board of Anshe Emet Synagogue, the Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel (AJCOP) and the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (now known as JPRO Network). She founded Jewish Communal Professionals of Chicago and is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program and the Wexner Heritage Program.

Caroline Musin Berkowitz

Caroline Musin Berkowitz

The ARK

Caroline is the Director of Marketing at The ARK, following five successful years serving as the agency's Director of Volunteers and Outreach. In her new position, she develops messaging for advertising, fundraising campaigns, social media, and beyond. In addition to her time at The ARK, Caroline has worked extensively in Jewish experiential education. She has a master's degree in Jewish Communal Service and an MBA, both from Brandeis University, and received JUF's Samuel A. Goldsmith Award in 2016. A Des Moines native, Caroline has lived in the Chicago area for most of her adult life and currently lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her husband and their two children.

Robyn Schneider

Robyn Schneider

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU)

Robyn Schneider is the Great Lakes Regional Director of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) where she works to promote the university and build support for the exceptional research, innovation, and service for the people of the Negev being done. Prior to AABGU, Robyn served in campaign roles at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Robyn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University, holds a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Services degree from Hebrew Union College and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Among her many volunteer activities, she is most proud of her role as the 2018 Conference Co-Chair for Limmud Chicago.

Leslie Rosen Stern

Leslie Rosen Stern

Meeting Your Mission, Inc.

Leslie Rosen Stern (MA, MSW), Managing Director of Meeting Your Mission, Inc., is a seasoned professional with 25+ years of experience in the establishment and directorship of innovative initiatives and communal engagement. Leslie works collaboratively with nonprofit, community, and educational organizations to help advance initiatives and increase community engagement by applying best practices in strategic planning, research, and event management.

Sarah van Loon

Sarah van Loon

AJC Chicago

Sarah van Loon currently serves as the Assistant Director of the American Jewish Committee's Chicago Regional Office (AJC Chicago). Sarah is an active member with the Chicagoland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and serves on the AFP Chicago Education Committee. She is currently an iFellow with the iCenter, the national hub and catalyst for building, shaping, and supporting the field of Israel Education. In 2017, Sarah was selected for Double Chai in the Chi: Chicago's Jewish 36 Under 36 list. Sarah received her bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from North Park University, a certificate in accounting from City Colleges of Chicago, and she is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute of Learning and Leadership.

Mimi B. Weisberg

Mimi B. Weisberg

Anshe Emet Synagogue

Mimi Weisberg joined the staff of Anshe Emet Synagogue in 2014 as the Director of Development. Previously, she served the Ann Arbor community as the Campaign Director for the Jewish Federation, the Director of Jewish Cultural Arts and Education at the Jewish Community Center and as a Volunteer Recruitment Specialist at SOS Community Services. Mimi worked as an independent fundraiser and dedicated volunteer for the fundraising efforts for many non-profit organizations, including as a consultant for the city of Detroit. Mimi is passionate about the Jewish community and connecting people to their past through genealogy.

  • Laurence Bolotin, Chair
  • Scott Aaron
  • Becky Adelberg
  • Dean Bell
  • Joel Bennett
  • Sarah Greenberg
  • Ann Luban
  • Sandra Saltzman
  • Robyn Schneider
  • David Schwartz
  • Leslie Rosen Stern
  • Cydney Topaz
  • Joel Bennett, Chair
  • Caroline Musin Berkowitz
  • Max Dayan
  • Erica Kramer
  • Lisa Alter Krule
  • Tracey Meyers
  • Sandra Saltzman
  • Sarah van Loon
  • Mimi Weisberg
  • Caroline Musin Berkowitz, Chair
  • Stefanie Bregman
  • Betsy Gomberg
  • Abby Seitz

Want to get involved in a leadership position?

Contact Deborah Shub at info@jprochicago.org.