Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago's Online Resource Center

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IMG_1700, an online Jewish teacher resource center, was launched in 2014 by the Board of Jewish Education/Marshall Jewish Learning Center (MJLC) to help teachers across the nation gain digital access to our high quality, innovative resources and projects.

The Marshall Jewish Learning Center, located in Northbrook, Illinois, provides those who engage in the transmission of Jewish culture and content to the next generation, the educational scaffolding necessary to be successful in their sacred work. We offer educational leaders, principals, teachers, camp staff, youth directors, parents leading programs, and teens content-rich teaching materials that are innovative and easily accessible. We challenge teachers to think expansively about how they work with their students and help them acquire new skills to support their efforts.

A hallmark of the MJLC is its commitment to providing expert, personalized attention and mentoring to any teacher who enters our building or visits our website. We assist veteran teachers needing a fresh approach to teaching their subject matter, first year teachers looking for models of best practices, and everyone in-between!

The MJLC staff is here to help you. Please contact us at, or email one of our specialists listed below.


Our Creative Team

Linda Sonin
is the Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago’s Marshall Jewish Learning Center and Founding Director of A seasoned educator, Linda has dedicated her career to inspiring teachers to widen their educational approaches so that their students find joy and meaning in Jewish learning. She is a sought-after workshop leader, and has served as an education director, art educator and curriculum specialist in a variety of Jewish settings. She earned an MA in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois. Linda Sonin is the author of Celebrating Israel through the Arts and Walk the Talk: Jewish Values in Action. Both books are available through the website.

Rabbi Toby H. Manewith
knows how to juggle and has perfected baking gluten-free brownies, both of which have brought her renown in very small circles. In her professional life, Rabbi Manewith has worked as a formal and informal Jewish educator, consultant and curriculum writer for more than 25 years. Rabbi Manewith worked for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, for ten years, most notably as the director of both the Syracuse and American University Hillels. Following this, she worked as a congregational rabbi in Washington, DC for a number of years. Rabbi Manewith has written curriculum for Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing, a project of Moving Traditions. She has been a faculty member at a number of summer camps including Kutz, Camp Harlam, Camp Ben Frankel and (her favorite) OSRUI. She has taken hundreds of students on trips to Israel, Ukraine, and Germany. Most recently Rabbi Manewith has served as a synagogue educator at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook and Emanuel Congregation in Chicago. This is her fourth year as a member of the Marshall Jewish Learning Center team, where she is happiest founding new ways to engage students in learning ancient Jewish wisdom.

Rabbi Eric Zaff
is a veteran educator with over a decade of experience in both formal and informal environments. As a teacher, he strives to bring joy and seriousness of purpose to his students, who have ranged in age from Kindergarten to retired. In his role as a curriculum specialist in the Marshall Jewish Learning Center, he continues the work he has done writing and implementing curricula in a variety of settings. A well-traveled learner, he attended the University of Chicago, where he received a BA in English Language and Literature; Machon Pardes and the Pardes Educators Program in Jerusalem, through which he earned an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew University; and, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, where he received rabbinic ordination. He is teaching his children to love Torah and the Red Sox.

Rabbi Lauren Kurland

serves as the Director of Student Engagement at the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington as well as an educational consultant in Seattle. Previously, Lauren worked as associate director for educational resources at American Jewish World Service and as education director at Ansche Chesed in Manhattan. She has written curriculum for Etgar Yesodi and Repair the World, and is a co-author of Siddur Mah Tov (Berhman House). Lauren received ordination and a Masters in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She and her family are delighted to reside in Seattle, where every day--rain or shine--they are reminded of the beauty of this magnificent world.

Julie Wohl

Julie Wohl is a Jewish Educator and artist who combines these passions into work that explores Judaism, personal meaning and creative expression.  Her signature “Jewish Learning Thru Art” workshops focus on text study, Jewish learning and the creation of large scale communal pieces of art.  She is a teacher trainer and synagogue educator as well as the co-author/illustrator of Siddur Mah Tov (2010) and the illustrator of Simply Seder (2011), both published by Behrman House. She has worked as a curriculum writer and arts specialist for Etgar Yesodi (a national religious school curriculum for 3rd through 5th grade) and spends her summers teaching and playing at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires.   Julie is a Detroit native currently living and working in Central Pennsylvania. 

Alden Solovy

is Marshall Jewish Learning Center’s Liturgist-in-Residence. Alden spreads joy and excitement for prayer. He’s written more than 600 pieces of new liturgy, offering a fresh new Jewish voice, challenging the boundaries between poetry, meditation, personal growth and prayer. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing and Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings. His third book, This Grateful Heart, will be published by the CCAR Press in spring, 2017. His teaching spans from U.S. synagogues to Limmud Conference UK to HUC-JIR, Jerusalem. A native Chicagoan, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012. His latest work is available at

Marcie Eskin
joined the BJE staff as the Marshall Jewish Learning Center’s librarian in October 2000. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Marcie received a BA from Cornell University and a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. In addition to organizing, cataloging, and classifying the MJLC’s collection, Marcie provides annotated bibliographies and reference services for MJLC patrons and She is a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries and has served in several leadership roles including President of the Chicago chapter.

Robin Bright
is the Marshall Jewish Learning Center’s Makor Or Consultant. She also serves as Director of Special Education Services at Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago. She has been a special educator for over 25 years. She graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in Elementary Education and Elementary Special Education K-8 with a minor in adaptive recreation. She has been president of Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education for four years. After completing the Melton Program with the BJE, Robin went on to complete her Masters in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus College.

Chantal Blaustein
is currently the Curriculum Specialist at the BJE. She is on staff at Ramah Day Camp and will be developing their curriculum and leading their new Art program. For the past 14 years, Chantal has taught 5th Grade at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC), Evanston and has worked as their youth director for 4 years. Chantal also teaches at the Moriah Family School. As a faculty member of the Florence Melton Comuniteen Program, she has taught ancient and modern Jewish texts to 9th and 10th graders. She graduated from Bradley University with a major in Psychology and Religious Studies, attended the University of Chicago receiving her Masters in Social Work. Chantal is a graduate of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a two-year program, and attended the Israel Seminar.

Bruce Duhan
"Good design is attention to small things, but good design is no small thing." Bruce Duhan is Creative Director and Designer at, as well as our technology wizard. It is his responsibility to bring our educational ideas to creative life. Bruce joined the team in March of 2018 after a successful career that included and still includes being President/Creative Director of DuhanCreative, his own creative consultancy. He was formerly EVP, Creative Director at Ogilvy Advertising. Prior to this Bruce was EVP, General Manager of the concepting think-tank of BEN Marketing Group, acquired by Ogilvy in 2002. As one of the founding partners of BEN, and Chief Creative Officer, Bruce led a creative team that produced award-winning design for some of the best known clients in the world, Coca-Cola, HBO, Holiday Inn, IBM, DuPont, and others. Bruce is a graduate of Pratt Institute and began his design career with Creative Playthings, designing toys and toy packaging.

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