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

About Us

Welcome to JTeach.org

 

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JTeach.org, 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 info@jteach.org, or email one of our specialists listed below.

 

Our Creative Team

JTeach.org offers Jewish art projects, lesson plans, activities and worksheets for Jewish holidays, Mitzvot, Torah, Israel and Hebrew.

Alissa C. Zuchman, Ph.D.
Alissa Zuchman is excited to rejoin the Board of Jewish Education as its Director. She grew up in Chicago’s Conservative movement of West Rogers Park. She is a proud graduate of the Solomon Schechter High School, and always knew she wanted to be a Jewish educator. Upon graduating from Solomon Schechter, Alissa headed to Los Angeles to study Bible and Rabbinic Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary/University of Judaism. Alissa began her full-time career as Director of Special Projects and an educational consultant at the Board of Jewish Education (BJE). Alissa has been a Director of Life-Long Learning for 25 years, and during her tenure at Congregation Sukkat Shalom ran one of the only “Family Schools” in the country. During this time, she earned her M.A in Education at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Theology and Education with a specialty in Art Therapy. While living in Arizona, Alissa used her unique and uplifting skills as a gifted teacher, artist, and mentor to create her foundation Azspire. Azspire is a haven that is built on relationships, to create a vibrant and thriving community of Artists. Alissa has always believed that our communities need the beauty of art and the transformative power of relationships to lift people up and bring them together. The Board of Jewish Education has always been a place that has allowed creativity to be free-flowing and has encouraged the spark that is within each educator, parent and student to flourish and she looks forward to collaborating with the educators and families to continue the work of the BJE well into the 21st century.

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.

Renee Kaplan
Renee Kaplan has been on staff at the BJE in a variety of capacities since September 2014. She recently added the Marshall Center for Innovation in Jewish Education to her portfolio as the Program Coordinator lending her skillset to the various programs and offerings the MCIJE provides. Her career began in education working for several schools as a Financial Aid advisor. She is most proud of her work as the Director of Financial Aid for the Zarem/Golde ORT School in Chicago. Making it possible for new immigrants to learn English, receive skill training and then see them placed in jobs was extremely gratifying. A passion for helping others is fundamental to her character. Renee grew up in Skokie and holds a BA in telecommunications from Indiana University.

Bruce Duhan
"Good design is attention to small things, but good design is no small thing." Bruce Duhan is Creative Director and Designer at JTeach.org, 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.

Linda Sonin
is the Founding Director of JTeach.org. 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 JTeach.org website.

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