Alissa C. Zuchman, Ph.D.
Alissa Zuchman grew up in Chicago’s Conservative movement of West Rogers Park and is a proud graduate of the Solomon Schechter High School. She 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/the 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) back in Chicago. Alissa has been a Director of Life Long Learning for 25 years, and her proudest time was during her tenure at Congregation Sukkat Shalom, where she ran one of the only “Family Schools” in the country. During this time, she earned an M.A in Education at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Theology, Psychology, and Education with a specialty in Art Therapy.
The Board of Jewish Education has always been a place that has allowed creativity to be free-flowing and has encouraged the spark within each educator, parent, and student to flourish.
Alissa is excited to rejoin the Board of Jewish Education as its Director.
She follows in a long line of talented educators and is grateful for their vision and experience. She looks forward to collaborating with the educators and families to continue the work of the BJE well into the 21 st century.