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.