Faculty & Staff
George D. Hanus is Chairman of the Jewish Education Leadership Institute, Chairman of the National Jewish Day School Scholarship Committee - Operation Jewish Education/The 5% Mandate, Chairman of the World Jewish Digest/Jewish Broadcasting Network and current Chairman of the Superfund for Jewish Education and Continuity. Mr. Hanus is past Chairman and current Chairman Emeritus of Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, Illinois. He is past Vice Chairman and Director of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the Jewish United Fund and served as a member of the Executive Committee and the Overall Planning and Allocations Committee of the Jewish Federation. Mr. Hanus is past President and Chairman of the Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Illinois, and a past Trustee of the Kollel Torah Mitzion of Chicago. He is also a past elected Trustee of the Niles Township High School District #219 in Illinois. Mr. Hanus earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Northwestern University School of Law.
Rabbi Dr. Harvey A. Well is Superintendent of Schools of the Associated Talmud Torahs of Metropolitan Chicago. Rabbi Well, who holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Type 75 Certificate from the State of Illinois, has been a teacher, principal, and administrator of Jewish schools for over four decades. Rabbi Well also serves as the Rabbi of the largest Orthodox synagogue in the Midwest. Rabbi Well is the Provost of both the Jeli Administrative program as well as the Master teacher Program.
Julie Nathan Lennon is the Executive Director of the Jewish Education Leadership Institute and has been with the JELI graduate programs since its inception. She is a product of the Chicago Day School system and holds a B.Sc. from Washington University in St. Louis in Physical Therapy. She is married to George Lennon and has five children.
Arthur Birn is a former executive with Sears Roebuck and Company. He has been actively involved in Day School and Yeshiva Scholarship administration for the past 25 years in New Jersey and Chicago.
Rabbi Dr. Yaacov Dvorin is the principal of Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School in Skokie, Illinois. Prior to his becoming the principal in 1998, he served as the Assistant Principal of the school. Rabbi Dvorin also served as the Director of Religious Studies at the Sager Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook and as the interim Assistant Principal. Rabbi Dvorin received his doctorate from the Hebrew Theological College of the Jewish University of America in Religious Education.
Dr. Shana Erenberg is the Chairman of the Department of Education and professor at Blitstein Institute of Hebrew Theological College in Chicago. She also maintains a private practice for the diagnostic evaluation and remediation of learning disabilities in children and adults. Dr. Erenberg is the Special Needs Consultant to the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the Board of Jewish Education of Chicago, as well as the National Special Needs Consultant for the Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, Dr. Erenberg serves as a consultant to numerous day schools and public schools in metropolitan Chicago and throughout the United States, and is the co-chair of the International Consortium of Jewish Special Educators in Central Agencies. Dr. Erenberg is the founder of the Keshet Sunday School and served as its director for twenty years. Dr. Erenberg has served as a Level I Due Process Hearing Officer, and continues to do advocacy and due process work.She also serves as a member of the University Review Board for the Illinois State Board of Education. Dr. Erenberg has a doctorate in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University, and multiple State teacher certifications in Elementary and Special Education. She is married to Steve Erenberg and has four children.
Miriam Jaffe is a teacher and the activities director at the Ida Crown Jewish Academy of Chicago. She received her BA from Northeastern Illinois University and her Masters in Educational Administration from Loyola University through the JELI program. Mrs. Jaffe received her teaching certification from Midrasha Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel and Yavne Teachers' College in Cleveland, Ohio.
Rabbi Yehuda Krohn, Psy.D. is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He writes and presents on a variety of topics that relate to Judaism, psychology and the intersection of the two. Rabbi Dr. Krohn, a licensed clinical psychologist, sees individuals, families and couples in his Lincolnwood, Illinois private practice.
Rabbi Dr. Leonard A. Matanky is the Associate Superintendent of the Associated Talmud Torahs of Chicago, and Director of its Morris and Rose Goldman Computer Department of Judaic Studies. A graduate of Chicago area Jewish day schools, (including the Ida Crown Jewish Academy, where he concurrently serves as Dean) Rabbi Matanky was ordained and received a Masters degree in Religious Education from the Hebrew Theological College, a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Loyola University and a Ph.D. from New York University. Rabbi Matanky has lectured across the United States, Israel and in Europe and is the author of numerous educational articles.
Ronnie Masliansky is General Manager, Product Control, for Arcelor Mittal Steel USA. He has been with the company for 36 years. He is a former Chairman of the Board of Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Mr. Masliansky has taught negotiations seminars for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University and holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Rabbi Michael A. Myers received his B.A. from Loyola University, his M.A. in education administration from the University of Illinois, and Semicha, Rabbinical ordination, from the Hebrew Theological College. He is the recipient of the Kohl International Fellows Award and was selected as a Jerusalem Fellow. He currently serves as Dean of the Kanter School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bressler School of Advanced Hebrew Studies at Hebrew Theological College and Chairman of Department of TaNaCH and instructor at Ida Crown Jewish Academy.
David Nadoff, B.A., J.D., M.A. has a bachelors degree (summa cum laude), a masters degree in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and holds a law degree (summa cum laude) from Northwestern University Law School. He is an autodidact in Torah studies.
Debbie Polin is Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Rand Financial Services, Inc, since 1993. Prior to joining Rand she was the Director of Telecommunications and Office Administration for Gerald, Inc. Debbie has served as Treasurer and Vice President of Budget and Tuition at Hillel Torah North Suburban Day School since 1993. She is currently the President of the Board of Directors. Debbie has her B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis, and her MBA from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Sherwin Schneiderman is a practicing certified public accountant with over 40 years of experience. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has served as the scholarship chairperson for the Ida Crown Jewish Academy for over 20 years.
William T. Sturtevant, Ed.D. is VP Trust Relations & Planned Giving, University of Illinois. From 1980 until 2004 he was Vice President for Planned Giving and Trust Relations, and built what is considered by many to be one of the nation's preeminent gift planning programs. Mr. Sturtevant's responsibilities now encompass developing and implementing strategies for donors and families capable of gifts at a level of $5 million or more. During his years at Illinois, he has been directly involved with over $400 million in major gifts. He earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1984 and regularly assists a variety of charitable organizations with complicated or unusual gift situations. He has been listed in Who's Who, and in 1995, he was honored as Planned Giving Professional Of The Year by Planned Giving Today. His seminars and presentations are extremely popular and he is a frequent speaker before development professionals, hospital groups, and civic organizations. He authored The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift, which was published in 1997 and updated in 2004.
Rabbi Dr. Gerald A. Teller received his Doctorate in Education from Wayne State University, a Bachelor of Arts, Brooklyn College; Master of Hebrew Letters, Jewish Theological Seminary; Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav; and a Master of Arts in Education, University of Detroit. He was the Superintendent of Education at the United Hebrew Schools of Detroit and the Board of Jewish education/Community Foundation for Jewish Education in Chicago. He is the recipient of a number of awards and grants including an Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has published widely in the field of Jewish education.
Dov Shandalov is currently the Business Adminstrator for Hillel Torah Day School and has served in that position for the past 21 years. He attended Northeastern Illinois University and Depaul University graduating with a degree in Business Administration. He is married with three children.
Lois Zoller has devoted her life to a diverse group of important national and international general and Jewish community. Currently, she is Campaign Chairperson of the Jewish United Fund and has served on the Boards of Trustees for Anshe Emet Synagogue, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Jewish Family & Community Service, Response Center, and the Spertus Institute of Judaic Studies. She has served as President of the Woman's Division of the Chicago Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She is an Executive Board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and serves on the Executive Committee of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Livnot U'Lehibanot National Board, American Friends of Weizmann Institute of Science Board of Governors, and on the Executive Committee of the Joint Action Committee ( JAC).
Andrea Storz - In addition to having her own job counseling business, Andrea Storz works as a job counselor and job coach for The ARK, a social service agency serving the Chicago Jewish community. She also offers her expertise to residents of a local homeless shelter. Andrea had an exciting career in the music industry for several years, but always found herself writing resumes and developing job search strategies for friends, family and eventually private clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and English from NIU, is married, and has 3 daughters.