Senior Staff


 


Susan Solomon - Executive Director

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Executive Director

Susan Solomon

Susan Solomon was named Executive Director of Chicago Sinai Congregation in early 2006. An 18-year member of Sinai, she previously served on the Temple’s Board of Trustees and as a committee volunteer. Susan brings extensive leadership experience to her position. A licensed attorney, she has held senior management positions in legal and financial organizations.

Susan is responsible for all aspects of the Temple’s operation, from fiscal management to staff supervision and support, from community relations and outreach programs to the logistical planning and implementation that assures Sinai members of the many services they depend on -- religious, educational, and social. She brings a spirit of creativity to a job defined by the many roles and responsibilities of Sinai; her success is measured in the achievement of the Temple’s daily goals and long-term vision.

She balances her professional role with her duties as a parent and as a tireless volunteer for social and community organizations.


Heidi Kon - Religious School Director

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Religious School Director

Heidi Kon

Heidi Kon joined Chicago Sinai in 1997. She was educated at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. She has worked in Jewish education for more than 30 years, teaching and developing curricula for all age levels. A licensed clinical social worker, Heidi also has major experience in the human service field, particularly as Director of Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence programs.

Heidi's approach to Jewish education is to infuse Jewish values into every day life. At Sinai she has worked extensively on religious school curriculum development and teacher training, and has developed a wide array of adult education programs. She instituted Sinai’s successful Madrichim (counselor) program for high school students. She has developed training programs for religious school faculties on working with interfaith families and alternatives in Jewish education. She also works on issues relating to Blacks and Jews.

Heidi lives in Oak Park with her husband, Will Jones, and their three sons.


Fern Katz - Director of Preschool

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Director of Preschool

Fern Katz

Fern Rappaport Katz joined Chicago Sinai in 2012. She has an extensive background in early childhood education and special education as both a teacher and an administrator. Fern has a B.S.Ed from Northern Illinois University and an M.Ed from University of Illinois-Chicago, as well as an M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Before becoming Sinai’s Early Childhood Education Director , Fern was an early childhood director for the JCC of Chicago and early childhood education coordinator and instructor at Governors State University. She has also taught children with special needs as well as religious school in Illinois and New Jersey. Fern is an active member of Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism and the Early Childhood Directors Council of the Community Foundation for Jewish Education, and was selected to participate in the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative. Fern has led two schools through the process of reaching accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Fern’s article “Trust and Separation: God, Abraham, and Early Childhood Educators” was published in the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education journal.

Fern finds joy in learning, teaching, and in Judaism, and believes we are all on a journey of exploration, discovery, and lifelong learning.


Scott Kumer - Director of Music

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Director of Music

Scott Kumer

Scott Kumer returned to Chicago Sinai Congregation as its Music Director in late 2014. Scott received his B.Mus. summa cum laude from Wittenberg University, and his M.Mus. with highest honors from the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he pursued further graduate studies in music history and music theory at the University of Chicago where he served as accompanist to the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Motet Choir, and University Chorus. 

In 1996, Scott and Thomas Weisflog began a two-year project of transcribing great orchestral works for organ four-hands-four-feet. The Symphonic Organ, a compact disc featuring their transcriptions of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, J. Strauss, Mahler, Debussy, and Ravel, was released on the London-based Meridian Records label in 1998, and has enjoyed critical acclaim. Scott is a contributing author to A Primer for the Visiting Organist (edited by Fred Moleck, G.I.A. Publications, Inc., 2007), and had the great privilege to assist in the project to rebuild the historic 1928 E.M. Skinner Organ (Opus 634) at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.


Rebecca Frazin - Director of Engagement and Programming

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Director of Engagement and Programming

Rebecca Frazin

Rebecca Frazin joined as Sinai’s Director of Engagement and Programming in 2016. She received her undergraduate degree in Jewish Studies and Psychology from Indiana University. Prior to joining Sinai, she worked for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the U.S. House of Representatives.  

Throughout her life, Rebecca has been active in the Jewish community from participating in mitzvah projects to helping to lead her temple youth group, to studying in Jerusalem.  Rebecca looks forward to opening up pathways through Sinai for those within and outside the community to discover their Jewish journey.

When not at Sinai, she and her husband, Kenny, can be found rooting on the Chicago Blackhawks, trying the latest Chicago restaurant, and running or riding on the Chicago lakefront.

A Conversation with Rebecca





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Who To Call

Often, members might be unsure about whom to contact for information about Sinai events. For all questions not answered below, please call Sinai’s Executive Director, Susan Solomon, at ext. 226

Executive Director’s Assistant:
Dawn Owens ext. 223

Oneg Sponsorship:
Dawn Owens, ext. 223

Tributes:
Dawn Owens , ext. 223

Yahrzeits and Book of Remembrance:
Dawn Owens, ext. 223

Facility Rental:
Susan Solomon, ext. 226

Life Cycle Events:
Susan Solomon, ext. 226

Member Accounts:
Dawn Owens, ext. 223 or Jill Epstein, ext. 225

Memorial Plaques:
Susan Solomon, ext. 226

Accounts Payable:
Jill Epstein, ext. 225

Rabbis’ Assistant:
DeeDee Dukes, ext. 229

Music Program & Volunteer Choir:
Scott Kumer, ext. 239

Preschool:
Fern Katz, ext. 231

Adult Education & Religious School:
Heidi Kon, ext. 243

Social Action/Volunteer Activities:
Dawn Owens, ext. 223

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