Staff

Judy Levey
Executive Director

Judy Levey joined JCUA in 2009 to manage the organization’s community development work. She created Community Ventures LLC to streamline the Community Ventures Program, JCUA’s zero-interest loan fund for affordable housing. Late in 2011, she assumed the position of CEO. As the former executive director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, Judy led a successful legislative campaign to establish dedicated funding for Kentucky’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Prior to joining JCUA, Judy was director of community outreach for the Urban Land Institute Chicago District Council. Earlier in her career, Judy worked for New York City Human Resources Administration in the divisions of Income Support and Medicaid. Judy holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan. Judy is an executive board member of Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette.
 

Rabbi Ben Greenberg

Rabbi Ben Greenberg
Director of Programs

Rabbi Ben Greenberg joins the staff of JCUA as director of programs at the end of March. Ben is a former JCUA Rabbinic Fellow (2008) and has served as senior rabbi of BMH-BJ Congregation in Denver for the past two years. Previously, he was the campus rabbi at Harvard Hillel in Cambridge, Mass. While receiving his rabbinical degree at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York, Ben held fellowships with Interfaith Workers Justice and CLAL: The Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership and is an alum of the Rabbis Without Borders Fellowship. He is the author of Covenantal Promise and Destiny: Wisdom for Life (Lulu, 2010) and editor of Twitter Torah (Lulu, 2009) and has written for The Boston Globe, First Things and the journal Conversations, as well as other print and online media and is a regular blogger for both Patheos and MyJewishLearning.com.

Verna Jaunes

Verna Jaunes
Administrative/Finance Director

Verna Jaunes is a graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce. She has worked for JCUA in the areas of office management and administration since 1998. In this role, she is responsible for all facets of office operations including human resources, financial record keeping and administrative documentation.


 

Daniel Kaplan

Daniel Kaplan
Community Organizer

Daniel is a Chicago native with a passion for tzedek and social justice. Daniel graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies, concentrating on Postcolonial Studies and the Middle East. Daniel returned to Chicago to live in a Moishe House and help build a young Jewish community rooted in social justice. Since then, he has become an active member of Mishkan Chicago, and organizes with Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools. In his free time, Daniel loves baking challah, camping and biking across the city. Daniel looks forward to working with JCUA in realizing positive social change for Chicago.

Rebecca Katz (1)

Rebecca Katz
Director of Teen Programs

Rebecca graduated from Vassar College with a BA in American Culture, concentrating in Studio Art and History. For her junior year abroad, she studied post-conflict transformation in the Balkans. After graduating, she worked as the head hiking counselor for an international girls leadership camp. At Camp Rising Sun Rebecca planned and led backpacking trips in the Catskill Mountains that provided an environment for the teens to test their leadership skills. Through these experiences, Rebecca discovered her passion for empowering teens to develop their voices and enact change in their communities. She truly believes teens have ability to create concrete change and inspire mobilization.
 

Jonathan Lehrer

Jonathan Lehrer
Communications Consultant

Jonathan Lehrer is an award-winning professional communicator who specializes in online communications (email newsletters, blogging, website design and management), media relations and strategic planning. His clients have included Jewish non-profit organizations, small businesses and state government agencies. A graduate of Northwestern University's School of Communication, Jonathan is a former synagogue president and has served as co-president of the Publicity Club of Chicago.
 

Pamela Klier-Weidner

Pamela Klier-Weidner
Director of Development and Organizational Advancement

A Chicago native, Pam has 10+ years of experience in fundraising and 20+ years in events management and promotion, including international marketing, corporate training and public speaking for the world's top firms. She previously served as director of corporate sales and special events at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and was founder and president of More Moxie, Inc. Her career includes work in development for the Italian-American Human Relations Foundation, PCAA, and the James Jordan Foundation. 

Hannah Wolod

Hannah Wolod
Development Coordinator

Hannah holds a Master’s of Nonprofit Management and Administration from North Park University and a BA in sociology from Tulane University. For nearly a decade, Hannah has served in an administrative, executive support and development capacity for social service and fair trade nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes Raiser's Edge database management, individual cultivation, grant writing, prospecting and event management.

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