Meet Our Religious School Staff and Teachers
Assistant Rabbi David Eber
Rabbi David Eber joined JRC after graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2018. He brings with him a passion for teaching, a warm presence, and a desire to help others find meaning in Jewish wisdom and spiritual practices. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College he received the Joseph L. and Ann W. Pinkenson Prize in Rabbinics, and the Tikkun Olam Award in 2015 for his work with Philadelphia’s Emerging Religious Leaders.
Contact Rabbi David if you are looking for information on our Religious School, Youth Group or High School programs.
Phone: 847-328-7678, ext. 2225
Layhao Diep, Assistant to the Executive Director and Bookkeeper
Kindergarten and First Grade
Debbie Heifitz Porter
Hello Everyone! I am Fran Landt and I’m looking forward to being back at JRC and welcoming your kids soon! This year Debbie Porter and I will co-teach K-1st. I’m excited about the La Bri’ut online program we’ll be using this year, but of course Debbie and I will be able to personalize it for your children as well.
You all know me as a teacher, and occasional storyteller. I’m a JRC member who’s been teaching JRC children long enough that some have gone onto or finished college! I keep returning because of the joyful Jewish community connection. Especially when we can’t be in a classroom together, as has been the case since last spring, it feels so important to keep us all involved with our Jewish heritage, learning, and each other.
Outside of JRC, I take classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and continue to meet with my jug band, both virtually these days. Skip and I are fortunate that our kids live nearby, and we’ve had many safely distanced visits with them.
Second Grade Teacher
My name is Abby Harris-Ridker and I am so excited to be JRC’s 2nd grade teacher this year! Over the past 5 years I have taught 1st, 3rd, 8th grades, and high school at JRC, and I was a madricha in the Pre-K classroom when I was in high school, so I’m looking forward to getting to teach another grade and learn about Judaism through the lens of our 2nd graders. I have the added bonus of having taught this year’s second graders last year, so I am really looking forward to continuing to build relationships with them and dive into our curriculum together.
I love teaching at JRC because I get to know our brilliant students and we get to explore Reconstructionism and Judaism by asking big questions, engaging with art and discussion, and building community.
In addition to teaching at JRC, I have been a member of JRC my entire life and I grew up in our religious school. Outside of JRC, I am starting my first year as a 3rd grade teacher at a Chicago Public School. Besides teaching, I love to cook and spend lots of time at the beach, and I am currently working on training my new puppy. I know this year will be challenging and I look forward to exploring the hardships, frustrations, and beauty and thinking about how we can work towards social justice with the 2nd graders and their families through this year’s curriculum, La-Bri’ut: To Our Health and Wellness. Please reach out to me throughout the year with any questions and concerns.
Third Grade Teacher
My Name is Malik Turley, and I am looking forward to stepping into the role of teaching the third graders this year in addition to working with the third – sixth graders on Tuesdays. I have been teaching something since I was in High School, starting with the Learn to Swim program at ETHS. Now, I teach dance, fitness, and yoga during the week through Hip Circle Empowerment Center as well as working with the JRC Religious Education program. Movement will be a part of everything I teach, and I look forward to sharing my love of Judaism with you and your children. Together we will make this unprecedented year a fulfilling one.
Fourth Grade Teacher
Fifth Grade Teacher and Seventh Grade Co-Teacher
I’m so excited to start my year at JRC! I just moved to Chicago from Massachusetts (Natick for any of Northeasterners) last September. I’ve been working with kids for almost a decade, and there’s nothing I enjoy more. I play tennis, soccer, and ultimate frisbee, and I love to sing and play guitar. I’m incredibly honored to be able to teach 5th this year, as well as co-teach 7th grade with Morah Aviva. The community here at JRC has been amazing. I’m eager to meet all my students and families this fall!
Sixth Grade Teachers
Isaac Brosilow is so excited to be returning to JRC for his third year of teaching, and to be teaching 6th grade this year! In years past, he has taught 7th grade, intermediate Hebrew, and a cooking elective for 3rd-6th graders. Last year, he lived in Jerusalem and studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. Isaac is eager to bring back the skills in Jewish text study he encountered there to the JRC community, and will be teaching 6th grade as well as Hebrew and a Tuesday elective. Alongside teaching, Isaac is a contributing writer for Jewish Currents.
Tuesday Electives Teacher
Small Group Hebrew Teacher