Alice Greenwald

Director of Youth and Family Education

Alice Greenwald serves as the Director of Youth and Family Education of the Ermest and Lisa Auerbach Jewish Experience Center. Her commitment to education and dedication to children and families are evident in her passion for excellence, innovation and creativity in the classroom and outside the walls. Programs developed under Alice’s leadership have become models for educating children, teens and families.

Alice holds a California K - 8 teaching credential and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. She has over 30 years of teaching, counseling and administrative experience in Los Angeles, Bishop and Chicago.

Alice was a co-founder and past president of REACH (Reconstructionist Educators' Association of Chicago) and is currently an active member of RENA (Reconstructionist Educators of North America).

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Rabbi Carrie Vogel

Assistant Director of Youth and Family Education

Rabbi Carrie Vogel serves as the Assistant Director of Youth and Family Education. Besides working with Alice to oversee the Auerbach Jewish Experience Center, she is in charge of the Hebrew curriculum, including the new individualized Hebrew tutoring program for students in OJE (Outdoor Jewish Experience). She reimagined and reorganized the onsite Hebrew program, introducing “Hebrew Ninjas,” a highly innovative and successful program based on clearly-set goals and tangible rewards. Carrie also leads the Family High Holy Days and Family Shabbat services.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a major in English, Carrie was ordained as a rabbi from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles in May of 2009. In addition, she received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR.

Carrie and her husband Brian are Ohio natives (Go Buckeyes!), but you’ll be hard pressed to find them back there during the winter months.

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Jennifer Zolonz

Youth Programs Coordinator

Jennifer received a sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Immediately after graduating UCSD, Jennifer worked in the corporate world as a human resources professional. After gaining valuable work experience, she returned to graduate school at California State University, Northridge to earn a Masters in Social Work (MSW). Since graduating with her MSW, she worked passionately at a foster/adoption agency as a social worker, advocating for foster children, engaging foster/adoptive parents, and leading support groups.

Since childhood, Jennifer has been active in the Jewish community, participating in youth groups including BBG (B'nai Brith Girls) and USY (United Synagogue Youth). Her strong Jewish identity, passion for inspiring children, teens, and families, and her commitment to tikkun olam and informal learning combine to make her a perfect youth leader. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and swimming. 

To contact Jennifer, call 310.459.1569 X 247 or email.

Brian Avner

Experiential Education Coordinator

Brian Avner is thrilled to be the new Experiential Education Coordinator at Kehillat Israel. He is a recent graduate of Hebrew Union College with Masters Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Non-Profit Management. He previously received his B.A. in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (Go Badgers!).

Brian is excited to be in charge of the Outdoor Jewish Experience (OJE) since he spent seven summers as a camper and seven more as a counselor at his summer camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He is also looking forward to leading AVODAH (teen community service), the social action trip, as well as retreats and family days. He has always been involved in his Jewish community and is excited to get to know a brand new one by the ocean.

Even though a Chicago native, Brian has strong ties to Wisconsin. Besides camp and college, Brian also met his wife Sami, a Milwaukee native, while at school in Madison.

To contact Brian, call 310.459.1569 X 277 or email.

Shirley Chacon

JEC Office Administrator





To contact Shirely, call 310.459.1569 X 271 or email.