Terri Bernsohn spent the past 15 years as the Religious School Director at Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois. Terri earned a masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from DePaul University and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from HUC-JIR. Prior to leading JRC’s school, Terri worked as a grantwriter for multiple not-for-profit organizations. Over the past few years, the Terri’s work has focused oncommunity-building, and she has used her grantwriting skills to underwrite multiple family engagement initiatives, including a Shabbat chavurah that used social media to augment in-person Shabbat activities. Under Terri’s leadership, JRC was part of the initial cohort of CHIdush, a Chicago-area collaboration between Community Foundation for Jewish Education and UpStart; over the course of two years, a team of parents, teachers and clergy used Design Thinking to transform school structurally and programmatically. Currently, Terri is working with another longtime Jewish educator to develop programs for Jewish families not affiliated with congregations.
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