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Alumni Stories

Solomon Schechter Day School proudly boasts nearly 3,000 alumni who live throughout the United States, in Israel, and around the world. Our graduates are leaders in their high schools, college campuses, and beyond. They are responsible and well-educated people who care about our Jewish community and our world.

We are proud to share some of their stories below.



Click here to read about some of our recent 2017 college graduates.

Click here to read about some of our 2016 college graduates.




Spotlight on the 1980s


Miriam Ament
(SSDS '85)

Founder of Nonprofit
No Shame on U

Joel Chasnoff
(SSDS ’88)


Missy Cohen Friedman
(SSDS ’88)

Third Grade Teacher
Sager SSDS

Aaron Epstein
(SSDS ’89)

Medical Director
Emergency Department
Northwestern Medicine

Julie Sohn Galler
(SSDS '84)

President of the
Board of Trustees
Striar Hebrew Academy

Jordan B. Gorfinkel
(SSDS '81)

Writer & Illustrater
at JewishCartoon.com

Dr. Arica Hirsch
(SSDS '80)

Medical Director Department
of Radiation Oncology

Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman
(SSDS '89)

Founder & Faculty
Member of Orot

Mia Adler Ozair
(SSDS '85)

Author, "Cook, Pray,
Eat Kosher: The Essential
Kosher Cookbook for
the Jewish Soul"

Noah Shenker
(SSDS '89)

Holds Lectureship in
Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Mimi Sager Yoskowitz
(SSDS '89)

Journalist & Creater
of Blog MimiTIME

Spotlight on the 1990s    

Julie Aberman-Hochstadter
(SSDS '92)

Director of Chainlink

Harris M. Cohen
(SSDS '97)

Lead Operations Analyst

Nina Dudnik
(SSDS '90)

Fulbright Scholar, Scientist

Benjamin (Benji) Feldheim
(SSDS '95)

Assistant Director of
Rush Medical Center

Rabbi Jeremy Fine
(SSDS '96)

Rabbi, The Forward's Most Inspiring Rabbis List 2014

Dana Fine Blitzstein
(SSDS '99)

Licensed Acupuncturist

Tamar Fox
(SSDS '98)

Author, Editor

Richard Goldberg
(SSDS '97)

Deputy Chief of Staff for
Governor Bruce Rauner

Dov Grumet-Morris 

(SSDS '96)

NHL Player and
Business Development
Manager at Mason Wells

Jordy Kirshenbaum
(SSDS '94)

Prime Time Marketing

Ben Lachman
(SSDS '96)

Advocate for
Cued Speech

Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz
(SSDS '93)

Rabbi of Adat Shalom
and Filmmaker

Leor & Ashley Mellul
(SSDS ‘95) & (SSDS ‘06)

Entrepreneurs Who
Launched Eight25 Kids

Elan Mosbacher
(SSDS '99)

Director of Marketing
at SpotHero

Becca Nagorsky
(SSDS '95)

Transportation Planner
with Metrolinx, Toronto

Nate Pollak
(SSDS '97)

Owner, American Grilled
Cheese Kitchen

Amy Rubenstein
(SSDS '93)

Founder & Artistic Director
Windy City Playhouse

Daliah Saper
(SSDS '94)

Founder and Owner of Saper Law Offices

Sivan Schondorf
(SSDS '95)


Claire Sufrin
(SSDS '92)

Professor of Religious
& Jewish Studies
Northwestern University

Eli Wald
(SSDS '99)

AIPAC Chicago Area

Sharon Wolf
(SSDS '98)

Professor, Applied Psychology
  and Human Development
Univ of Pennsylvania

Amy (Salzman) Yaffe
(SSDS '94)

First Grade Teacher
Sager Solomon Schechter

Rachel Zimmerman
(SSDS '95)

Coordinator, Project

Spotlight on the 2000s      

Deanna Levin Abrams
(SSDS '01)

North Suburban Ambassador
JUF's jBaby Chicago

Leore Avidar
(SSDS '03)

Founder of Lob
Building an Enterprise API
(Application Program Interface)

Maurissa Chapman Mesirow
(SSDS '01)

Pursuing PhD in
Developmental Psychopathology

Miriam Coven
(SSDS '08)

Capstone Project Executed
"Bubbie’s Kitchen”
Kosher Restaurant Meal

Becca (Finkel) Dauber
(SSDS '04)

School Social Worker

Skippy Mesirow
(SSDS '01)

Launching Online
News Site
Real World Reporting

Brenda Cole
(SSDS '03)

Teacher of Students
with Emotional and
Behavioral Disorders

Jamie Cooper
(SSDS '02)

2nd – 8th grade
Special Education Teacher
at Sager SSDS

Max Dayan
(SSDS '02)

The Libenu Foundation

Nathan Fertig
(SSDS '07)

Songwriter and Producer
in Los Angeles

Rena Forester
(SSDS '06)

Busan, South Korea

Adam Grannick
(SSDS '02)

Producer of Filmelodic

Aliza Grant
(SSDS '08)

President of Kol
Sasson, co-ed Jewish
a cappella group

Jonah Harris
(SSDS ’07)

Structural Engineer
for HBK Engineering

Rachel Hirsch
(SSDS ’06)

Researching Health,
Human Rights, and Women's Issues

Ariella Hoffman-Peterson
(SSDS '08)

Interned in JUF Program at
Center for Jewish Genetics

Becky (Wolf) Jacobson
(SSDS '02)

Partners in Prevention Facilitator

Nathan Kahn
(SSDS '08)

Junior at Ohio University,

Brett Kopin
(SSDS '05)

Participating in
Full-time Yeshiva
Program at Svar

Jessie Lankford
(SSDS '09)

Participant in Semester
at Sea, Sailing
Around the World

Lia Lehrer
(SSDS '01)

Membership and
Communications Director
Temple Jeremiah

Avi Lesser
(Keshet, SSDS '02)

Performer, Vocalist

Sophie Nathan
(SSDS '09)

Licensed Acupuncturist

Emily Pogrund
(SSDS '05)

Working on Doctorate
in Physical Therapy

Alex Pomerantz
(SSDS '06)

Jewish Songleader
and Songwriter

Joseph Prosnitz
(SSDS '02)

Consumer Hardware
& Product Design
Prosnitz Solutions

Arielle Rosenberg
(SSDS '05)

Development Associate,
Gift of Adoption Fund

Erin Ross
(SSDS '06)

Special Education Teacher
and Co-Founder Home
Sweet Home Foundation

Lia Sacks
(SSDS '08)

Fulbright Scholar

Becky Schur
(SSDS '02)

PhD student at
Case Western Reserve

Rebecca Schwab
(SSDS '06)

Campus Operations
KAHAL, Chicago

Aaron Senser
(SSDS '04)


Alex Siedband
(SSDS '04)

Industrial Design and Development of Games
at Big Monster Toys

Jason Silberman
(SSDS '07)

Senior at Washington University, Class of 2015 Cohort of Civic Scholars

Rachel Silvert
(SSDS '04)

Actress & Managing Director
BYOT Productions

Barak Stoltz
(SSDS '09)

Participated in Mars Desert
Research Station Project

Aaron Weinberg
(SSDS ‘05)

Director, Jewish Engagement
Democratic National Committee

Noah Yastrow
(SSDS '07)

Electric Guitarist
for Houseguests

Jon Youshaei
(SSDS '05)

Product Marketing Manager
for YouTube

Aaron Zell
(SSDS '09)

Member, Tour Manager,
& Past President of

Spotlight on the 2010s      

Adam Frim
(SSDS '10)

Physics &
Mathematics Student,
Harvard University

Ben Gerstein
(SSDS '13)

Founded Deerfield Students
For Israel

Claire Gruenberg
(SSDS '14)

Representing Team USA
in an International
Skating Competition

Josh Hakimian
(SSDS '11)

Member Under 18
US Men's Maccabi
National Soccer Team

Alan Imar
(SSDS ‘14)

Received "Youth of
the Year" Award,
Beth Torah, Miami

Zev Mishell
(SSDS '13)

Participant Bronfman Youth
Fellowship in Israel

Benji & Adam Rubinberg
(SSDS '14) & (SSDS '11)

Achieved Rank of
Eagle Scout

David Weisskopf
(SSDS '13)

Achieved Rank of
Eagle Scout

Rebecca Wittenstein
(SSDS '12)

SSDS Volunteer Intern
Carol Miller's classroom

Henry Wolle
(SSDS '13)

Diller Teen Fellow

Lizzie Youshaei
(SSDS '12)

High School Student




 You can also learn more about our alumni on Facebook and in Alumni Stories from Israel.




Alumni Stories from Israel



 Alumni: Please help us update our records. Click here to share your most current contact information.

If you would like to get more involved in our alumni outreach and events or if you have any questions, please contact Francine Ephraim, Alumni Relations Coordinator at 847.412.5662 or francine.ephraim@schechter.org


Community | Kehillah

SSDS is a community of students, families, educators, donors, and volunteer leaders who support
each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging life-long bonds of friendship
based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.

Responsibility | Achrayut

As Jews, we are all responsible for one another. This sense of responsibility begins with, and extends
beyond, our SSDS community and includes giving tzedakah and improving our world.

Joy | Simcha

A Jewish life is a joyous life. SSDS provides a joyful learning environment for children,
families, and educators. Jewish holidays and life cycle events are an opportunity for everyone
to come together to celebrate and experience the richness of Jewish life.

Israel | Yisrael

Through Hebrew language education and immersion in Israeli culture, SSDS personalizes for its students
the American Jewish connection to Israel, instilling a passionate, lasting commitment to, and a sense of responsibility
for, the State of Israel.

Journey | Masa

SSDS welcomes and partners with parents to encourage and support their children and families
throughout their Schechter journey. We also promote a love of learning in our students, and create
opportunities for children, parents, families, educators, and volunteers to engage in life-long learning and growth.

In the Image of God | Btzelem Elohim

SSDS values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes respect, dignity,
inclusiveness, and compassion. We nurture the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community.

Exemplary | Dugma

SSDS is committed to providing an education that weaves the best of General studies and Judaic
studies in an integrated program that is the benchmark against which Jewish day school programs are measured.

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families. Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


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