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Our Education Director

“We have confidence that the Sunday school mirrors our beliefs, and we appreciate that it encourages our children to think critically and always to question.”

 — Ilana S., Deerfield

"My goal for having my children go to Sunday School was to learn about where they come from because they have a mixed background. So if they ever needed to make a choice about who and what they are, they would have some basis for doing so. And I think they have that."

 — Susan G., Highland Park


Ilana Shaffer has been a member of Kol Hadash since 2012 and has served as both a member and chair of the Youth Education Committee.  She became Assistant Youth Education Director in 2018 and will become Youth Education Director in 2019 when Dawn Friedman retires.  Ilana received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and has worked in sales, event planning, marketing communications and non-profit management.  She was raised in a traditional Jewish household in Oklahoma City, OK, and Atlanta, GA.  When Ilana learned about Humanistic Judaism, it was an ‘aha’ moment — a Judaism compatible with her belief in human power.  She could maintain her family’s Jewish roots while being secular, adapting Jewish traditions to be consistent with modern values (we say what we mean and mean what we say).  She is also a Sunday School parent with a son in 2nd grad and a daughter in 6th grade. Her family lives in Deerfield.

Meet our Sunday School Staff

Fri, August 23 2019 22 Av 5779