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The professional team is available to get to know current and future members of our congregation, and we're always happy to sit down with you. Each person plays a vital role in making KAM Isaiah Israel the vibrant and historic congregation we are, and our entire staff wants to help you find your role in our congregation, too. 

Our Staff

Andy Kirschner has more than 10 years of experience combining coaching, facilitation and humor to engage diverse communities of leaders. Before coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Andy was the Director of Alumni Relations at Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), successfully increasing their alumni network’s engagement with IFYC. Prior to that, he was living outside Washington DC where he consulted with Jewish and secular organizations focused on social justice and education. He also launched a successful fellowship at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington that was geared towards young, Jewish innovators. He eventually combined his passion for social justice and community organizing to help Jews United for Justice win multiple campaigns for social change in Maryland.
 
Andy is VP of Education for the PEP-RJ board, the Union for Reform Judaism's professional association for engagement and program professionals. He also previously served on the Board and continues to volunteer actively with Nazun (formerly Challah for Hunger). He lives in Oak Park with his wife and two young kids. Outside of work he enjoys long walks, runs or rides along Lake Michigan, exploring kid-friendly spaces around the city and traveling with family.
 
 
Scott oversees daily operations and facilitates the many programs of KAM Isaiah Israel. He became a member of the KAMII staff in 2020 and is a member of the National Association of Temple Administration.
 
An Atlanta, Georgia native, Scott graduated from the Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Point Park University and spent two decades working behind the scenes in the performing arts.  Highlights of his theatrical career include productions at the New York City Center, Sydney Opera House, Milan's Teatro Versace, London’s Barbican and the National Theatre of Bosnia.
 
Scott lives in Buena Park with his husband, Cody, and their rescue dog, Kylian.  When not at work, he is usually in the kitchen perfecting his gluten-free recipes, exploring the city’s arts and restaurant offerings, brainstorming his next international vacation, and hiking through state parks.
 
 
Religious School Director 
Lauren Reeves is the Religious School Director at Shoresh, the Shabbat-based religious school program at KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago. Lauren is passionate about Jewish life and children, creative in programming and learning, and dedicated to developing Shoresh for learners and families. She has brought family education programs, interactive and experiential activities, and energetic, high-quality learning to Shoresh in her tenure. Lauren believes that Judaism is meaningful and accessible to learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
 
Lauren has experience as the Family Activities Coordinator at The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia and teaching religious school, during which she developed a foundation of interacting with children and creating welcoming and interactive learning environments. With training in public health communications and after working with several member-based health organizations, Lauren’s passion for Jewish education led her back to congregational life. Lauren is an active volunteer at Reavis Elementary and serves on the leadership team of Teens on 53rd, an organization dedicated to engaging teens in Hyde Park on Halloween.
 
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Lauren has a BA from Emory University and an MPA from Georgia State University. She, her husband Rabbi Frederick Reeves, and their children are often at KAM Isaiah Israel or exploring Hyde Park, Chicago.
After a formative six-year stint in the Pacific Northwest- Cody returned to his Chicago roots at the end of 2019, starting at KAM Isaiah Israel in July 2021. He is very blessed with this very rewarding opportunity for managing the front office, supporting Operations and Facilities teams, and whatever congregant needs that may arise on the daily.
 
As an alumnus of North Central College in Naperville (B.A. Sociology/Marketing), he brings an array of non-profit management and human resources experience, as well as the continual, joyous daily expressions of a Jewish spiritual life.
 
Cody remains an active, remote-based volunteer and board member for a non-kill animal shelter just outside of Portland -- with an emphasis on Development and DEI committee-work, along with participation in state/local politics and initiatives.   
 
A film/whiskey/concert/reader/travel and outdoors connoisseur, and frequent sports watcher (#GoPackGO -- as a shareholder/#BRUINS/College Football tailgaiting!), he is also an avid coffee consumer, and hopes you’ll join him for a cup or three whenever you’re visiting the office. 

 
Corey is a dedicated leader of our facilities team. His commitment to KAM Isaiah Israel shines in his work and interaction with the congregation. Through early mornings and late nights, Corey and his team demonstrate how integral their work is to our congregation's success.
 
 
 
John Sefner
Building Supervisor
 
James Mackey, Jr.
Facilities 
 
Olga Pérez
Facilities 
Sun, August 14 2022 17 Av 5782