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Executive Board


JuliAnn Geldner                                               President

Ed Schmitt                                                       Treasurer

Shirley Lieb                                                      Secretary

Ed Sachs                                                          Gabbai

Amy Guralnick                                                 V. P. Preschool Education

Jay Michaels                                                    V. P. Building & Administration

Monica Garcia Norlander                                V. P. Membership 

Barbara Yong                                                   V. P. Programming   

Michael Weinstein                                           V. P. Education & Youth

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Berman Sarah Ruman
Jackson Cone Ed Sachs
Jill Dempsey Carol Solomon    
Stacey Flint Larry Stark  
Suzanne Fournier Eugene Stopeck
Courtenay Harris-Black Frank Vozak
Ted Lawrence Sue May Wilde
Haran Rashes Michael Zmora


JuliAnn Geldner, President
 JuliAnn can be emailed at

Jay Michaels, VP of Building & Administration


Jay is a resident of River Forest. He has 2 children, 17 & 15 who live with their mother in Michigan, but come to visit often. He has traveled and lived in over 10 cities, always affiliating with a conservative congregation. Jay has been actively engaged in the many communities he has lived in, serving on boards and various committees. He is currently a management consultant and prepares morning minyan breakfast and other congregational meals when he is in town. 

Jay can be contacted at

Amy Guralnick, VP of Membership & Preschool Education
Amy can be emailed at

Barb Yong, VP of Programming


Barb can be contacted at

Shirley Lieb, Secretary


Shirley can be contacted at


Ed Schmitt

Ed Schmitt, Treasurer 

He and his wife, Linda, are long term members of WSTHZ. Their three kids got their Jewish education at WSTHZ; Linda is a retired CPS teacher, and Ed a semi-retired business person. He is also involved in various civic organizations including Visit Oak Park.

Michael Weinstein, VP of Education & Youth

Jill Dempsey


Stacey Flint

Ted Lawrence

Haran Rashes 

Ed Sachs

Ed Sachs (Board member & Gabbai)

Ed Sachs and his wife, Judy Grobe Sachs, have been members of Temple Har Zion for over 30 years. Ed is a past president of Har Zion and  a member of the Religious Life Committee. He is also the Recording Secretary for the Midwest Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs (FJMC).

Michael Zmora​​​

Sun, October 1 2023 16 Tishrei 5784