Danny A. Glassman

Executive Director

Danny Glassman has been Temple Jeremiah’s Executive Director since November 2012. Before coming to Jeremiah, he served as the overnight camp director and conference center director at JCYS Camp Henry Horner in Ingleside, IL.


Danny has his bachelor’s degree in social science from National Louis University and is working towards his Masters of Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute of Learning and Leadership. He is a member of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA) where he serves as a Vice President and Co-chair of Distance Learning. Danny was awarded the Myron E. Shoen Service to Community Award from NATA in December 2017 for his work with creating partnerships between Temple Jeremiah and multiple organizations working with developmentally disabled populations. Temple Jeremiah welcomes these individuals into the community each day as greeters and office volunteers.

Danny is an active member and past president of the Chicago Area Synagogue Administrators (CASA) the local branch of the NATA. He also still is very much active in the camping community serving as accreditation visitor for the Illinois section of the American Camp Association.

When he’s not working or in class, he is with his wife, Krystal, and their children, Eden and Levi.




Matt Rissien

Director of Congregational Learning

Matt Rissien is currently in his first year as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Jeremiah.


Matt grew up in Overland Park, KS and moved to the Chicagoland area in 2012. He joins the Temple Jeremiah team with over 6 years of experience as Director of Young and Young Family Engagement at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, two years as the Midwest Managing Director at IsraelLINK/StandWithUs and many Hebrew school teaching opportunities around the Chicagoland area. He also has a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

After graduating from the University of Kansas (Go Jayhawks), Matt spent a year working at a Jewish boarding school in Greensboro, NC called the American Hebrew Academy. Following that year, he moved to Chicago where he met his wife Brittany just a week after moving! Brittany being a middle school teacher, they both continue to share a love for education and a passion for Judaism and Tikkun Olam.

Since moving to Chicago in 2012, Matt has been honored with multiple awards from the community. He was honored to have been named one of JUF’s 36 under 36 top Jewish Professionals in 2014 as well as the LEAD award recipient in 2018 for being voted the top Jewish Youth Professional in the Chicagoland area. Matt also sits on the national board for JTEEN (Jewish Teen Engagement Network), the Israel Committee for JUF’s Young Leadership Division and the Midwest Israel Bonds New Leadership committee.

Matt joins the Temple Jeremiah team with an excitement to interact with the students and to ensure that everyone of all ages loves being a part of the Temple Jeremiah community. Please feel free to reach out to Matt with any questions about our school, education programs or just to say hello!


Anne M. Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE

Director of Congregational Learning Emerita

Dr. Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., R.J.E., has served as Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Jeremiah since 1980. She was bestowed the title of Director of Congregational Learning Emerita upon her retirment in June 2021.


Anne received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northeastern Illinois State University and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University. She taught in Chicago for several years and was a religious and Hebrew teacher for twelve years at Temple Emanuel and Am Shalom. Anne was principal at Temple Beth Israel and Director of Counseling at Solomon Schechter Day School in Skokie.

Anne and her husband, Jerry, lived in Israel for three years, 1972 – 75 and remain ardent supporters of Israel, loving the people and the land. Whenever possible, Anne travels back to Israel, either with family or as staff on teen trips.

Since Anne joined Temple Jeremiah, she has been active in the Chicago area Jewish community, creating meaningful, caring relationships that not only have enriched her life, but have enriched our Center for Learning at Temple Jeremiah. She is currently serving on the Rabbinic, Educator, Cantor Advisory committee for OSRUI, and has been on the camp faculty since 1981. In 1990, Anne received her Reform Jewish Education certification, the highest degree of recognition that an education director can receive at the national level under the auspices of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

She was chosen as one of the 1998 recipients of the Covenant Foundation Award designed to honor outstanding Jewish educators. The Covenant Foundation Award is the most prestigious award that a Jewish educator can receive in the United States or Canada.

Anne and Jerry live in Northbrook and have two married daughters/sons-in-law and five beloved grandchildren.

Professional Staff

Meredith Beirne

Communications Coordinator

Phyllis Burg

Senior Executive Assistant

Shira Brandhandler

Youth Engagement Director

Anne Richtman Kaplan

Center for Learning Administrative Assistant

Rabbi Deborah Gardner Helbraun

Hebrew Coordinator

Cindy Lieb

B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator

Leslie Landman

Director of Philanthropy

Jill Nutkis

Executive & Development Assistant


Maintenance Staff

Juan Carlos Sanchez

Maintenance Supervisor


Music Staff

Paul Dykstra

Artist in Residence