About Anne Lidsky, Ph.D., RJE

Dr. Anne Lidsky, R.J.E., has served as Director of Religious Education at Temple Jeremiah since 1980. Anne received her Bachelors and Masters 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). The Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago honored Dr. Lidsky with the Alexander M. Dushkin Distinguished Educator Award. In addition, she was chosen in 1998 as one of the recipients of the Covenant Foundation Award, officially presented in Washington, D.C. Designed to honor outstanding Jewish educators, the Covenant Foundation is centered in New York and was established by the Crown Family Foundation in partnership with the Jewish Education Service of North America. The Covenant Foundation Award, sought after by over 400 applicants a year, is the most prestigious award that a Jewish educator can receive in the United States or Canada. Since only one to three individuals in North America can receive this award each year, most educators never attain this honor in a lifetime of devoted work. Anne was the first in Illinois to ever receive the Covenant Award. Dr. Lidsky has served two terms as the president of the Chicago Association of Reform Jewish Education. She brings honor to this congregation and to the entire Chicago Jewish community, devoted to the children and their families at Temple Jeremiah. Anne and Jerry live in Northbrook and have two married daughters/sons-in-law and five beloved grandchildren.

Shabbat Balak

By |2021-06-23T16:43:48-05:00June 23, 2021|

As I was preparing my last E-Newsletter Shabbat Shalom Message, I thought about what I could derive from this week’s Torah portion that I could share with you, and I found exactly what I was looking for. So here it is. When my siblings and I were very young,

Shabbat B’haalot’cha

By |2021-05-26T11:15:58-05:00May 26, 2021|

I have taken a great number of education and psych classes, beginning in undergrad and continuing all the way through my last course for my doctorate.  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in insightful workshops, many with a focus on relationships, mentoring and parenting skills, issues of

Shabbat Vayikra

By |2021-03-17T10:48:49-05:00March 17, 2021|

Vayikra, Leviticus, is my favorite book in the Torah. Its first portion, also called Vayikra, appears to deal mainly with the priestly cult and laws of sacrifice. But this describes the portion only at the most basic, simple level. When we look more closely, we see that there are several

Shabbat Vayigash

By |2019-12-30T16:26:52-06:00December 30, 2019|

Dear friends, I have many favorite stories in Torah, stories that are thousands of years old, but continue to speak to us today. This week’s parashah, Vayigash, is one of them as it reminds us of the crucial necessity of repentance and forgiveness, even in circumstances that seem to be

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