Who We Are

Jane ShapiroJane Shapiro is the founder of Jane Shapiro Associates. She brings over twenty years of experience as an adult educator and expert in adult Jewish learning to her work. Using a variety of customized techniques; interactive teaching, mentoring, coaching and curriculum development, she helps her clients make a deep connection between their vision and practice, both on the individual and organizational level.

Jane served as Associate Director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School of North America.  Her current client list includes: The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, Florence Melton Communiteen High School, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Spertus College Masters of Jewish Professional Studies, the Board of Jewish Education of Chicago, Fiedler Hillel of Northwestern University and The Chicago Jewish Day School. She is the lead educational consultant for the Mitzvah Initiative of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Past clients include: American Jewish Committee, United Jewish Communities, Camp Ramah of Wisconsin, Professional Leaders Project, Rashi Day School.

She has been a speaker at conferences in Israel and across North America on topics ranging from adult education, marketing and program development to professional development for adult educators and communal leaders.  She brings a love of Jewish literature, history and culture into play both in her teaching and work with individuals and Jewish organizations.

Jane is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Masters in Jewish History from Columbia University and a Certificate in Educational Leadership from the Mandel Institute in Jerusalem.


Leslie Rosen SternLeslie Rosen Stern, Marketing and Planning Specialist, helps groups develop strategic thinking around program development, marketing, and the creative use of internal organizational resources.

Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience in the establishment and directorship of innovative initiatives in informal Jewish education, adult education, professional development and community-wide programming.

She has served in a professional capacity for Jewish United Fund/ Partnership 2000 (Chicago) and the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago (CFJE) as the first Director of the Department of Alternatives in Jewish Education. In this position she developed and promoted the agency’s signature program, “Ta’am Yisrael: A Taste of Israel,” a one-week immersion experience in Israel for 8th graders, focusing on the details of staff development and orientation, student community development, program marketing, family outreach and communication.

She has also served Jewish Life Network/ Steinhardt Foundation and the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side, NY, helping their program and affinity groups meet their public relations, marketing, recruitment, staff training, evaluation and on-site material needs.

She has consulted on strategic planning projects of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School of North America and for Voices for Israel.

Leslie holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, Masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from Gratz College.