Maralee Gordon is no stranger to MCJC. Rabbi Gordon and her husband Leo Schlosberg have been affiliated with MCJC since 1986 when they moved to Woodstock, IL, from Chicago. Just weeks after moving to the area, Maralee found herself on the teaching staff at MCJC. She took over as principal of the MCJC religious school in 1989, a position she held until 1996, when she began her rabbinic studies. She received a masters degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Chicago for her first two years of study, and spent three more years commuting to the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York. She was ordained in 2001, and came home to MCJC in 2004, following five years at Congregation Beth Shalom in DeKalb, IL.

Rabbi Gordon has long been active in the Jewish and social action communities. She has taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-Schools, and is a member of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. She is a founding board member of FaithBridge, promoting interfaith relations in Northern Illinois, and has co-chaired their interfaith Thanksgiving program for several years. She is a coordinator of the Interfaith Pastoral Care Visitation program to immigrant detainees at the McHenry County Jail. She has enhanced her rabbinate through the leadership programs of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Rabbi Gordon and Leo have three grown sons who reside with their families in California, Ramat Gan, and Melbourne, Australia.

You may contact Rabbi Gordon by phone at 815.455.1810 or by email.