MICHAEL KANCHER, Executive Director
SHERYL SACHAROFF, ED.D, Director of Education
Dr. Sheryl R. Sacharoff was named Director of Education at The Steinmetz Family School of Chai at CRJ in 2009 after previously holding several other roles within the school, including touching the lives of numerous CRJ students to this day as a tutor in the b’nai mitzvah program for more than a decade. Her experience as an educator for more than 36 years has fueled her passion for helping children to become creative and critical thinkers who are self-confident and caring individuals. Previous roles she has held include educational director of a residential program for at-risk adolescents, teacher of special needs students in an inner-city public middle school, and Modern Hebrew I and II instructor at Rollins College. Sheryl has also taught in adult education at Congregation of Reform Judaism and currently in addition to her role as Director of Education is delighted to oversee CRJ’s Chai’er Learning adult education program.
Sheryl earned her Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts Boston and a Bachelor in Education from Bridgewater State College. Dr. Sacharoff is a member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. Her involvement in Orlando’s Jewish community includes chairing the Yom HaShoah Commemoration for the Maitland Holocaust Center, speaking at community programs, as well as being an active member of Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando’s Jewish Teen Education Network (JTEN). Through her involvement with JTEN, Sheryl has obtained two grants for teen educational programming at CRJ.
Sheryl is married to Dr. Alex Sacharoff, a Past President of CRJ, and they have two incredible sons.
LAUREN OBACK, Director of Programming and Youth Engagement
Lauren Oback is in her 2nd year as the Director of Programming and Youth Engagement at CRJ. Her passion for informal education and youth engagement began as a child. This passion grew and developed into her career in 2007 when studying exceptional student education. Prior to joining the Congregation of Reform Judaism community, Lauren served as Director of Youth and Family Programming and Camp Director in Parkland, FL and Coral Springs, FL.
In addition to running 6 fabulous youth groups at CRJ, Lauren is also the Director of YALA – CRJ’s confirmation program for teens is 7th-12th grade.
Lauren is looking forward to enhancing CRJ’s already full programming calendar, as well as bringing new, innovative and diverse programming for congregants of all ages!
Lauren and her husband, Michael, have been married for almost 4 years and have a dog named Lola. They enjoy cruising, traveling, tennis and spending time with their family. Spare time is spent enjoying sushi, anything and everything Harry Potter and video games!
JULIE BEGANI, Events and Marketing Manager
Julie Begani has been in the Orlando Community for over 14 years. As a graduate of the University of Central Florida she was very active in Central Florida Hillel which opened many doors within the Orlando Jewish Community. She went on to work for multiple agencies in Orlando including the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. Julie came to CRJ in 2012 as the Program Director and after having her first child went on to plan B’nai Mitzvahs and other events through her event company Julbilation Events. Julie continues to run Julbilation Events and works part time at CRJ coordinating galas, large temple functions, coordinating with committees, and marketing CRJ to its members and the Orlando Community.
Julie is married to Christopher and they have one son, Benjamin, with one on the way!