Lauren Chizner

Lauren Chizner

Lauren Chizner (she/her) has been a Jewish educator for 25 years, serving congregations and organizations across Long Island. She earned her Joint master's degree in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

Lauren has served as the religious school director at Port Jewish Center in Port Washington for the past 10 years, sharing her love and passion for Judaism. She also spent six years as the director of education at Temple Beth El of Great Neck and then worked as an educational consultant for SAJES (now known as The Jewish Education Project), working with congregations across the island.

In addition to working in synagogues, Lauren has spent 16 summers as the director of Jewish life at URJ Crane Lake Camp, bringing Judaism to life for campers and staff.

Lauren also has the privilege of serving as the administrator for Project Understanding, a non-profit, grassroots organization on Long Island, founded by Roger Tilles and the late Fr. Tom Hartman. Project Understanding has provided a vehicle for Catholic and Jewish high school students to gain a greater knowledge of their own and each other's religion through experiences on Long Island and in Israel.

Lauren is originally from Houston, Texas. Lauren and Rabbi Todd Chizner met during their first year of study at HUC in Jerusalem. Together, they have three incredible children, Jacob, Jed, and Rachel.