CCJW 2018 – Faculty




Rivka Caroline is the author of ‘From Frazzled to Focused’ which was listed on the New York Times parenting blog @Motherlode as a Top Ten ‘must read’ for parents. She also created the ‘Focus Finder’™ planner pad. Since earning her Masters in Psychology, Rivka has worked with hundreds of the busiest people in the universe, helping them .get their lives more organized and more productive. She loves the relationship between Time management, Torah, Chassidic teachings, and Positive Psychology, and firmly believes that it takes more effort to be disorganized than it does to be organized. Rivka lives in Key Biscayne, Florida, and practices what she preaches (most of the time) as a wife and mother of seven.

Dr. Danielle Dragon is a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice is focused on adolescents, adults and couples.  Dr. Danielle graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is currently working at Gersten Center for Behavioral Health in Skokie, IL.  Her dissertation was an analysis of shame from a Torah and psychoanalytic perspective, and her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, relational issues, boundaries, identity development, shame and accountability.

Anne was a very young child when the Nazis came to power, and escaped from her home in Germany on a children’s transport to Holland. Both her parents were killed by the Nazis and she ended up living with a non-Jewish family who raised her as a Catholic. After the war, she was reunited with her sister, regained her Jewish heritage, and eventually moved to Chicago where she met and married her husband, also a survivor. Hear her story, be inspired by her deep faith … and learn from her about our role in the future of Judaism.

Rebbetzin Feige Twerski is a community leader and scholar whose wisdom and insights have made her an adviser and mentor to thousands of women around the world. Together with her husband, Rabbi Michel Twerski, she has devoted her life to building the Milwaukee Jewish community, while lecturing and teaching on a myriad of Judaic subjects in Jewish communities around the world. Rebbetzin Feige is the author three books, Ask Rebbetzin Feige, Rebbetzin Feige Responds, and The New Normal, and has published numerous articles on parenting, marriage, and Jewish philosophy.

Rachel Zimmerman holds a Masters Degree from the Illinois Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology. She is currently the Student Adviser at Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov and works with a variety of different kinds of clients in private practice. Rachel has a background in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma work, and EMDR. She is a dynamic presenter on boundaries, abuse prevention, and healthy relationships.  In addition, in 2012, Rachel created ‘Healthy Habits Group Chicago’ to help women look at the role of their thoughts and behaviors in food/health life. Rachel is passionate about teaching women and girls to love their bodies and to move towards health simultaneously. She has presented on all of the mentioned topics to students, families, and professionals.