Esther Leah Teldon
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Creating and maintaining community is something that
comes naturally to Esther Leah Teldon.
A Youth Director at Chabad of
Wilmette, Esther Leah is always looking for ways to grow and improve the Jewish
community. When the pandemic hit, she came up with creative ways to ensure
Chabad's Sunday school program remained available to its students. On the side,
Esther Leah baked weekly challah that she delivered to local seniors who were
enduring the pandemic alone.
She also spearheaded the "Lawns of Hope"
project where hundreds of local families put a beautifully designed sign on
their front lawn with a message of hope and positivity to counter the gloom of
living in a pandemic. The project was so successful that it was implemented in
50 other communities!
Most recently, Esther Leah is laying the groundwork
for a new Montessori preschool she hopes to open in Wilmette in the future. At
home, you can find Esther Leah spending time with her husband and five
She, Her, Hers
Youth Director at Chabad of Wilmette and
future Director of Gan Montessori
ON THE SIDE:
Mom, Wife, Friend, and Sushi
YOUR BEST PIECE OF ADVICE:
We’re all going through stuff. Give
as much slack to someone else as you’d like to be given on your worst
HOW YOU JEW IN CHICAGO:
I love creating Jewish memories with my children. We bake
challah together, I bring them along on visits to the homebound, and we give
them an opportunity at the Shabbat table to share something interesting they
learned that week.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
Being a mother to our five girls. Watching them grow up into
their own little selves gives me all the feels.