Our Staff

Jason Schnissel, Executive Director

Jason considers himself very fortunate to have attended a Jewish Day School from grade school through high school.  This, coupled with being raised by a strong Jewish family, instilled a passion for our heritage, culture and traditions. Jason first moved to Aspen as a recent college graduate with the intent to stay for a year and work for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. After spending a few months away, he decided to return to the valley. Upon his return he began teaching in our Hebrew School and later oversaw our youth group. Jason was excited to be able to share his Jewish passion and knowledge with our youth. During this time Jason also maintained management positions in the ski industry. In August 2015, Jason began his current role with our congregation. When not working, you'll find Jason making turns - on skis during snow season and bikes the rest of the year. Jason can be reached at director@aspenjewish.org or 970.925.8245 x5.

 

Oren Schragger, Education Director 

Oren was born on the east coast in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware while spending his summers as a counselor at Camp Young Judaea Texas. Upon completion of his studies Oren joined the Siegel JCC of Delaware as the Youth/Family/Teen/Camp Coordinator.   Later, Oren served as the Assistant Director for the Congregation Emanu El Religious School in Houston, Texas. With over 7 years of educational programming experience Oren has also been an invited guest speaker at education conferences, BBYO, Hadassah and Jewish Federation events, speaking about: “The Future of Judaism”, “Producing Successful Jewish Camping Programs” and “Why Spiritual Collaboration is Important”. Out of the office, you will find Oren playing and coaching on the soccer field, and skiing or hiking on the mountain!  Oren can be reached at oren@aspenjewish.org or 970.925.8245 x4.

 

Jessica Banes, Administrative Assistant 

Jessica's appetite for the mountain lifestyle first led her to Colorado in 2007 when she began studies at Western State College. While studying communications and theater, she also participated in NCAA Track and Field as a heptathlete. Prior to joining the AJC's staff in the spring of 2016, Jessica held administrative positions for various small businesses, including an organic farm and ranch here in the valley and an interior design firm in Park City, Utah. Jessica has been living in the valley now for over three years, and her favorite area to explore is the Crystal Valley and Marble. After office hours, you can catch Jessica on the river or in the mountains, enjoying the best of the valley’s seasonal activities.  Jessica can be reach at jessica@aspenjewish.org or 970.925.8245 x3.