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Matthew Altman, Executive Director

Matt currently serves as Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah's executive director.  As executive director, he seeks to help the synagogue grow and thrive, while remaining devoted to its hamisch roots that make it so special.

Matt previously worked as Director of Youth Programming at Am Shalom in Glencoe, where he helped the youth program grow, grew the school size by 20%, and built up the high school youth board. He also took on additional duties at the synagogue, including revamping the website, database, and overseeing the transition to ShulCloud. At the same time, he was active at his synagogue in the city, Anshe Shalom, where he was a member of the Finance and Kiddush committee's, as well as did analytics for the board.

After almost 6 years at Am Shalom, Matt joined BHBE as its executive director in December of 2018.  Matt graduated from Northwestern University in 2010, and is currently finishing up his Master's at Spertus in Jewish Professional Studies. Feel free to call (847.835.1213) or email him with any questions, as he'd love to get to know you better!

                         Aaron Frankel, Director of Education and Family Engagement

Aaron joined us from Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue, where he served as Religious School principal for four years, and, previously, Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, IN. Aaron specializes in designing experiences and developing materials for Jewish youth and young adults. He is the author of various Hebrew textbooks and curricula, including Jerusalem Mystery, My Hebrew Phrase Book and the Kavanah Prayer Series.
 
In his spare time, Aaron is the publisher at Barvaz Press, which develops curricular materials for the Religious School market. As a songwriter, singer and guitar player, Aaron has produced and performed both Jewish and secular music and has also worked as a cantorial soloist. He and his partner, Jenny live in Chicago’s Sauganash neighborhood with stepson Alex, 16 and, occasionally, Nathaniel, 24.

                           Hilary Primack, Membership and Communications Coordinator

 

Hilary was raised in Wilmette, IL and went to the University of Delaware for undergrad. She majored in Human Services and concentrated in Family Policy and Administration. Following graduation, Hilary moved out to Los Angeles to start her Master of Social Work at the University of Southern California, where she specialized in Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration. She decided to focus on these areas to address ways that she could best meet the diverse service and planning needs of the community.

She has worked and volunteered with numerous organizations, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Illinois Food Allergy Association, and the Alliance for Children's Rights (a non-profit law firm in Los Angeles). In these settings, she has provided therapy, conducted intakes, developed systems, managed social media accounts, and written press releases. In addition to cause related work, Hilary enjoys trying new food and traveling- she has almost been to all 50 states! 

Hilary is looking forward to using her community organizing and outreach skills in her position at BHBE.

Jackie Ernest, Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

Marcie Eskin, Librarian

Marcie joined the synagogue staff as its librarian in 1999. She holds an undergraduate degree in government from Cornell University and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University, River Forest, IL.

A member of the Association of Jewish Libraries, Marcie has served in several leadership roles, including Chicago Chapter president. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Jewish books and resources with Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah congregants, students, faculty and professional staff. Marcie and her husband, Rick reside in Evanston, IL.

Percy Ferguson, Maintenance Supervisor

Percy was born and raised in Evanston, IL. He is married and has two children and three grandchildren.  He previously worked as maintenance director for Bnai Emunah in Skokie for 20 years. Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah was very fortunate to have Percy accept a position following the consolidation of the two North Shore synagogues in June 2004. 
 
Percy loves his work and always has a smile. He is extremely patient and knowledgeable about synagogue building and grounds issues.  Percy enjoys playing the drums, spending time with his family, and getting a good night’s sleep when he is not working at BHBE.
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