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Chuck Kahalnik, Executive Director

Chuck currently serves as BHBE’s interim executive director.  His work in Chicago’s Jewish community spans more than four decades. He began as a religious school teacher and youth director at Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation, Morton Grove, IL and served through the mid-1980s.

Based on his fine leadership at Northwest Suburban, its USY affiliate, B’nai Chai, received international recognition as Chapter of the Year in 1985.  Chuck later moved on to JCC Camp Chi as its assistant director from 1987-91. Later, he served as executive director at Congregation Beth Judea, Long Grove, IL  In 2000, Chuck was hired as director of northwest suburban operations for Jewish Council Youth Services at its facilities in Buffalo Grove, IL. During this time, he restored Camp Henry Horner to its stature as a highly-acclaimed camping and recreational facility in Illinois.

In 2007, he joined NSS Beth El, Highland Park, IL as its executive director. Chuck retired from that position nine years later while continuing to teach in the synagogue’s religious school.  A political science/public administration major at Chicago’s Northeastern University, he was named Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah’s interim executive director, in June 2018, and has been well received by congregants.

                         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.
Wed, November 21 2018 13 Kislev 5779