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Elly Bauman, Executive Director

Elly grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and graduated from the University at Albany with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Judaic studies. Following her undergraduate studies, Elly earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from New York University. After moving and working in Buffalo, NY, she returned to New York City where she earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Since 1999, Elly has served as the education director at various synagogues in New York City, Toronto, ON and Scotch Plains, NJ. She was hired as BHBE’s executive director in December 2014.

Throughout her career, she has been credited for managing effective programs with an energized staff and volunteers and sound infrastructure and finances. She excels in planning and executing programs from the ground up that engage people in the organization’s mission. Elly is skilled in recruiting, training and supervising teams of up to 70 professional and administrative staff members, as well as volunteers. Elly and her family relocated to Skokie, IL in September 2014.  Her husband, Rabbi David Bauman, is an Active Duty Chaplain in the U.S. Navy and they have two sons, Matan and Ori. 

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 Outreach 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.

Sandra Garcia, Catering and Events Director

Sandra joined BHBE in May 2015 as its catering and events director. She is responsible for arranging Kiddush, synagogue food functions, and handling arrangements for our Academy, affiliates and private events/parties.  She is also charged with monitoring food costs, scheduling and supervising staff, purchasing food and kitchen items and offering clients various décor and theme event recommendations.

A graduate of Dominican University, River Forest, IL, Sandra knew catering and event planning was her passion when she was a teenager.  She started as a banquet server; however, her skills and drive pushed her to become a catering manager following college. Sandra has worked and managed events at country clubs, universities, libraries, banquet facilities, and even at Brookfield Zoo.

Sandra was raised in Des Plaines, IL with three younger brothers and now lives in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.

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 for 20 years. Beth Hillel Bnai Emunahy 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 issues.  Percy enjoys playing the drums, spending time with family, and getting a good night’s sleep when he is not working at BHBE.
Sun, May 27 2018 13 Sivan 5778