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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 NYC, Toronto and most recently, in Scotch Plains, NJ.

Throughout her career, she has been known 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

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Aaron comes to us from Anshe Emet Synagogue, where he served as Religious School Principal for four years, and, before that, Congregation Beth Israel in Munster, Indiana. 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 also 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 the Chicago neighborhood of Sauganash with stepson Alex, 16 and, occasionally, Nathaniel, 24.

Jackie Ernest, Office Manager

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Linda Bouvilom, Communications Coordinator

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Linda joined the synagogue staff in November of 2016. She has been an administrative professional with over 14 years of combined experience in the non-profit sector, association management, small business development and executive administration. Her primary areas of expertise include marketing/communications, project management, and event planning. Linda holds an MBA in Business Administration from Argosy University-Chicago and studied Marketing/International Business in London, England while receiving her undergraduate degree. Linda grew up in Skokie, IL and has been previously involved with the revitalization efforts of Downtown Skokie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending it with her family. 

 

Sandra Garcia, Catering Manager

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Marcie Eskin, Librarian

Marcie Eskin joined the synagogue staff as the librarian in 1999. She holds an AB in government from Cornell University and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. Marcie is a member of the Association of Jewish Libraries and has served in several leadership roles including president of the Chicago chapter. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of Jewish books and resources with Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah congregants, students, faculty, and professional staff.

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 for Bnai Emunah for 20 years. Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah was fortunate to have Percy accept a position following the consolidation of the two North Shore synagogues in 2004. Percy loves his work and always has a smile. He is extremely patient and knowledgeable.  He enjoys playing the drums and getting a good night’s sleep when he is not working.

Fri, November 17 2017 28 Cheshvan 5778