Alison will be teaching Dalet students. She has been an elementary teacher for the past 25 years. She currently teaches 4th grade in Arlington Heights. Alison has a BA in education from DePaul University, an MA in technology in education from NLU and an MA in educational administration from NIU. She has 3 teenaged children, one dog and two cats! When she’s not teaching 4th graders, or fitness classes, you can find her doing anything that involves sunshine! Biking and beach lounging are her favorites!
The Director of the Cohen Religious School, is an experienced educator with over 20 years of involvement in Jewish Education. She is committed to making sure every child who enters the Cohen Religious School leaves with a desire to continue their learning, pride in their heritage and a love for all humanity. Anna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master’s in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Debbie previously taught at Congregation Hakafa in Glencoe and Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove. Debbie lived and worked in Israel on the Hachshara program and studied Judaic studies at Orot in Elkanah.
Dori Wolgel has been a Jewish educator for over 25 years. She has taught in both day school and synagogue religious school settings in Florida and in Illinois. Dori’s Master’s Degree in Jewish Education is from JTS where she also earned the Chaim Davidson Memorial Prize for academic excellence and a commitment to Kelal Yisrael and the Hebrew language. Dori is excited to join the NSS Beth El’s CRS and meet and work with the children and families of the community.
Fran comes to the CRS with many years of experience as a school psychologist. She has worked with a diverse student population in both private clinics and public school settings. Fran currently works part-time as the inclusion coordinator at the Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue in Evanston. Although she’s a native New Yorker, Fran has become a staunch supporter of the warm Highland Park community, and especially her chevre at Beth El. Fran is excited to combine her love of Judaism with her passion for supporting all learners this school year!
Hannah is so excited to be joining CRS as the Gan (Kindergarten) teacher! Her previous Sunday school experience is at Keshet Sunday School, which is a Jewish program for individuals with special needs. Through that program, she was a volunteer and then a para-educator, helping implement lessons for both in-person and virtual environments. Hannah believes in a hands-on and authentic approach to Jewish education where the content is intertwined with the students’ own lives. Hannah is working to finish out her senior year at Illinois State University majoring in Elementary Education with an endorsement in ESL. This year, she is participating in a year-long student teaching program where she is in a second grade class in Wheeling, Illinois. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing her saxophone, shopping, and baking yummy treats.
Ilyce Zoloto (“Coach Ilyce”) is the owner and program director of Stretch-n-Grow of the North Shore. She is a Certified Youth Fitness Instructor and a member of NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education). She has been teaching movement classes to young children for the past 17 years. She focuses on enhancing the children’s Jewish learning in an active and engaging enrichment session.
Joanne is so excited to be joining CRS as a Gan teacher. She previously taught at North Shore Congregation Israel as a K/1 Sunday School teacher and in the individualized instruction program. She has 3 children and 2 dogs and enjoys living near the lake where she can take long walks and bike rides.
Lori has worked with learners of all ages ranging from kindergarten to adults in day school, religious school and camp settings. She was the director of Ramah Day Camp from 2000 to 2019. Lori is looking forward to a fun-filled year of inspiring young minds to lead meaningful, knowledge-based, Jewish lives.
Pnina Arsers has been a teacher at Beth-El North Suburban Synagogue for many years. Outside of her work at Beth-El, Pnina is on the faculty of the Rochelle Zell Jewish High School and is pursuing a graduate degree from Northeastern Illinois University.
Rabbi Alex Freedman
Rabbi Alex Freedman is our newest rabbi. He and his family moved to the Highland Park area several years ago.
Rabbi Michael Schwab
Rabbi Michael Schwab is completing his 15th year at NSS Beth El. He received his BA from Rutgers University, where he majored in History and Jewish Studies, and he received his ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) in May, 2004. In addition, Rabbi Schwab received an MA in Jewish Education from the William Davidson Graduate School of Education.
Randi is happy to be teaching at Beth El synagogue where she attended Hebrew school and had her Bat Mitzvah many years ago. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where she also studied conversational Hebrew. After graduation she taught kindergarten at Solomon Schechter and more recently taught preschool at the JCC.
Sari has taught Sunday School for ten years at Congregation Bene Shalom Temple for the Deaf and Hearing. She currently performs in their sign language choir every Friday night for services and works full-time for New Trier High School as an Instructional Assistant for the Special Education Transition Program. When not working, Sari enjoys cooking, playing with her cats and spending time with her family!
Stacy has a BA in Elementary/Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University, CFJE/Spertus Education Fellowship Seminar, is a member of Israel Curriculum Planning Committee, and a presenter at CAJE Conferences. She currently coordinates the Enrichment Room services for students and teachers at CRS.
Sigal has dedicated her career to Judaic and Hebrew language education to children in the Chicago area. She was born and raised in Ramat Gan Israel, and joined the mandatory military service I.D.R. at the age of 18. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Education, Sigal holds a teaching license from ISBE, certified in English and Hebrew.
Rachel Kamin, the Director of the Beth El’s Joseph and Mae Gray Cultural and Learning Center, has also worked as the Preschool Liaison Librarian at the Des Plaines Public Library and as the Director of the Libraries & Media Center at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She holds a B.A. in History from Grinnell College and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Michigan.
Marcie has been the assistant to the CLC Director since January 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Cornell and her Master of Library and Information Science degree from Dominican University. In addition to her work at NSS Beth El, she is the librarian at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette.