Pnina Arsers has been a teacher at Beth-El North Suburban Synagogue for many years. Besides teaching 3rd grade, she is also the Hebrew Coordinator in which position she will be creating interactive bulletin boards for the whole school to use. 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.
Hazzan Barbara Barnett
Hazzan Barnett has been a professional Jewish educator for over 20 years. A member of the Cantors Assembly, she received her commission as Hazzan-Minister from the Cantors Assembly in 2018. She holds a B.S. in Biology and an M.A. in Political Science, and is an award-winning novelist, writer, and accomplished public speaker. She has published works on a wide variety of topics, from pop culture to spirituality. She recently became NSS Beth El’s Ritual Director.
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.
Debbie Feiger Is starting her 9th year at Cohen Religious school. Previously she 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.
Rabbi Alex Freedman
Rabbi Alex Freedman is our newest rabbi. He and his family have recently moved to the Highland Park area.
Ariela Haymberg was born and raised in Israel and has been living in Chicago for the last sixteen years. Ariela also taught at West Suburban Temple Har-Zion.
Orit Israel, was born and raised in Israel, and has been teaching Hebrew for over 17 years. She has taught children with diverse abilities and ages at Shir Hadash Synagogues, North Shore Congregation Israel and at Beth El.
Chuck has a BA in Political Science & Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and holds a State of Illinois Teacher’s Certificate. He has been serving the Jewish community of Chicago for over 35 years, primarily in formal and informal Jewish education. Chuck has taught at Beth El for the past 12 years, and was the Executive Director of the synagogue from 2007-2016.
Chaya holds a Masters Teacher Certification from Associated Talmud Torah of Chicago and a Teacher’s Certification from the State of Israel’s Department of Education. She is a graduate of Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University. Chaya also has taught early childhood education at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School for 33 years.
Noreen Ohcana has taught mathematics at the Sager Solomon Schechter Middle School for the last 23 years. She is an active member of North Suburban Synagogue Beth El. Noreen believes in building a Jewish community in the classroom where students feel as though they are part of that community as well as a contributing member.
Rabbi Michael Schwab
Rabbi Michael Schwab is completing his 14th 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.
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.