North Suburban Synagogue Beth El


Silvi Freedson

Silvi is currently the principal of Beivrit: Conversational Hebrew Made Easy, a private multi-level language program that focuses in Conversational Hebrew. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Haifa, then moved to Dublin, Ireland, to earn her MBA from the business school of Herriot Watt University. In 2003, she settled in Chicago. The mother of a 14-year-old son, Silvi is also an active member of the Board of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.

Chuck Kahalnik

Chuck has a BA in Political Science & Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and a State of Illinois Teacher’s Certificate. He has been serving the Jewish community of Chicago for over 30 years, primarily in formal and informal Jewish education. Chuck has taught at BethEl for the past 10 years, and was the Executive Director of the synagogue from 2007-2016.


Rabbi Michael Schwab

Rabbi Michael Schwab is completing his 13th 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.


Rabbi Alex Freedman

Rabbi Alex Freedman has recently moved to the Highland Park area with his family.


Hazzan Benjamin Tisser

Cantor Benjamin Tisser has taught Judaic Music for many years in Jewish Day Schools. A graduate of the American Jewish University with degrees in Hebrew Literature and Middle Eastern Political Science, he recently completed his Masters of Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.