In an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has closed its building and schools. Please visit our NSSBE@HOME page, where you will find all of our current offerings of our virtual community. Also, please take a look at our Pesach Resource Page.

Circle of Life Catering

Circle of Life Catering  Director of Hospitality and Catering: Chef Laura Frankel

Laura Frankel is a noted Chef, author, blogger and media personality. Most recently, Frankel served as the Culinary Director for Kosher Media International. Additionally, Frankel worked as the Executive Chef at Wolfgang Puck Catering.  Chef Laura is an avid blogger and also writes for The Jerusalem Post and Eating Well magazine.  She is the former chef and founder of the Shallots restaurants, with training and extensive experience in both savory and pastry kitchens. 

After Laura had a family and began maintaining a kosher home she found that there was nowhere in Chicago serving the quality of food that she knew she could offer. She opened her first restaurant in 1999, offering kosher fine dining with a produce-driven menu. Frankel opened Shallots NY in 2000 in midtown Manhattan. In 2004, she moved her Chicago restaurant to Skokie, and created Shallots Bistro. 

Chef Laura has cooked for many dignitaries, including: Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Joseph and Hadassah Lieberman, Presidential Candidate Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, President George Bush, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Spielberg, Senator Hillary Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and many others.

Laura was honored as an innovator in Modern Kosher Farm to Table Cuisine at the 25th anniversary celebration of Kosherfest in the fall of 2014. She was the only Female Chef/Author ever to be honored at Kosherfest.

Contact Laura today to see what delicious menu she can create for your event at 847-432-8900 x237 or


All food must be Kosher as we strictly follow the Jewish dietary laws under the supervision of our rabbis.  You may use our in-house caterer, The Circle of Life Catering, or one of our approved outside caterers (please note that there is a charge for use of an outside caterer.)

Sponsoring Kiddush

If you would like to co-sponsor a Shabbat Kiddush for your upcoming Simchas (special birthday, an anniversary, a birth of a child or grandchild, an aufruf, or a special event in your life,) please contact Kathy Stinson at 847-432-8900 ext: 229 or

Facility Rental

Consider having your next meeting, event, party or wedding here at Beth El!  Click here to find out how you can rent our facility for your next event or meeting.