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Our Clergy and Staff

Our Clergy and Staff


Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin
Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin came to Am Yisrael in 1990 to serve as the congregation's Assistant Rabbi. In 1994 she became the Congregation's sole Rabbi. At that time Am Yisrael became the first congregation in the Chicago metropolitan area to be headed by a woman, and for many years was the largest Conservative congregation in the country to have that honor. Rabbi Newman Kamin provides keen intellectual and spiritual guidance to the congregation and, of course, continues its tradition of counting men and women equally in all religious observances. She is a popular Jewish teacher and speaker who loves teaching people of all ages. Rabbi Newman Kamin serves on the Chancellor's Cabinet of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the seminary that trains and ordains Conservative rabbis. She is also a member of The Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly and was President of the Chicago Chapter of the Rabbinical Assembly (2004-06). She currently serves as the Vice President of the National Rabbinical Assembly and was selected to participate in the prestigious Hartman Institute program. Rabbi Newman Kamin is the 2005 recipient of the Jewish Theological Seminary's Rabbi Simon Greenberg Rabbinic Achievement Award.
                      
Rabbi Newman Kamin may be contacted at 847-446-7215 ext. 13 or 
rabbink@amyisrael.org.

 

Cantor Stuart Simon
Cantor Stuart Simon, a truly gifted vocalist and musician, has been leading prayers for more than 40 years, with most of those at Am Yisrael. He is an exciting and compelling presence on the bimah. Am Yisrael has always recognized that music is a most important component of worship. Music can stir the soul, intensify emotions and revivify centuries-old prayers. Cantor Simon provides this vital musical component to worship, helping to lift prayers of praise, gratitude, petition and penitence to God and singing of the beauty and harmony of Creation. In addition to his own involvement throughout the years as Cantor and as a highly skilled Torah reader, Cantor Simon is a teacher in our School of Jewish Studies, offers adult education classes and is recognized in the community as a popular song leader and an accomplished entertainer and musician. He works with B’nai Mitzvah students, providing them with outstanding training as well as a deeply meaningful experience. An avid gardener, Cantor Simon is in charge of the congregation’s vegetable garden, donating the harvest to various food pantries.

Cantor Simon may be contacted at 847-446-7215 ext. 20 or cantorsimon@amyisrael.org.

 
 
 Nancy Holab Nevins Executive Director
Nancy Holab Nevins joined the Am Yisrael staff in 1991. She brings a strong organizational background with her, including fifteen years of administrative work in broadcast communications, primarily at NBC owned radio station WKQX. In addition, Nancy has a vast background in theatre, working as a free lance stage manager, and Managing Director of a local ballet company, Ballet Entre Nous.  Nancy grew up on the North Shore, is a New Trier West alumnus, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, and has strong ties in our community. Nancy and her husband, Marc, enjoy spare time with their two dogs, Zoey and Kenji.  She is always happy to answer questions and assist our members in whatever way is necessary.

Nancy may be contacted at: 847-446-7215 ext. 14 or nhnevins@amyisrael.org

 

 
 


Charlie Sherman Head of School
Charlie Sherman joined the Am Yisrael community in 2010 as the School Director. Mr. Sherman has taken our School of Jewish Studies (SJS) to new levels of excellence and innovation. He introduced technology into the classroom via Smartboards, iPads, Google tablets, laptops and video chatting to Israel and other places worldwide. He launched Shabbat Family Programming (SFP), which meets once-a-month and supplements our educational curriculum. Mr. Sherman is striving to make SJS a more “camplike” experience for the children by adding electives (Chugim) such as Art, Band, Israeli Culture, Jewish Family Feud, Jeopardy/Hebrew Conversation, Musical Drama and Multi Media Production. Mr. Sherman is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary's joint program with Columbia University for his undergraduate studies. Mr. Sherman went on to receive his Master's degree in Jewish Education from JTS. He began his career as a teacher and director of Jewish programming for ten years at the Rodeph Sholom School in New York City. Mr. Sherman served as Educational Director at Congregation Or Zarua in New York. Prior to his role at Am Yisrael, Mr. Sherman was Jewish Studies Principal at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, a Kindergarten through 8th Grade Jewish Community Day School. Mr. Sherman is a 2005 recipient of the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education as a teacher, mentor and leader. He is a member of the national board of the Jewish Educators Assembly and the President of the Jewish Educators Assembly Midwest Region. Mr. Sherman and his wife Laura are the proud parents three children: Michael 11, Gabe, 8 and a baby girl named Amelia.

Charlie may be contacted at 847-446-7215 ext. 12 or csherman@amyisrael.org.


 
Administrative Staff
Am Yisrael’s administrative staff does an excellent job of managing the synagogue’s business affairs, office and building due to their skills, experience and dedication.

The administrative staff includes:

Bryan Bogucki Building and Grounds Supervisor 
Bryan may be contacted at bbogucki@amyisrael.org.

Gleivy de Souza Administrative Assistant 
Gleivy may be contacted at gdesouza@amyisrael.org

Nan Naranjo Part-time Assistant to the Rabbi 
Nan may be contacted at nnaranjo@amyisrael.org

Laura Brown Bookkeeper 
Laura may be contacted at lbrown@amyisrael.org

Sat, 29 April 2017 3 Iyyar 5777