Beth Emet - The Free Synagogue

Beth Emet is a diverse, multigenerational Reform community with a dynamic approach to Judaism. Our congregation seeks to create a spiritually vibrant, socially conscious, intellectually challenging, and deeply caring environment firmly rooted in Jewish tradition and values.

Board of Directors

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In accordance with the Beth Emet Constitution and By-laws, the Nominating Committee is pleased to recommend the following Officers and Trustees as the slate for election to the Board at the Beth Emet Synagogue Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

President – Ross Bricker
Vice President – Stopher Bartol
Vice President – Rebecca Raus
Treasurer – Rob Levin
Secretary – Allison Aaron


for Election to a Third Term
Simon Anolick
Etahn Cohen
Danielle Crown Pfeifer
Michael Finnegan
Ellen Frank-Miller
Elsa Gould
Bob Graham
Marc Hilton

for Election to a Second Term
Mark Antman
Jeff Bergman
Jack Levie
Michael Mitzen
Doug Oettinger
Shari Reiches
David Rubman
Barbara Schoenfield
Georgene Wilson

for Election to a First Term
Danielle Cohen
Sheri Fox
Caryn Etkin
Doug Hoffman
Seth Krantz
Terri Michaels
Emily Neuberger

In addition to the above named individuals proposed by the Nominating Committee, please note the following relating to the Board’s composition:

First, the Synagogue’s By-laws provide that the President can appoint additional individual(s) to the Board of Trustees. Those appointments, subject to consultation with and approval by Board, are expected to formally take place in mid-May.

Next, the Memorandum of Understanding entered into with the former Temple Menorah provides for the inclusion of one or more members of that community on the Beth Emet Board. Mark Zaltman, a former senior lay leader at Temple Menorah, who has been active participant at Beth Emet for the last several years, has agreed to serve in that role.

And finally, Jeff Mann, President of the Beth Emet Foundation (and a past Treasurer, Board member and Officer), will continue to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees.

We would also like to thank all the outgoing Trustees listed below for their service to Beth Emet:

Hillary Coustan
Jennifer Drake
Ariel Goldfarb
Jeff Mackevich
Roger Price
Daniel Sachs
Richard Steele

Nominating Committee 2018/5778
Georgene Wilson (Chair); Marc Hilton (Vice Chair); Simon Anolick; Pablo Durango-Cohen; Dina Elenbogen; Ellen Frank-Miller; Paul Greenberger; Jack Levie

The Board of Trustees consists of 24 elected members and up to three Presidential Appointees, as well as the Executive Officers of the congregation, the Immediate Past President, and past presidents.  The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall governance of the congregation. The Board works closely with the Klei Kodesh (senior staff) to set direction, policies and procedures as well as create long-term planning for the congregation. 

2018-2019 Nominating Committee Report.


  • Ross Bricker, President

    Ross Bricker and his wife, Nina Vinik, joined Beth Emet shortly after moving to Evanston in 1996.  They are the proud parents of four sons and one daughter including Teddy, a food truck owner and chef in Austin, Texas; Nat,...

  • Stopher Bartol, Vice President

    Stopher and his wife, Sheryl, have been members of Beth Emet for 18 years. They have three children: Julia (20), Ben (17), and Andrew (13), who’ve all participated in Beth Emet’s religious school. Stopher, not born a Jew, o...

  • Rebecca Raus, Vice President

    Rebecca and her husband Gregg have been members of Beth Emet for 30 years. Rebecca started attending Shabbat services while at Northwestern University and learned to chant torah with then Cantor Jeffrey Klepper, so it was a...

  • Rob Levin, Treasurer

    Rob and his wife Lisa have been involved with Beth Emet for many years.  They have five children: Andrew (21), Maddie (20), Jason (20), Drew (18) and Max (15), all participating in either Beth Emet’s religious school and/or...

  • David Graham, Immediate Past President

    David Graham and his wife, Lizzie, have been members of Beth Emet for 24 years. They have each served on the Board of Trustees and also co-chaired the Mitzvah Appeal together. David also co-chaired the Board’s Strategic Pla...

  • Allison Aaron, Secretary

    Allison and her husband, Todd, have been members of Beth Emet since 2006. Their children Jack (17) and Lily (14) both had their b'nei mitzvah at Beth Emet and Lily is currently finishing madrichim-in-training.  Allison was ...


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