Ali has served the Beth El community since August 2003, working with youth, families, and on membership and engagement initiatives. She currently serves as our Director of Informal Education, overseeing adult education, and working closely with our cultural, youth and family programming. Ali holds a BA in English Literature and Middle Eastern Affairs from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies at Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Ali holds the title of “Conservative Jewish Educator” (‘CJE’) through the Jewish Educators Assembly and serves on the national board. Having served on the board of the Jewish Youth Directors Association and the planning committee of the Chicago Informal Jewish Educators’ conference, and having worked in all forms of informal education from Camp Ramah to USY Pilgrimage to year-round youth work, she works to bring the energy of experiential education to her entire congregation. Ali and her husband Michael live in Highland Park, and have four children.
Marcie Eskin, Librarian/Informal Education Coordinator
Marcie holds an AB in government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in library and information science from Dominican University. She is a past president of the Chicago chapter of the Association of Jewish Libraries.
Rolly Cohen, Betsy Katz, Rod Slutzky, Sandy Starkman, Merle Tovian