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Temple Beth-El has a warm, welcoming and helpful professional staff to answer your questions and help you get the information you need. Learn more about our office staff and how to contact them by clicking the links to the right.

Amanda Herlich- Director of Lifelong Learning

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 Director of Lifelong Learning (Since 2015)

Mandy Herlich joined Temple Beth-El in July 2015 bringing in-depth experience as a Jewish educator to her role as Director of Lifelong Learning .   Most recently, Mandy was employed at the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education in Miami, managing the Diller Teen Fellows program. Diller Teen Fellows is a prestigious leadership and Israel experience program for Jewish tenth and eleventh graders in North America, Israel, and South Africa. 

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mandy was raised with a deep love for Israel, Reform Judaism, and the Jewish people.  Mandy did her undergraduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies. Cum Laude degree in hand she then moved to Jackson, Mississippi where she worked as an Education Fellow for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.

Following that, Mandy taught 6th grade Judaic studies at The Davis Academy- a Reform day school in Atlanta, Georgia. Next stop – Jerusalem for her first year in the education program at Hebrew Union College. Mandy finished her academic training in New York where she received her Master’s Degree in Jewish Education.

One of Mandy’s first projects at Temple Beth-El will be expanding the adult education program.   In addition to her love of teaching, Mandy prides herself on being a country music aficionado, knitter, and crafter.

Mandy reflects on her role at Temple Beth-El:

 “I believe that Jewish education must be relevant and learner-centered,” Mandy said. “As an educator, I enjoy getting to know my learners and putting their interests and passions at the center of their classroom experiences.  I empower students of all ages to construct their own paths to education in a way that inspires them.”

As a student and a teacher, Mandy always feels the most inspired by the gathering of knowledge that happens outside of the classroom.  “I look forward to finding fun and creative ways to bring experiential education into the Temple Beth-El classrooms and beyond,” she added.

You can reach Mandy at:

Janice Hadesman - Executive Director

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 Executive Director (Since 2013)

Janice Hadesman grew up at Temple Beth-El and began working as a teacher in 1993. In time her responsibilities increased as she became Family Life Director, Director of Family and Congregational Life and now takes on the role of Executive Director. As Executive Director, Janice assists the Board of Directors and Clergy in creation of polices, visions and goals as well as developing and coordinating Temple programming.

As Executive Director, she is responsible for many aspects in the daily life of the congregation including new member recruitment, integration and participation, marketing and public relations, staff supervision and management, facilities usage and fundraising.

Janice graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 2005 she graduated from The Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for Educators. She is the recipient of the Faye & Haskell Lurie Award for excellence in teaching and is a presently a member of the Chicago Association for Synagogue Administration.

Janice said,” Working at TBE feels as if I’m helping my family, not only because I grew up at Temple Beth-El but because it is truly the definition of a warm and friendly community.”

Janice resides in Northbrook with her husband Howard. They have two daughters, Lisa (married to Josh Dorfman and their son, Noah) and Amy.  Both Lisa and Amy attended Kindergarten through Confirmation at Temple Beth-El. 

You can reach Janice at:

Phone: 847.205.9982 ext. 211

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Linda Lopata - Assistant to Executive Director

Linda Lopata

Assistant to Executive Director (Since 2014)

Linda assists the Executive Director with various projects. In addition, Linda creates the weekly eblasts and promotes Temple’s events and speakers to the Temple membership and the community at large. She works closely with the Executive Director and Communications Committee to help ensure Temple Beth-El receives press coverage in print, online and religious media. In addition, Linda posts updates to the TBE website. 

Linda says, “I greatly enjoy working with the office staff and interacting with congregants when they stop in.  I am proud of the work we are doing to keep TBE’s programs and events in front of our membership and the community.”

Linda and her husband Iain are members of Temple Beth-El with their children Alec and Amy.

You can reach Linda at:

Phone: 847.205.9982 ext. 210

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Joanne Gold - Clergy Administrative Assistant

Joanne Gold

Clergy Administrative Assistant (Since 2008)

Joanne serves as the primary staff support for Rabbi Helbraun, Cantor Rudnick and Rabbi Emeritus Victor Weissberg.  Working with the clergy, she has multiple responsibilities including all of the life cycle events (b’nai mitzvah, weddings, baby namings and funerals). Joanne also manages many clergy-related High Holiday processes and compiles the Mishebeyrach, Kaddish and Yahrzeit lists for Shabbat services.

Joanne reflects on her role at Temple Beth-El: “I enjoy being able to assist our congregants at both happy times and stressful times in their lives. I also enjoy assisting our clergy in being available and supportive to our congregants.” 

Joanne is a member of Temple Beth-El with her husband, Harry, and their children, Rachel and Freddy.

You can reach Joanne at:

Phone: 847-205-9982 ext. 202

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Nancy Reil - Accounting Manager

Nancy Reil

Accounting Manager (Since 2012)

Nancy is responsible for managing the accounting needs of Temple Beth-El.  She  has brought a tremendous amount of  experience to TBE having worked for Pioneer Press, publisher of 30+ suburban newspapers, for 31 years.

In Nancy’s last position at Pioneer Press she was Chief Financial Officer overseeing the Accounting, Credit and Payroll staff in addition to doing the financial reporting.  She was responsible for converting 500 employees to a new payroll software system.  In addition, Nancy served on the Board of the Pioneer Press Charitable Foundation.

Nancy finds her role at TBE both challenging and fulfilling.  “I am fortunate to speak with our wonderful congregants in responding to their needs,” she said.  Nancy is a long-time member of Temple Beth-El with her husband, Jay, who has been very active in leadership throughout the years.

You can reach Nancy at:

Phone: 847.205.9982 ext. 209 

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Wendy Lake - Program Administrator

Wendy Lake

Program Administrator (Since 2003)

Wendy’s responsibilities including supporting the Director of Lifelong Learning and Religious School operations as follows:

  • School activities
  • Bar/bat mitzvah date assignments
  • Adult education
  • Youth group
  • School registration
  • Maintain school database

In addition, Wendy creates the monthly Temple Bulletin and weekly “Shabbat Shalom” booklets. She also develops promotional materials for events and programs and manages reservations for these TBE wide community activities, and is the administrative support for the Summer FUN camp.

Wendy is proud to share, “Temple Beth-El has been my spiritual home for over 30 years.  When I decided to make a career change many years ago, I decided why not work at a place I could call home” 

Wendy’s membership in TBE has extended to her family’s next generation.  Her daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Jeff Schulman, and their children Hudson and Marlee, are also TBE members.

You can reach Wendy at:

Phone:  847.205.9982  ext. 208

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Marcy Chez - Administrative Assistant

Marcy Chez

Membership  and Engagement Assistant (Since 2015)

Marcy’s responsibilities include membership information, donations, receptionist, Temple calendar, and High Holiday coordinator.

Marcy has worked in the Jewish non-for-profit community for over 24 years, starting at the JCC and moving to Temple Beth-El  in June of 2004

Marcy shares her love of Judaica with her husband, Laury, extended family, their spouses and her growing number of grandchildren.

Marcy comments on her TBE experience: “I love the wonderful connections with Temple families.  It is a pleasure to assist them in every facet of Temple life, and a joy to watch as their families grow.”

You can reach Marcy at:

Phone: 847.205.9982 ext. 207

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Heather Freund - Maintenance Manager

Heather Freund

Maintenance Manager (Since 2010)

Heather is responsible for overseeing all building use inside and out of the Temple, such as:

Room and event set ups, general maintaining of the building, equipment updates and repairs, overseeing and scheduling of the maintenance staff, general repairs and cleaning. Heather and her staff make sure the TBE facility is ready to function each day and put its best foot forward for our membership. 

Heather has been part of the Temple Beth-El Community since childhood and truly feels that she “grew-up” here as her father, Clem, was previously a maintenance manager.

Heather, her husband Ben and daughter Dylan enjoy being a part of the TBE community.

You can reach Heather at:

Phone:  847-205-9982 ext 221

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