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Lay Leadership

Congregation Beth Shalom is fortunate to have a skilled, experienced, and committed core of lay leaders. These leaders often fill-in for or supplement the rabbi or cantor as needed. They also drive many of the programs and activities at CBS.

Reb Avraham Yehoshua

Reb Avraham Yehoshua has acted as the Vice-President of Religious Affairs at Congregation Beth Shalom for three years. He is an Israeli-trained rabbi, who often speaks from the pulpit, sharing insights and teachings through his D'var Torah. His passionate leining of Torah is equaled by his passion for education and connection with the congregation's youth. Whether it be as a leader during Shabbat and High Holiday services or just friendly conversation, we benefit from his considerable (read more)

Yonah Klem, Ed. D., L.C.P.C

CBS is honored to have a learned counselor from both a secular and Jewish perspective. Yonah Klem, Ed. D., L.C.P.C., recently retired from a mental health counseling practice which she had for over 25 years. She is also an ordained teacher of Jewish meditation.

As a counselor, Yonah continues to confidentially work with the individual needs of congregants to assist them in coping with challenging situations. This includes, but is not limited to, hospital visits, pastoral counseling (read more)

Bernie Newman

Bernie Newman is one of the most visible and dedicated leaders of Congregation Beth Shalom. Some of his many roles include coordination of the Torah leining program, co-Gabbai (director of Torah reading) for Shabbat services, and tutoring B’nai Mitzvah students. He also acts as the official host and lecturer to interfaith, college, and school groups who visit the Congregation.

Additionally, Bernie coordinates the weekly Jewish Adult Study Group and works individually with adults who (read more)

Russ Klem

As one of the founding members of Congregation Beth Shalom, Russ Klem has established himself as a congregational leader and practitioner in Jewish theology. Russ is co-Gabbai, or director of Torah reading, during Sabbath services. He has been a B’nai Mitzvah tutor since 2001 and a member of the CBS choir since its inception. Russ has been the presiding chairman of the Avodah (Worship) Committee for over ten years. He graduated from the Chicago Board of Jewish Education High School and earned (read more)
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