Rabbi Max Weiss
Rabbi Max Weiss and his family came to the Oak Park Temple community in 2009. Ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1997, he has served congregations in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Rabbi Weiss currently serves as Chair of the Rabbinic Advisory committee of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute and is active in interfaith dialogue and community outreach programs. He has particular interest in lifelong Jewish education and is passionate about American Jewish history. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk, please call the temple office or contact him at email@example.com.
Rabbi Emeritus Gary S. Gerson
Rabbi Emeritus Gary S. Gerson served as Senior Rabbi from 1979 to 2009. A Fulbright Scholar, Rabbi Gerson holds a bachelor’s degreemagna cum laude, master’s degrees in religion and psychology, rabbinic ordination, a doctorate in ministry, and certification as a family therapist from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. He now occupies the Rabbi Gary S. Gerson Chair in Adult Education. In addition to his ongoing courses in Jewish text, Kabbalah, Jewish thought, and comparative religion, Rabbi Gerson continues to be a resource in the life of the congregation.
Temple Educator Robin Arbetman
Temple Educator Robin Arbetman has taught children of all ages in Chicago area synagogues since 1981. She joined the Oak Park Temple Religious School staff in 1990 and immediately became one of its most beloved teachers. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ms. Arbetman also studied at the Hebrew University and completed a year of intensive leadership training at the Institute for Youth Leaders in Israel as well as the Master Teacher Training Course for Jewish Educators. She is active in national CAJE conferences. As a curriculum writer, Ms. Arbetman has developed material for special media events, courses on contemporary Jewish identity, and an interactive online Holocaust study guide. Her vision for Jewish education is an organic one, providing students individual expression, cooperative learning, meaningful experiences, and community awareness. Contact Robin via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cantor Julie Yugend-Green
Cantor Julie Yugend-Green appointed cantor of Oak Park Temple in 1997, holds a degree of Master of Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and was invested as Cantor in 1994. Cantor Yugend-Green has instituted dynamic programs of music and study including the establishment of Shalshelet - Oak Park Temple's Council for Music and the Arts. She is committed to fostering our community's relationship with Eretz Yisrael, and has led several congregational tours of Israel.
Temple Administrator Danielle Sandler
Temple Administrator Danielle Sandler has over 15 years of experience in Jewish Institutions crossing the spectrum from Orthodox to Reform. She worked for Northwest Suburban Jewish Congregation as Executive Director, Hebrew Theological College/Anne M. Blitstein Teachers Institute as Assistant to the Dean, and Administrative Assistant for the Early Childhood Department of Hillel Torah Day School. She has an M.Ed from Loyola University in Administration and Supervision, B.S. from DePaul University in Political Science; A.A. from Columbia College in Paralegal Studies. Contact Danielle via email at email@example.com.
Glasser Preschool Director Marci Sperling Flynn
Glasser Preschool Director Marci Sperling Flynn has been Glasser Preschool's full time director since 1998. She received her BA in psychology from Brandeis University (having also spent a semester at Tel Aviv University), received her JD from Georgetown University Law School, and completed her coursework towards the MA in early childhood education at National Louis University. After practicing law for ten years, Ms. Flynn changed careers to follow her dream of working full time with children and their families. Contact Marci via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Youth Advisor Youth Group Advisor Amalia Turkewicz