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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. 

Laurie Orenstein

Executive Director
(847) 205-9982, ext. 211

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Laurie is thrilled to join the Temple Beth-El Family this Spring as the next Executive Director. Laurie joins us with over 25 years of experience in the Chicago Jewish Non-Profit world.  Laurie last worked as the principal of the Anshe Emet Religious School in Chicago and spent almost two decades at the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. Laurie has held several positions working in both programming and administrative roles.  Laurie believes in the power of community and looks forward to working closely to strengthen it in the years to come. 

Laurie grew up in Homewood and now lives in Glenview with her husband Dan and her three children Jacob, Ruthie, and Johnny. 

Laura Perpinyal

Director of Congregational Learning
(847) 205-9982, ext. 212

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Laura Siegel Perpinyal, RJE loves being a Jewish Educator and working with learners of all ages! She is thrilled to be serving the Temple Beth-El community as Director of Congregational Learning beginning in 2023. Prior to coming to TBE she served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chai for 11 years and under her leadership the school was Accredited by the ARJE for Excellence in Jewish Education. Before coming to Temple Chai Laura and her husband lived in Johannesburg, South Africa. There she served as the Director of Development for the Jewish National Fund of South Africa and was very involved with volunteering for Limmud Johannesburg and served as Conference Co-chair in 2011.

Laura is active nationally and locally in Jewish Education leadership roles. She currently serves as a Board Member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE), is a past President of the Chicago Area Reform Jewish Educators (ChARJE) and serves on the RECC, the Rabbi, Educator, Cantor Committee of Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). She loves spending part of her summers at camp with Beth-El campers and staff!  She was also chosen to be in the inaugural cohort of Mandel Educational Leadership Fellows, graduating in 2023.

Laura attended Indiana University where she graduated with Honors with degrees in Jewish Studies and Political Science. In 2009 Laura graduated from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion with Joint master’s degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Non-Profit Management. Laura and her husband Avi live in Northbrook with their two kids.

Leslie Hanus

Clergy and Lifecycle Coordinator
(847) 205-9982, ext. 202

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Leslie provides administrative support for the Executive Director, Rabbi and Cantor and coordinates congregant lifecycle events.  Leslie brings over 10 years of marketing and project management experience to her role with Temple Beth-El.  

Leslie grew up in Glenview and now resides in Deerfield with her husband, Rich and 2 sons, Ben and Sam.  Leslie is “thrilled to be working in such a kind, welcoming and supportive environment”.  When not in the office, Leslie enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and being outdoors.

Elian Yarden Oppenheim

Accounting Manager
(847) 205-9982, ext. 209 

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Holly Hamburg

Membership Coordinator
(847) 205.9982, ext. 207 

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Holly serves as the Membership Coordinator for Temple Beth-El and supports the Executive Director and Membership Vice President in growing the congregation by developing prospective member initiatives that attract new members and engage and retain existing members.

Holly comes to Temple Beth-El with over 20 years of marketing, communications and special events experience and is delighted to be part of the Temple Beth-El family.

A native of Boston, MA, Holly currently resides in Northbrook with her husband Phil and two sons, Jake and Adam.

“There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up”  — Bernard Meltzer

Linda Goldman

Communications and Event Coordinator
(847) 205-9982, ext. 201

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David Shuman

(847) 205-9982, ext. 221

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