Rabbi Jeremy Fine was born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois. He was a proud graduate and attendee of Solomon Schechter Day School, Camp Ramah and Camp Chi, and Ida Crown Jewish Academy. After graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, where he served as Hillel President for three years, Rabbi Fine began a Masters in Jewish Education which he completed in 2011. Rabbi Fine was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012. During his time at JTS he spent two years in Israel studying at the Conservative Yeshiva and the Machon Schechter Institute. While at JTS, Rabbi Fine received the William H. Lebeau Book Award and the Rabbi Morris Silverman Award in Liturgy. He also completed certificates in Fundraising from New York University, Rav Hamakshir (Kashrut Supervision) from JTS, a Mini-MBA for Non-Profit Organizations from St. Thomas University and became an accredited Life Coach in 2020. In 2014 he was recognized by the Forward as one of America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis. In 2018 he was selected as part of the Clergy Leadership Incubator and then in 2021 he was awarded the Minnesota Hillel Capp Leadership Award.
Rabbi Fine served as the student Rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Amsterdam, NY and the Rabbinic Assistant and Director of Congregational Learning at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, NY and the Senior Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, MN. During his tenure he was known for innovation through programs like Crossriver Kosherfest, Annual Celebrity Fundraisers, and more. He can be found on his website TheGreatRabbino.com, the largest Jewish sports website, and his podcast The Religion of Human Nature. Rabbi Fine is married to Jessica (also from Deerfield) and they have two amazing daughters Annie and Trudy
Hazzan Hery Chulef grew up in Lima, Perú, attending Hebrew Day School for 15 years. He went on to study at the University in Perú before coming to the United States in 1986 and earning a BA in Psychology from Earlham College. From there, Hazzan Hery attended Cantorial School at Yeshiva University, NYC, graduating in 1993. Before coming to Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Hazzan Hery served as Hazzan at Havurat Yisrael, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Queens, New York.
Hazzan Hery joined the B’nai Tikvah community in 2001 as our High Holiday Hazzan, and went on to become Ritual Educator in 2003. From there, he has lovingly trained, nurtured, and prepared hundreds of B’nai Tikvah children and adults in Ritual skills and prayer. Hazzan Hery was formally installed as the Hazzan at B’nai Tikvah in 2014. Hery is a B’nai Tikvah treasure
Felicia Lev has been B’nai Tikvah’s Executive Director since July 2013. Felicia began her career at the synagogue in 1998 as Education Director. In this role, she developed a relationship with not only the school families but also with the inner-workings of the synagogue. This lead to her evolving into a new role as Executive Director.
Felicia’s responsibilities include directing all synagogue administration, coordinating the use of the synagogue’s facility, managing day-to-day affairs, being available to assist all congregants in any aspect required and overseeing the synagogue’s budget.
After more than 20 years, and her three children growing up here, Felicia considers B’nai Tikvah her second home. She is thrilled to see young adults who grew up at the synagogue returning with their families.
Ariana grew up in the greater Boston area and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a lifelong summer camp enthusiast, having spent many summers as a camper at Camp Young Judaea in New Hampshire and seven summers on staff at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. It was there that an impressed congregant of B’nai Tikvah suggested that she apply for the Youth Director position. It was a perfect match, as she could continue building relationships with her campers back in Deerfield. Her dedication, affinity for working with youth, and passion for everything Jewish resulted in her moving into the role of Director of Education, Youth & Family Engagement.
She is an alumna of the Diller Fellows program and Birthright Israel Fellows program and has spent time studying and living in Israel. She loves bringing her passion for Israel, Jewish community and learning to B’nai Tikvah.
Jaylyn started working at B’nai Tikvah in the summer of 2021. She studied journalism and media studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. In Milwaukee, Jaylyn used her writing and social skills at online and print publications, news stations and magazines. Jaylyn will bring her knowledge of digital media and marketing to B’nai Tikvah, helping to revamp online content and programming.
Jaylyn grew up at Beth Tikvah synagogue in Hoffman Estates where she was involved in youth group, NFTY and OSRUI. All of these communities Jaylyn grew up with were second homes to her and she is excited to be part of B’nai Tikvah’s community. She hopes to bring a warm and vibrant energy to the team and the synogauge.