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.