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Rabbi David Wolkenfeld

Rabbi David Wolkenfeld grew up in Manhattan where he attended Stuyvesant High School. He has a B.A. in History from Harvard University and has completed graduate coursework in Medieval Jewish History at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Wolkenfeld studied at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat and also at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. He has semikhah (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Zalman Nehemiah Goldberg, and Rabbi She’ar Yashuv Kohen in Israel, and from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and a served one term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He currently serves as a vice-president of the International Rabbinic Fellowship and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. He serves, ex-officio, as a member of the Rabbinic Advisory Group of Chicago Jewish Day School, and the Board of Directors of Akiba Schechter Day School.

Rabbi Wolkenfeld came to ASBI after spending five years at Princeton University, where, together with his wife Sara, he directed the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Rabbi and Sara have four children, Noam, Akiva, Hillel, and Sophie. The entire Wolkenfeld family is excited to be part of the ASBI community, with its proud history, uniquely warm environment, and tremendous potential for the future.


David Schwartz

Director of Family Education and Programming

David Schwartz comes to ASBI from the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School where he taught in the middle school, and from Anshe Emet Synagogue where he led youth services, taught Hebrew School, and tutored B'nai Mitzvah students. He also spent 12 years working at Camp Ramah Darom where he did Jewish education programming for youth, was a mashgiach in the kitchen, and coordinated the B'nai Mitzvah tutoring. Having grown up in Chattanooga, TN, David attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate degree and Masters in Teaching, and he is pursuing a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies at the Spertus Institute. David is married to Miriam Aronin and has a daughter, Shira; in his rare spare time he enjoys reading and playing board games. David is excited to get to know the families of ASBI and bring his passion for Jewish education to the community!



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  • President - Jeremy Treister
  • Immediate Past President - Rabbi Paul Saiger
  • VP - Ways and Means - Ross Weisman
  • VP - House - Margalit Segal
  • VP - Membership - Danielle Gershon
  • VP - Ritual - Dr. Ira Halper
  • VP - Education - Anna Pomson
  • VP - Financial - Asher Zarkowsky
  • Recording Secretary - Ruth Lipman


  • Stuart Sprague- Chairman
  • Julia Aaronson
  • Elyce Bader
  • Linda Cohen
  • Herbert Eiseman
  • Aaron Feigelson
  • Steve Feiger
  • Eytan Fox
  • Joseph Goodman
  • Seth Greenberg
  • David Harris
  • Ira King
  • Michael Leib
  • Norman Levitz
  • Jennifer Loeb
  • Ava Madoff
  • Michael Newberger
  • Scott Newberger
  • Erica Phillips
  • Jacques Aaron Preis
  • Linda Saiger
  • Rabbi Melvin Shapiro
  • Alan Skidelsky
  • Adam Smoler
  • Naomi Sugar
  • Andrew Weprin


  • Gabbai - Dr. Josh Ehrlich
  • Gabbayit - Karli Salinger



Yeshivat Maharat Intern Eryn London

Eryn London is currently the scholar-in-residence at the ACT Jewish Community in Canberra, Australia. She received her B.A. from Goucher College—where she majored in theatre and minored in psychology and Judaic studies—and an M.A. at Goldsmiths, University of London, with a specialization in applied drama: theatre in educational, community, and social contexts. Eryn made Aliyah in 2010 and has since resided in Jerusalem, where she has studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, taught theatre at Emunah V’Omanut seminary, and worked as a therapeutic recreation specialist in a nursing home. Eryn learned for three years at the Susi Bradfield Women’s Insitute of Halachic Leadership at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is one of the co-founders of “Gam Yachad,” a multi-denominational Beit Midrash for Israeli rabbinical students.



Tammy & Yisrael Tsadok

Tammy and Yisrael Tsadok and their three daughters live in Skokie where Tammy and Yisrael served as the Midwest Regional shelichim for Bnai Akiva for the past two years. They currently teach Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Chicago Jewish Day School. They will be coming to ASBI for one weekend each month to run programming.

Yisrael Tsadok has a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Tel Aviv-Yaffo College, and was a student for three years at Yeshivat Hakibbutz Hadati in Ma'ale Gilboa.  He served as a tank commander in the IDF. Tammy Tsadok has a B.Ed. in Education and Teacher's Certificate, specializing in Jewish History and Hebrew Literature, from the Jerusalem Kerem Institute for Teachers' Training, a B.A. in Studies of the Land of Israel, Geography and Jewish Literature from Bar Ilan University and is an alumna of Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem.









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