Clergy : Carl Wolkin, Senior Rabbi
Rabbi Carl Wolkin graduated Columbia University in 1968 with a BA in Classics and received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1973.
After teaching at the Hebrew High School of Temple Israel of Great Neck, he served as the Associate Rabbi of the congregation from 1972-1980. Since 1980, Rabbi Wolkin has served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth Shalom, Northbrook, Illinois. During this time he has served as the President of the Northbrook Clergy Association, the Chicago Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, the president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and he is also a member of the JUF Board. He continues to serve as the President of the Community Mikvah of the Conservative Movement, and is on the Rabbinic Advisory Council of the Chicagoland Jewish High School.
In 2004, Rabbi Wolkin was in the first group of graduates of the Center for Rabbinic Enrichment of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. This group of North American Rabbis completed a three year program of study at the Institute in Jerusalem and in the U.S.
Clergy : Aaron Melman, Rabbi
Rabbi Aaron Melman has been a rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL for eleven years. He is originally from Toronto where he graduated York University with BA in Judaic Studies. He attended the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received his ordination in May 2002.
While at JTS, Rabbi Melman taught Hebrew School at Or Zarua, a Conservative synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and served as a student chaplain with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).
Rabbi Melman is involved in the community through the Northbrook Clergy Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Center for Jewish Genetic Disorders, and is the immediate Past-President of the Chicago Region of Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Melman also serves as the only Chaplain to the Northbrook Fire Department.
Rabbi Melman is married to Elisa Rotman and they have two children Jordan and Hannah. He enjoys golf, hockey, camping and SCUBA diving.
Clergy : Steven Stoehr, Hazzan
Hazzan Steven Stoehr is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree. He continued his studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary's Cantors Institute, attaining his Sacred Music Degree and Diploma of Hazzan in 1988.
Hazzan Stoehr arrived in Northbrook, IL, at Congregation Beth Shalom, to serve his first full-time pulpit twenty-five years ago and has served the Jewish community on many levels.
Hazzan Stoehr has been called upon by various arms of the Conservative Movement to perform throughout the United States and has been a featured lecturer as well. For the Cantors' Assembly he has served as President of the Midwest Region, member of the Ethics Committee and co-chair of the 1994, 1997,2006 and 2011 National Conventions. In relationship to his dedicated efforts, the Jewish Theological Seminary's H. L. Miller Cantorial School has been endowed by his friend and congregant Harvey L. Miller. In 2002 he was granted the Hazzan David Putterman Award by the Jewish Theological Seminary for excellence in his career. In 1998 Hazzan Stoehr produced an international concert on Ellis Island and sang in Carnegie Hall as part of the Assembly's Jubilee Celebration. Most recently he was given the Samuel Rosenbaum Award for Creativity and Scholarship.
Through Hazzan Stoehr's leadership and foresight his community has established several watershed programs. He had aided his synagogue in developing their own Chevre Kaddishe and Chesed Community which attends to those who have been touched by illness or loss. Tangentially he has edited several educational booklets for our community, primarily in the realm of mourning rites and traditions. As well, Hazzan Stoehr has helped to formulate a new approach to Friday Night Shabbat services with our own CBS ShabbaTone experience.
Cantor Stoehr has released three CD recordings of synagogue music and is awaiting the publication of his first book.
He resides in Northbrook with his wife Susan and their children Jacob, Talia and Alana.