President’s Corner

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Happy Chanukah and 2023!

November was one of our busiest months in recent memory. We had a very successful evening with the Sisterhood, bowling in Buffalo Grove. We then had a great Sunday morning breakfast with guest speaker, Laurence Holmes from the SCORE. Our highlight was the annual Erev Thanksgiving dinner with families enjoying the Jesse White Tumblers. We want to thank our Men’s Club Exec and Board for their support in making all of this happen.

Here are our upcoming events. Please preregister on the Square site page at https://bit.ly/cbsmensclub.

We end 2022 by introducing another CBS Men’s Club Board Member, Frank Star. Frank was born in Columbus, GA, near Atlanta. His great-great-grandfather settled there from Germany in the 1880s. Frank’s family were active members of Temple Israel, a reform synagogue in Columbus. His father, Frank, was Temple President for multiple terms, and his mom, Barbara, was Sisterhood President also for multiple terms. Frank had his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Israel and attended high school at Brookstone School. He played soccer, was active in student government, and graduated first in his class. Frank then attended Duke University majoring in History. A loyal fan, Frank still follows his Duke Blue Devils in all sports. At Duke, Frank was a member of the BOG Fraternity (a Bunch of Guys!), and he studied abroad for one semester at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

After graduation, Frank went to work for First American Bank, initially in DC and then in Atlanta. After a few years, Frank received his MBA from the University of Chicago. He then went to work for Ernst and Young as a consultant in banking and financial services. During his time at Ernst and Young, Frank became active in the Jewish United Fund Young Leadership Division (JUF YLD). Working on a JUF YLD Passover Committee, he met Mindy Weberman. Soon after they met, Frank’s job took him overseas to Singapore and Amsterdam, so their relationship initially was long distance (he returned home about once a month). About a year after he returned to Chicago, they got engaged and subsequently married.

In their early years of married life, Frank and Mindy lived in the city and were members of Anshe Emet synagogue. Frank left Ernst and Young, and for the last 18 years has worked in finance for United Airlines. He currently manages the finance team supporting United’s cargo division. They moved to Northbrook and joined Congregation Beth Shalom in 2005. Mindy is very active as a wish granter and special event coordinator for Paws for Patrick, an organization that works to provide emotional support animals and therapy dogs to young people aiding them as they live with mental illness.

Frank and Mindy have two daughters. Ashley is a sophomore at the University of Maryland, and Paige is a senior at Glenbrook North. Both girls had their Bat Mitzvah at CBS, and both have been officers for the CBS USY and the CHUSY Regional Board. Their daughters were dedicated dancers from age three through high school, and Paige plays lacrosse for Glenbrook North.

Working for United made family travel easy. One special trip was to Germany to take part in a very special celebration. Mindy’s family are Holocaust survivors, and, during World War II, her grandfather and his brother hid in a barn to escape the German Army during the death marches. The woman who owned the barn secretly took care of them until it was safe to leave. For this heroic act, her descendants were awarded the Righteous Among the Nations award from Yad Vashem.  Frank and Mindy attended the award ceremony in Germany as well as visited the barn where her grandfather hid. A memorable trip indeed!!

Mindy is a member of the Beth Shalom Sisterhood, and Frank has been on the Men’s Club Executive Board for the last 5 years, including 2 years as Treasurer. We thank Frank and Mindy for their dedication to Congregation Beth Shalom and look forward to their continuing for years to come.

Enjoy Chanukah and Happy New Year 2023!

Steve and Andy