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Executive Officers

Ron Sonenthal, President
My name is Ron Sonenthal, and I’m currently the President of the Board of Trustees. My wife Kathy and I have three daughters; Lindsay, Haley, and Mallory. I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors for the last 8 years and a member of the temple for some 23 years, since my wife and I were married in the large sanctuary. I grew up in Skokie, and my parents were fairly active members of our temple, Congregation B’nai Emunah. Kathy has been a member for over 35 years, having been confirmed at NSCI. Our girls were named, and became Bat Mitzvah at NSCI, and as I look back, many of our family’s most cherished memories involve NSCI.

Peter DuBois, Vice President
"My aha moment in Judaism is a by-product of my interfaith family.  We decided to raise our family Jewish and the responsibility to properly lead and educate my children on Jewish traditionswas now mine.  Thus, I began a wonderful journey of Torah study and exploring what it means to be a Jew.  I am active in Brotherhood and enjoy the Minyan service on Saturday mornings."

Richard Illgen, Vice President

Stuart Kohn, Vice President

Susan Longo, Vice President
“I am a Jew by choice living in an interfaith family. NSCI is a warm, open, welcoming community offering a diverse worship experience and caring hands to repair the world.  Whether I work with Feed the Homeless, pack backpacks for the Jordan School, write letters for Darfur, participant in Women of NSCI seminars, collect clothing for a family or deliver food to the Russian Jewish community, there are lots of people working side-by-side with me and enjoying every minute of the time spent together.  I see our rabbis and congregants committed to our faith community and know one day soon, my two grandsons will be running through the halls of NSCI excited to be Jews.”

Jed Mandel, Vice President
”Although it seems strange now, my wife and I thought that joining a large congregation like NSCI would allow us to be anonymous.  Sometimes things turn out differently than planned – and for the better.  We enjoy Shabbat services, celebrating the holidays and festivals, adult education, and volunteering in any number of meaningful ways.  We appreciate the superior Jewish education that our children received.  And we are delighted to have developed real friendships with so many NSCI congregants and with our clergy and staff.  The big congregation we thought we joined turned out to be an open, inviting and inclusive community; one which invigorates us spiritually, emotionally, socially and intellectually.”

Jody Weinberg, Vice President
“My family joined NSCI 10 years ago when we moved to Highland Park from Connecticut, and I immediately felt at home. I love that NSCI is a place we can participate as a family. My desire to get involved in synagogue activities grew as my children became more involved in the religious school and youth group. My personal involvement began as a member and leader of the Religious Education Board. Currently, I am a Board of Trustee vice president. I hope every family has the wonderful experiences and memories we have at NSCI.”

Rachel Heyman, Treasurer

Dr. Marilyn Perlman, Secretary
"After receiving my Jewish education and confirmation at NSCI, I didn't necessarily intend to return as a congregate myself as an adult. (My parents have been members since 1966). I reconnected to the synagogue when our oldest child was ready for preschool, realizing that we wanted our children to be educated with Jewish values and traditions from the start. We found that the warmth, intimacy, and quality of the preschool was also true of the congregation. We look forward to our young children growing up in the synagogue. As a family, there are so many ways we can continue to deepen our Jewish identity and spirituality. I feel enriched and inspired by my participation in Mitzvah programs and service in leadership roles".

Karen Dillon, Women of NSCI Co-President

Diane W. Moore, Women of NSCI Co-President 

Robert Dillon, Brotherhood Co-President  

Dr. Lee Freedman, Brotherhood Co-President

Bruce White, Legal Counsel  


My colleagues and I
look forward to welcoming
you personally to
North Shore Congregation Israel.

- Rabbi Steven S. Mason

North Shore Congregation Israel is affiliated
with the Union for Reform Judaism.