Our Rabbi, Staff and Board of Directors work as a team to bring celebration, engagement and wholeness to our congregation and the community.
Rabbi Elie Spitz has served as CBI’s spiritual leader since 1988. A graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary and Boston University of Law, Rabbi Spitz has authored three books, serves on the Committee of Jewish Law and Standards for the Conservative Movement, and is a national teacher on spirituality and Jewish Law.
After 24 years in the Chicago area, and a Midwesterner until 2020, Carol moved West to join the staff at CBI and to be close to family. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN and spent her childhood through college years in Central and Northeast Iowa.
Rabbi Robin (Hoffman) Foonberg has been the Director of Education at CBI since 2011 after beginning her career as a Jewish Educator in 1995.
Cantor Amy Robinson Katz serves as our Ba’alat Tefillah and is a Master’s Candidate at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, working toward her official ordination as Hazzan in spring 2022.
Sharon Alkin has been in the field of Early Childhood for over thirty years. She is a graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with a degree in Education, and received her Early Childhood Education credential from Saddleback College.
Sheri received her Master’s Degree from the University of Judaism. She has been a day camp director, youth group director and resident camp director.
Helene Coulter first joined CBI as a congregant in 1997 and in 2002 started teaching at the religious school. Already an active volunteer for CBI in the office, Helene became the bookkeeper at CBI in 2007 and in 2015 was promoted to Operations Manager.
Emily Fischer is the Youth Advisor for Congregation Bʼnai Israel. She brings a youthful perspective backed by experience in Jewish Early Childhood Education to the position.
Carl brings his joy of music and Judaism to each and every service. In addition to leading services, he teaches music and tefillah at our Religious School with a passion for transmitting the joy of Jewish music to the great kids of CBI.
Lindsay Frazin joined the CBI CDC team as the Administrative Assistant in 2021. Her experience in both education and administration make her a great fit for this position at CBI.