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Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler came to Temple Judea Mizpah in 2007 after 14 years in the Chicago area. She graduated from Brandeis University and was ordained rabbi in 1993 from the New York campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. At her first pulpit, Rabbi Memis-Foler spent nine years as Assistant/Associate Rabbi at Congregation BJBE in Glenview. She spent much of her rabbinate there focused on working with the youth of the congregation. She served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago for five years, a highlight which included her help in starting the congregation's Monday Meal (soup kitchen). As the solo rabbi of Temple Judea Mizpah, Rabbi Memis-Foler participates in all aspects of the congregation from leading services and conducting life-cycle events, teaching High School students, leading worship for Middle and Elementary students to working with all the temple’s commissions, and more. In April 2013, Rabbi Memis-Foler led TJM's Journey to Israel, the second in recent years.

In the community, Rabbi Memis-Foler has participated in leadership positions with the Women’s Rabbinic Network, co-chairing the biennial Women’s Rabbinic Network Conference in May 2007, which hosted over 105 women rabbis in Chicago. She currently serves on the boards of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), the Rabbinic Advisory Committee for Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) and the Chicago Association of Reform Rabbis (CARR), for which she now serves as Secretary. She also is a Commissioner on the Village of Skokie Human Relations Commission. Her essays have been published in a variety of journals and books including Beginning the Journey: A Women’s Commentary on Torah and Reform Jewish Ethics and the Halakhah.  Rabbi Memis-Foler is featured in the exhibit Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age, which toured the country in the Spring of 2012.

Rabbi Memis-Foler and her family have lived in Skokie for over ten years.

You can contact Rabbi Memis-Foler at the temple office at 847-676-1566 x104 or by email:


Cantor/Education Director Richard Bessman comes to us from Madison, WI. He is a recent graduate of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Cantor Bessman earned a Masters in Sacred Music and Certificate of Hazzan from the H.L. Miller Cantorial Scool and College of Jewish Music in addition to a Master of Arts with honors conferred by the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. He can be heard leading Friday evening services with Rabbi Amy L. Memis-Foler.

You can contact Cantor Bessman at the temple office at 847-676-1566 ext. 105 or by email at:




Temple Administrator Marla Topp comes to TJM with many years of experience in congregational life. Prior to returning to the Chicagoland area, Marla served as the Director of Education and Youth at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, New Jersey for 3 years. Marla supervised all aspects of the religious school, preschool and youth groups, and implemented many successful family programs and fundraisers. Marla also served as the Director of Education at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin for over 10 years. Prior to her tenure at Congregation Beth Judah, Marla was the Coordinator of Children’s Services at the Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook, where she managed and marketed new programs and supervised the program staff. Marla’s work in the Jewish non-profit world also includes experience as a Help line Counselor at the Jewish Children’s Bureau in Chicago.

You can contact Marla at 847-676-1566 ext. 108 or by email at:



Felicia GrossAdministrative Assistant 

Felicia can be reached at 847-676-1566 x 100 or by email at



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