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Our Staff

  Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon

Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon leads Sukkat Shalom after more than twenty-five years' experience as a rabbi in the Chicago area. He was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1980 and received an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In 2005 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity from HUC-JIR. He is Vice President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Gordon is a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the Hebrew Union College and a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Hartman Institute of Jerusalem. In 2013, President Barack Obama appointed Rabbi Gordon as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He has been in the forefront of creating new models for Jewish family education and worship. He has devoted himself to the work of outreach, creating innovative programs serving intermarried couples and families. In addition to his work in outreach and family education, Rabbi Gordon has been widely recognized as a leader in social justice throughout our community and beyond. Contact Rabbi Gordon at

  Carlie Daniels, Associate Rabbi/Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Carlie Weisbrod Daniels was born and raised in Rockledge, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a B.M. in Voice. She earned a M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinic Ordination at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to attending HUC-JIR, Carlie worked for two years at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University. During her years at the College-Institute, Carlie served as Student Rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in Steubenville, OH, Rabbinic Intern at Jewish Home Lifecare in Manhattan, and also as the Rabbinic Intern at Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York. Carlie most recently served as the Assistant Director of New Parent Engagement at the Jewish United Fund. Carlie met her husband, Ryan Daniels, during their first year in rabbinical school, and they currently live in Evanston.

   Kenneth Lyonswright, Cantorial Soloist

Kenneth Lyonswright, the Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Sukkat Shalom, was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. In Madison, he performed frequently in professional productions as both a soloist and ensemble member. As a cantorial soloist, song leader, and educator, Kenneth has worked in schools, synagogues, and summer camps, where he enjoys sharing his love of communal music.

   Andrew Schultz, Executive Director

Andrew Schultz is Executive Director of Sukkat Shalom. After a long career in publishing, he began thinking about how to combine his experience in business with his interest in progressive Judaism and social justice. He is a Chicago native who spent his youth in St. Louis, where he was a member, bar mitzvah and confirmant at United Hebrew. He earned a B.A. in English and Political Science at Grinnell College and a Masters of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. His previous experience includes diverse and senior roles at Meredith, Time Inc. and Random House. Most recently he was chief operating officer for Imagination Publishing, a content marketing agency in Chicago. He is a member of the National Association of Temple Administrators and of the Chicago Association of Synagogue Administrators.  Contact Andy Schultz at

   Seth Zimmerman, Operations Manager

A Washington D.C. native, Seth moved to Chicago in 2005, creating content for print, stage and screen ever since. Seth has worked in non-profit environments such as Shedd Aquarium and JCYS, as well as corporate settings such as the Oprah Winfrey Show & Harpo Studios, 120 Sports and WJLA-ABC 7. He earned his BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Arts and Media Management with a focus on non-profits. When not perched in front of his laptop, Seth loves exploring the great outdoors with his wife and son, biking the trail, and listening to the sounds of Wrigley from his deck while enjoying a cold drink and a well-read book. Contact Seth Zimmerman at

   Judy Buckman, Executive Director Emerita

Judy Buckman is Executive Director Emerita of Sukkat Shalom. She served the temple in the role of its executive director for 20 years before retiring in 2017. During her tenure, she set the standard for operational excellence while creating and maintaining a warm and caring atmosphere. Her organizational and people skills, coupled with a strong financial background helped Sukkat Shalom grow and prosper to the vibrant and healthy community it is today. Judy was a member of the National Association of Temple Administrators, the Chicago Association of Synagogue Administrators, and is a member of the Jewish Book Council. In her emerita role Judy will continue to apply her exceptional experience and interest in adult educational programming for the congregation.

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 Alan Goodis, Music Specialist

Alan Goodis is a National touring Jewish musician. Born and raised in Toronto, Alan is a product of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music, Alan travels throughout North America to serve as an Artist-In-Residence and performer at Temples, Youth Conventions, and Jewish summer camps.  Alan is a strong presence in the Reform Jewish movement and works tirelessly to engage and empower Jewish youth and adults through music.  Alan and his music have become a fixture at Congregations, URJ Camps and Youth events from coast to coast.

 Kyle Weinstein, Administrative Assistant

Kyle Weinstein is Sukkat Shalom’s administrative assistant. It’s often her voice you hear when you call in, or her smile greeting you or your children when they come in for Hebrew School. Kyle received her BA from Tulane University, where she double majored in education and psychology. After college, she taught in the Chicago Public Schools for ten years before leaving to raise three children. She then resumed teaching at the Children’s Center at Lakeside Congregation. Her Jewish education includes membership at Temple Jeremiah and three trips to Israel, including one as a teen working on a kibbutz. The most recent trip was for her eldest son’s bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.


  Kelli Max, Youth Advisor

Kelli Max has been the sixth grade teacher for the past five years at Sukkat Shalom and is beginning her new role of Youth Advisor of our SUSHY Youth Group.

Kelli graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She has been a teacher for six years and is currently teaching 2nd grade at Rowe Elementary in Chicago, IL. Kelli’s enthusiasm with children is quite apparent and she looks forward to building strong connections with the youth of Sukkat Shalom.

Sat, May 28 2022 27 Iyar 5782