Youth Staff

Director of Youth and Young Family Engagement - Matt RissienMatt Rissien jpg
Matt Rissien has been at Congregation Beth Shalom for 6 years. In his six years, our USY chapter, CBS USY, has received numerous awards including Most Improved Chapter (2016) and Chapter of the Year (2018). Matt moved to Chicago from Overland Park, KS where he still enjoys supporting Kansas City sports teams. Matt attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a major in religious studies with a minor in Judaic studies. He also received a Masters in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. This past year, Matt was awarded the LEAD (Leader, Educator, Advisor, Dugma) Award from JUF/Springboard, an award given to one outstanding adult who goes above and beyond in their role of educating and caring for Jewish teens.

Matt Rissien's responsibilities range from all ages, Young Family Programming through High School USY programming. Matt is also responsible for all family and youth High Holiday programming, as well as coordinating our College Care Package program, sending gift cards to our students who are away at college. For more information on Youth Programming, please contact Matt or view our Youth Page for upcoming events and information. 

One week after starting his role at Congregation Beth Shalom, Matt met his wife Brittany, where they happily live in Buffalo Grove and enjoy being part of the CBS family. 

M[email protected] - 847-498-4100 x25


Melissa KaplanYouth Advisor
Melissa Kaplan grew up in Buffalo Grove and spent many summers attending and working in Jewish camping.  Melissa graduated from Washington University in St. Louis where she earned a degree in Middle School and Secondary Education and a Minor in Jewish Studies.  While in school, she worked as a JUF Lewis Intern.  Melissa currently works as an HR Director at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods and resides in Northbrook with her husband, Jordan, and 2 kids, Blake and Taylor.

 Alison WeimanYouth Advisor

Alison Weiman is a youth advisor at Beth Shalom. She has been an advisor for 7 years. When she is not advising, she can be found teaching dual language in Schaumburg and teaching at Beth Shalom’s religious school. Alison lives in Arlington Heights with her husband, Cary. 

Alison obtained Masters degree in elementary education from National-Louis University. She has taught first through fifth grades in both Wheeling and Schaumburg. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys speaking Spanish to those around her. She was also a youth director in Skokie for Kehillat Shalom. Alison has spent a summer in Israel on a volunteer program in which she taught English at a Jewish and Arab day camp. Alison loves working with all the amazing children and families at CBS as a youth advisor for Nitzanim, Chaverim and Kadima!

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