About Tamarisk NorthShore

A beautiful independent living community in Deerfield, Illinois.

We welcome you!

A beautiful independent living community in Deerfield, Illinois, Tamarisk NorthShore makes it easy to live the life you love. Volunteer in a food pantry. Take a beading class. Sharpen your canasta skills. Debate foreign policy. Relax in the easy pace of life, knowing someone is always nearby if needed.

Spacious, modern apartment homes, superior dining, and engaging activities and programs, backed by a legacy of enhancing the lives of those they serve, distinguish Tamarisk NorthShore. We welcome you!

The Tamarisk NorthShore Experience

There are other retirement communities. But there’s only one Tamarisk NorthShore: your unique choice for independent living in Deerfield, Illinois.

Tamarisk NorthShore offers a vibrant, welcoming lifestyle enhanced by superior dining, first-rate hospitality, refreshing life enrichment, and the peace of mind that comes from a trusted care network. All backed by a level of commitment that you won’t find anywhere else. There’s a small community fee or security deposit and just a simple monthly rental fee, so you can protect your assets, live close to family and ease their worries about the future. Feeling secure feels good!


Meet the Team


Jennifer Weininger, Interim Deerfield Campus Executive Director

Building relationships with residents and their families is the highlight of Jennifer’s 21-year career at CJE SeniorLife, Weinberg Community, and Tamarisk NorthShore. Her experience as a Personal Care Manager, Assistant Director, and Executive Director has given her many opportunities to guide—and learn from—the older adults in our communities and their loved ones. Jennifer feels that watching our residents create deep and meaningful friendships with each other is the most rewarding aspect of her day. Jennifer earned her Master's in Health Administration from the University of Saint Francis.


Jim Betke, Director of Maintenance and Housekeeping

Jim is a real “go-to” person and we are thrilled that he is on our team. With over 12 years in senior living management, most recently as a Maintenance Supervisor for a community in Lake Forest, his previous experience includes working for a park district, where he was responsible for overseeing the operations of multiple business spaces. Earlier, he worked in commercial and residential construction.

Residents find that Jim is very results-oriented—he thrives on finding creative solutions to problems: “The most gratification that one can have is going to work, helping seniors maintain their beautiful apartment homes, and becoming part of a community that is really like a large family.”


Michelle Bernstein, Director of Life Enrichment

Michelle has over 25 years of experience with working with older adults. For the past 10 years, she worked for Weinberg Community on CJE SeniorLIfe’s Deerfield campus. Working for CJE and Tamarisk is not just a job for Michelle. She is passionate about helping older adults maintain their independence and dignity, while enhancing their lives with socialization, support, and stimulating programs. She truly enjoys the time she spends with the residents and co-workers: “I feel blessed to come to work each day—to do what I love and be with people who feel like family.”

Michelle graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in corporate communications and psychology and has a certificate in gerontology.

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Laura Frankel, Director of Culinary Services

Laura Frankel joined the Tamarisk team as Director of Culinary Services in November of 2023. As well as being a noted Chef, author, blogger, and media personality, Laura brings extensive experience. Her prior roles include Product Development Specialist at The Spice House, Culinary Director for Jamie Geller’s Test Kitchen and Kosher Network International. She is the author of two Jewish cookbooks, with a third forthcoming. Laura is also the founder of Shallots Restaurant in Chicago, Skokie, and New York, and served as Executive Chef for Wolfgang Puck. Laura’s impressive background certainly adds flavor to the Tamarisk community!

Laura is a proud member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a global philanthropic society of women leaders and trailblazers in the culinary, beverage and hospitality professions. The non-profit organization coordinates educational, community service and charitable programs and events to foster excellence and promote achievements of women in the culinary arts.


Ray Eliot, Business Office Manager

Ray is responsible for managing our Concierge team as well as resident billing, customer service, and human resources. Ray brings years of experience to our community as she previously was in the same role at another senior living provider. Ray earned a degree in accounting and a JD degree from universities in the Philippines.

CJE Mission

The mission of CJE SeniorLife is to enhance quality of life and facilitate independence of older adults.

We champion older adults and families on their unique journeys, cultivate communities built on innovation, tradition and trust, and help each person in the Jewish and larger community live life to their fullest abilities with dignity and respect.

CJE SeniorLife Values Statement

Older adults living better every day connected to the community of their choice with access to trusted care and full range of services, rooted in Jewish values.



We recognize, honor and acknowledge the inherent value of each person, for their wisdom, their culture, their background, and their unique history.



We give voice to our clients’ needs and facilitate positive actions on their behalf. We engage state and federal officials to advocate the adoption, preservation, and/or modification of governmental programs and practices which benefit our community and clients.



We advance our knowledge and evaluate, develop, and implement new and advanced programming and models of care to bring benefits to our clients, community, and broader older adult/health care environment.



We treat everyone with caring, sensitivity, understanding, and supportive responsiveness.



We approach our work and each task with mindful consideration as to what we are doing and why we are doing it, as individuals and as an agency.



We are responsible individually and as an organization for ethical, accurate work and interaction with others. We plan strategically and provide quality care with measurable outcomes and fiscal soundness.


Deerfield, Illinois, considered one of the state’s best places to live, is situated in Lake County, adjacent to Cook County and bordered to the west by Riverwoods, Highland Park to the east, Northbrook to the south, and Bannockburn and Lake Forest to the north. Deerfield boasts a network of 20 parks as well as annual festivals and events.

Visitors and friends can quickly access Tamarisk NorthShore via US-94. The Metra line to downtown Deerfield is just two miles away, making it easy to enjoy downtown Deerfield’s boutique shopping, restaurants, charming coffee shops, financial services, and other conveniences.


Residents of Tamarisk NorthShore also enjoy being a short distance from the Chicago Botanic Garden where they can volunteer, walk, or simply take in the natural beauty. Other nearby attractions include Ravinia, a lovely 26-acre park and site of an annual internationally renowned music festival; and NorthShore Center for Performing Arts.

For added peace of mind, Tamarisk NorthShore is centrally located between NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Glenbrook Hospital and Highland Park Hospital.

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