Emanuel chapel
Emanuel chapel

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Cantor Shelly with the Torah - spring 2019
Cantor Shelly with the Torah - spring 2019

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Emanuel lake view
Emanuel lake view

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Emanuel chapel
Emanuel chapel

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Help Support Our Congregation and Community

Walking Together: Making Community

5959 Online - Your Virtual Village. Making Community, Healing the Soul, Enlightening the Mind, and Lifting the Spirit. 

Welcome to the Village! Your presence is a blessing!

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High Holiday Services
at Emanuel

High Holiday services will be held in person and online so that all of our congregants can choose what is the best for their family and health needs. Indoor services will have an indoor and outdoor option.

Everyone can access services on our YouTube Channel at 5959online.org


Click on our High Holy Days page to find the following information:

  • Service and Celebration Schedule

  • Membership

  • Emanuel Congregation Religious School (ECRS)

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Childcare during Services

  • Tikkun Olam

A Message from Our Leadership

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We are excited to be a part of such a warm and vibrant congregation that has served the Chicago reform community for 140 years!

Emanuel Congregation continues to grow and emphasize our value of building community, celebrating our joyous events and comforting one another in our sorrows. Inspired by the richness of our collective Jewish past, we offer a contemporary focus on Jewish ritual, values, and heritage as we embrace our commitment to a tradition while creating our own individual connection to our Jewish future.

Emanuel Congregation is the place to explore what it means to be a Jew in the twenty-first century. Regardless of what reasons motivate you to pursue your religious beliefs, our goal is to have a place for everyone.

David Rakofsky

Michelle Drucker Friedman

Congregational Cantor

So much to be grateful for

As many of you know, We celebrated our first Interfaith Model Seder on April 3, 2022 with colleagues and friends from the many congregations around Emanuel.  I felt immense gratitude for the Clergy who were present:  Father James F. Heyd, Rabbi Marcey Rosenbaum, Rev. Fred Kinsey (Unity Lutheran), Dr. Jane Steinfels (Sacred Heart), Rev. Tasha Mitchell (New Story Chicago), Rev. Michael Ware (Northshore Baptist Church), Rev. Greg Sabetta (Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights), Ruth Seidner (Emanuel Congregation) Rev. Tim Wolfe (Gather), Rev Brandyn Simmons (United Power for Action and Justice), Dr. David Rakofsky (Emanuel Congregation.)


Emanuel has always been at the forefront of interfaith work.  Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman (z"l) often wrote and spoke about the importance of dialogue between religions.  Our connection points are our strength, and it is imperative we work toward enlarging our tent. 

Additional thanks goes to our Executive Director Sarabeth Salzman, Asher and Noam Salzman as well as Mark Warnaar, Susan Bertocchi, Carolyn Heyman, Marcey Rosenbaum and Ruth Seidner for ensuring that both our souls and our bellies were full.  

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We welcome all who wish to join us. Our diverse community includes and welcomes interfaith families and LGBT individuals and families.


If you are interested in a synagogue that prides itself on being open, genuine and inclusive; if you want a place to explore and find your own place as a Jew in the 21st Century; if you're looking for a great group of people who care and support each other, please take us up on our invitation and visit us soon.