Notice of Programming Changes due to COVID-19

One of the most enduring and salient Jewish teachings is “Kol Yisrael arevim zeh ba’zeh: All Israel is responsible for one another.” (BT Shevuot 39a) While new social distancing norms are designed to keep us safe and healthy during this pandemic, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways we can, as a community step into the breach of COVID-19, and ensure that we do whatever we can to care for one another - by involved, responsive, and appropriately being connected in each other’s lives.


To this noble end, here are some community updates as we continue to evolve as we learn more:

  1. All shabbat worship and learning opportunities will be happening online and/or via conference callsShabbat services will be streamed on our YouTube Channel:

  2. Please don’t hesitate to call the office if you are in need of a call from our clergy or additional help (i.e. food, prescription pick-up, etc.)

  3. The building is closed, and our staff is working from home. We are new to having a fully remote staff, so please be patient as we adjust to new modes of working.


We understand that this is a constantly evolving situation and that the decisions we make one day may be outdated by the next. We promise to update the community with clear and timely emails, Facebook posts, and updating our website.


As Rabbi Marantz said, “our building may be closed, but the synagogue is not.” We have made these difficult decisions in order to be a part of the solution. Social distancing will help keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed by patients in the coming weeks and I know that we can count on each of you to do what is conscientious and right.


Stay well and struggle on!

Zei gezunt:

Rabbi Craig Marantz, Cantor Michelle Drucker Friedman, and Leah Jones 

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A Message from Our Leadership

Emanuel Congregation has served Chicago for 140 years. Click here to learn about our history! 

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.

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Craig Marantz

Senior Rabbi

Leah Jones


Michelle Drucker Friedman

Congregational Cantor

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Emanuel Congregation  5959 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60660

(T) 773.561.5173 (F) 773.561.5420

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