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December 9, 2019

The following will be published in Chicago Jewish News on Friday, December 13, 2019:

Our human spirit battles numerous enemies within, enemies which render us capable of great harm. Racism. Xenophobia. Misogyny. Homicide. Genocide. Inherent in these evils is not just an...

November 25, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

In this season of gratitude, I want you to know how thankful I am to serve as your rabbi - and for the time being, as your Director of Jewish Learning & Engagement. I am particularly grateful to Cassandra Tenonbaum, who has joined our staff in a new posi...

November 18, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

Last year I wrote the following for Shabbat Chayyei Sarah, which among other matters, focuses on the life and death of Sarah and the power of resilience. Resilience helps us make loss matter.

     When a child dies or an innocent person dies or someone di...

This year’s Holiday Market is right around the corner! As a member of Chicago Fair Trade, we are committed to "raising awareness about and building support for fair trade and its principles of environmental sustainability, ethical production methods, fair wages, and sa...

Rabbi Marantz is excited to announce that Emanuel Congregation will be hosting guest speaker Yechiel Bar-Chaim on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, the 10th. Yechiel’s sermon during Saturday’s service will focus on Moses As a Leader. Sunday he will discuss How Disabil...

October 28, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:

I hope you are all well and enjoyed a meaningful holiday season. It was a blessing to see so many of you over the last month. It is always inspiring to pray with you and find meaning with you, as well.

I am proud of all our volunteers who made the chagim...

October 10, 2019

L’shana tovah, Emanuel Congregation!


It was wonderful to see so many of you at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I
hope that your year has a sweet beginning and you shared meaningful moments with
your family, friends and community members.


We are officially celebr...

October 3, 2019

Happy Monday, Chevrei!

We are just about finished with the aseret yemei teshuva, the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As we sing in services, "on Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it will be inscribed." This is a time of year steeped in more...

At the moment we stand before our creator in judgment it is as if there is no one else in
the world except for us. We alone are responsible for all that we did or did not do. -

(Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, 1914-2005)


One of the reasons the High Holidays are literally so awesom...

September 9, 2019

On Labor Day, a very sunny last Monday, we hosted 250 teens and tweens from all over Chicagoland for something way fun called NFTYpalooza. NFTY, also known as the North American Federation of Temple Youth, has a local chapter called NFTY-Chicago Area, and it holds this...

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