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February 3, 2020

Shalom Chevrei!

Some of you may have seen notifications regarding Shalom Hartman and would like to know more about the institute and the class. The Shalom Hartman Institute is “a leading center of Jewish thought and education, serving Israel and North America. Their mis...

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh

“Who is rich? Those who rejoice in their own portion” - Pirkei Avot 4:1

We as a Jewish collective have encountered gr...

January 17, 2020

I will admit to sometimes feeling frustrated that I have to keep track of both the Jewish and secular calendars. On the other hand, sometimes it affords me opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise. For example, because I celebrate both Rosh Hashanah and New Year’s...

The women's retreat has been a beautiful part of Emanuel Congregation for over 20 years. The initial idea was to learn together how to juggle the demands of life as a Jewish woman as well as to develop a conscience and a memory of the Jewish women who have come before...

January 13, 2020

Shalom Chevrei,

At the URJ Biennial held recently in Chicago, we had a chance to remember one of the great social justice titans of our Reform movement, Al Vorspan. Mr. Vorspan passed away within the last year, but not before he made a huge difference as a force for goo...

January 6, 2020

Shalom Chevrei:

Last weekend, we witnessed acts of violence perpetrated against Jews and Christians. This weekend thundered with the warlike drumbeats of international conflict. Angry shadows continue to cast their darkness; it’s hard to take a deep breath. But the one...

December 30, 2019

My recent meditations on gratitude/hakarat hatov reminded me of a truism my favorite Latin professor was especially fond of intoning: translation is a journey, and if you aren’t careful, meaning can get lost along the way. This is especially true when the path from ori...

Chag Chanukah Sameach!

I'd like to personally thank everyone who attended, volunteered for, and participated in last night's wonderful Chanukah dinner. We're so glad you celebrated with Emanuel! Over 170 guests enjoyed latkes crafted by our Miraculous Latke Team with po...

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...

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