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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 position called Director of Clergy Services, Lifelong Learning, and Engagement. Put simply, Cassandra is here to provide executive support to me in my expanded role, to assist Cantor Friedman and the rest of the staff as needed, and to be a religious school liaison between me, parents, and faculty. Cassandra has proven most helpful in facilitating communication, ensuring a good administrative pace, and problem-solving. It’s this l

The Power of Resilience

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 dies suddenly and unjustly - and this will come as no surprise - we don’t allow ourselves to be nearly as philosophical (as when some passes away after a long life or illness). The pain of such loss is acute, it tears at us, it breaks us, it enrages us; it bewilders us. And so when we cry, if we can summon the tears in the first place, we do so for a much longer time, that is, if we can ever stop in the first place. But while with s

Annual Holiday Market Is Coming Soon!

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 safe working conditions" for communities in developing countries. In addition, we support local community groups such as Care for Real and the Ibeji Resource Center which supports the Night Ministry. The day of the Market is such an exciting time. Our vendors love returning every year and seeing new and familiar faces. The energy is the room is really amazing. But what really makes our Market run smoothly are all of our amazing v

Emanuel Welcomes Yechiel Bar-Chaim

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 Disabilities are Viewed in the Torah at 10:15 am, with a Q&A afterwards. Both talks will be held in the Sanctuary, and everyone is welcome to attend. Mr. Bar-Chaim serves as an independent consultant to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) and to Bader Philanthropies, Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He concentrates on finding smart projects to assist marginalized populations, principally Czech and Slovak Roma as well a

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