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Shalom Chevrei: Most importantly, I am most delighted to introduce Mandy Herlich as our new Director of Religious School. Director Herlich begins July 1st. I feel blessed to have Mandy as a colleague. She is kind, creative, and organized. And, she inherits a school and leadership team eager to work with her in support of our youth experience. We’ll make sure to find all sorts of wonderful ways to welcome Mandy and her husband Dustin Herlich and include them in life at Emanuel. Thank you, Mandy and Dustin! Recently, a congregant made a meaningful suggestion that I speak about the possible annexation by Israel of territories in the West Bank. So on short notice, on Shabbat morning, I offered s

A Few Words from Rabbi Craig Marantz

Shalom Chevrei: I am thankful that we took another step forward this past Shabbat in our practice of inclusivity and audacious hospitality. I am especially grateful to Reuben Lewy for helping me mine the sacred content for our PRIDE/Juneteenth service and for assembling the international cast of contributors, including Andre Liberman who preached beautifully - all the way from Brazil! Wow! I also feel good about our communal embrace of Juneteenth and its significance to anti-racism and our essential and increasing commitment to the effort. We will continue to honor Juneteeth as a prayerful practice, and we will give regular attention and dedication to anti-racist efforts. By the way, if you

ECRA Prayer Circle and Pride Shabbat

Shalom Chevrei: A couple of matters on my mind. Firstly, just after the murder of Mr. George Floyd’s, Emanuel leadership approached me about engaging our congregation in some regular effort of mourning and solidarity. This was a particularly important request because time and intentionality by themselves won’t transform society into one that is more racially just and more anti-racist. Such change requires the revolutionary energy we see on the streets; but, perhaps even more importantly, moral transformation also requires consistent work overtime. Having a daily practice dedicated to change is key. Thus, in case you don’t know yet, we have a daily gathering at 8:00 am to pray, reflect, discu

A Few Words From Rabbi Craig Marantz

Shalom Chevrei: Firstly, I begin with an apology for not using Dr. Maya Angelou’s proper title. I built my recent sermon and text study around Dr. Angelou’s wisdom, but I referred to her as Ms. Angelou. I am very sorry about not showing more respect. Secondly, I am most grateful to our service participants, Jonathan, Meg, and Dani Porter, Cantor Friedman, our fellow ECRA colleagues, including Pastor Fred Kinsey, Rector Erika Takas, Dr. Jamal Hussain, Rev. Monte Johnson, Rev. Juan Guitierrez, and Dr. Jane Steinfels, as well as our tech captains Leah Jones and Cassandra Tenonbaum. Also, my thanks to the many of you from Emanuel and throughout our ecumenical ECRA community. If you’d like to wat

Introducing our new Director of ECRS, Mandy Herlich

We are so pleased to announce that Mandy Herlich will be joining Emanuel’s professional staff on July 1st as the Director of the Emanuel Congregation Religious School. You will be hearing from Mandy directly in July as she begins to seek feedback from parents, students and teachers and prepares for the new school year. Here is a short bio for you to learn more about her: For the past five years, Mandy Herlich has been serving as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, Illinois. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mandy did her undergraduate work at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies. Degree in hand, she

Carry That Weight: The Fifth Commandment for the Parentless Child

In addition to the meditations on middot that were posted on YouTube during the Omer this year (check them out HERE if you haven’t already), I spent the days leading up to Shavuot thinking a lot of about the Ten Commandments. Whenever I hear or read or speak those words, my first two thoughts are always straight from Hollywood: Charlton Heston in the Cecil B. Demille classic of the same name, very quickly supplanted by Mel Brooks in the equally classic History of the World (pt. 1). This year, when I thought about the scene, in which Brooks’ Moses starts out with fifteen commandments, one of which falls victim to gravity, I considered what might have been on that extra tablet. When I posed th

Reflections On the Weekend

"As a synagogue community, we affirm that Black Lives Matter and our commitment to making space to do the work of anti-racism." Read Rabbi Craig's full statement, go to https://conta.cc/2ZWDiPP

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