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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...

August 26, 2019

Shalom Chevrei:
There is so much on my mind - in fact, too much to share here. But, for now, suffice it
to say, I am sad that Tani Prell Epstein has left her position as our Director of Jewish
Learning and Engagement. While I feel good about her next steps at the Art I...

August 19, 2019

Dear Chevrei,


There are 42 days until Erev Rosh Hashanah. The office began planning for September
29th at the beginning of July, and were very excited to be getting things ready
alongside the clergy and board so as to provide the most comfortable and welcoming
observan...

August 12, 2019

Shalom Chevrei,


I’m happy to be back from OSRUI. I enjoyed two weeks connecting with campers and
staff, helping them create authentic and inspiring experiences of mind, body, spirit, and
of Jewish virtue. Today, I include a blog entry I co-wrote with my fellow faculty
...

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