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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...

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...

June 1, 2015

Rabbi Schaalman became an outspoken advocate for civil rights and social justice, and he became very active in the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) which he served as president during the 1981-82 term. He remained active with the CCAR through 1991, serving...

May 19, 2015

Rabbi Herman Schaalman and his wife Lotte came to Emanuel Congregation in 1956. By that date the arc of their personal experience was already beyond what most of us can imagine.  Both were born in Germany during World War I (Lotte in 1915, Herman in 1916).  Both came f...

April 21, 2015


Last week we marked Holocaust Remembrance Day and, as I write these few lines, we are on the threshold of Israel Independence Day. In that interim and with no pretense that such is a matter of greatest consequence, rather only a a small footnote that happens to involv...

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