Remembering Rabbi Schaalman z"l
Rabbi Emeritus Herman E. Schaalman, z"l
Rabbi Schaalman served Emanuel for more than sixty years, first a as Senior Rabbi from 1955-1986 and then as Rabbi Emeritus from 1986 until 2017. An internationally known leader of Reform Judaism, he was a respected member of the interdenominational religious leadership in Chicago. Among his many accomplishments include his founding of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. Beloved by the Congregation and Community, Rabbi Schaalman's legacy continues to strengthen and support Emanuel.
First and most importantly, I say farewell to Rabbi Herman Schaalman, z"l. I have known Rabbi really for just seven months. I fell in love with him at first sight, and I always found joy in his presence--to sit, as they say, at the feet of a master. Sharply intelligent, warm, and full of grace my new friend Herman made me feel so welcome. Eighteen days ago, it was hard enough to bid farewell to Mrs. Schaalman, z"l, so I know it must seem near impossible now to have to say goodbye to our beloved Rabbi. I take comfort in the abundant love that flows from the Emanuel community for Rabbi and Mrs. Schaalman and their precious family. And, I also know that Rabbi's legacy lives indelibly in our commitment to lifelong Jewish learning and making our world more just and compassionate and our collective affection for OSRUI and your enduring dedication to our congregation. Going forward, we will do all we can and more to remember Rabbi and Mrs. Schaalman for blessing. And, we'll wrap our lasting love around you, Susan and Charlie and Mickey and Roberta and your beautiful children and grandchildren.
Make it a day of blessing and be a force for good.
Zei gezunt (Be well):