Our Clergy

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Senior Rabbi
Craig Marantz

Rabbi Marantz, a true visionary of Judaism in the 21st century is well known as a kind, caring, gentle, flexible leader who also takes great pride as a listener.  In July 2016 Rabbi Marantz became Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Congregation and began to set his mark on this historic, diverse institution. Rabbi Marantz has over 17 years as a Jewish educator and congregational leader. A native of Los Angeles, CA Rabbi Marantz has Master's degrees from Stanford and The Reform College. Rabbi Marantz integrates his zest for art and music into worship. His passion for social justice led him to America's Journey for Justice March from Selma to Washington to support the NAACP's fight against racism. He utilizes innovative and creative programs to engage congregants in building and strengthening community, prayer and ritual practice, lifelong learning, youth and teen engagement, social justice, and shared leadership.

Contact Rabbi Craig at
RabbiMarantz@emanuelcong.org or 773.561.5173 Ext 103
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Congregation Cantor
Michelle Drucker Friedman

Cantor Friedman has been at Emanuel for twenty plus years! She teaches Hebrew, leads worship, and prepares students for their B’nai Mitzvah. She inspires all with her enthusiasm and love of Torah. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, and studied voice at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has studied Hazzanut with many of the luminaries in the field, most notaby Hazzan Henry Rosenblum and Hazzan Shlomo Schuster.  She is currently working on a Masters of Science in Jewish Studies from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and has served as serving as Vice President of the Chicago/Milwaukee Association of Cantors. She has been featured in many Cantorial concerts in the Chicagoland area.


Contact Cantor Friedman at
CantorFriedman@emanuelcong.org or 773.561.5173, ext. 105
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Rabbi Emeritus
Michael R. Zedek

Rabbi Zedek has been a spiritual leader at Emanuel Congregation since 2004. Previously he was the chief executive officer of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati (JFC). During his tenure, the Federation received national awards for innovative fundraising and programming. Prior to his service at the JFC, Rabbi Zedek was the senior rabbi of Temple B’nai Jehudah in Kansas City, Missouri where he served for many years. A dedicated community activist, scholar, and teacher Rabbi Zedek has received numerous awards including a Fulbright-Hays Grant. He was aslo honored by the National Conference of Christian and Jews. 


Contact Rabbi Zedek at
RabbiZedek@emanuelcong.org or 773.561.5173, ext. 104