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 celebrating our 140th anniversary as a congregation and I wanted to
invite you to three events happening the weekend of October 19th and 20th.
Open House Chicago, www.openhousechicago.org, is a free public festival that offers
behind-the-scenes access to more than 350 buildings in Chicago. For the first time ever,
Emanuel Congregation has been included in this festival and we will be opening our
doors to the public both days. The public will be invited to visit our sanctuary, chapel
and sukkah on Saturday from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 10am-4pm. If you would
like to volunteer as a host, please be in touch with me at Leah@emanuelcong.org.
People Who Usually Don’t Lecture: A Storied Harvest will feature 8 speakers from
diverse backgrounds telling stories about their lives as part of an international effort to
elevate stories of everyday people in our communities. Co-chaired by Amy Guth, Joseph
Altshuler and myself, this event is made possible through the Charles and Lynn
Schusterman Family Foundation's Grassroots Events program. All of our speakers call
Chicago home, but only Shifra Werch grew up in the city. This event will include
Havdalah in the Sukkat Rimon – a sukkah built by Could Be Architecture to supplement
our community sukkah. Tickets are $20 and available online, HERE.
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Dinner: We will join together on Sunday,
October 20th at 5:30PM for our annual dinner, celebration and consecration of our
newest religious school students. Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah are holidays of
unbridled joy in which we dance with the Torah scrolls, called Hakafot in Hebrew, and
then we finish reading D’varim (Dueteronomy) and immediately begin the Torah again
in B’reshit (Genesis). If you plan to attend this dinner and service, please RSVP at
tinyurl.com/SAST5780 so that we can properly plan.
These are the first of many opportunities to celebrate our 140th Anniversary. If you
have ideas for programs this year as we continue to experiment with public
programming, please send me an email. I want to support you as we filled our building
with ru’ach (spirit).
Leah Jones, Emanuel Board President