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I interrupt your regularly scheduled program…

Normally, this is where you find a thoughtful article written by someone at Emanuel, whether it is staff, a board member, or a congregant. Today, you will find something thoughtful, but not a traditional article. Instead, I want to take this time to share what is happening and coming up at Emanuel!

Thursday, June 24 at 8:00 pm: 5959 Chicago Poetry workshop (virtual) for all levels by the acclaimed poet and educator, Robbie Q Telfer. “It’s Either This or More Therapy” - humor infused throughout! Register by clicking HERE.

Sunday, June 27 at 11:00 am, Emanuel is holding a virtual town hall to talk about this upcoming year. We are excited for this opportunity to talk about our community’s upcoming year. Please RSVP HERE to join us.

Friday, July 9 at 6:30 pm, we are hosting our first Share Shabbat since COVID! The dinner will be held outside after we learn with Cantor Friedman about the traditions around celebrating Shabbat at the table! Services will not take place in our normative way; however, if someone is there to say Kaddish, we will be sure to form a minyan after the meal to do just that. (RSVP info coming soon)

Tuesday, July 20 at 7:00 pm join Michael Zapata as he discussed his award-winning novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau. This event will be held via Zoom so you will have the opportunity to ask the author questions. Register by clicking HERE.

Additional ways to help our community:

  • Serve as a “buddy” for a new member at Emanuel and/or a new Religious School family. Be sure to touch base and welcome them, invite them to join you at programs, activities or for a Shabbat meal.

  • Help share and promote what 5959 Chicago is all about through Facebook, Instagram and twitter with friends and family, near and far! (

  • Consider purchasing a yahrzeit plaque for your loved ones as the High Holy Days approach. (Email, or call the office at 773-561-5173)

  • Support our community by setting up a monthly contribution to Emanuel's Fund for Good by clicking HERE.

Looking forward to seeing everyone over the next few months!

Sarabeth Salzman

Executive Director

Emanuel Congregation


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