Our Professional Staff

Director of Operations
Jessica Katz

Jessica coordinates building operations and programming with congregants, constituent groups, space sharers, vendors, and the facilities staff. She also provides general administrative support in a variety of ways, including assisting Bnai Mitzvah families and others interested in hosting events at Emanuel. Jessica has a bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, and a masters of nonprofit management degree from Regis University. Jessica enjoys volunteering with her dog Libby as a certified therapy dog team.


Contact Jessica with general administrative inquiries, or to discuss reserving event space.

Email:  JKatz@emanuelcong.org

Administrative Assistant and Marketing Coordinator
Nicole Tuthill

Nicole is the friendly voice on the phone when you call Emanuel! Nicole provides administrative support to clergy and fellow staff members in a myriad of ways. She also creates and schedules: email marketing efforts including Emanuel's weekly eBulletin, social media posts and events, flyers for Emanuel's engagement opportunities and events, and other publicizing needs at Emanuel.

Contact Nicole with general administrative inquiries, or to discuss publicity needs for your upcoming Emanuel Congregation event.

Email: Reception@emanuelcong.org

Lorraine Fogarty

Lorraine is Emanuel's part-time bookkeeper and is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable and questions concerning members' payments and accounts.


Contact Lorraine with questions about membership renewals, outstanding payments, and other financial or billing topics.

Email:  LFogarty@emanuelcong.org

Music Director
Ruth Seidner

Ruthie teaches music in the Religious School, leads our Adult and Junior Choirs, assists in worship, and touches all with her song leading and spirit. Her talents and enthusiasm brighten Share Shabbat, Sunday morning services and so many other events.


Contact information

Email:  RSeidner@emanuelcong.org 

Emanuel Congregation  5959 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60660

(T) 773.561.5173 (F) 773.561.5420  info@emanuelcong.org

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