Our Professional Staff
Sarabeth Salzman serves as the Executive Director of Emanuel Congregation. She comes from a professional career within the Jewish community for over 15 years, including Federations, Synagogues and Overnight Camps. Sarabeth has a Masters in Social Work, focusing on Nonprofit Management and Child and Youth Development, as well as a graduate certificate in Jewish Communal Service. She loves being part of Emanuel Community and welcomes anyone to reach out if they have questions or needs anything.
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Director of Emanuel Congregation Religious School (ECRS)
Mandy Herlich, RJE
Mandy Herlich is thrilled to be joining the Emanuel team as the part-time Director of ECRS! A proud graduate of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, she most recently served for the past five years as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth-El in Northbrook, Illinois. In addition to her professional work, Mandy serves on the leadership of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. She always looks forward to spending time over the summer in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, serving on faculty at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute.
Contact Mandy with question about Emanuel Congregation's Religious School
Senior Event Planner
As part of the “5959” at Emanuel Congregation Initiative, a Jewish based cultural and community destination to serve Chicago, Amy will be working to bring high quality programming, speakers, panels and authors to the Emanuel and general community. Amy most recently produced Emanuel’s incredible and high-quality 5781 High Holy Day virtual experience. You may also know Amy from around Emanuel, as a long-time congregant and engaged member.
Contact Amy with question about Programming at Emanuel Congregation
Administrative Assistant and Marketing Coordinator
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.
For Marketing questions or to submit materials to our weekly eBulletin, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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