Emanuel Congregation

5959 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
773/561-5173 info@emanuelcong.org

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News & Events :: Ukraine in Flames with Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern, PhD

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News & Events :: Celebrate Purim at Emanuel

Purim Spiel and Carnival, March 1, 2015 11:00 am-2:00 pm  

Join us for the Purim Spiel and stay for the Carnival hosted by the Junior and Senior Youth Groups! Fun and games and good food for all!

Tickets for the games and food will be available to purchase that day.  

Wednesday Night Live with Or Chadash and the Whole Megillah!!!

7:00 pm, March 4, 2015

Come out ready to party in the main sanctuary as Emanuel joins with Or Chadash on Wednesday March 4 for a wacky service, a meshuganah  Megillah reading in which we will tell the story of Esther, Mordechai, the one whose name we love/hate to say and the rest of the Shushan crew.  We’ll delight the crowd with megillah reading in many languages.   Bring those groggers and noisemakers! Wear a costume and make it uber festive!

After the megillah reading, we’ll have our annual Purim spiel, “The Chabadfather.” If you would like to volunteer to read a part in the spiel, please contact Office@OrChadash.org.

Hamantashen await us!!

News & Events :: Emanuel moves into the 21st Century!


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Reserve your spot for March Share Shabbat!



Join the WRJ for the 2015 Women’s Seder!



News & Events :: Shabbat-A-Tot and Playgroup!

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News & Events :: ECRA Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Please consider joining Emanuel for the Edgewater Community Religious Association Interfaith Thanksgiving Observance on November 24.

Join with people of many faiths at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W. Foster Ave. Chicago IL 60640) on Sunday, November 24 at 3 PM to give thanks with our neighbors. Sponsored by the Edgewater Community Religious Association.

News & Events :: Chanukah Dinner 2013!

News & Events :: Free Iftar Dinner honoring Rabbi Schaalman at Emanuel


News & Events :: Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Video: We Are The Stories We Tell


Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a wonderful appearance by Rabbi Schaalman, who recently spoke to a group of Federation staff: www.juf.org/interactive/default.aspx?id=420656

News & Events :: New Biography of Rabbi Schaalman

Plucked from the FireKtav Press has just published Emanuel member, Richard Damashek’s biography of Rabbi Schaalman:

 A Brand Plucked from the Fire: The Life of Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman.

 The biography acknowledges his place in the development of twentieth century Reform Judaism. Born in Munich in 1916, he left Germany in 1935 to study at Hebrew Union College, Reform Judaism’s seminary in Cincinnati. Leaving behind the increasingly dangerous situation in Nazi Germany, he went on to become one of the most distinguished rabbis of his generation. Convinced that humankind’s future was related to the ability of people to accept and embrace “difference,” he has devoted his life to promoting interfaith understanding and dialogue. For this work, he has won numerous awards and achieved international recognition.

Ordained in 1941, he went on to serve as rabbi in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Eight years later, he moved to Chicago to take on the job of Midwest Regional Director for the Reform movement’s synagogue organization. A few years later, he became the senior rabbi of Emanuel Congregation. Through his work in educational, civic, and religious organizations, he became one of the most respected rabbis to serve Chicago’s Jewish community.

 In the 1980s, he formed a warm friendship with Chicago’s Archbishop, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. So close was their friendship, that when Bernardin was on his deathbed, he asked Schaalman to participate in his funeral. It was the first time in history that a rabbi spoke at the funeral of a Cardinal.

Looking back over a lifetime of service, Schaalman, who is now ninety-seven, says his two most significant achievements are his work in establishing the first youth camp of the Reform movement, and his term as president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

Limited copies of A Brand Plucked from the Fire: The Life of Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman are located in the Emanuel office.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, for a suggested donation of $36.00, please contact the office at 773-561-5173, and we can place one aside for you. 


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News & Events :: Special Synagogue Office Closings

Reminder: The Synagogue Office is closed on Monday, January 21, 2013 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

News & Events :: Key Teams

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Emanuel is growing, and as we grow, we become more ambitious in our plans and activities. Every year we ask how we can best serve our members and community. How can we carry out such important activities as education, event planning, fundraising, member welfare, and special events? How do we keep in touch with what our members want and need? Most of our activities fall into four areas or Key Teams; but we can’t do any of this without you! We will meet monthly in these four groups: (more…)