Emanuel Congregation

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

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News & Events :: Discussion Group – Reform Zionism

Discussion Group
Reform Zionism: In Search of Clarity

Sundays, Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, 2014, 10:15 am.

The events in Israel this summer raise questions for many about what Israel means individually and collectively for us. In this three part program, Rabbi Zedek and Marlene Dodinval (Emanuel member and District Director of ARZA) will lead a discussion of what Zionism can mean for us; including, if, how and why we may relate to Israel; and what meaning is there in the concept of “Reform Zionism.”

RSVP: reservations@emanuelcong.org 

News & Events :: Chanukiah Workshop, Sunday, November 23, 12:15 pm

Chanukiah Workshop Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12:15 pm, Lederer Hall

Our own Marty Cohen sponsors this fantastic afternoon where we make our own Chanukiot (Chanukah menorahs) out of clay.  Marty will then fire the Chanukiot, and they’ll be ready to use at Emanuel’s Chanukah Dinner (December 21, 2014).  You don’t want to miss this great family program.  Lunch will be available for purchase from the Emanuel Sisterhood!

This program is for Emanuel Members only. 

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WRJ Film Series: “A Song For You”

The first in a series of films at Emanuel this year, “A Song For You” will be shown on Sunday, December 7, at 1:00 pm.  A documentary essay, the film tells the story of the 1943 escape from the Nazis of the Karp family. Crossing the Pyrenees on foot with the help of the French Resistance, they were on the run for five harrowing years, sometimes only steps ahead of Hitler’s troops.

The story is told through interviews with the filmmaker’s mother, segments of a book her father wrote, home movies, photographs, documents and historical footage.  The writers/directors will be on hand for discussion and questions after the showing.

Click HERE for more information.

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

 Join a Key Team

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…)