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Clergy

Rabbi Michael Siegel
Senior Rabbi, The Norman Asher Rabbinic Chair

MSSA graduate of Hiram College, Rabbi Siegel was ordained in 1982 by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he received his Master of Hebrew Letters. Rabbi Siegel came to Anshe Emet in 1982 as Assistant Rabbi and was named Senior Rabbi in 1990.

Rabbi Siegel is a dedicated leader in the Jewish community both locally and nationally. He serves on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet and the Executive Board of Mazon: A Jewish Resource to Hunger. Rabbi Siegel is also a board member of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago, on the Advisory Board of JLJS – The DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies, a past President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and active leader in the Florence G. Heller Jewish Community Center. In the past year, Rabbi Siegel has been appointed as the national Co-Chair of the Heksher Tzedek Commission. Through the use of the Magen Tzedek, the ethical Kosher seal, Heksher Tzedek promises to have a powerful impact on Kashrut in particular and American Jewry as a whole. More recently Rabbi Siegel helped to form the Hayom Coalition, an organization of synagogues committed to the transformation of institutions, and a re-envisioning of the Conservative Movement. Rabbi Siegel has been an avid supporter of AIPAC and a leader in the creation of their Synagogue Initiative. In the past few years, Rabbi Siegel has represented the synagogue at the White House on a number of occasions including the United States Honorary Delegation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s Statehood.

As our Senior Rabbi, Michael Siegel is committed to the development of an open, caring and spiritual community. He seeks to further the historic role that the Anshe Emet Synagogue has played in Chicago and on the national Jewish scene.

Rabbi Michael Siegel and his wife, Janet have been blessed with four wonderful children: Joseph, Deena, Rebecca and Emma.

Click here to read Rabbi Siegel's sermons. Contact Rabbi Siegel at 773-868-5110.
 

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi
The Arnold H. Kaplan, M.D. Cantorial Chair

Greek-born tenor Albert Mizrahi, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Jewish music, is Hazzan of historic Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago. He has thrilled audiences worldwide in recitals, symphony concerts, and opera.   His repertoire, spanning nine languages, makes his performances unique in the field.

Hazzan Alberto MizrahiHe is featured on PBS television in CANTORS: a faith in song, and the PBS Hanukkah Special with Craig Taubman.  He has performed and recorded with the legendary jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck and his quartet (“Gates of Justice”) for the Milken Archive on the Naxos label, and with the great Theodore Bikel (“Our Song”) for Opus Magica.  He has also performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and Israel, including the Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Haifa, Jerusalem, Barcelona, NDR-Hanover, Lithuanian National, Radio Television of Spain, Krakow, Warsaw and others.

Hazzan Mizrahi recently performed in front of two U.S. Presidents; G. W. Bush, at the White House Hanukkah celebration and Barack Obama, at the U. S. Capitol for Days of Remembrance. He also premiered and recorded “Kadysz” for its composer/conductor, Krzysztof Penderecki in Poland.

Hazzan Mizrahi is an officer of the Cantors Assembly, on the Board of the Zamir Choral Foundation, Advisory Board of Genesis at the Crossroads and on the faculty of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School-J.T.S., N.Y.

Mizrahi’s extensive discography numbers over 25 CDs including six for the Milken Archive on Naxos; plus FESTIVAL DELIGHTS; THE HIGH HOLY DAYS (with Schola Hebraeica); BIRTHDAY OF THE WORLD Iⅈ YIZKOR with the Afro-Semitic Experience; BIKEL & MIZRAHI: our song; ALBERTO MIZRAHI: My Song; ALBERTO MIZRAHI AT MENUHIN HALL;

He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deborah. Their daughter, Belina, received her MFA from Yale and lives in Philadelphia.

Mizrahi was charismatic and fearless, unabashedly emotional… the tone full and golden…he held you spellbound….” London Times

The hazzan here, often improvising with the soul-stretching intensity of John Coltrane, is the internationally renowned Alberto Mizrahi…” Nat Hentof – Wall Street Journal

Contact Hazzan Mizrahi at 773-868-5111.
 

Rabbi Matthew Futterman
Senior Educator

Rabbi Matthew Futterman has been the Senior Educator at the Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago since 2008.  His energies have been largely devoted to shaping, creating and implementing educational programs which meet the needs of a very diverse 21st century congregation.

Prior to his arrival in Chicago he served as a pioneer of Masorti/Conservative Judaism in the State of Israel as rabbi of Kehillat Netzach Israel in Ashkelon.  Matt Futterman's work in Ashkelon focused on presenting Masorti Judaism as a viable alternative to extreme Israeli postitions on the role of religious Judaism in the modern state as well as a nexus for bringing together representatives of a variety of other divisive factionalisms.

He taught at the Rabbinical School of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. In addition, he served as Dean of Students for Achva College in Israel.  Rabbi Futterman served as scholar-in-residence for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Greater Midwest Region and for the Jewish Theological Seminary Office of Development, Greater Detroit Region. He has been a guest speaker at more than 80 congregations in the US and Canada. Over the past 30 years, Rabbi Futterman has served in almost all major educational capacities in the Camp Ramah system.

Rabbi Futterman was the President of the Rabbinical Assembly of Israel from 1990-1992, and 2000-2002. He was the International Convention Chairman of the Rabbinical Assembly held in Jerusalem in February 2004. He has written articles on Conservative Judaism for several publications.  He is currently the secretary of the Chicago Mid-West region of the RA and sits on the international executive council.

Matt Futterman studied at Columbia University where he earned a BA from Columbia College and MA and EdM degrees from Teachers College.  He also earned BA, MA and DD degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was ordained in 1982.

Along with wife, Chana he is proud of their children:Alon, Yael & Yoed, Itamar & Jenn.  And they are madly in love with their infant grandson, Ido.

Contact Rabbi Futterman at 773-868-5116.
 

Rabbi Abe Friedman  

Rabbi Abe FriedmanRabbi Abe Friedman, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, developed his deep love of Judaism and the Conservative movement through the nurturing and intellectually stimulating communities of his synagogue, Solomon Schechter day school, USY, Camp Ramah, and Nativ. These experiences led Rabbi Abe to the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, California where he also received an MBA in Nonprofit Management.

Rabbi Abe and his wife, Rebecca Krasner, are the proud parents of Odelia Sarah, a big fan of Shalom Shabbat and Kiddush lunch, and Azriel Simcha, who is just beginning to get to know the Anshe Emet community.  When he’s in his office, Rabbi Abe divides his time between classic books of the Jewish tradition and classic rock on his electric guitar; the rest of the time, he looks forward to taking Odelia and Azriel on adventures around the city, yoga and bicycling, and basically any excuse to get ice cream.

You can follow Rabbi Abe on www.facebook.com/RabbiAbe www.facebook.com/RabbiAbe. Contact Rabbi Abe at 773-868-5145.

  

Rabbi David Russo  

David Russo was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He graduated from Toronto’s York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. David recently completed his rabbinical studies and a Master’s degree in Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. David spent a year in Israel on the Nativ program, and again as a rabbinical student through JTS. He has spent his summers working with USY, Camp Ramah, Genesis at Brandeis University, and most recently as a group leader for American Jewish World Service’s Volunteer Summer in Uganda. He enjoys Jewish learning, community service, and most sports (basketball, baseball, frisbee, golf, and more).

Contact Rabbi Russo at 773-868-5127.

 

Debby Lewis
Ritual Director
 

Debby Lewis is a longtime member of the community. Debby began taking a more active role in 1999 when she became the regular leader of the Morning Minyan and began tutoring Bar and Bat Mitzvah students. At that time, Debby also began to study cantorial music under the tutelage of the Anshe Emet clergy.

Debby Lewis Debby is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Psychology. She spent eight years as a social worker, counseling troubled teenagers. She eventually sought a career in the business world and spent 13 years as the office manager at Altman Machinery Company.

Debby brings with her a strong background in both organizational skills and dealing with people, as well as a genuine love of music. Her long-term goal is to someday become a cantor.

Contact Debby Lewis at 773-868-5113.

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