Rabbi Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi
A 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, Rebecca, Deena and Emma.
Contact Rabbi Siegel at [email protected]/773-868-5110.
Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi
Greek-born tenor Alberto Mizrahi, Hazzan of the historic Anshe Emet Synagogue, is one of the world's leading interpreters of Jewish music. Affectionately referred to as the "Jewish Pavarotti," Hazzan Mizrahi has thrilled audiences worldwide in recital, symphony concerts, opera, and at music festivals in Israel, Istanbul, Krakow, Warsaw, London, Paris, Toronto, Vilnius and throughout the United States. His repertoire, spanning nine languages, makes his performances unique in the field.
Hazzan Mizrahi understudied and shared performances of "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Luciano Pavarotti at the Miami Opera and has 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 starred in the PBS special, "Cantors: A Faith in Song," has appeared with Dave Brubeck, the BBCs Singers, and has recorded 25 records, including six for the Milken Archive on Naxos. The internationally renowned tenor also premiered and recorded “Kadysz” for its composer/conductor, Krzysztof Penderecki in Poland, and recently performed the Schoenberg "Kol Nidre" with Maestro Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Hazzan Mizrahi is the president of the Cantors Assembly, is on the Board of the Zamir Choral Foundation, on the Advisory Board of Genesis at the Crossroads and on the faculty of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School - JTS, NY.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Deborah.
Contact Hazzan Mizrahi at [email protected]/773-868-5111.
Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould
Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2013. In his ordination address, Rabbi Chankin-Gould spoke about his passion for bringing an ethos of inclusivity and outreach to the Conservative Movement.
Rabbi Chankin-Gould is a Southern California native. He received his BA in Sociology from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Subsequently, he went on to serve for two years as the Senior Jewish Campus Service Corps fellow at Columbia/Barnard Hillel focusing on engagement, outreach, and inclusion. During that time, he published an article in the “Journal for the Study of the Old Testament” documenting a Feminist recovery of Bathseba. He also served as editor in chief of “The Hillel LGBTQ Resource Guide”, distributed to university campuses around the country. Upon entering the Ziegler School, he was selected as a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. During his tenure at Ziegler, Rabbi Chankin-Gould served as a classroom teacher, retreat director, and curriculum author for Los Angeles Hebrew High. He also served as an education fellow at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute and as the Student Rabbi at Temple Beth Am. Before coming to Anshe Emet, he served as a chaplain at UCLA Medical Center.
Rabbi Chankin-Gould and his husband, Cantor David Berger (Hazzan of KAM-Isaiah Israel) are the proud parents of Matan Joseph Berger-Gould.
Contact Rabbi Chankin-Gould at [email protected]/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 [email protected]/773-868-5127.
Naomi Weiss-Weil, Ritual Director
Naomi Weiss-Weil is a student in the Cantors Assembly CICA program, working towards investment as a Cantor. She has worked for 13 years as a freelance song leader and cantorial soloist. Most notably, she worked every Shabbat morning for 7 years at Beth Emet the Free Synagogue leading the well-known Kahal Minyan, and tutored hundreds of b’nai mitzvah students at Beth Emet, Anshe Emet, JRC, Chicago Sinai, and Temple Sholom. During those years she was a member here at Anshe Emet, and led various High Holy Day services as a lay-person. From 2012 until 2016 she served as the Ritual Director at Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL.
Before moving to Chicago, she was the lead singer in the ethereal folk band The Floating House, playing the clubs in Los Angeles for 15 years. Her day job was in the Visual Resources profession, most notably, as the Slide Librarian at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Librarian at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds a B.A. in design with a focus in color theory and ceramics, and an M.A. in the history of design from UCLA. Her Master’s thesis is entitled “Spiritualism and Technological Rhetoric in the Pedagogical Writings of 5 Bauhaus Artists.”
She now resides with her husband, David Weil, in the Lakeview neighborhood.
Contact Naomi at [email protected]/773-868-5113.