Empowered Parent Seminar


May 22, 2024    
7:00 pm

Please join AJC Chicago and Anshe Emet Synagogue the first ever Empowered Parent Seminar to address antisemitism and intolerance and to foster truly inclusive communities in Chicago metropolitan region educational institutions.

The seminar will focus on providing support, guidance, and insight for parents with K-12 aged students, and will feature Lindsey Mintz, AJC Director of Training and Education, and Rabbi Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, in conversation moderated by Sarah van Loon, AJC Chicago Regional Director. During the seminar, participants will have an opportunity to delve deeper into the most relevant school issues of the day, such as anti-Zionism versus antisemitism, ‘This happened at my child’s school – now what?’, and more.

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If you have any questions about the Empowered Parent Seminar, or are unable to attend but would like to learn more, please contact Rachel Edelman, AJC Chicago Assistant Director of Advancement & Engagement, at edelmanr@ajc.org or (312) 646-6112.

Location details will be shared with registered participants two days before the seminar.

Please note: due to a number of events taking place at Anshe Emet on May 22, our parking lot may not be available to all our guests. Please see this link for additional parking and travel options.

Lindsey Mintz

As the Director of Training and Education for the AJC William Petschek Contemporary Jewish Life Department, Lindsey works on efforts in education and education adjacent spaces focusing on parent education and empowerment, as well as working with networks of Jewish healthcare professionals to address antisemitism in their professional associations and spaces.

As a twenty-year Jewish communal professional, director, and executive, Lindsey is a thoughtful bridge-builder and impactful spokesperson on behalf of the Jewish community, with successful track record in coalition building, government relations, advocacy, program design and delivery, board leadership, and staff management. Lindsey received her B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. 

Rabbi Michael Siegel, Senior Rabbi

A graduate of Hiram College, Rabbi Michael 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 has served on the Executive Council of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet, the Executive Board of MAZON: A Jewish Resource to Hunger and the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago. He is a past President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and served as national Co-Chair of the Magen Tzedek Commission. Additionally, 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 also been an avid supporter of AIPAC and a leader in the creation of their Synagogue Initiative. Over the years, Rabbi Siegel has represented the synagogue at the White House on numerous occasions including the United States Honorary Delegation commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s Statehood. In 2015, Rabbi Siegel gave the opening prayer to the House of Representatives.

Rabbi Siegel has also worked hard to bridge the gap between African Americans and Jews in Chicago through outreach to clergy. Recently, he has worked to develop a study group between Rabbis and African American Clergy which has helped to deepen the dialogue and understanding between religious leaders. In addition, Rabbi Siegel has helped to create teen programming between the communities in order to deepen relationships and create partnerships. By both speaking in African American Churches and conducting Hunger Seders between the two communities, Rabbi Siegel is working to change the perceptions and recreate an historic bond. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BSCO Turn Center.

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.