Holidays & Festivals

View some of our recent online programs:

Sichot: Conversations of Consequence with Jane Shapiro and Rabbi Karyn Kedar

See our discussion from Thursday, June 25, featuring Rabbi Siegel and special guests, Jane Shapiro, Director of Orot Center for New Jewish Learning, and Rabbi Karyn Kedar of B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim, on spirituality in our current state of being.


Sichot: Conversations of Consequence with Dr. Curtis Weiss and Dani Lazar

See our discussion from Thursday, June 18, featuring Dr. Curtis Weiss, a pulmonary and critical care physician working on the front-lines with COVID-19 patients, and Dani Lazar,  Executive Director of Research and Evaluation at Access Community Health Network. Dani is also a part of the Anshe Emet Re-Opening Committee. Topic: In Our Current State of The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Should We Expect Next?


Sichot: Conversations of Consequence with Lonnie Nasatir

See our discussion from Thursday, June 11, featuring Rabbi Michael Siegel and Lonnie Nasatir, President of the Jewish United Fund, on the topic, The future of the Jewish United Fund and the Chicago Jewish Community.


Faith in Crisis

See Rabbi Michael Siegel join Pastor James T. Meeks from Salem Baptist Church, Pastor Chris Harris from Bright Star Church Chicago, and Rabbi Ari Hart from Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue, for the Salem Baptist Church event, Faith in Crisis, from Wednesday, June 10.


Sichot: Conversations of Consequence with Howard Tullman

See our discussion from Thursday, June 4, featuring Rabbi Michael Siegel and Howard Tullman on the topic, The future of technology and how it will apply to the synagogue.


Standing at Sinai at a Social Distance: The Future of Synagogues in a Post COVID-19 World

See our program from Wednesday, May 20, featuring Rabbi Siegel and special guest and scholar, Dr. Ron Wolfson:


The Music of Ruth and More

See our program from Tuesday, May 19, featuring Hazzan Mizrahi, Cantor Elizabeth Berke and Naomi Wiess-Weil:


Virtual Tour of Sinai

See our program from Tuesday, May 19 with Rabbi David Russo and his brother, and professional Israeli tour guide, Josh Hartuv:


Women in Israeli Art & Architecture

See our program from Thursday, April 30 with Rabbi D’ror Chankin-Gould and Dr. Avi Rose:

 


Yom Ha’atzmaut Cooking Demonstration with Yossi Alhadif

See our program from Wednesday, April 29 with Yossi Alhadif from La Shuk Street Food, a local Middle Eastern restaurant:

Yossi’s Ingredients 

 


Yom Ha’atzmaut 2020: A Conversation with Rabbi Michael Siegel & Yossi Klein Halevi

See our program from Wednesday, April 29:

 


Virtual Tour of Israel

See our virtual tour of significant sites for Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut, from Tuesday, April 28, led by Rabbi Russo and his brother, Israeli tour guide Josh Hartuv.


 

Shalosh Regalim (The Three Festivals)

Anshe Emet provides a wide-range of activities in preparation for Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot for young and old. Our services are similar to Shabbat, but each has its own musical and theological personality. Geshem, the prayer for rain on Shemini Atzeret (holiday immediately following Sukkot), Tal, the prayer for dew on Passover, and, of course, Yizkor, the prayer of remembrance of loved ones, are mystical moments that should not be missed. Simchat Torah, immediately following Shemini Atzeret, is a special treat for young children, with the parading of the Torahs and special silly tunes to prayers. Please join us!

To chant Torah or lead a part of a Festival service, or for more information, please contact Naomi Weiss at nweiss@ansheemet.org/773-868-5113.

  • Anshe Emet observes Hannukah, Purim, Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day), Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Tu B’Shevat (New Year for the Trees), Tisha B’Av (the Ninth of Av), and Rosh Chodesh (New Moon), fully embracing the whole of the Jewish year and cycle.
  • Purim night is a noisy celebration full of excitement and laughter as we listen to the Megillah (Scroll of Esther) and watch performances in costumes. If you are interested in learning how to chant the Megillah for Purim, or Eicha (Lamentations) for Tisha B’Av, please contact Naomi Weiss at ./773-868-5113
  • Rosh Chodesh is celebrated in Daily Minyan, which begins at 6:50am on those weekday mornings to accommodate Torah readings and Hallel (the special prayer of praise).