Rabbi Benjy Forester

Anshe Emet’s newest rabbi is a Chicagoland native. Rabbi Benjy Forester recently received his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he also received an MA from the Gershon Kekst Graduate School. While at JTS, Benjy served as the Rabbinic Intern at Sutton Place Synagogue. Prior to his arrival in New York, Rabbi Forester spent many summers at Camp Ramah in a variety of roles, lived in Budapest, Hungary through the Joint Distribution Committee’s Jewish Service Corps Fellowship, and studied full time in the Hadar beit midrash. Rabbi Forester is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Hillel President. He interned locally at Base Lincoln Park, and he completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Northwestern Memorial Hospital downtown. Rabbi Forester and his wife Emily Schwartz got married in Chicago this June, and they (along with their greyhound Bobby) are so happy to be back in Chicago and part of the Anshe Emet community.