Rabbi Michael Siegel

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Rabbi Michael Siegel

"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 Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and a past President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis. In the past year, Rabbi Siegel has been appointed as the national Co-Chair of the Heksher Tzedek Commission. He also takes an active role in the Florence G. Heller Jewish Community Center and is active with the Rabbinic Division of AIPAC.

"As Senior Rabbi of a Conservative congregation in Chicago, he has made extensive strides in various areas reaching into the Anshe Emet community to elicit greater commitment from members, and to those Jews in the Chicago community who have been unaffiliated; outreach, those who are studying to be Jews and to intermarried couples; and adult education, teaching creative classes in basic Jewish literacy and Torah study in an attempt to make Jewish ritual more meaningful and accessible. He and wife, Janet, have four children, Joe, Deena, Rebecca and Emma." [1]

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  1. Directors, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, accessed January 21, 2009.