Welcome to Temple Emanu El

I am so honored to serve as President of Temple Emanu El.  With the support of our amazing Rabbi, staff, teachers, Temple Board, and volunteers, wonderful things are ahead for our congregation.  

So, how did I get to this place in my life?  I married into the TEE family 35 years ago when Rabbi Roberts officiated at my wedding to Lisa. (Her grandparents had become members only a few years after TEE’s founding in the 1950’s.) We have been active members ever since. Our children grew up at Emanu El, were very active in youth group, and graduated from the Religious School. TEE gave them the knowledge and confidence to go into the world as Jews. TEE is my most important community outside of immediate family.  


Both Lisa and I have served on the Board of Trustees.  I am a Past President of TEE Brotherhood and have been active on many committees including multiple capital campaigns and our most recent rabbinic search. You may hear my harmonica from time to time when I accompany Rabbi Matt or play in the TEE Chai band.


Temple Emanu El has so much to offer.  We have programming that is interesting, educational, and sometimes even fun!  There are uplifting services, lifecycle events, along with a supportive and caring community.  If you are not yet a member, please visit us for a Friday night service.  If you are already a member, I hope you continue to participate in Temple events.  We are always glad to see you!


Mitchell Cronig, President

From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Unique Position of Camp as a Screen-Free, Immersive Space

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Unique Position of Camp as a Screen-Free, Immersive Space jemerman

At the Jewish summer camp I attended in my youth, we created a sacred moment for our closing-night ritual. After we finished our campfire singing, we'd look up at the stars. Campers today live very different lives. In a post-pandemic world, they have endured screen overload.

Why This Summer is Different

Why This Summer is Different jemerman

For as long as I can remember, I've been in love with Israel. I've been fascinated by that small country with such rich meaning and history.

Making a Jewish Ritual for my Divorce

Making a Jewish Ritual for my Divorce jemerman

In the weeks leading up to my civil divorce, I delved into Jewish tradition to see how I could mark it Jewishly. I'd been married under a chuppah with the exquisite blessings of our tradition; simply marking my divorce in the Cook County courthouse was not going to suffice.

Creating Community on World Refugee Day

Creating Community on World Refugee Day jemerman

June 20 marks World Refugee Day, which honors the experiences of refugees and celebrates their contributions to their communities and the world. The UN Refugee Agency reports that more than 114 million individuals were forcibly displaced by the end of 2023, with more than 35 million identified as refugees.