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A Welcoming Home

Submitted by Derek Gale

After moving to Chicago in September of 2001, I needed a place to spend the high holidays, and through a friend, I found Anshe Emet Synagogue. Little did I know how important Anshe Emet would become to me in so many ways. In early 2002 I lost my mom to cancer. After some time at home, I returned to Chicago & Anshe Emet.

Anshe Emet Synagogue and especially its ritual director, Debbie Lewis, was incredibly welcoming and helped me through the very difficult time of mourning the loss of a parent. I went on to spend time at Anshe Emet completing the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School program and taking the Mercaz Ivrit Hebrew Ulpan, as well as attending young couple programming with my fiancee (now my wife). And in late 2009, I began spending nearly every day at the building when I took a job working in communications for the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. I am incredibly appreciative of all members and parts of the Anshe Emet community, and this location in Chicago will always have special meaning for me.

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