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Welcome to our new Rabbi, Ari Hart!

With a tremendous sense of gratitude and joy, we are delighted that Rabbi Ari Hart has now started as our new, full-time rabbi.  On July 1, 2017, we officially welcomed Rav Ari, his wife Becca, and their adorable son Hodiyah (“Hodi”) to our community.

Rav Ari is a proud Chicagoland native and is thrilled to be back home after ten years away, learning and serving as a rabbi in New York City. He previously served as the Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, where he focused on reaching out to the community and creating a welcoming environment for all people within an orthodox synagogue.

An activist and a thought leader, his writing has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Week, Sh'ma JournalHaaretz, the Jewish Daily Forward, the Huffington Post. Rav Ari was recently selected by the Jewish Week as one of the 36 "forward-thinking young people who are helping to remake the Jewish community."  He is also a founder of Uri L'Tzedek: Orthodox Social Justice, co-founder of the Jewish Muslim Volunteer Alliance, and was the founding director of Or Tzedek, the teen institute for Jewish social justice. 

Rabbi Hart received smicha from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York City. Prior to that he studied in Jerusalem at Yeshivat HaKotel and the Advanced Study Program at Machon Pardes.

We extend a special hakarat ha’tov – acknowledgement of gratitude – to all those who have enabled us to reach this incredible milestone. To our Board, members, staff, guests and beyond – you all played an integral role in fostering an environment that prepared us to take this next step in what has been a multi-year transitional journey. We look forward to your continued participation and collective contributions!

Sat, October 21 2017 1 Cheshvan 5778