Rabbi Michael S. Siegel

Rabbi Michael S. Siegel is a rabbi of Anshe Emet, a Conservative congregation in Chicago. He came to Anshe Emet in 1982 as Assistant Rabbi and was named Senior Rabbi in 1990. He has made extensive strides in the areas of inreach, 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, reaching out to those who are studying to be Jews by Choice 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.

Rabbi Siegel serves on the Joint Placement Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly of America; as President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis of the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Chancellor’s Rabbinic Cabinet; and on the Boards of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and the Florence G. Heller Jewish Community Center. In addition, Rabbi Siegel has served as President of the Chicago Region of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Siegel received his undergraduate education at Hiram College and Columbia University, and his Master of Hebrew Letters in 1981 from the Rabbinical School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He was ordained in 1982 after serving as Vice President, then President, of the student body of the Rabbinical School during his final years at the seminary.

Rabbi Siegel is married to Janet and has four children: Joseph, Rebecca, Denna, and Emma.