Temple Jeremiah is a liberal Reform congregation emphasizing the intimate relationship among vital and enthusiastic clergy, congregants and the community at large.
We are affiliated with the national Reform movement through the Union for Reform Judaism.
The temple was founded in 1959 by a small group of dedicated individuals.
In the beginning, our congregation numbered 40 families. Services and religious school classes were held at the Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka. A student rabbi officiated at services and supervised the Religious School. A few years later, we moved to Winnetka’s Skokie School.
1960s & 1970s
Our small congregation soon grew large enough to welcome a permanent spiritual leader, Rabbi Allan Tarshish, in 1961. He oversaw tremendous growth in the congregation, leading to the purchase of a 5.5-acre parcel of land in Northfield in 1969.
On September 9, 1972, we observed Rosh Hashanah services in our own building.
After serving for 14 years, Rabbi Tarshish became Rabbi Emeritus in 1975. Rabbi Robert D. Schreibman was installed as our senior rabbi in December of that year. Over the next few years, Temple Jeremiah became the congregation we recognize today.
1980s & 1990s
The Sisterhood formed in 1979; Dr. Anne M. Lidsky became director of education in 1980. Fern M. Kamen became executive director in 1981. The Brotherhood was formed and the Sisterhood Gift Shop opened in 1985. In 1986 we welcomed Amy J. Zussman as our director of music. The 1990s brought more growth and an increase in programming. Tot Shabbat and Torah Study began in the ‘90s. Rabbi Marla Joy Subeck became our first Assistant Rabbi in 1991, followed by Rabbi Lisa S. Greene in 1995 and Rabbi Victor S. Appell in 1999.
On February 7, 1993, the Joan and Stanley Golder Chapel was dedicated in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary.
Designed by H. Gary Frank Architect, AIA, it won the 1995 Religious Architecture Award. This smaller, 100-seat Chapel is used for more intimate services and life-cycle celebrations. In the late 1990s, Dr. Anne M. Lidsky received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and Amy J. Zussman received her cantorial certification. In 1999, our congregation celebrated the 40th anniversary of its founding.
The year 2000 brought the retirement of Rabbi Robert D. Schreibman after 25 years of service and he was bestowed with the title of Rabbi Emeritus in December.
Rabbi Paul F. Cohen came on board in July 2000, ready to lead the temple into the next century.
October 28, 2001 marked the exciting groundbreaking of Temple Jeremiah’s construction and renovation project, allowing High Holy Day worship services to be held in our newly restored sanctuary. In December 2002, Temple Jeremiah dedicated the Rabbi Robert D. Schreibman Sanctuary and the Center for Learning. We welcomed Rabbi C. Michelle Greenberg as associate rabbi, in 2004. In 2009, Temple Jeremiah celebrated its 50th anniversary. Fern Kamen retired after 28 years of service and Michael Garlin became our new executive director.
In 2010, to honor the 50th anniversary, Temple Jeremiah fulfilled the 613th Commandment and wrote our own Torah.
The temple welcomed our new associate rabbi in July of 2010, Rabbi Emily Segal, and celebrated Rabbi Paul Cohen’s 10th anniversary at Temple Jeremiah and his 20th anniversary in the rabbinate. In February 2012, we rededicated the Robert D. Schreibman Sanctuary and the Valerie and Mitchell Slotnick Social Hall at a beautiful Erev Shabbat worship service. Later that year, Daniel Glassman came on board as our new executive director.
In 2014, Cantor Amy Zussman retired after nearly three decades at Jeremiah, and in the summer of 2014, she passed on the cantorial torch to Adam Kahan, our new cantorial soloist.
Temple Jeremiah continues to be a vibrant congregation, meeting the spiritual needs of its members and contributing to the betterment of our world.