Rabbi Shoshanah Conover Receives Award from Chicago Board of Rabbis

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, a member of the AWB Chicago Metro Council, recieved an award for her contribution to society and her work for justice. She’s described as ‘a wonderful voice in our community.’

Rabbi Alex Felch presented the Rabbi Mordecai Simon Award to Rabbi Shoshanah Conover at the Chicago Board of Rabbis Sermon Seminar Monday, Aug. 28. Here were his words during the presentation.

Each year at the Sermon Seminar we present the Rabbi Mordecai Simon Award to a deserving colleague. Many of us remember Mordy as the longtime director of the CBR and for the warm, gracious and caring colleague that he was. We are delighted that his daughter Rabbi Ora Simon Schnitzer is herself a member. Rabbi Simon was the face of the CBR and well known in our community across all religious lines.

Chicago is blessed with an extraordinary rabbinate. One of the characteristics of our community is that we have many wonderful associate rabbis who stay, work and contribute in many ways.

Rabbi Shoshanah Conover is an associate rabbi at Temple Sholom of Chicago. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her love of the Jewish people and Jewish texts as well as a strong commitment to social justice led her to rabbinical school. Rabbi Conover’s responsibilities at Temple Sholom of Chicago reflect her passions: serving as pastoral counselor, learning and teaching inspiring (and challenging) texts, leading dynamic and engaging spiritual experiences, and finding ways to improve our world through the guidelines of our faith. Continue reading on JUF News

Rabbi Conover presided over the “Brave Conversations” meeting and was one of the rabbis for the Shabbat service at Creating Change in Chicago and spoke at City Hall on behalf of changing Cook County’s Bathroom Laws to be more inclusive for Trans people. Conover is a strong Jewish leader who spoke in favor of Same-sex Marriage in IL.

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