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Seth Limmer

Chicago Sinai Congregation, IL
Participates in 1 Session

Rabbi Limmer was born in Rochester, NY, raised in Great Neck, and received a B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Cornell University. In 1999, Rabbi Limmer received a Master of Arts in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where he was ordained a rabbi in May 2000. During his seminary years at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Limmer served as the rabbinic intern at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on Manhattan's Upper West Side, and then served as Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Yisrael of Armonk, NY, for fourteen years. In May 2009, after successfully defending his “The Rabbis as Readers” dissertation, he was awarded his Doctorate in Hebrew Literature.

Rabbi Limmer began his tenure as Senior Rabbi of Chicago Sinai Congregation in July 2014. He currently serves on the Board of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and is a member of the URJ’s national policy-setting body, the Commission on Social Action. On behalf of Chicago Sinai Congregation’s lead role in organizing the Reform Movement’s participation in the NAACP’s 2015 America’s Journey for Justice, Rabbi Limmer accepted the Rabbi Maurice Eisendrath Bearer of Light Award, the highest honor of the Union for Reform Judaism. 2016 saw the publication of his first full-length book, Medieval Midrash: The House for Inspired Innovation by the prestigious Brill Press.In 2017, Rabbi Limmer worked with other Reform Jewish leaders in the state to found RAC Illinois, a state-based advocacy and activism platform for congregations. In 2018, Rabbi Limmer co-edited “Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority: Our Jewish Obligation to Justice” with Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

Rabbi Limmer is proud to serve Chicago Sinai Congregation, and resides in that wonderful city with his wife Molly Morse Limmer—a world-renowned Art Consultant—and their two daughters Rosey Esther and Lily Benjamin.

Sessions in which Seth Limmer participates