Rabbi Barry Schechter


Rabbi Barry Schechter was born in London, England. Following Yeshiva studies at Etz Chaim in London and Gateshead Talmudical Academy he was ordained as a Rabbi. He has master's degrees in economics from Cambridge University and Essex University in England and did graduate work at Northwestern University. Serving Congregation Kol Emeth since 1981, first as Cantor and then Rabbi

Rabbi Schechter has also become well-known for his programs on Jewish humor. These have been given at synagogues in the Chicago area, Milwaukee and New York, as well as Hadassah groups, YIVO, public libraries, the Universities of Chicago, Hartford, Reading (England) and the Jewish organization Gesher in Berlin. His popular Cable TV series Yiddish and Laughter won a Telly Award in 1999. 

He has also lectured on the History of Eastern European Jews, Yiddish Language and Dialects, Austrian and German Jewish Refugees in Britain, the Holocaust, and other subjects of Jewish interest. 

Rabbi Schechter speaks Yiddish, German, Hebrew, Polish, Russian and French, and has published articles in scholarly journals, as well as in the National Jewish Post and Opinion and the Washington Post. 

He has lectured on Beliefs and Practices of Judaism to Catholic groups.


President Ronald Roth


Ronald was born in the West Rodgers Park neighborhood and raised in the Northwest suburbs. After graduating from Streamwood High School, Ron went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and zoology from Western Illinois University. Upon graduation, he enrolled at Worsham College of Mortuary Science and began his career in funeral service in 1988. 

Ron is an active member of Congregation Kol Emeth, where he serves on numerous committees. He has also served as president of his Homeowners Association for over 25 years. His passion for music has led him to ringing handbells in a local handbell choir since 1992.




Office Manager Judy Aronson

Office Manager

Judy grew up in West Rogers Park and then spent 30 years in Los Angeles. While raising her two children she was very active in the Jewish Community in the San Fernando Valley. She spent 20 years on her Sisterhood Board as well as 6 years on the Board of her congregation. Additionally, she was very active in Girl Scouts and one of her passions was the work she did with the National Jewish Committee on Girl Scouting. Judy also spent 4 years as the Operations Administrator for Temple Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills, CA.

Upon her return to the Chicago area she took the position of Office Manager for Congregation Kol Emeth.  Building on a decade of experiences at CKE she continues to work consistently to bring a love of Judaism and people together with the best ways to solve challenges and develop solutions that are consistent with what is available and what can be dreamed for the future.


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