Rabbi Barry Schechter
Barry Schechter, Rabbi of Congregation Kol Emeth, was born and raised in London, England.
He was educated at Jewish day schools in London, and studied at Etz Chaim Yeshiva in
London, and Gateshead Talmudical Academy. Following his Yeshiva studies, he was ordained
as a Rabbi. He received his Bachelors Degree from Cambridge University, and a Masters
Degree from Essex University in England. He also did graduate work at Northwestern
University in Evanston.
Rabbi Schechter has been associated with Congregation Kol Emeth since 1981 first as Cantor
and then as Rabbi. During that period, he has become well-known in the Chicago Jewish
community for his lectures on many subjects of Jewish interest, including the History of
Jews in Eastern Europe, Yiddish Language & Dialects, the Holocaust, and Jewish Refugees
from Austria and Germany in England.
He has also become well-known throughout the Chicago area and beyond for his programs on
Jewish humor. He has given lectures at Kol Emeth, and also at other synagogues in Chicago,
Milwaukee, and New York, as well as Hadassah groups, YIVO, public libraries, the
Universities of Chicago and Hartford, Reading University in Britain, and the Jewish
organization, Gesher in Berlin, Germany. His Cable TV series Yiddish & Laughter
has proved extremely popular, one of the series winning a Telly Award in 1999.
Rabbi Schechter has appeared on many radio and TV stations in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
He speaks several languages, including Yiddish and Russian, and has published articles in
scholarly journals, as well as the National Jewish Post and Opinion, and the Washington Post.
Above photo by Julie Foreman