Associate Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Amanda Greene

Rabbi Amanda Greene is thrilled to be a part of the Chicago Sinai Congregation community as its Assistant Rabbi and Director of Lifelong Learning. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, from a young age, Rabbi Greene was always curious about Judaism, constantly asking questions, paying close attention during Jewish holiday celebrations, and praying with her community. As a teenager, Rabbi Greene was active in her Temple Youth Group. 

It was these experiences that led Rabbi Greene to discover her passion for informal Jewish learning, for working towards repairing the world, for the land and state of Israel, for building Jewish community. 

Rabbi Greene received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Afterward, she attended the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Los Angeles, where she earned her rabbinic ordination in addition to a Master of Arts in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, a Master of Arts in Jewish Nonprofit Management, and a Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters, and a graduate certificate in Israel Education from the i-Center located here in Chicago.

Prior to her ordination in May 2015, Rabbi Greene served as the rabbinic intern at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles where she worked to engage young adults in Judaism and taught 8th grade. She also served as student rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom in China Lake, California, in addition to serving as a student chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Rabbi Greene spent a year serving the community or Shir ha-Ma’alot in Irvine, California as the director of Family Education and Hebrew coordinator.

Rabbi Greene is the author of a curriculum guide entitled, Sacred Symbols and Complex Realities: A Professional Workshop for Teaching Multiple Israels. As part of her ordination process, she completed a Thesis project about the Psychology of Jewish Mourning Rituals.

Recent Sermons from Rabbi Amanda Greene

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  • ​ December 1, 2019

    ​ Ner Tamid – Keeping the Flame Lit

    I still remember the day when I was in 10th grade confirmation learning my Temple’s best kept secret. For as long as I could remember, a light hung above the ark in the sanctuary. The ner tamid, or eternal light, as I learned it was called in religious school. The...

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  • ​ October 9, 2019

    ​ What Are We Going to Do About It?

    It was a Saturday morning around 8am. I picked up a few dozen donuts and drove to Sinai to deliver breakfast to our 5th and 6th students who spent the night sleeping at the temple. When I arrived, half of the students were barely awake, struggling to pack up their...

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  • ​ July 3, 2019

    ​ Ensuring Freedom for All: A Letter from our Rabbis

    As we welcome this anniversary of our nation’s independence, we rightfully celebrate the unique liberties we enjoy in America. At the same time, our Jewish heritage reminds us that our celebrations of liberty should compel us to work for the liberation of all. This July 4th is especially bitter as...

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  • ​ September 19, 2018

    ​ Something New Under the Sun

    To watch Rabbi Greene give her sermon, click here.  “They called her a THOT,” the female counselors shared one night during a staff meeting this summer. “The 6th grade boys, they called a THOT” “What’s a THOT?”, I chimed in? The counselors giggled at my naive question. “No but, really, I...

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