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Stephen Hart

Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Rabbi Hart attended Chicago Sinai Congregation in Hyde Park. At a young age, he developed a strong interest in Jewish life. Through the influence of early camp experiences at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and the Jewish commitment of his own parents, Rabbi Hart’s road to the rabbinate began with his graduation from Spertus College of Judaica in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Judaic Studies. While a student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rabbi Hart served as student rabbi in Columbus and Director of the Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School. He received his Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters from HUC-JIR in 1985 and rabbinic ordination in 1986. Rabbi Hart served as a rabbi at North Shore Congregation Israel from 1986 to 1993. Rabbi Hart has worked closely over the years with youth and has continued his involvement and support of Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. He is a regular faculty member at the summer camp and serves on their Rabbinic Advisory Committee. Rabbi Hart demonstrated his tennis skills while serving as a faculty member for the camp’s Maccabiah sports unit. Rabbi Hart is also very dedicated to Outreach. He developed North Shore Congregation Israel’s nationally recognized Outreach program, helped create “Stepping Stones to a Jewish Me,” and serves as a member of the National Commission on Reform Jewish Outreach of the CCAR and the UAHC. Rabbi Hart also serves on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Assocation of Reform Rabbis. Rabbi and his wife Mendy reside in Buffalo Grove and have two daughters, Lani and Dena.

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