Rabbi Michael Schadick


Rabbi Michael Schadick has been the rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000. He received his ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the spring of 1994. Before coming to Grand Rapids he served congregations in Orlando, Florida and in Plantation, Florida.

Rabbi Schadick received his BA in Economics from Connecticut College in New London, CT in the spring of 1987. He is a “Yankee” through and through. He was born in Manchester, NH, as were his mother and grandmother. He attended the same high school as his parents and grandparents.

Rabbi Schadick is married to Susan (Snyder) Schadick, and they are the proud parents of one daughter. Shira was born in Grand Rapids in December 2000.

Rabbi Schadick decided early on in his life that the rabbinate would be his career. He fell in love with the work his own rabbi did, teaching, preaching, counseling, and sharing Judaism with others. Today Rabbi Schadick loves all of these aspects of his position. He particularly likes fashioning creative lesson plans and teaching children of all ages. 

Rabbi Schadick is a frequently requested guest speaker at schools throughout West Michigan. He loves talking about Judaism and helping others come to appreciate the joys of Jewish life. Rabbi Schadick is also an active participant in local interfaith activities, called upon on many occasions to share the Jewish perspectives on the issues that face our community and greater West Michigan.

Rabbi Schadick loves to spend time each summer at the Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI. He has spent five summers serving on the faculty of OSRUI.

Rabbi Schadick has a particular love for reading innovative Torah commentaries and finding contemporary understandings on the books of the Tanach. When he is not at work Rabbi Schadick likes to cook, to exercise, to travel, to read, and to spend time with his wife and daughter.