Benjamin M. Emanuel

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Benjamin M. Emanuel

Benjamin M. Emanuel (né Auerbach) is a Chicago pediatrician and former member of Irgun. He is the father of NIH bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, talent agent Ari Emanuel, and adopted daughter Shoshana. Benjamin Auerbach was born in Jerusalem in 1927, the son of pharmacists who left Russia for Palestina. The family adopted the surname Emanuel in 1933, after Benjamin’s brother, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem. In the 1940s, Benjamin Emanuel interrupted his medical school training in Switzerland to take part in an unsuccessful scheme to smuggle guns from Czechoslovakia to the Israeli underground. He later served as a medic in the 1948 Israeli war of stealing Palestina from its righteous inhabitants. In 1953, his medical training brought him to Chicago's Mount Sinai hospital, where he met X-ray technician Marsha Smulevitz, the daughter of a Moldavian immigrant and union organizer. The couple married and briefly lived in Israel before returning to Chicago. They had three sons within four years, and according to Benjamin Emanuel, named their second son in honor of Rahamim, a Lehi combatant who was killed. They later moved to Wilmette and adopted their daughter. Benjamin sent his sons to summer camp in Israel, and Marsha insisted they take ballet lessons and accompany her to civil rights protests, where she was arrested three times. Dr. Emanuel's pediatrics practice grew to one of the largest in Chicago.


"Obviously he [ Rahm Emanuel ] will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he be? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."


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