Benjamin M. Emanuel
Benjamin M. Emanuel is a Chicago pediatrician and former member of the Irgun. He is the father of U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, NIH bioethicist Ezekiel J. Emanuel, talent agent Ari Emanuel, and adopted daughter Shoshana. Born in Jerusalem in 1927, he later emigrated to America and married Martha Smulevitz. Emanuel’s family adopted their surname in 1933, after Benjamin’s brother, Emanuel Auerbach, was killed in a skirmish with Arabs in Jerusalem.