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KEHILAT CHOVEVEI TZION


MAGAZINE 5776/2015-2016 VOL.2

CO M M U N I T Y S P I R I T U A L I T Y L E A R N I N G

And Create From Them a Single Group


ETHICS, RELIGION

& The 2016 ELECTION


with Special Guests

PG. 18

Parashat Vayeira

THE TEACHER
Nehama Leibowitz

PG. 22

The OutcryPG. 20
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Kehilat Chovevei Tzion
President
Yitzie Sommer
First Vice President
Jeremy Goltz
Immediate Past President
Dr. Joel Okner
STAFF
RABBI
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman
Assistant raBBI
Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld
Rabbinic Intern
Rabbi Mosheh Aziz
Youth Director
Tamar Ehrenfeld
OFFICE Administrator
Leora Flatt
Building Maintenance
Mila Vasilj
Tony Vasilj
Davor Vasilj

OFFICE HOURS
Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Telephone
(847) 673-8592
Email: office@skokieshul.org
Website: www.skokieshul.org
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Contents
Letter from the Rabbis

Zmanim/Weekly

Learning

10

Community

16

Social/Neshei

21

Womens Learning

23

Entertainment

24

The Sandbox

27

Food

29

Year at a Glance

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Picture on Cover: Crdoba Synagogue is a historic edifice in the Jewish


Quarter of Crdoba, Spain built in 1315. After the expulsion of the Jews
from Spain in 1492, the building was devoted to various functions
including a Hydrophobic hospital, a chapel for shoemakers, and a
nursery school. It was declared a National Monument in 1885. Since
then it has undergone several phases of the restoration including that
of Felix Hernandez in 1929 and one started in 1977 for the reopening
of the building in 1985 to celebrate the 850th anniversary of birth of
Maimonides.
Pictured Left: The Tomb of Esther and Mordechai is located in Hamadan,
Iran. Believed by some to house the remains of the biblical Queen
Esther and her cousin Mordechai, it is the most important pilgrimage
site for Jews in the country. Iran is also the birthplace to some members
of our Kehilat Chovevei Tzion Family.
Source: Wikipedia.

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Letter from the Rabbi



From very early on we are taught the importance
of being open to new experiences. Whether its
being introduced to our first green vegetables or
taking on a musical instrument, new experiences
are the bedrock of intellectual, social and physical
development. Sadly, as we get older we become
more stagnant and tend to shy away from new
opportunities. The routine and everyday is perhaps
most dangerous when it comes to Avodat Hashem.
In Elul the refrain which reverberates on our lips is
Al Tashlicheinu leeit Ziknah, do not cast us off into
old age. The Maggid of Mezerich commented that
old age doesnt refer to years or wrinkles but rather
stubbornness and unwillingness to grow and expand
our horizons.
This year please consider each of our shuls
wonderful offerings not as an opportunity to find
your own niche and comfort zone, but rather as a
chance to expand your mind beyond that which you
are accustomed. So choose a new class, something
youve never before studied, participate in our social
programs and try and meet new people. Check
out the Sephardic minyan or hashkama minyan one
Shabbat, dare to throw in an extra melody into your
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prayers, volunteer to get involved in our Neshei or to


tell a story one morning to our youth groups. If youve
never been into music dont be afraid to imbibe the soul
penetrating songs of Yosef Kardunor.
A few highlights to take note of: With an election
year ahead of us, KCT is proud to be offering a special
program on Religion and politics.
Additionally, this previous year has been quite difficult
for our kehila with the passing of our Sephardic
founder and teacher, Reb Chaim Kohanchi zl. We have
reprinted an article of his from his sefer Ner Chaim in
this brochure as a tribute to his indelible contributions
to our kehila. His impact continues to be felt each day
as the Sephardic minyan continues to grow and offer
more Torah opportunities than ever before. On that
note, we are pleased to welcome our Sephardic Rabbinic
Intern, Rabbi Mosheh Aziz. There will be a number of
opportunities throughout the year to interact and learn
with him.
Our diverse cadre of classes and programs are here to
help us grow, and connect to each other, to become
an , but that is only possible if we dare to look
beyond our own routine. Please join me and together let
us expand the walls of this glorious community which
we have, with the help of God, built.
Fondly,
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman

Letter from Assistant Rabbi

symposium of

generations
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik once referred to his shiur
as a symposium of generations. He described how
through teaching, he felt as though he was introducing
his students to the Rambam, Rashi, Rabbi Akiva Eiger,
and all of the other great Talmudic scholars throughout
our history. In the Ravs classroom generations that
lived centuries apart were able to debate, challenge and,
ultimately, inspire one another.

In the Ravs classroom


generations that lived
centuries apart were
able to debate, challenge
and, ultimately, inspire
one another.
To see a member of our early morning Daf Yomi grapple
with a difficult Tosafot or someone become inspired by
a Shabbos drasha is to join the symposium. And to see
a parent and child bonding over Torah at Veshinantam is
to know that this gift that has been entrusted to us, will
surely be passed on to our children.

So join the Daf, or pick a shiur; set up a chavrutah or


bring your children to learn. I invite you all to come and
At KCT we strive to create and cultivate a symposium be part of KCTs symposium of generations!
of generations as well. Through the countless hours of
Torah study that take place within our four walls and Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld
beyond we attach ourselves to our mesorah, as well as
inspire the next generation of Klal Yisrael to do the same.

Sephardic Rabbinic Intern


Rabbi Mosheh Aziz is a third-year Semikha student and Maybaum Fellow at the
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He currently serves as an assistant rabbi
for the Mashadi Jewish Community in Great Neck, NY. Rabbi Aziz recieved YorehYoreh Semikha from Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim in 2012. He holds a Masters Degree in
Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and and a Bachelors Degree in
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SHACHARIT
Sunday
Sephardic (Edot HaMizrach): 8:00 AM
Ashkenazi: 8:30 AM

Monday and Thursday


6:35 AM

MINCHA/ MAARIV
10 minutes before Shkiah

SHABBAT MINYANIM
Hashkama: 7:30 AM
Sephardic: 9:00 AM
Ashkenaz: 9:00 AM

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday


6:45 AM
Rosh Chodesh: 6:30 AM (for weekdays)

SHACHARIT MINYAN
Monday-Thursday
7:20 am

Teen Minyan
Once a month: 9:30 AM

Bnei Akiva Minyan


(9th-12th grade)

Once a Month
All minyanim are nusach Ashkenaz unless otherwise indicated.

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Daf Yomi: 45 minutes before Shacharit
Mishna Yomi: In between Mincha/Maariv
Coffee Talk: 9:15 AM -10:00 AM (pg. 23)
Featuring the Insights of Nehama Leibowitz
Great Chicago Lunch + Learn: 12:00 PM
(pg. 29) Discussing Maimonides Mishneh
Torah

FRIDAY
Daf Yomi: 45 minutes before Shacharit
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TUESDAY
Daf Yomi: 45 minutes before Shacharit
Mishna Yomi: In between Mincha/Maariv
Women Studies in Tanach: 9:00 AM (pg. 23)
Medical Halacha Series: Monthly (pg. 17)

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Daf Yomi: 45 minutes before Shacharit
Shiur with Rabbi Shmuel Oren: 8:30 AM
Youth Minyan (pg. 27)
Shabbat Afternoon Womens Shiur with YUTMK (pg. 23)
Gemara Chavura with Mr. Elisha Atkin
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class: 45 mins before Mincha
Youth Learning: 2nd to 5th Grade - 45 mins before Mincha
Seudat Shlishit: Mesilat Yesharim

SCHOLARS
Residence
IN

Rabbi Steve Weil


Senior Managing
Director of the
Orthodox Union
Oct. 9-10, 2015
AIPAC Sponsored
Rabbi Steven Weil was born and
raised on a cattle farm in Upstate
New York. Hes the son of German
Jewish Refugees. His educational
background is Yeshiva College,
an MBA from New York University
in Finance and rabbinical Semicha
from Yeshiva University. He
served as the Rabbi of Young
Israel of Oak Park, Michigan for
six years where he more than
doubled that congregation and
was known as the bridge builder
to all segments of the Jewish and
greater community of South West
Michigan. He served for ten years
as the senior Rabbi of Beth Jacob
of Beverly Hill, California where he
expanded the membership base by
over 500 families and developed
Beth Jacob as the premier
Orthodox shul of the West Coast.
Beth Jacob became the model for
AIPACs synagogue initiative as
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well as the place for serious Jewish


education, Big Tent Orthodoxy, and
community engagement. In 2009,
Rabbi Weil became the Executive
Vice President of the Orthodox
Union with the responsibility of
engaging Orthodox Jewry as well
as representing Orthodox Jewry to
the greater society. He has created
a network of lay and professional
leaders who have transformed the
Jewish world and greater society.
He and his wife, Yael, and their
seven children, reside in Teaneck, NJ.
Rabbi Yitzchak
Etshalom
October 25, 2015
This is a 3 part
special series held
for the zechut of
a refuah shlayma for Caleb Maeir
Yisrael Yehudah ben Dena Sarah.
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom was
born and raised in Los Angeles,
California. He attended Yeshivat
Kerem BYavne, Rabbi Isaac
Elhanan Theological Seminary
and Yeshivat Har Etzion before
receiving Semicha from the Chief

Rabbi of Yerushalayim, Rabbi Itzhak


Kolitz. Rabbi Etshalom has been in
a dynamic and exciting educator
in the Los Angeles community
since his return in 1985. His ability
to reach out to todays youth and
share with them his passion for
Jewish learning and Jewish life has
enriched many young lives. His
talents, however, are not confined
to the classroom - he is an
accomplished storyteller, radio host
and songwriter and has produced
recordings of both his own stories
and music. Rabbi Etshalom, whose
popular and scholarly books
Between the Lines of the Bible
(Volume 1 published by Yashar
Books in 2006; with a revised and
expanded edition coming out in the
fall of 2015; Volume 2 published
in 2012 by Urim Press and the
OU Press) have garnered critical
acclaim, serves on the faculty of
Yeshiva University of Los Angeles
High Schools, where he is Chair of
the Bible Department and Director
of Judaic Curriculum. In addition, he
teaches Daf Yomi and a popular
Navi series at the Young Israel of
Century City and his podcasts

on Daf Yomi (www.dafyomiyicc.


org) have attracted an international
following, as have his Tnakh
podcasts (www.etshalom.com/
podcast) which are also available
at www.yutorah.org and at www.
ou.org. Rabbi Etshalom lives in Los
Angeles with his wife Stefanie and
their 5 children.
Yaakov and Esav:
Beginnings
October 11 at 10:00 am
Congregation Or Torah
Yaakov and Esav:
What Devarim- Malakhi Teaches Us
October 18 at 7:00 pm
KJBS
Yaakov and Esav:
A Midrashic Odyssey
October 25 at 10:00 am
Kehillat Chovevei Tzion

Rabbi Berel Wein


Oct. 31, 2015
Berel Wein is an
American-born
Orthodox rabbi,
scholar, lecturer, and writer. He is
regarded as an expert on Jewish
history and has popularized the
subject through more than 1,000
audio tapes, a four-volume book
series, newspaper articles and
international lectures. Throughout
his career, he has retained personal
and ideological ties to both Modern
Orthodox and Haredi Judaism.
Wein is known for his witty
speaking and writing style: his
sayings and observations have
been collected together, by
James Weiss, into a 283-page
book entitled Vintage Wein: The
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collected wit and wisdom, the


choicest anecdotes and vignettes
of Rabbi Berel Wein (Shaar Press,
1992). Since his move to Israel, he
has also penned three collections
of essays, titled Second Thoughts:
A collection of musings and
observations (1997), Buy Green
Bananas: Observations on self,
family and life (1999), and Living
Jewish: Values, Practices and
Traditions. He has also authored
commentaries on Ethics of Our
Fathers, Pirkei Avos : Teachings for
Our Times, and on the Passover
Haggadah, The Pesach Haggadah:
Through the Prism of Experience
and History. His latest work is also
his most personal, a detailed guide
for aspiring pulpit rabbis entitled,
Tending the Vineyard, in which
he shares his philosophy of the
rabbinate, and relates first-hand
experiences and dispenses advice
to rabbinic students.
Dr. Norman N.
Blumenthal, Ph.D
Nov. 1, 2015
Sponsored in
honor of Mr.
Samuel & Sophia
Gabay and Dr. Harris & Hadar
Bram for all they do for their
communities.
Dr. Norman N. Blumenthal, Ph.D is
a licensed clinical psychologist
practicing in Cedarhurst, New York.
He is the Director of Bereavement
and Crisis Intervention Services for
Chai Lifeline and the Educational
Director of the Harry and Bella
Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha
Honors Program at Yeshiva
University. Dr. Blumenthal will
present on a panel following the film
Rising from Divorce. See page 24.

Dr. Richard M. Joel


President of
Yeshiva University
Nov. 6-7, 2015
Dr. Richard M. Joel
is the fourth president of Yeshiva
University and the Bravmann
Family University Professor. As
President of Yeshiva University his
commitment has been to foster
an environment that ennobles and
enables the university community,
with a renewed focus on academic
excellence, enriched university life,
competitive career and graduateschool placement, a broadened
commitment to the Jewish and
wider communities, and a focus
on developing each students
wholeness. Throughout his career,
he has stressed the importance
of communal leadership and rich
Jewish identity to ensure a Jewish
future in America, in Israel, and
around the world.

Prior to his work at Yeshiva


University, President Joel served as
president and international director
of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish
Campus Life and was an assistant
district attorney and deputy chief
of appeals in Bronx, New York.
He was also an associate dean
and professor of law at Yeshivas
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of
Law. He received his B.A. and J.D.
from New York University, where
he was a Root-Tilden scholar.
He and his wife, Esther, live in
Riverdale. They have six children
and eight grandchildren.

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Tuvia Tenenbom
Author of Catch
the Jew
Dec. 20, 2015
Sponsored by Amy
and Mark Marshall,
Debbie and David Marmor, Malka and
Aaron Simkovich, Gina
and Art Fridberg
Tenenbom is a theater director,
playwright, author, journalist,
essayist and the founding artistic
director of the Jewish Theater
of New York, the only Englishspeaking Jewish theater in New
York City. Tenenbom was called
the founder of a new form of
Jewish theatre by the French Le
Monde and a New Jew by the
Israeli Maariv. Tenenbom is also
an academic, having university
degrees in mathematics, computer
science, dramatic writing and
literature.
Tenenboms book Catch the Jew!,
published by
Gefen Publishing
recounts the
adventures of
Tuvia Tenenbom,
who wanders
around Israel of
our time calling
himself Tobi the German. In the
course of numerous interviews
Tuvia extracts information,
sentiments, hidden theories and
delusional visions motivating the
miscellany of peoples forming
the present-day Holy Land. The
Wall Street Journal hailed the
book, writing: Catch the Jew!
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offers one of the more interesting


portraits of Palestinian politics
to have appeared in English, and
concluding that no reader of Catch
the Jew! can come away having
failed to learn many new things
about Israelis and Palestinians,
two peoples we talk about so
much but understand so little. In a
starred review, Publishers Weekly
writes that Tenenboms riveting
tale, chock full of unbelievable
and hilarious encounters, is highly
engaging and emotional, eminently
readable, brutally honest, and likely
the most uncensored and eyeopening report readers will see.
Catch the Jew was published in
Israel in September 2014 by Sela
Meir publishers and became an
instant best seller in Israel, reaching
the #1 spot on Haaretz, Steimatzky
and Yedioth Ahronot Best Seller
lists, winning major praise by Israeli
critics. Mida called Tenenbom the
ultimate leftist and humanist who
loves all people, is everything the
left pretends to be but is not,
while Channel 2 TV named it the
most important book in the last
five years, and Haaretz, Israels
most prestigious paper, advised
its readers to read Tenenboms
book; we dont have the luxury
not to know what hes telling us.
In Germany the book came out in
November 2014 by the publishing
house of Suhrkamp under the title
Allein unter Juden (Alone Among
Jews) and immediately became a
Spiegel Best Seller. Like in Israel
and the USA, the book earned
major endorsements by German
critics. Spiegel Online said: You

need to have curiosity in you and


a fearlessness of thought to view
the Middle East story differently,
a curiosity and a fearlessness that
Tuvia Tenenbom has, and Die Welt
called it, The finest book on the
Middle East saga.
Rabbi Reuven
Taragin
Dean of Overseas
Students at
Yeshivat Hakotel
January 2, 2016
At the Yeshivat Hakotel Rav
Taragin is responsible for the
quality and message of the overall
program and the welfare of each
of its students. Despite his many
responsibilities, Rav Taragin
manages to develop a deep kesher
with each of the talmidim both
while they are in yeshiva and
afterwards (he maintains personal
contact with each one of the
yeshivas alumni).
He is well-known for his shiurim in
Gemara, Tanach and Machshava, his
inspiring talks, signature tisches,
and the personal advice he offers
to talmidim.
Rav Reuven Taragin, a Wexner
Fellow and Musmach of the Israeli
Chief Rabbinate completed a B.A. in
Science and Philosophy at Yeshiva
University and an M.A. in Jewish
History and Education at Touro
College (Israel). While in America
Rav Taragin ran shabbatonim for
NCSY and created the YUSSR
summer program.

Rav Taragin is the Rosh Beit Midrash


at Camp Moshava (I.O.), and rav of
Kehillat Eretz Chemdah in Katamon
and has also taught at Yeshivat Har
Etzion and Nishmat and still teaches
at Beer Miriam.
Rav Taragin is also the founder
and director of the Yeshivat
Hakotel Community (Five Towns,
Teaneck...) Education Conferences
which bring together tens of
community educators who work
with thousands of parents to help
them best educate their children.
Dr. Zev Eleff
Hebrew
Theological
College
Feb. 19-20, 2016
Sponsored by Craig Newlander
in memory of his late wife Jori
Newlander commemorating her 1st
Yarzheit.
Rabbi Dr. Zev Eleff is Chief
Academic Officer of Hebrew
Theological College. He earned
his PhD in the field of American
Jewish history at Brandeis
University under the mentorship
of Dr. Jonathan Sarna. He was
ordained at Yeshiva University
and received an MA in Education
from Columbia University. Dr.
Eleff is the author and editor of
six books and more than thirty
scholarly articles. His forthcoming
volumes include Modern Orthodox
Judaism: A Documentary History
(JPS) and Pulpits, Power and Pews
(Oxford University Press). Both are
expected to appear in 2016.
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Dr. Avigail Rock


April 9, 2016
Dr. Avigail Rock
holds a PhD in
Tanach from BarIlan University, has been teaching
Tanach and Tora Shebeal Peh for
over two decades in Israel and
abroad. Her online classes appear
regularly through Yeshivat HarEtzions Virtual Bet Midrash,. She
is a certified Rabbinical Advocate,
and lives in Bet Shemesh with her
husband, Rabbi Yehuda Rock, and
their five children.
Ari Gordon &
Shuli Taubes
June 17-18, 2016
Sponsored by
Dr. Justin &
Aviva Gordon
Ari Gordon is currently a PhD
candidate at the University of
Pennsylvania in Islamic studies,
where he researches the history
of Muslim-Jewish relations. He
also serves as American Jewish
Committees (AJC) special
advisor for Inter-religious and
Intergroup Relations, and from
2005-2008 was the departments
assistant director. He lectures for
international and American groups
about Judaism and other religions
and serves as a member of the
research council of the International
Conference of Christians and
Jews. Ari received his Master of
Theological Studies from Harvard
Divinity School (HDS) in 2010,
during which time he was also

a Wexner Foundation Graduate


Fellow. He completed his bachelors
degree in philosophy at Yeshiva
University in 2005.
Shuli Taubes is a native of Teaneck,
NJ, and received her Masters in
Divinity from Harvard Divinity
School and her BA in history from
Barnard College. She currently
serves as a faculty member at
SAR High School in Riverdale, New
York, where she teaches Tanakh,
Jewish Identity, and chairs the
Jewish Philosophy department. She
has also developed and teaches a
curriculum for educating modern
orthodox high school students in
comparative religion. Shuli recently
represented the American Jewish
Committee at inter-religious
conferences in Berlin and Jerusalem.
This year Shuli is serving as a
Community Scholar at the Young
Israel of North Riverdale where
she gives shiurim and serves in
a pastoral role. Shuli has lectured
in synagogues through-out the
country as well as at The Drisha
Institute and Yeshiva Universitys
Midreshet Yom Rishon.

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MINI-series
Pillars of the Talmud:
RishonimWho Shaped the
Way We Study Gemarah
Presented by Rabbi Ehrenfeld
October 12 @ 8:00 PM
Rabeinu Tam: The Revolutionary Talmudist
October 19 @ 8:00 PM
Rosh: Commentator or Codifier?

October 26 @ 8:00 PM
Meiri: The Mysterious Rationalist
November 2 @ 8:00 PM
Ritva: East Meets West

Contemporary Kashrut
The Ethical World of Dr. Seuss

Presented by Rabbi Shalom Fishbane, CRC &


Rabbi Ehrenfeld

Presented by Rabbi Gelman


November 9 @ 8:00 PM
Horton Hears a Who:
Is a Person a Person, No Matter How Small?

November 16 @ 8:00 PM
The Butter Battle Book:
War Ethics, Escalation and
Giving in to Terrorists

November 23 @ 8:00 PM
The Lorax: Torah and the Environment
November 30 @ 8:00 PM
Horton Hatches the Egg: Nature v. Nurture,
Adoption and Biological Parenthood
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December 14 @ 8:00 PM
Modern Pots, Ancient Problems
Rabbi Ehrenfeld
December 21 @ 8:00 PM
Issues in Industrial Kashrut What Really
Goes on When No One is Looking?
Rabbi Fishbane
January 4 @ 8:00 PM
One Sink, Two Sink, Red Sink Blue Sink
Rabbi Ehrenfeld

January 11 @ 8:00 PM
Coffee, Keurigs and Kashrut
Rabbi Fishbane

Early Chassidic Masters


Presented by Rabbi Gelman
February 1 @ 8:00 PM
The Baal Shem Tov
February 8 @ 8:00 PM
Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk

February 22 @ 8:00 PM
The Chozeh of Lublin
February 29 @ 8:00 PM
From Peshischa to Kotzk

False Messianic Movements


During Early and Middle Ages
Presented by Dr. Malka Simkovich
& Dr. David Shyovitz
March 3 @ 8:00 PM
Attitudes towards the Messiah and
the End of Days in Early Judaism
Dr. Malka Simkovich
March 14 @ 8:00 PM
False Messiahs in Early Judaism
Dr. Malka Simkovich
March 21 @ 8:00 PM
Medieval Messianism: Between
Rationalism and Apocalypticism
Dr. David Shyovitz

Pesach Prep: Cleaning, Kashering,


and Insights into the Hagadah
Presented by Rabbis Gelman and Ehrenfeld

March 28 @ 8:00 PM
Shabbtai Zvi: The Mystical
(and Marrano, and Muslim) Messiah
Dr. David Shyovitz

April 4 @ 8:00 PM
Kashering Your Kitchen

April 11 @ 8:00 PM
Running a Pesach Seder: Laws and Mechanics
April 18 @ 8:00 PM
Haggadah Insights

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Please register for each segment


in advance at skokieshul.org/miniseries.
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Partnerships in the Community


Oneg Shabbat
Beer Torah
Tales of the Talmud

Chanukah Fundraiser
December 12, 2015
Featuring the bands Ovadya and evn
shsiyah, this concert to benefit the United
Hatzalah of Israel.

October 23, 2015


November 20, 2015
December 11, 2015
January 8, 2016
February 12, 2016

AIPAC Policy Conference

Hosts to be announced. Featuring food,


zemiros, and inspiring divrei Torah, each Oneg
will feature a new beers from around the
globe to be sampled and enjoyed.

Yosef Kardunor Concert

March 20-22, 2016


Join Rabbi Shaanan Gelman, Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld,
and fellow members of Kehilat Chovevei
Tzion in our nations capital for three of the
most important days affecting Israels future.
Contact Shay and Galia Felemovicuous.

in collaboration with the Chicago Chessed Fund

October 25, 2015


An evening of spiritually uplifting music with
one of Israels most acclaimed
singer-songwriters.

YU Kollel Shabbaton
November 20-21, 2015
Join us for an uplifting Shabbat with the YU
Torah Mitzion Kollel. Meet the new fellows
and attend inspirational shiurim.

Beit Midrash
Thursday Nights
Come and learn with the YU-Torah Mitzion Kollel on
Thursday nights in the KCT Beit Midrash. Contact
one of the Rabbis to set up a chavruta, and join us
for learning and late night chicken wings. Dont forget, the Beit Midrash is open to all teens to study with
NCSY staff.

Chanukah Fundraiser

to benefit the United Hatzalah of Israel


December 12th 2015
at Kehillat Chovevei Tzion
Featuring

evn shsiyah
https://www.facebook.com/OvadyaTheBand

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http://thewayjewsrock.com/

For more information please visit skokieshul.org.

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Election 2016

Ethics and Religion


in the political sphere
March 13, 2016
Guest Panelists:

Dan Proft

Rep. Lou Lang

Rabbi yona reiss

Co-host of The Morning


Answer on AM 560

Deputy Majority Leader


of the Illinois House of
Representatives

Av Beit Din of Chicago


Rabbinical Council

From 2011 to 2015, Proft was a political


commentator for WLS-AM 890 radio
in Chicago. He has also appeared
on Chicago television including ABC
7 Chicago and Fox Chicago and his
commentary has been featured on
national outlets including Fox News
Channel, MSNBC, and CNBC.

Since being elected to the Illinois House


of Representatives in 1988, Lou Lang
has established himself as one of the
Legislatures most effective leaders.
Representing the 16th District, which
includes Lincolnwood, Morton Grove
and Skokie and portions of Chicagos
West Ridge neighborhood, Lang, who
currently serves as a Deputy Majority
Leader in the House.

Rabbi Reiss is the Av Beth Din of the


Chicago Rabbinical Council, a Rosh
Yeshiva at RIETS, and Chaver Beth
Din at the Beth Din of America. A
Yadin Yadin musmach of RIETS and an
attorney who was an associate for six
years at the international law firm of
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

Proft also works as a Senior Fellow


at the Illinois Policy Institute, a freemarket think tank in Chicago. Proft
serves on the boards of directors
for the Disabled Patriot Fund, a
nonprofit that provides assistance
to Illinois military families; Freedom to
Learn-Illinois, which provides private
elementary school scholarships to
disadvantaged children in Chicago; and
Aid for Women, a Catholic pregnancy
center in Chicago.
Proft is a speaker and writer for
the Illinois Opportunity Project, an
organization that promotes freemarket solutions.

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Thanks to his his leadership, Lou Lang


has won the admiration and respect
of his peers in the Legislature and his
constituents at home. Lang has served
in a number of critical positions in
House leadership, advancing to House
Democratic Floor Leader in 1993,
Assistant Majority Leader in 1997, and
Deputy Majority Leader in 2009.
Over the years, Lang has received
numerous awards and recognition for his
work. He was named Legislator of the
Year by the Illinois Hospital Association,
the Illinois Council on Senior Citizens, the
Service Employees Union and the Illinois
Public Action Council, among others.

Rabbi Reiss is a graduate of Yale Law


School, where he served as senior
editor of the Yale Law Journal. He
was previously the Max and Marion
Grill Dean of RIETS, and before that he
served as Director of the Beth Din of
America. Rabbi Reiss is a member of
the editorial board of Tradition, and
has published articles in the Wall Street
Journal and the New York Law Journal.

Join Rabbi Shaanan Gelman, Rabbi Etan


Ehrenfeld and fellow members of Kehilat
Chovevei Tzion in our nation's capital.

AIPAC Policy Conference 2016


March 20 22 Washington, D.c.

THIS IS

THIS IS

coMMunity
Join 16,000 pro-israel activists from
across the country

oPPortunity
Learn from leading scholars, officials
from the u.s. and israel, and
members of congress

THIS IS

Join coMMitMent
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman, Rabbi Etan
Ehrenfeld
members of Kehilat
Make your voiceand
heard fellow
on capitol hill
Chovevei Tzion in our nation's capital.
For more information about Kehilat Chovevei Tzion's delegation, or to register for the AIPAC
Policy Conference, please contact Eli Wald at (312) 253-8994 or ewald@aipac.org.

THIS IS

oPPortunity
Learn
from leading scholars,
officials
Visit
www.aipac.org
/pc to learn more
from the u.s. and israel, and
members of congress

Tales of the Talmud


THIS IS

coMMitMent
Make your voice heard on capitol hill

Join us for Oneg


Shabbat Beer Torah
Featuring Tales of the
Talmud.

October 23, 2015


November
2015
For more information about Kehilat Chovevei Tzion's delegation, or
to register 20,
for the
AIPAC
Policy Conference, please contact Eli Wald at (312) 253-8994 or ewald@aipac.org.
December 11, 2015
January 8, 2016
February 12, 2016

Visit www.aipac.org /pc to learn more

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Parashat vayeira
The outcry*
by Chaim Kohanchi

Avraham stepped forward and said, Will you, then,


wipe out the righteous along with the wicked?1

hen Avraham negotiated with Hashem


regarding the fate of Sedom and Amorah,
he took an interesting approach. Our pasuk
seems to say that he had no objection to
Hashem killing the wicked, and insisted only
that the righteous should be spared. But then
he immediately switches his approach:

Perhaps there are fifty righteous people


in the city. Will You still wipe it out, and
not pardon the place for the sake of
those fifty righteous men in its midst? 2
Avraham asked if there were fifty righteous
people that could save the whole city, not
only themselves but everyone, including the
wicked. How did he come to this new approach?
Further, when Hashem answered that there
were not fifty men, he bargained down until
ten. Why did he stop asking at this number?
Why not try for one man? And, deeper still, if
he had already asked Hashem to differentiate
between the righteous and the wicked, saving
the one and destroying the other, what difference did it make how many righteous people
there were?
The answer lies in the nature of Divine justice,
which is always
, the punishment
fitting the crime. When people kill each other
without justice, the
says that since
someone else is doing his job, and doing it
any way he wants, he too will do whatever he
wants. Mass destruction descends upon that
place, without separation between
.3

I will go down and see if they have done


according to the outcry that has come
to Me.4

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Chazal tell us that this was the cry of Lots


daughter, who was killed by the people of Sedom for feeding the hungry and poor. 5 This
kind of behavior gave the
power
to kill indiscriminately.
Avraham knew this rule: when the
is granted permission to kill, he does not differentiate between good and bad people. 6
Therefore he had to ask Hashem to send two
malachim to Sedom, one to destroy and one
to save the good people.
This was the first stage of Avrahams negotiations: he asked that the righteous should not
be killed with the wicked, his goal being to
achieve distinction, whereby every man would
be accountable for his own deeds, rather than
mass killing of everybody.
After he achieved this concession from Hashem, it was now established that the sins of
Sedom were not necessarily public property.
A good man could still be recognized as good
and so be exempted from the destruction.
Now Avraham started to ask if maybe there
were enough righteous people to have an influence on the general public. Could their individual goodness become a new public norm in
time? If it could, he could now ask Hashem to
save the whole city in order to give its good
people a chance to reform it.
To understand Avrahams thinking better, let
us imagine that someone was told that his
leg must be amputated. After some thought,
he asked if every part of the leg was so bad
that this was necessary. The doctor agreed
to check further, and found out that one small
area of the upper leg was not as bad as the
rest. The patient now asked his next question:
was it possible that this area was recovering? And based on that, perhaps the whole
leg could recover? At first he could not have
asked this, but now that a part might be recovering, it was possible that the whole leg
would, too. Avraham followed this same logic

concerning Sedom and Amorah.


He stopped at the number ten because in the
time of Noach Hashem had separated nine
people (including Og) and saved them in the
Ark. This indicated that the nine people
were tzaddikim, yet they were not enough to
save everyone else. Avraham knew, then, that
less than ten would not be enough.
All the same, Hashem saved Lot and his family,
and He did this owing to the fact that Avraham prayed for Sedom. We can learn from
here that no prayers go to waste, even if it
seems that we didnt receive what we asked
for. Avraham asked to save the cities, and the
next day they were destroyed, but unknown
to him Lot and his family were saved.
1. Bereishit 18:23.
2. Bereishit 18:24.
3.
4. Bereishit 18:21.
5.
6.
Pictured Right: The Late Chaim
Kohanchi, Rabbi, Author, and
contributing founding member
of Kehilat Chovevei Tzion.
Pictured Left: Ner Chaim by
Chaim Kohanchi, a detailed
look at the Chumash.

Shul Labor Day Picnic


September 7, 2015
Join us for dinner, family fun and carnival
attractions!

neshei

Couples Mixer
TBD
Join men and women of the community as we
mix it up with good food and good company
at the home of one of our members.

Annual Dinner 2016

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

June 7, 2016
Hit the road with friends and family in this
fun romp around the neighborhood. Expect
refreshments, running apparel, and a roaring
good time rain or shine.

Family Picnic
June 26, 2016
Make a long summer evening more exciting
with eats and entertainment at our picnic
in the park.

February 21, 2016


Join the greater KCT community for a delicious
meal (and minimal speeches) as we honor the
people who make our shul so special.

Womens Fused Glass Art Class


April 6, 2016
Grab a friend and get your creative juices
flowing in a fused glass arts and crafts class.
Each participant will take home a unique piece
of Judaica or jewelry of her own making.

Meet & Eat


May 14, 2016
This annual Shabbat meal program invites
members new and old tobreak down barriers
through food, fun, and fraternizing.
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Pictured Above: Some of Leibowitzs published books. Right: Nehama Leibowitz

the Torah readings regularly for the


ehama Leibowitz (September 3, Voice of Israel radio station.
1905 12 April 1997) was a noted Israeli Bible scholar and commentator In 1942, Leibowitz began mailing out
who rekindled interest in Bible study. stencils of questions on the weekly
Torah reading to anyone who reNehama Leibowitz was born to an quested them. These worksheets,
Orthodox Jewish family in Riga two which she called gilyonot (pages)
years after her elder brother, the would be sent back to her, and
philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz. she would personally review them
The family moved to Berlin in 1919. and return them with corrections
In 1930, Leibowitz received a doc- and comments.They became very
torate from the University of Mar- popular and in demand by people
burg for her thesis, Techniques in from all sectors of Israeli society. In
the Translations of German-Jewish 1954, Leibowitz began publishing
Biblical Translations. That same year her Studies, which included many
1930, she immigrated to Mandate of the questions that appeared on
Palestine. She taught at a religious her study sheets, along with seZionist teachers seminar for the next lected traditional commentaries
twenty-five years. In 1957 she be- and her own notes on them. Over
gan lecturing at Tel Aviv University, time, these studies were collected
and became a full professor eleven into five books, one for each book
years later. She also gave classes at of the Torah. The five books were
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem subsequently translated into English
and other educational institutions by Rabbi Dr. Aryeh (Laibel/Leonard)
around the country. In addition to her Newman.
writings, Leibowitz commented on
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When asked to describe her methods she replied, I have no derech...


I only teach what the commentaries
say. Nothing is my own. She was
noted for her modest demeanor
coupled with wry wit, and always
preferred the title of teacher over
the more prestigious professor. In
accordance with her request, morah,
teacher is the only word inscribed
on her tombstone.
She was strict on marking mistakes
in Hebrew test papers, and hated the
code-switching Heblish of some
anglophone immigrants.
In 1956, Leibowitz was awarded the
Israel Prize in education, for her work
in furthering understanding and appreciation of the Bible.
In 1983, she was a co-recipient (jointly with Ephraim Elimelech Urbach) of
the Bialik Prize for Jewish thought.
Source Wikipedia.

Womens Learning
Womens Shiur
Shabba t Af ter no ons
fall - spring - summer
Come and learn with the YU-Torah MiTzion
Kollel on Shabbat Afternoons. Shiuriim will
be given by various rabbis and teachers and
will move between different homes. To host
a shiur contact Rabbi Ehrenfeld.

Talmud for women


Thursdays @ 8:00 PM
Join the YU Kollel, Rabbi Elie Schwartz, for
studying the Talmud.

Womens Oneg Shabbat


A pril 9, 2016
Hosts and topics to be announced. Check
the www.SkokieShul.org for the latest
information.

Womens Coffee Talk


Wednesdays @ 9:15 AM
Study the teachings and methodology of
Nehama Leibowitz zl on the parsha at
Emmas Bagel Cafe.

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FILMS
Rising from Divorce
November 1, 2015 NR
Over the course of many months, OHEL
interviewed more than 30 individuals from across
the U.S. and Canada. These included divorcees,
children of divorce, Rabbonim, community
leaders, educators and leading mental health
professionals. The full length film focuses on
the key areas of 1) The Pain of Divorce, 2) The
Consequence of a High Conflict Divorce, 3) The
Intelligent Divorce, 4) The Role of Rabbonim,
Educators & The Community. This movie will
be followed by a panel discussion.
Dr. Norman N. Blumenthal,
Ph.D is a licensed clinical
psychologist
practicing
in
Cedarhurst, New York. He is
the Director of Bereavement
and Crisis Intervention Services
for Chai Lifeline and the
Educational Director of the Harry and Bella
Wexner Kollel Elyon and Semikha Honors
Program at Yeshiva University.
Rabbi Dr. Jerry Lob is a
clinical psychologist in private
practice in Chicago, working
with adults, adolescents, and
families, for many years. He
lectures and writes extensively
on topics relating to psychology,
relationships,
parenting,
education, and Jewish thought.
Sponsored in honor of Mr. Samuel & Sophia
Gabay and Dr. Harris & Hadar Bram for all
they do for their communities.
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The Prime
Ministers: The
Pioneers (2013)
January 9, 2016
VVV
The
Prime
Ministers:
The
Pioneers, is the 13th
release by Moriah
Films, the Academy
Award-winning
documentary
filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal
Center. Based on the best- selling book
by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime
Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience
inside the offices of Israels Prime Ministers
through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner,
who served as a chief aide, English language
note-taker and speech writer to Levi Eshkol,
Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin,2
and Shimon Peres. The first of two parts,
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses
on Ambassador Avners years working with
Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir
and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and
reveals new details about the Six-Day War,
the development of Israels close strategic
relationship with the United States, the fight
against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and
its aftermath. In the spring of 2014, the
second film based on Ambassador Avners
book, The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and
Peacemakers, will be released, examining
Ambassador Avners experiences with Prime
Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin
and Shimon Peres as well as his service as
Israels Ambassador to England. The early
efforts at negotiating agreements with Egypt,
the raid on Entebbe, Anwar Sadats historic
visit to Jerusalem, the Camp David Accords,
the bombing of Iraqs nuclear facility, the
war in Lebanon, the Oslo Accords and the
ongoing struggle to make peace with Israels
Arab neighbors and the Palestinians are
some of the topics covered as The Prime
Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers builds
to its dramatic and emotional conclusion.
Weaving a rich tapestry of history and
personal testimonies, The Prime Ministers
brings some of the most important events of
the 20th and 21st centuries to life. Starring
the voices of Sandra Bullock as Golda Meir,

Michael Douglas as Yitzhak Rabin, Leonard


Nimoy as Levi Eshkol and Christoph Waltz as
Menachem Begin, The Prime Ministers: The
Pioneers is written, produced and directed
by Academy Award winner Richard Trank
and co-written and produced by two-time
Academy Award winner Rabbi Marvin Hier.
Grammy and Emmy winner Lee Holdridge
composed and conducted the films original
score.
Footnote (2011)
February 13, 2016
VVVV
Footnote is the tale
of a great rivalry
between a father
and son. Eliezer
and Uriel Shkolnik
are both eccentric
professors,
who
have dedicated their
lives to their work in
Talmudic Studies.
The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who
fears the establishment and has never been
recognized for his work. Meanwhile his son,
Uriel, is an up-and-coming star in the field,
who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly
seeking recognition.
Then one day, the tables turn. When
Eliezer learns that he is to be awarded the
Israel Prize, the most valuable honor for
scholarship in the country, his vanity and
desperate need for validation are exposed.
His son, Uriel, is thrilled to see his fathers
achievements finally recognized but, in
a darkly funny twist, is forced to choose
between the advancement of his own career
and his fathers. Will he sabotage his fathers
glory?
Footnote is the story of insane academic
competition, the dichotomy between
admiration and envy for a role model, and
the very complicated relationship between a
father and son.

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The Gatekeepers
(2012)
March 5, 2016
VVVV
The Gatekeepers is
a 2012 documentary
film by director Dror
Moreh that tells the
story of the Israeli
internal
security
service, Shin Bet
(known in Hebrew
as Shabak), from the perspective of six of
its former heads.
The film combines in-depth interviews, archival
footage, and computer animation to recount
the role that the group played in Israels
security from the Six-Day War to the present.
The film was nominated for Best Documentary
Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.

Our Boys (2015)


Tisha Baav, August 14, 2016
Our Boys is the fourteenth documentary
produced by Moriah Films. The film examines
the events surrounding the kidnapping and
murder of Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel,
and Eyal Yifrach, zl, by Hamas terrorists in
the summer of 2014. The parents of each
boy recall their short lives and how this
tragedy has impacted upon them. Arab
affairs analyst for Israeli TV Ehud Yaari
and author Yossi Klein Halevi discuss why
the kidnapping and murder of the boys
galvanized Israel and the Diaspora. The
film them examines how the indiscriminate
shelling of Israeli cities and towns from Gaza
by Hamas, which followed the murders,
resulted in the Gaza war. The film also looks
at how events during and following the Gaza
war have led to the greatest resurgence of
anti-Semitism in Europe since the defeat of
the Nazis in 1945.

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cqa
An evening of spiritually uplifting music with one
of Israels most acclaimed singer-songwriters

Yosef
Karduner

& Band in concert


featuring virtuoso Rubin Harris

sundaY, oct. 25
7 pm doors open 6:30
Kehilat chovevei tzion
9220 crawford ave.
skokie, illinois
$15 aduLts
$10 cHiLdren / students
tickets at the door
proceeds to benefit the
cHicago cHesed fund
separate seating

ConCert presented by
Fr ie n d s o f

For more information, please email kardunerconcert@gmail.com

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the

sandbox

Kickoff Event/Annual
KCT Picnic
September 7, 2015
Join us for dinner, family fun
and carnival attractions!
Sukkah Hop
Shabbat Chol Hamoed
October 3, 2015
Join us for hopping, divrei
Torah and treats in the sukkot
of KCT families.
Simchas Torah
Horah with the Torah
October 6, 2015
Join us for an early kids
hakafot, ruach, dancing, dinner
and fun!
Movie Night!
November 21, 2015
Join us for a Motsei Shabbat
movie and popcorn event!
Thanksgiving Vishinantam
November 26, 2015
Join us for thanksgiving
morning parent child
learning with the YU Torah
Mitzion Kollel.
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Erev Chanukah Ice Skating


at the Skatium
December 6, 2015
Join us for skating, Chanukah
treats and lighting of the
menorah as a KCT family!
Chef for a Morning!
February 14, 2016
Make your own breakfast
and serve it to your parents
at KCT!
Vishinantam
December 19
December 26
January 9
January 16
Join us during the cold winter
months for some warmth and
Torah, Motsei Shabbats, for
parent child learning.
Chessed Event/
Food Pantry Outing
March 1, 2016
Join us as we give back
and teach our children the
importance of chessed with
this meaningful
parent- child event.

Purim Event & Dinner


March 26, 2016
Join us for a structured activity
for young children during
Megillah reading, followed
by a fun filled family event
including dinner, cotton candy,
popcorn and face painting!
Pre-Pesach Movie
April 21, 2016
Join us for a movie, popcorn
and fun while parents ready
the home for pesach.
Lag BOmer
May 22, 2016
3:3 basketball
tournament event.
Shavuot Learning
& Ice Cream
June 13, 2016
Join us for ice cream, Torah and
fun for children of all ages as
we celebrate matan Torah ice
cream style!

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Youth Director
Tamar Ehrenfeld
We welcome back
Tamar Ehrenfeld to head
our Youth Program.

Youth
Shabbat
Schedule

10:50 AM Tot Shabbat (Ages 0-24 )


Shabbat songs, activities and stories.
Alef (Ages 2-4)
This group enjoys davening, learning the parsha,
singing Shabbat songs and reading stories!

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Classes

Mazal Tov on your upcoming bar/bat mitzvah! Preparations can be


both exciting and overwhelming. No one bar/bat mitzvah looks
the same. In addition to our bar mitzvah class, youth learning on
Shabbat morning and youth minyan, you may wish your child to
have focused learning time with a mentor. Typically children will
spend a number of sessions with one of our rabbis or a teacher
to study a portion of Torah, a topic of interest, or partake in a
chessed project. Rabbi Gelman is available to work with you and
your child to develop a meaningful and inspirational curriculum
custom tailored to meet their interests and needs. Often children
will use the study time as an opportunity to prepare a dvar Torah
to be delivered at the simcha. Remember, the earlier lessons
begin, the less pressure there will be on your child as the date
approaches. Contact Rabbi Gelman to schedule.

Bet (Ages 4-6).


This group enjoys davening out loud, playing
parsha games and reading stories!
Gimmel (Grades 2-5)
This group enjoys divrei Torah, davening lead by
a chazzan and chazzanit, parsha activities, games
and lots of fun!
9:45 AM -10:40 AM The Talmidim
(Grades 6 and up)
A chabura on the parsha with various role models
and Rabbeim in the community during kriyat
haTorah. The chaburah features learning about
the parsha and is followed by chullent, snacks and
games!
9:30 AM Youth Minyan (Monthly)
Let teens stretch their spiritual wings by leading
and participating in a special teens only Shabbat
tefilah in the Beit Midrash.

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LUNCH + LEARNs
Lunch and Learn focuses on different topics in contemporary
Jewish law and parsha. Enjoy a lunch with your friends and
colleagues while engaging in relevant discussions about
business ethics, kashrut and other common issues confronting
us in modern times.

MetroKlub

Mizrahi Grill

733 W. Madison
Chicago, IL
Mondays @ 12:00 PM
October 19
November 16
December 14
January 11
February 22
March 14
April 11
May 16
June 27

215 Skokie Valley Road,


Highland Park, IL
Thursdays @ 12:00 PM
October 22
November 19
December 17
January 14
February 25
March 17
April 14
May 19
June 30

Lox N
Learn
Sundays @ 9:15 AM
Studies on the Tanach.
Now studying
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SEPTEMBER
09/07 - Shul Labor Day Picnic
OCTOBER
10/03 - Sukkah Hop
10/06 - Simchas Torah Horah
10/9-10 - SIR: Rabbi Steve Weil
10/12 - Mini-Series: Pillars of The Talmud
10/19 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
10/19 - Mini-Series: Pillars of The Talmud
10/22 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
10/23 - Oneg Shabbat
10/25 - SIR: Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
10/25 - Yosef Karduner & Band in Concert
10/26 - Mini-Series: Pillars of The Talmud
10/31 - SIR: Rabbi Berel Wein
NOVEMBER
11/01 - Film: Rising From Divorce
11/02 - Mini-Series: Pillars of The Talmud
11/06-7- SIR: Richard Joel
11/09 - Mini-Series: Ethical World of Dr. Seuss
11/16 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
11/16 - Mini-Series: Ethical World of Dr. Seuss
11/19 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
11/20 - Oneg Shabbat
11/20-21 - YUTMK Shabbaton
11/21 - Kids Movie Night
11/23 - Mini-Series: Ethical World of Dr. Seuss
11/26 - Thanksgiving Vishinantam
11/30 - Mini-Series: Ethical World of Dr. Seuss
DECEMBER
12/06 - Erev Chanukah Ice Skating
12/12 - Chanukah Fundraiser Concert
12/14 - Mini-Series: Contemporary Kashrut
12/17 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
12/20 - SIR: Tuvia Tenenbom
12/21 - Mini-Series: Contemporary Kashrut
12/11 - Oneg Shabbat
12/14 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
12/19 - Vishinantam
12/26 - Vishinantam
JANUARY
01/02 - SIR: Rabbi Reuven Taragin
01/04 - Mini-Series: Contemporary Kashrut
01/08 - Oneg Shabbat
01/09 - Vishinantam
01/09 - Film: The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
01/11 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
01/11 - Mini-Series: Contemporary Kashrut
01/13 - Film: Footnote
01/16 - Vishinantam
FEBRUARY
02/01 - Mini-Series: Early Chassidic Masters
02/08 - Mini-Series: Early Chassidic Masters

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Kehilat Chovevei Tzion

Year at a Glance
02/12 - Oneg Shabbat
02/14 - Kids Chef for a Morning
02/14 - Kids Chef for a Morning
02/19-20 - SIR: Dr. Zev Eleff
02/21 - Annual Dinner
02/22 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
02/22 - Mini-Series: Early Chassidic Masters
02/25 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
02/29 - Mini-Series: Early Chassidic Masters
MARCH
03/01 - Chessed Event/Food Pantry Outing
03/03 - Mini-Series: False Messianic Movements
03/05 - Film: The Gatekeepers
03/13 - Election 2016 w/ Guest Panelists
03/14 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
03/14 - Mini-Series: False Messianic Movements
03/17 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
03/20-22 - AIPAC Policy Conference
03/21 - Mini-Series: False Messianic Movements
03/26 - Kids Purim Event & Dinner
03/28 - Mini-Series: False Messianic Movements
APRIL
04/02 - SIR: Dr. Avigail Rock
04/02 - Cholent Cook-Off
04/04 - Mini-Series: Pesach Prep
04/06 - Womens Fused Art Class
04/09 - SIR: Dr. Avigail Rock
04/09 - Womens Oneg Shabbat
04/11 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
04/11 - Mini-Series: Pesach Prep
04/14 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
04/18 - Mini-Series: Pesach Prep
04/21 - Kids Pre-Pesach Movie
MAY
05/14 - Meet & Eat Lunch
05/15 - Get Down to Business & Network
05/16 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
05/19 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
05/22 - Kids Lag BOmer Basketball
JUNE
06/07 - Annual 5K Run
06/13 - Kids Shavuot Learning & Ice Cream
06/17-18 - SIR: Ari Gordon & Shuli Taubes
06/26 - Family Picnic
06/27 - Lunch & Learn @ MetroKlub
06/30 - Lunch & Learn @ Mizrahi Grill
JULY
07/06 - MetroKlub Lunch + Learn
07/08 - Great Chicago Lunch + Learn
AUGUST
08/14 - Tisha Baav Film: Our Boys

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