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March 29,  2023


Safety and Fear
There’s an old Yiddish saying, “s’iz shver tsu zayn a yid – it’s hard to be a Jew.” These days, it’s hard to be anyone! In 2023, it feels like we have been afraid for years. We are afraid of political instability, war overseas and civil conflict at home.
Click here to read more of Rabbi Chalom's message ...

Kol Hadash Fundraiser Raffle
Do you have sports, theatre, or concert tickets you could donate? Gift certificates? Products or services from your business? The annual fundraiser is looking for donations for our annual raffle. Nothing is too large, too small, too unusual, or too ordinary. If you feel comfortable asking businesses with which you interact for donations, that would be wonderful! Contact David Hirsch for more information

Movie Club:
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and You People
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm
For our next meeting we will be discussing two movies: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) and You People (2023). Both deal with parent reactions to their children's' proposed inter-racial marriages. You People is available on Netflix. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is available the following libraries including Highland Park, Deerfield, Northbrook, Barrington, Glenview, Vernon Area, and Indian Trails, as well as at many more.

Mazel Tov!
Our 6th/7th grade class did a wonderful job leading our Shabbat service on March 17! We learned about their personal identity and discussed some of the dilemmas American Jews have faced.

No Sunday School
April 2 & 9

Sunday School is on Spring Break, see you back on April 16!


Women's Group

Mondays at 11:30pm

Every Monday 11:30 at Demetri’s in Deerfield for canasta & lunch. Great fun! 
Everyone invited! Call Joyce Hirsch 847-446-6949 or

Online Chat:
Wednesday, April 12, 7:30pm

Questions? Contact Judy Rosenzweig 847-634-2127 or

Mitzvah Day
Saturday, April 15, 10:00am-12:00pm
North Shore Unitarian Church
Mitzvah Day is a concerted effort to bring Kol Hadash and North Shore Unitarian Church together, spending one day performing social justice projects/activities in the community. We have at least 6 projects to choose from. Choose from our large variety of volunteer projects that cater to diverse interests, capabilities, and ages. Some projects you can do in-person at NSUC. Other projects are off-site (Greater Northern Illinois Food Bank, Bernie’s Book Bank). You can sign up for more than one project if the project is being held at NSUC! Check the Mitzvah Day bulletin board in Fellowship Hall to sign up for a project or click the button below.

Register NOW for the Return of
The Annual Progressive Dinner

Saturday, April 29, 6:00pm
This year’s theme is “Happy Days Are Here Again!" We start the evening all together at one member’s home with . . .  (obviously) . . . Happy Hour! Then we will all blissfully drive to other members’ homes for small-group catered dinner parties. Finally, we’ll all do a happy dance (figuratively speaking) when we come back together at another member’s home for coffee and dessert. More information is on the registration page and complete instructions will be sent to all participants a week in advance of the event.

You must register by April 15 to attend.

Click the button below to register. Please contact Andrea Friedlander at or 847-207-7040.

Secular Week of Action
All-Congregation Volunteer Session

Sunday, April 30, 9:30-11:30am
Our Sunday School at Deerfield High School


Collection Drive beforehand
benefiting The Ark’s Food Pantry
The national Secular Week of Action (April 28-May 7) celebrates what human beings can achieve together when we dedicate ourselves to ethical action. Our Kol Hadash community will be collecting items for The Ark’s Food Pantry, and then during an All-Congregation Volunteer Session, we’ll sort them for distribution to those in need.

The Ark’s Food Pantry offers kosher food, necessary household products, and personal care items all at no cost to those who need it. They have been going through their pantry donations at a faster rate than ever with the ongoing increase of grocery prices, and the reduction of SNAP benefits for each individual receiving emergency assistance.

Please bring items from The Ark's Pantry Collection List to one of our following collection drives

  • Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm at Shabbat Services at North Shore Unitarian Church
  • Sunday, April 23 at 9:30am at Sunday School at Deerfield High School
  • Saturday, April 29 at 5:00pm at Progressive Dinner (appetizer house)

Everyone is encouraged to join us on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30-11:30am at our Sunday School at Deerfield High School for our Secular Week of Action All-Congregation Volunteer Session! Together we'll sort and process all the items collected by our Kol Hadash community. Afterwards, they’ll be brought to The Ark’s warehouse to go on their shelves for distribution to their clients.

2023 Secular Israel Trip Information Session
Video Available
Did you miss the information session with Rabbi Chalom about the December 2023 "Secular Israel" trip by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism? A recording of the session, including itinerary overview and Q&A session is now available

Our Monthly Newsletter
Fri, March 31 2023 9 Nisan 5783