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May 18, 2022

As wedding season resumes, Rabbi Chalom reflects on what it means when couples and individuals say they want to "be traditional" in the 21st Century.

Follow this link to read more ...

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend's Bocce Social at Highwood Bocce Club. Thank you to all those who volunteered their time to help make the event a smashing success! Thank you to all who donated to help sponsor this event to help raise money for our very special community.

Shabbat Service: Out of the Box
Friday, May 2o, 7:30pm
North Shore Unitarian Church
(Yahrtzeit Service)
Kol Hadash member and recent IISHJ graduate Marla Davishoff will be leading this service. Planning a meaningful memorial service is one of the last gifts we can give ourselves and our loved ones. Please join us on May 20 as we discuss some changes in recent years that allow for more personalized and empowering alternatives to traditional Jewish funerals.

This is our Yahrzeit service for the month. The following names will be read at our Shabbat Service. If you would like to add a name, or have any questions, please contact Jeremy at

William Addelson, Miriam Sasson Avin, Jan Bloch, Pearl Brook, Richard Cohn, Caryl Cole, David Davis, Gertrude Edelstein, Ruth Feldman, Michael Fisher, Edward Fisher, Bobby Franks, Nathan Goldberg, Lilian Gordon, Franz J. Gruenbauer, Gertrude Hart, Dina Hatchuel, Michael Hatchwell, Edward Hollander, Ellen Holmes, Ellie Kaplan, Beverly Klein, Miriam Kopelman, Edythe Miller, Sy Passen, Rosalind Podolin, Eugenia Kowalenko, Barry Raben, Ethel Rittenberg, Irving Rittenberg, Carl Sabath, Mary Sheck, Philip Shoolin, Emil Simon, Sidney Smiley, Rose Sohn, Max Sosewitz, Robert Stendel, Rose Villi Bilotti

Mitzvah Day 2022
Saturday, May 21, 9:30-11:30am
We are partnering with the North Shore Unitarian Church again this year for Mitzvah Day on May 21. Mitzvah Day is a concerted effort, on a single day, to bring all of NSUC and Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation together to spend one day volunteering with social justice projects/activities in the community. We have 6 projects to choose from. Pick from our large variety of projects that cater to diverse interests, capabilities, and ages. Some projects you can do in-person at NSUC, and some are at other locations (Northern Illinois Food Bank, Bernie’s Book Bank, etc.). Questions? Contact Lynn Miller at

Women's Group
Mondays at 1:30pm
All are welcome! For more information about WE activities, please contact Joyce Hirsch at Join us for Canasta May 23, and online chat May 30th.

Gathering: Jewish Rsponses to the Loneliness Epidemic
Wednesday, May 25, 9:00am-5:00pm
Rabbi Denise Handlarski of Secular Synagogue is convening an important  online conversation (or in-person in Toronto) about dealing with the ongoing loneliness epidemic even as we slowly emerge from COVID. More information and free registration at:

You're Being Ridiculous: Joy
May 26, 27, & 28 at Steppenwolf Theatre
Our Administrator Jeremy Owens directs a storytelling series called You're Being Ridiculous. It will be at Steppenwolf Theatre on May 26, 27, & 28. The theme is JOY. If you're interested in attending, you can purchase tickets by following this link. Questions? Email Jeremy at

Welcome and Meet & Greet Our Afghan Guests Picnic
Friday, May 27, 4:00-6:00pm
Woodland Park (Wilmot & School St. in Deerfield)
The Aitz Hayim community, with our Kol Hadash fellow supporters, are hosting a non-alcoholic and vegetarian picnic. Click this link to sign-up for the picnic. Everything must be vegetarian, please serve approximately 8-10 people, already plated for serving with serving utensils. Please feel free to bring games, soccer balls, basketballs, frisbees, etc. 

Help Our Immigrant Family
It has been three months since our new refugee friends arrived in Chicago. They have made enormous progress. Their baby boy is due at the end of June. Click here for a gift wish list if you would like to donate items to them. Kol Hadash has already contributed dozens of boxes of diapers and wipes that were collected at their Sunday School’s Purim party. For now, please hold onto your items. We will be in touch to arrange pickup of your donations and appreciate your generosity!

Values in Action at Highwood Food Bank
Friday, June 3, 2:45-4:00pm
Fort Sheridan Metra Station
Join us at the Highwood Food Bank as we load groceries into cars. The Highwood Food Bank has permanently moved to the Fort Sheridan Metra Station, south of the corner of Sheridan Road and Old Elm Road, east side of the tracks. Volunteers will park west of the Starbucks in spaces facing the tracks (no cost to park).

Want to volunteer or have questions? Email

Annual Meeting Shabbat
Friday, June 3, 7:30pm
North Shore Unitarian Church
Kol Hadash member and recent IISHJ graduate Marla Davishoff will lead us in a short Shabbat Service, and then we'll hear updates, upcoming events, and learn about upcoming oportunities to get involved, and meet officers for the 2022-2023 year. We'll also have a short discussion about this year's High Holiday celebration -- this is your chance to weigh in on how you'd like to attend services. We'll also honor 5 year members ... Betty & Paul Hurder, Karen & Richard Juneau, Janene & Lee Kessler, and Nathan Wagner.

Online Lunch & Learn:
Jewish & Indigenous People of Australia

Tuesday, June 7, 12:00pm
How did Aboriginal people play a critical role in opening Australia to Jewish refugees escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, championing an effort that led to the country being second only to Israel in its number of Holocaust Survivors? And how did the descendants of those refugees come to be at the forefront of the struggle for First Nations Australians?
We are proud to partner with Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center in their upcoming online program – we hope you will join us with author and Jewish historian Irene Shaland as she discusses Jewish and Aboriginal narratives in the broad context of Australian history, unsung heroes of human rights movements in Australia, and their relevance today.


Naomi Ruth Cohen Mental Health Conference
Sunday, June 12
This years annual conference focuses on adolescent mental health with a distinguished group of panelists. Follow this link for more information and to register.

The Shofar
Click here to view our most recent monthly newsletter. Questions? Contact Jeremy at
Wed, May 18 2022 17 Iyyar 5782