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November 30, 2022



Secular Israel Trip Information Meeting
Sunday, December 11, 12:30pm (CST)
December 10-21, 2023: an unforgettable tour of "Secular Israel." Conflicts between Palestinians and settlers, tensions between ultra-religious and secular Israelis, and social and economic justice are all on the itinerary. We will also find hope among those working for pluralism and human rights, and celebrate 20 years of Israeli Secular Humanistic Rabbis. Click the button below to register for a Zoom meeting on Sunday, December 11 at 12:30pm CST to learn more about this special trip!

Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 1, 7:30pm
Please feel free to visit Thursday's meeting, and to contribute your ideas, if you wish.  There’s no commitment to join the committee or attend future meetings!

Questions? Contact Victoria Ratnaswamy at

Shabbat Service: Women in the torah
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
North Shore Unitarian Church & on Zoom
This week's Torah portion, "Vayetzei" (Genesis 28:10-32:3) dramatizes the limitations of women in the Torah as daughters, wives and mothers. Contemporary Jewish feminists have tried to reclaim the "matriarchs" of the Jewish nation, yet the power and pathos of the original remains all too relevant.

Meet Our New Members
Chip Kass is the son of long-time Kol Hadash members, Terry and Geoff Kass. Chip decided to become a member on his own because “from childhood to adulthood, Kol Hadash has been a fundamental part of [his] life.” Chip recalls attending a conservative Sunday school until his mom, who was raised in Humanistic Judaism, introduced him to Rabbi Chalom. As part of Rabbi Chalom’s campaign to “convince” Chip to switch to Kol Hadash’s Sunday school, Rabbi Chalom beat Chip in a game of Horse, and Chip has been a HuJew ever since! Chip grew up in Highland Park and currently lives in Los Angeles working in a variety of different capacities on projects in television. In is free time, Chip likes to watch movies and TV. He is also a skier and big comic book fan!

Family News
Mazel Tov to Kol Hadash Rabbi Emeritus Dan Friedman and Dawn and Mark Friedman on the engagement of Mark and Dawn's daughter, Eva!

With sadness we share the news that Kol Hadash founding member Lois Bournstine died in Florida last week at age 88. Our deep condolences to Lois' daughters Sue (and Mike) Plymale and Karen (and Rick) Whiteman. A private memorial service is planned, and tribute donations may be made to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sunday School
Sunday, December 4
Our Sunday School at Deerfield High School
9:30-11:30 Class K-9th (6th until 11:45) 
9:30-12:00  Confirmation Class Field Trip: North Shore Unitarian Church

Women's Group
Every Monday
Join us for Canasta December 5 & 19 at 1:30pm, and Online Chat December 12 & 29 at 7:30pm.

Starting December 12 online chat will start at 7:30pm. Hoping to see new and olf faces from near and far places! All are welcome! For more information about WE activities, please contact Joyce Hirsch at

Adult Education: Politics
Tuesday, December 6, 7:30pm
North Shore Unitarian Church & on Zoom
Any philosophy of life must address how we live together, and people living together means political organization. Are there some core political principles for Humanistic Jews that transcend modern political labels? And how can we best agree to differ?

Questions? Contact Jeremy at

Values in Action at Highwood Food Bank
Friday December 9 & 16, 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? Contact Tony at or 312-859-0500.

Support our Immigrant Family
December 10, 11:00am-3:00pm
Curt's Cafe in Highland Park

Holiday Gift Giving Program
Friday, December 9
Sunday, December 18
The Kol Hadash Values in Action Committee is collecting gifts for children in need and their families by participating in the Community Alternatives Unlimited holiday giveaway program. We're collecting unwrapped gifts at the Shabbat Service on Friday, December 9, and our Family Hanukkah Celebration on Sunday, December 18. Please see the flyer above, or follow this link for a list of gift ideas. Questions? Contact Glynis Hirsch or Lynn Miller at or 847-826-9589.

Adult Education: Israel at 75: A Preview
Sunday, December 11, 9:30am
Deerfield High School
The modern state of Israel was founded in 1948. 75 years later, it is almost unrecognizable - from socialist to capitalist, from majority European Ashkenazi to a melting pot of global Jewry, from progressive to reactionary, from plucky David to reviled Goliath. The fallout from October elections (Israel's 5th in 4 years) continues to be felt. The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism is planning a trip to "Secular Israel" in December 2023. What will they find?

Preschool Jewish Discovery: Hanukkah
Sunday, December 11, 10:3oam-11:30pm
at our Sunday School at Deerfield High School
Free monthly enrichment class open to everyone! Children ages 2-6 with a grown-up join Rabbi Adam Chalom and veteran preschool teacher Lynn Miller as they explore Hanukkah through interactive songs, books and hands-on activities. There is time for a snack and for the children and parents to socialize, too. At-home resources will also be provided. Questions to Ilana Shaffer at or 773-209-8266

Hanukkah Family Celebration & Lunch
Sunday, December 18, 10:3oam-12:00pm
at our Sunday School at Deerfield High School

All Ages Welcome! — Open to Everyone!
  • Bring your family’s menorah for our Menorah Show & Tell
  • Rabbi Adam Chalom leads us in part of the Hanukkah service and songs
  • Student activities include: Dreidel Tournament, Hanukkah crafts with candle making, and making cards for seniors
  • Parents will get to know each other with an activity, too!
  • Enjoy a Hanukkah lunch together, including challah, chicken, macaroni and cheese, latkes with applesauce and sour cream, salad, fruit, chocolate gelt, and mini-sufganyot (jelly donuts)
  • Hanukkah service booklets will be available for home use
The Kol Hadash Values in Action Committee is collecting gifts for children in need by participating in the Community Alternatives Unlimited holiday giveaway program.

Oneg Hosts Needed
Do you like to have fun?  Do you like to eat and drink?  Once again, it is your Oneg noodge looking for a few good volunteers.
We are looking for an Oneg host on the following dates:
Friday, January 20th
Friday, January 27th

Have an Oneg buddy?  You can always partner with someone making it twice as nice.
All you need to do is bring a little food, wine, something non-alcoholic, and your wonderful self.  Very easy!
Contact Al Dorfman, at or our administrator, Jeremy at if you are interested in being an Oneg host.

The Shofar
Click here to view our most recent monthly newsletter. Questions? Contact Jeremy at
Sat, December 3 2022 9 Kislev 5783