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September 22, 2021

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who contributed for our collection for A Safe Place! They really appreciated all the donations! Special thank you to Mike White who always collects everything and drives the donations up to Zion!

Revisit our High Holiday Services
Did you miss the High Holiday services, want to watch again, or would like to share them with family and friends? You're in luck! The services can be found on the Kol Hadash YouTube Channel by clicking this link. If you want to read the sermons, click this link for text of the services. You can also listen to the services on our podcast by visiting . You can also find The Kol Hadash Podcast on your favorite podcast app or platform.
See, Sing, Celebrate!
Sukkot Stories and Songs with jBaby
Wednesday, September 22, 10:00-10:45am
Sunday, September 26, 3:00-3:45pm

Our Sukkah at the North Shore Unitarian Church
Celebrate the Jewish fall harvest festival of Sukkot with stories, songs and activities especially for young children. Everyone is welcome at this free, family program. We will gather in the Kol Hadash Sukkah where Rabbi Adam Chalom and our Youth Education Director will lead holiday activities for children up to age 2 (older siblings welcome) with a grown up. There will be time to get to know other families in your community, too. Resources for celebrating Sukkot in your home will also be provided. 

B Mitzvah FAQ Sessions
Thursday, September 23, 7:30pm
on Zoom
Are you debating how (or whether) to seek a Bar or Bat Mitzvah for your child? Are you feeling pressure because “how it’s supposed to be” and “how it’s always been done” isn’t a good fit for your family? Are you concerned that non-Jewish family members might not be allowed to participate fully? Are you looking for a custom celebration that will be both personal and meaningful, balancing Jewish traditions and your unique family heritage? Explore your options during this free, informal FAQ session with Rabbi Adam Chalom, our Youth Education Director, and our B Mitzvah Coordinator.

Intended for parents of children up to 6th grade. No charge, no commitment, just useful information! Questions to Leah Sosewitz, B Mitzvah Coordinator (847) 471-0170  or

Zoom information will be sent to you upon registration.

Discussion Shabbat Service:
Jewishness Beyond Ethnicity

Friday, September 24, 7:30pm
(in-person & Zoom)    (Yahrtzeit Service)
The earliest secular and Humanistic Jews felt deeply part of an ethnic nation – distinct languages, foods, holidays, and social and employment networks all tied them to each other in a “thick” ethnic experience. As we have integrated into Western culture, welcoming people of other backgrounds to join the Jewish family by marriage or by themselves becoming Jewish, what does our Jewishness mean in the 21st Century?

This Friday night is our Yahrzeit service for the month of September. 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

Herman Agran, Robert P. Cottle, Ruby Finnell, Evelyn Goldberg, Leah Goldman, Harold Goldman, Kopel Gordon, Mary Gurolnick, Burton Harris, Yitzhak Holland, Joe Honor, Theodore Horwitz, Grace Kelner, Louis Kusnetz, Obbie Lakin, Lillian Lieberfarb, Evan Linick, Debora Litwin, Don Litz, Irving Milstein, Al Parker, Max Rittenberg, Audrey Rothenberg, Daniel Rothenberg, Jeremy Samson, Albert Simon, Shelley Sosewitz, Louise Weigley, Arnold Wisper

HuJews Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur Celebration
Friday, September 24th, 6:30-8:30pm (Eastern)
HuJews will be continuing to provide virtual events for youth group students/ B Mitzvah students ages 13-22. Their next event is a New Year Celebration for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Follow this link to register for the meeting and receive the Zoom link.

No Sunday School
Sunday, September 26

Sukkot Family Service
Sunday, September 26, 4:00-5:30pm

Outside in our Sukkah at North Shore Unitarian Church
2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield
(rain or shine)

Free and open to everyone!
Celebrate fall by joining us for our all-ages event near our Sukkah to celebrate Sukkot. Sukkot is the fall Jewish harvest holiday. We will be observing Covid health protocols (outdoors, masks, sanitizing, no shared materials, etc.) Rabbi Adam Chalom will lead a brief service, including lulav branches, etrog fruit “show and tell.” We will provide a craft activity for children to create and place in the Sukkah or take home. Bring chairs or blankets to sit around our sukkah. See this flyer for more information about our Sukkot Service. We'll need a few volunteers to help us take the Sukkah down after the service.

Questions to Ilana Shaffer at or 773-209-8266

Women's Group: Canasta
Monday, September 27, 1:30pm
If you like to kibbitz, come to our canasta game. All are welcome. For more information about all WE Group activities, contact Joyce Hirsch
String Theory
Monday, September 27, 7:30pm
String Theory gathers all types of crafty stringers & fiber fans -- knitting, crocheting, felting, embroidery, needlepoint, you name it. All skill levels are welcome, and, we’re happy to help with a new or existing project. All genders are welcome to join us. Contact Victoria Ratnaswamy for more information and to get the Zoom link at

Adult Education:
Introduction to Jewish Culture

Tuesday, September 28, 7:30pm
in-person & on Zoom
For cultural Jews, what could be more important than studying Jewish culture? The music, literature, art and celebrations of life and the seasons are the lived experience of Judaism.

Questions? Contact Jeremy at

Book Club: Where'd You Go Bernadette
Wednesday, September 29, 7:30pm
This month’s book is Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. Watch the movie and read the book in advance. We’ll come together to discuss both. You are welcome to join this discussion if you only read the book or only watch the movie.
Questions? Contact Jeremy at

Preschool Jewish Discovery: Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 3,
Outdoors 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 experienced preschool teacher Lynn Miller as they explore a Jewish holiday or cultural value along with interactive songs, books and hands-on activities. There is time for children and parents to socialize. At-home resources will also be provided. 

Older siblings can come at 9:30am for our Sunday School Try Out and join their grade’s class. Please register for Sunday School Try Out in advance.

COVID Cocktail Party
Saturday, October 9, 5:00-6:30pm

Courtyard of the North Shore Unitarian Church
We had to cancel this year’s Progressive Dinner (for obvious reasons), but the good news is…We turned it into a modern-day cocktail party. The outside courtyard at North Shore Unitarian Church is our COVID-safe cocktail party venue. Appetizers will be individually wrapped; wine and soft drinks, self-serve. There’s lots of space to spread out. Come for a quick hello or stay the whole time. There is no charge for this event but you must register to attend.

Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 2.
Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782