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August 10, 2022

Many Jews have signed out of organized Jewish life. If they knew about Humanistic Judaism, they might sign back in.

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Renew Your Membership TODAY!
Please submit your renewal at your earliest convenience, but please aim for no later than THIS Friday, August 12.

Follow this link to renew your membership.

You'll receive an invoice from Jeremy Owens, our administrator, a few days after you submit the form. You will be able to make your membership payment plus any additional support online with a credit card, or you can print out the invoice to return with a check. Thank you in advance!

Membership information can be found on our website here for friends and family who may want to know more about Kol Hadash. Please contact Jeremy with any questions at

Sunday School Enrollment
We are pleased that for the 2022-2023 Sunday School year, we continue to move towards a school environment that better reflects pre-pandemic times, while remaining watchful of changing health and safety guidelines. This year, for our Sunday School and family programs at Deerfield High School, masks are optional. We will have masks available (in youth and adult sizes). Before each family program, based on local Covid rates, we will determine if masks are required and/or if food will be served. Per CDC and IDHP guidance, if someone tests positive for Covid, they will need to be out of Sunday School for 5 days, and, they will be required to wear a mask for days 6-10.

To register your child(ren) for Sunday School, please complete this Enrollment Form by Friday, August 19. This form will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and is to submit student information (no fee is collected).

Students and parents, please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 11: the first day of Sunday School. Students will be in class, adults will have a Humanistic Parents Panel (come with your questions!), and then, we will all come together for a Family Bagel Brunch & Activities. It is also an Open House & Sunday School Try Out - so please share us with others who might have an interest in our community (there is no expectation of a commitment by attending).

Questions to Youth Education Director Ilana Shaffer at or 773-209-8266

High Holiday Volunteers Needed
The High Holidays are right around the corner. For the first time in a few years we will be offering all in person services and need volunteers for set up, ushering, name tags and take down for all services. Please contact with questions or if you are able to help.

Join the Kol Hadash Choir
Do you want to be a part of our Choir for this year’s High Holidays? Everyone high school age and above, in all voice categories, is welcome with no audition necessary! Rehearsals are held at the North Shore Unitarian Church on August 24, 28, 31, September 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, and October 2 from 7-9:00pm. Contact Choir Director, Ellen Apley with questions or to join at

Values in Action at Highwood Food Bank
Friday, August 12, 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.

Women's Group
Mondays at 1:30pm
Join us for canasta August 15 & 29 and online chat on August 22.

All are welcome! For more information about WE activities, please contact Joyce Hirsch at

Movie & Book Club:
All The President's Men
Tuesday, August 30, 7:00pm
We’ll be discussing All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, two journalists who investigated the June 1972 break-in at the Watrgate Office Building and the resultant political scandal for the Washington Post. Questions?

NonFiction Book Club
Wednesday, August 31, 7:30pm
We'll be discussing National Geographic - the Brain. Questions contact Ilya Talman at

Winter Registration for Birthright Israel
After over twenty incredible years working together, trip provider Shorashim will no longer be providing Birthright trips, instead focusing on tailor-made travel and groups such as Israel Now and Write on For Israel travel programs.  

With that, JUF is pleased to announce our new Birthright partnerships with  Israel Outdoors for community trips (22–26 year-old), and Hillel International for university trips (18-21 year-old).

Our team is working closely with both providers to ensure the same high-quality trips thousands of young adults have come to love. All groups will spend the full 10 days traveling with Israeli peers and visit JUF’s Partnership Together region. 

Birthright continues to be an indispensable opportunity for all young people to form deeper relationships to Israel and deeper connections to Judaism. For questions or more information, please contact

The Shofar
Click here to view our most recent monthly newsletter. Questions? Contact Jeremy at
Sat, 13 August 2022