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Friday, August 23
Shabbat Guest Speaker: Author, Rebecca Makkai (7:30pm)
This event is free and open to the public, please feel free to invite your friends to this conversation and book signing!


Saturday, August 24
Kol Hadash @ Deerfield Farmers Market (7:00am)

Sunday, August 25
Back to School Bagels in the Park (9:30am)

Monday, August 26
Women's Group: Lunch & Conversation (1:00pm)

Thursday, August 29
B Mitzvah FAQ Session for Parents (7:30pm)


Guest Speaker: Rebecca Makkai
August 23, 7:30pm
North Shore Unitarian Church

Kol Hadash is delighted to welcome, author, Rebecca Makkai as part of our LGBTQ PRIDE Celebration this summer. Rebecca's novelThe Great Believers was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award, and winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, winner of the LA Times Book Prize, winner of the Stonewall Award, and is on the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2018 list. The Great Believers explores 1980s Chicago, the AIDS epidemic, and the power of loss and memory.

Rebecca will be in conversation with Rabbi Chalom. Join us for this fascinating discussion and book signing. This event is free and open to everyone, so bring your friends, and your book to sign (they will also be for sale and signing at the event).

Sunday School Registration Due!
Please take a few minutes to complete this form so we have all student information. Please submit now if you have not completed the form.

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

Back to School Bagels in the Park
August, 25, 9:30-11:30am
Brickyards Park, Deerfield

Celebrate the last days of summer with us at our annual Back to School Bagels in the Park! We'll kick-off the start to Sunday School at this free, all-ages family event. Students and parents will enjoy being outdoors together — playing on the playground and fields (with frisbees, balls, etc) and chatting about summer break. Bagel brunch will be provided for everyone (including gluten-free).

We welcome non-members to join us — there is no charge and no commitment with this event.

Rabbi Adam Chalom, the Youth Education Director, B Mitzvah Coordinator and Sunday School teachers will be there to answer questions about our education program and congregation. Questions — Ilana Shaffer (, 773-209-8266)

Women Enjoying Lunch & More
Monday, August 26, 1:00pm

We are calling women in our congregation with free time in the afternoon to share ideas and interests. We are gathering for the first time on August 26 at Joyce Hirsch’s home in Northbrook at 1:00 pm. There will be pot luck salads for lunch provided. Contact Joyce at or 847-446-6949 with questions.
B Mitzvah FAQ Session for Parents
Thursday, August 29, 7:30-8:30pm
Panera Bread (Bannockburn Green)

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!
RSVP’s Encouraged - Walk-in’s Welcome!

See this flyer for more information.


First Day of Sunday School & Parents Meeting
Sunday, September 8, 9:30-11:30am

Students and parents will be in the classroom! Parents Meeting includes a light breakfast, Meet & Greet, curriculum review and, a forum with Rabbi Adam.

Questions to Ilana Shaffer at or 773-209-8266

Open House & Sunday School Try Out
Sunday, September 8, 9:30-11:30am
We welcome non-members to join us - there is no expectation of a commitment by coming to this program. Adults join the Parent's Meeting and children join their grade's class for the day.

RSVP’s encouraged - walk-ins welcome
Questions to Ilana Shaffer at or 773-209-8266

NEEDED: Rosh Hashana Onegs Coordinator

The coordinator orders food, hires help and oversees the set-up and clean-up of the after-service onegs the evening of Sunday 29 September and morning of Monday 30 September. This can be a paid position and does not have to be a Kol Hadash member. If you are a well-organized sort of person or know someone with catering experience, please let Jeremy or Victoria Ratnaswamy know

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