A Community with a Vision

SVAJ is a Modern Orthodox congregation with a firm commitment to halakha (Jewish law), a spirit of inclusion and ahavat achim v'achot (love of fellow person), and a strong belief in the intellectual discussion of Torah and Jewish texts.

We invite you to join us in our “Big Tent” as we express the vitality and enthusiasm that defines us as Jews.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot - May 30th

Session 1
"Ruth as Perennial Outsider in Rabbinic Literature"
with Dr. Malka Simkovich
Session 2
“Judaism and-Post Modernism: A Look into Rav Shagar's Writings”
with Yisrael Tsadok
Dessert refreshments & private/group study
11:10pm-11:50pm: Session 3
“The Fill-in-the-Blanks Luchot”
with Rabbi Moshe Simkovich
11:50pm-12:30am: Session 4
“Understanding Anim Zemirot: An Intricate Tapestry”
with Michael Stein
All sessions in Israel Hall

Shavuot Lunch n' Learn!

Graduation Kiddush, June 3rd!

     Welcome to SVAJ, Rabbi Ari Hart!


With a tremendous sense of gratitude and joy, we are delighted to announce that our Board of Directors has unanimously approved a full-time Rabbinic employment agreement with Rabbi Ari Hart. We cannot wait to welcome Rav Ari, his wife Becca, and their adorable son Hodiyah (“Hodi”) to Skokie this July, when Rav Ari’s official term will commence on a full-time basis.

We extend a special hakarat ha’tov – acknowledgement of gratitude – to all those who have enabled us to reach this incredible milestone! 

Read more here.



Monday, May 29 2017 4 Sivan 5777