Shabbat Shemini



Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!

Shabbat Mevarchim
Parashat Shemini
29 Nisan 5778 – April 14, 2018
Friday, April 13
Shacharit 7:15 am at Swatez home
Mincha/Maariv and Kabbalat Shabbat: 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting : 7:10 pm
Shabbat April 14
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Drasha: Carrying Memory
Mincha: 7:10 pm
Havdalah: 8:13 pm
Bnei Akiva Yom Haatzmaut Celebration
Wednesday Evening, April 18th, 2018
at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, 8233 Central Park Ave, Skokie
6:30 pm Mincha
6:45 pm Yom Hazikaron Ceremony
7:30 pm Tefilla Chagigit
8:00 pm Light dinner and Dancing (RSVP Required)
Daily Shacharit
Sunday: 9:00 am
Monday & Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 7:15 am
Daily Mincha/Maariv
Sunday: 7:20 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:25 pm

Mazal Tov
Mazal tov to our new members Ilana Gleicher-Bloom and Daniel Bloom on the birth of a baby boy!
Mazal Tov to Joel Rubin, who has been chosen to receive the Jane Addams Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. This award is presented to an alumnus of Jane Addams College of Social Work who has achieved outstanding success and national/international distinction in his chosen field of Social Work. Joel has been Executive Director of the 6,000 member Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Work. Under his leadership, the chapter has advanced the legislative and policy agenda of the social work profession in Illinois by strengthening social work licensure, insurance reimbursement, confidentiality standards and safety, and by advocating for legislation that promotes human well-being and equitable funding in the human services sector.
Welcome New Members!
Welcome to new members Ilana Gleicher-Bloom & Daniel Bloom and family, and Sigalle & Joshua Shpayher and family!
Upcoming Events
This Sunday! April 15: Jewish Intellectual History Series: The Known and the New

Join us this spring and summer as we delve into our intellectual history. Talented educators and academics in our community will offer a variety of classes and workshops designed to provide you with the foundation for Jewish learning that will last a lifetime. Come to just one or come for them all.

Covering the Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval periods, the series will provide an overview of important Jewish figures, events, objects, and ideas. To learn more about the instructors and classes, and see logistical details, click
This Sunday at 8 pm: Marianne Novak will speak on the topic “Sinai and Shavuot: Revelation and Ritual
Saturday, April 14: Broomball with Skokie Valley and Kol Sasson!! Come from 9:00 to 10:00 pm at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main Street, Evanston, for a fun evening of slipping, sliding and friends! For registration and information see flyer or go here.
April 15th, 10:00 am The community is invited to a shiur in memory of Batsheva Chaya Stadlan z’l given by Mrs. Sara Wolkenfeld at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob.
April 15: Yom HaShoah 2018: Our Collective Day of Remembrance. Sponsored by Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan Chicago. At SVAJ at 1:30 pm. Click here for program information.

April 20-21: Scholar in Residence Weekend
On April 20th join us for Shabbat dinner with our Scholar-in Residence, Rabbi Dov Linzer, Rosh HaYashiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Rabbi Linzer’s shiur (open to the public), “Apikores as a Halachic Category: Dogma and Jewish Status” will follow dinner. Rabbi Linzer is a thoughtful Torah scholar and highly engaging speaker.
For details and dinner registration, click here. Rabbi Linzer will also be giving the Drasha on Shabbat morning “Prayer from the Siddur or Prayer from the Heart?" and will be giving a shiur before Mincha “Mechitza: Meanings, Marginalization or Membership?”
Construction Alert! There is construction on the south side (stage side) of the Social Hall and on the stage itself. We ask all parents to keep close watch on their children this Shabbat and Yom Tov to prevent them from going near the area.
Todah Rabah
Shabbat Mevarchim kiddush is sponsored by Debbie & Daniel Eisenstein in memory of Debbie’s father, Jerry Stein’s 2nd yahrzeit; Milton Goldberger; Pearl Hirsch in memory of her mother-in-law, Dorothy Hirsch; Florence Bulmash in memory of her father Morris Snyder.
Romemu: Please contact the office or go to and click the “Donate” button or contact Rick Arons if you would like to support this important effort to raise funds for shul security!
Hakarat Hatov – Recognizing the Good
  1. thanks to Mark Vernon for spending hours studying and taking (and passing) the test to become a certified Food Protection Manager in the State of Illinois. We are grateful for Mark’s dedication and hard work for the good of SVAJ!
If there is someone whom you would like to recognize, please submit their name and a short paragraph (75 words or less) on the positive impact they are having to Submissions may be anonymous.
This Week’s Classes
Shabbat: 12:30 pm Parashat Hashavua, with Jed Abraham
Sunday: 8:00 am Talmud for Everyone, with Rabbi Steven Mandel
Tuesday: 2:00 pm Moshiach! with Rav Ari
Thursday: 7:45 pm Insights into the upcoming Parsha with Rav Ari
Items of Interest
April 15: Skokie’s Spring Greening community recycling event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at Niles North High School. More information here
June 10: Greater Chicago Jewish Festival in Cook County Forest Preserve. Click here for more details!

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Sat, April 21 2018 6 Iyyar 5778