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                          Shabbat Re'eh  Rosh Chodesh Elul


Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!
Shabbat Re’eh
Rosh Chodesh Elul
30 Av 5778 – August 11, 2018
This Week’s Schedule
Friday, August 10
Shacharit 7:15am
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv: 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting : 7:39 pm
Shabbat August 11
Shacharit: 9:00am
Drasha: The Last Taboo?
Mincha: 7:35 pm
Havdalah: 8:40 pm
Daily Shacharit
Sunday: 9:00 am
Monday & Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday,Wednesday & Friday: 7:15 am
Daily Mincha/Maariv
Sunday: 7:45 pm
Monday to Thursday: 7:40 pm
Rav Ari Hart, Rabbi, 312-315-9178
Rabbi Milton Kanter, z”l, Founding Rabbi
David M. Rubin, President,
Rick Arons, Chairman of the Board
Carin Netter, Administrator, 847-674-3473
We regret to announce the passing of
Annette Stolberg, mother of Sara (Yechiel) Berkowicz

Shiva will be observed at the Berkowicz home 9101 Kilbourn Avenue (please note correct address) as follows:
Friday, August 10:
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 12:
9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Mazal Tov!
to Maya & Snir Spinner and big sister Lyla on the birth of their baby girl!
New Members
Welcome to our newest members!
Rabbi Michael Balinsky and Dr. Myra Rapoport
Todah Rabah
Kiddush this week is sponsored by Adina & Adam Gabai in honor of their daughter Zoe Belle.
Sunday morning breakfast is sponsored by the Men’s Club.

Do you know someone who has recently moved to Skokie and might like getting to know our community? Please reach out to Brian Altgold or Michael Anderson from the membership committee, so that we can welcome them!

We are so fortunate to have had so many new families join over the last few months. If you would like to host new families for Shabbat meals please contact Jenny Levin






Soul Searching: Experience new Spiritual Connection before the High Holidays

Join us this Sunday, August 12, at 5:00 pm in the Skokie Lagoons at the Forest View Picnic Grove. We'll be focusing on Rosh Chodesh Elul and the concept of "Hamelech Basadeh" - the King is in the field. Prayer, learning and nature meditation facilitated by Rav Ari.

Upcoming Events at Skokie Valley
High Holidays 5779/2018
The holidays will be here before you know it! You can look forward to beautiful and uplifting davening in both the Orthodox and Traditional minyanim, along with opportunities for learning and study, as well as programming for our kids.
Renew your membership today--Click Here! Go here to request your seats. The schedule is also online here.
Memorial Book request form is online! Go here to submit the names you want to appear.
High Holidays Appeal: Our annual High Holidays appeal is an important element in our overall fundraising and key to our overall budget and finances. Please help us reach our goals and keep the shul moving forward! Click here for David Rubin's High Holiday letter.
Build our Spiritual Lending Library For the Days of Awe!
As the holidays approach, this year we will be offering a Spiritual Lending Library. We welcome the contribution of books that you’ve read that have helped you grow as a Jew and as a human being. Seforim, biographies, self-help books, and more. Books do not necessarily have to be Jewish but must be aligned with the messages of the High Holidays--introspection, personal growth, connection to God, connection to others, etc…
If you have a book that meets these criteria, please bring it by the shul office and we will have it out during the High Holidays.
Note: This is not an opportunity to get rid of old books you don’t want! Ony donate a book that you genuinely believe could help someone become a better version of themselves.
Soul Searching: Do you feel spiritually fulfilled? Need a spiritual kick-start??

Join us on this journey to re-connect with your soul in ways you never thought possible.

Participate in this year long adventure as a series or as individual workshops. Register here
Skokie Valley Members: $5/class or $40/series
Non-Members: $12/class or $100/series
First session: Sunday, August 12, 5:00 pm - The King is in the Field
Join us for an afternoon of connection with God and self in nature. Rosh Chodesh Elul, August 12th at
5:00 pm. See above for details
Service Day to Get Ready for the High Holidays: Keep your eyes on the bulletin for our cleanup day ahead of the High Holidays!
Participate in Project 929 at Skokie Valley
Named for the number of chapters in the Hebrew Bible, from Genesis to the end of II Chronicles, Project 929 sets a framework for anyone who wants to participate by learning one chapter of the Bible a day, five days a week.

Just finishing its successful trial run in Israel, Project 929 is now available in North America. The goal is to “give the Bible back to the people” by having learning Tanach Daf Yomi style. The program began this week and will end in February 2022. Please be in touch with Zahava Berkowicz - if you would like to join!

August 12, 8:30 pm: Open Mic Nite! Calling all carpool karaoke-ers, shower singers, and garage guitarists! (Pros welcome, too!) Sign up for your fifteen (well, ten) minutes of fame at Skokie Valley's Open Mic Nite. Share a song or poem, tell a story; all are welcome - performers and groupies alike. Sign-up begins after Maariv, performances begin at 8:30.
August 19th, 6:00pm Workshop on Race and Bias in Skokie Join us for an interactive program designed to reflect and explore our multiple identities, unconscious bias and the ways that racism and hatred continue to hurt our humanity. Facilitated by local Skokie residents Pat Savage-Williams, Equity/Diversity Coordinator at New Trier High School and Corrie Wallace, Chicagoland SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) coordinator with expertise in parent education and empowerment.
August 20, 7:30 pm: Hebrew Conversation Meetup Group: This group is for people who want to practice their Hebrew conversation skills in an informal setting. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month at Skokie Valley in the Men's Club Lounge 7:30 to 9:00 pm. Go here for more information and to register, or email Dina Lokets at There is no charge but some knowledge of conversational Hebrew is required.
Shabbat, August 18: Celebration Kiddush! If you have someone or something you want to celebrate, this is the time! Please go online to donate or call the office.
August 26, 4:30 pm: End of Summer Picnic! Join Skokie Valley for an end of the summer picnic at Cunliff Park, Glenview. This is for all ages! We will provide ice cream and you bring your picnic dinner.
If you would like to sponsor a Kiddush, we ask that you notify us no later than the Monday before that Shabbat so that the food can be ordered. Please contact Tammi Finestone at or call the office. Thank you for your help!
This Week’s Classes at Skokie Valley
Shabbat: 12:30 pm Parashat Hashavuah with Jed Abraham
Please note: Rav Ari’s Tuesday class and Rabbi Steven Mandel’s class will return in the fall
From the Ritual Committee: If you identify a Siddur that has a broken binding or missing pages, please leave it in the first row and we will replace it with a newer siddur. In order to not ruin the books, only place 2 Siddurim and 1 Chumash in the book holders in the back of the seats.
We have some new Siddurim that need to be donated. Call or email the office if you would like to dedicate a Siddur.
Hakarat Hatov – Recognizing the Good
Many thanks Rachel Simes Stein and Jenny Levin for their hard work and kindness in welcoming new members, and to Brian Altgold and Michael Anderson for joining the Membership team!
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.
Help Wanted!
Looking for Prayer Partners! Do you know your way around the Shabbat prayers? Would you like to help someone who might not? We are looking to implement Akiva Altgold’s bar mitzvah idea of having Prayer Partners on both sides of the mechitzah who will be able to help someone less familiar with the prayers know where we are in the davening and understand more about what is going on. Please email if you are interested in helping.
We are creating a mother’s room for use during services and events! We’re looking for donations of a changing table, diaper genie, rocking chairs, gliders, sofa, and an area rug to make this room homey and comfortable for our mothers and babies. If you have something you’d like to donate, please send a photo to the office at
Refrigerator needed! If you have a mini-refrigerator that you would like to donate, we will be happy to take it off your hands! Please call the office.
Shop on Amazon and support Skokie Valley at the same time! Make you shopping count! Go to this unique link, which will bring you to our Amazon Smile page, and shop as usual. For everything you buy, Amazon will donate a small part of your purchase price to Skokie Valley. It’s that simple. Tell your friends and family to go to when they shop and designate Skokie Valley as their chosen charity. Shopping and prices are the same, and you retain your Prime membership benefits.
Other ways to support Skokie Valley: We are now a registered and approved charity with, which enables companies to direct grants to approved organizations. Find out if your company participates with Benevity, and encourage them to consider Skokie Valley in their giving programs. Click this link for more details.
JUF also has a Donor Advised Fund, which is a charitable giving account that allows you to recommend grants to qualified charitable organizations of your choice, take advantage of the highest charitable tax deduction available, and make your charitable giving simple, effective and satisfying. Go here for more details!
Beyond Skokie Valley
Mazal Tov to your recent high school graduates! We would love to help connect them to a local Hillel, wherever they are headed next, as they continue their Jewish journey. Please fill out this form with your child’s information and share with any other class of 2018 parents. The Hillels of Illinois, the Jewish United Fund’s Campus Affairs Department, is collecting and distributing the information. If you have any questions, please contact Bari Goldman (
Joyce Schrager has informed us that she is consolidating her classes and will not be returning to Skokie Valley. She greatly regrets having to make that decision after 25 years here, and has enjoyed the discussions and alternate points of view. Her only remaining public classes are at Congregation Solel in Highland Park every Monday morning in October and November at 9:30 and 11:30, and she invites Skokie Valley members to be her guests at those classes. For more information, contact Joyce directly at

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Mon, August 20 2018 9 Elul 5778