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Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!

12 Sivan 5779

Friday, June 14
Shacharit: 7:15 am
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv: 6:30 pm
Candle lighting: 8:08 pm

Shabbat June 15
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Drasha: Fearing What We Want
Mincha/Maariv: 8:05 pm
Havdalah: 9:11 pm
Sunday, June 16
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Mincha/Maariv: 8:20 pm
Daily Shacharit
Monday & Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:15 am
Daily Mincha/Maariv
Monday through Thursday: 8:15 pm
Greeters of the Week
Rick Arons, Mark Bromberg, Charles Cohen, Josh Feigelson, Debby Koster, Meira Goldman, Bob Rubin
We need greeters! If you would like to volunteer to be a greeter, please email
Todah Rabah
Seudah Shlishit is sponsored this week by Abe and Florence Rosenblum in honor of Brian Altgold to thank him for all his help on Shabbat. Abe greatly appreciates Brian’s kindness.
We need you to join our Shiva Support Team! Led by Meira Goldman, team members will aid members of our community in a time of great need, coordinating food, supplies, and setting up a home for shiva. Email to get involved.


Thank you to all our Father’s Day and Other Special People Kiddush Sponsors:
The Shamayim V’Aretz Institute
Jed Abraham
Hermine and Marvin Becker in honor of Micah Pearl Becker's graduation from Hyde Park Day School, and Elena R. Becker's special birthday
Sara and Yechiel Berkowicz in honor of all the fathers in our community
Bobbie Berkowitz in honor of Barry Berkowitz, a loving father and husband
Alexander Brown
Lynn and Sherwin Ditlove in memory of Lynn’s and Sherwin's fathers,
Robert Ditlove and Robert Goldstein
Rosalie and Harry Epstein in honor of Harry’s father Harvey Epstein
The Finestone/Cira Family in honor of Billy Finestone, our special Abba and husband
In honor of Evan Goldstein Love Amanda, Shaya, Sofia, and Dalia
Don Karger in honor of all the fathers at Skokie Valley
Debby Koster and Jack Hertz in honor of our great fathers, Jack Hertz, Jacob Avraham, David Avraham, Jeffrey Hertz and Landon Krantz
Becca Linden in honor of Abba Ari Hart. We love you!
The Nagorsky Family in honor of Sy Nagorsky. Happy Father's Day from Miffie, Marsha, Brian, Rafi & Sam Nagorsky, Mindy, Ronen, Maddy, Ari & Abby
Sara Price in honor of Peter from Michael Julio, Rebeca and Merav. Happy Father’s Day!
Tammy and Joel Rubin
Nancy and Michael Schwartz in honor of their 30th anniversary
Samantha and Scott Spolter
In honor of Michael Stein for Father’s Day. Love, Rachel, Aliza, Aaron & Maya & Merav, Avital & Akiva.
Ron Weiner in honor of his brother Michael Weiner on being a great father


Skokie Valley Survey: We know that with growth comes new needs, and we want to create opportunities for you to share your feedback, thoughts and hopes for our community. What do you value most about our shul? Where are we succeeding? How can we do better?

You can, of course, speak to Rav Ari, our President Debbie Eisenstein, and board leadership at any time about these questions. We also know that our community can learn a lot from a survey, which allows for more data and for people to share what they might not feel comfortable sharing in person.
Please click here to complete the short survey. Your anonymous, honest feedback will help us learn and grow into the kind community we are striving to become.
If you enjoy the Kiddushes at Skokie Valley, please consider volunteering to help make them happen. The Kiddush committee has several volunteer opportunities including shopping, running Kiddushes, creating fliers and more! No commitment is too small.
We need you to join our Shiva Support Team! Led by Meira Goldman, team members will aid members of our community in a time of great need, coordinating food, supplies, and setting up a home for shiva. Email to get involved.
If you or your spouse enjoy the Cold Brew, Starbucks, OR Delicious Creamer each week, please consider sponsoring to help keep Coffee Klatch alive! It's a great way to get your needed caffeine kick while connecting with other community members! $20 covers a week of needed caffeine! Any amount appreciated! Go to to sponsor!
----------------Upcoming Events at Skokie Valley----------------


Jewish Thinkers in the Modern Age
Sunday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm
Dr. Sam Fleischacker
"Mendelssohn: Between Tradition and Enlightenment"
Continuing our popular series, we will explore different leading Jewish thinker each week, taught by scholars
and professors from our community and membership.
Next: 6/23: Dr. Eli Rosenblatt: blacks and Jews: A Yiddish Voice from the 19th Century
These lectures are free and open to the public. See flyer for complete schedule.
This series is sponsored by Edward and Leah Reicin in memory of Nahum Zalman Stern



June 21-22: Scholar in Residence Rabbi Jason Weiner: Rabbi Weiner serves as the senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He will speak on Friday night, Shabbat morning, and pre-mincha on Shabbat afternoon. See flyer for details.


                                                                          ------------  From the Ritual Committee----------

We need to ensure there is a minyan at all weekday Tefillot.  We are looking for men to join the "Skokie Valley Minyan" WhatsApp group. Text your full name and "minyanaire" to Simi Chavel: 732-910-4348 or email
Skokie Valley Kaddish Support for Women: Do you have a yahrzeit coming up? Are you concerned about being the only woman at daily tefillah? At Skokie Valley, women are valued members of our kehillah, and women’s presence at davening is important to our sense of community.
Many women come to shul and say Kaddish and are very comfortable, but some women do not have the same experience. If you have not said Kaddish before, or even if you have, we can arrange for another woman to meet you at shul to sit with you and help acquaint you with the process—or just to daven with you and support you on the day of your yahrzeit.
If you would like to find out more about women and Kaddish at Skokie Valley, or to volunteer to to help other women saying Kaddish, please contact Rav Ari, or Rachel Stein,


This Week’s Classes at Skokie Valley - June 15 to June 21
Shabbat @ 12:00 pm: Parashat Hashavuah with Jed Abraham.
Monday @ 8:15 pm (right after maariv): Weekly Talmud class with Rabbi Steven Mandel, Masechet Megilla will not meet this week.

As a way to continue to strengthen our heimisch shul atmosphere, we'll regularly be spotlighting members.
We'd like to invite you to participate!  If you haven’t shared anything about yourself (and you're comfortable doing so) we'd love to include you in a future member spotlight. Please email the office at and we’ll be happy to help!


Get to know …… Amy Reichert and Sam Fleischacker!!

Amy: Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
Favorite Jewish Food: Sam's homemade challah
Something that we don't know about you: I just started Flamenco classes
How Long Have You Been at Skokie Valley: 2 years
The Last Book Read or Movie You've Seen: The Jewish Bible, A Material History (it’s not a movie) by David Stern
Latkes or Hamentaschen: latkes for sure!!!
Profession: Architect
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: sleeping in
Favorite City in Israel: Yemin Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem
Sam: Hometown: Wimbledon, England
Favorite Jewish Food: challah
How Long Have You Been at Skokie Valley: 2 years
Latkes or Hamentaschen: hamantaschen
Profession: Philosophy professor
Favorite Guilty Pleasure: reading murder mysteries

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 our shul. To host a new family for a Shabbat meal please contact Rachel Stein
----------------Youth News----------------

All of our Kindergarten graduates will be moving to the Gimmel classroom over the next few weeks. Avital Raff will be transitioning with the children and will be with us through the summer months.

Tuesday, June 11th @7 PM: The Skokie Valley Teen Program planning committee will be meeting to review (and hopefully finalize) the plans for the Youth Lounge. This meeting is open to all SVAJ Teen members. If you are an Skokie Valley teen, save the date. We are on the cusp of starting the most innovative Jewish Teen program in Chicagoland and we want the teens to have as big a voice in its foundation as possible. If you are the parent of a teen, please let yours know and encourage them to come.


Parents of Tots to Teens! PLEASE update your family’s information in ShulCloud to include your kids if you haven’t already done so. Thank you!


Tot Shabbat! Tot Shabbat is for children between the ages of 0-4 and each child must be accompanied by an adult. For children already in groups, please pick up your child and head upstairs. We will be meeting this Shabbat in the Social Hall from 10:30-11:15 am for songs, tefillah, and fun!
We need parents to help lead Tot Shabbat! Click here to sign up!

A friendly reminder: for the safety and security of our kids, children must be in groups or in shul with you. Children cannot be in the hallways or social hall without supervision. If children are found wandering the building, they will be brought directly to you. Thank you for your partnership to keep our children and shul safe and peaceful.

----------------Hakarat Hatov – Recognizing the Good----------------
Many thanks to all of our wonderful scholars who taught classes over Shavuot: Dr. Malka Simkovich, Michael Stein, Dr. Ben Katz, Amy Reichert, Dr. Sam Fleischacker, Rabbi Marianne Novak, Dr. Simi Chavel, Dr. David Shyowitz. If there is someone whom you would like to recognize, please submit their name and a short paragraph on the positive impact they are having to Submissions may be anonymous.

-----Beyond Skokie Valley-----

Monday, June 17 @ 6:30 pm: Maharat Semikha Ceremony at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. You are invited to join in celebrating the ordination of the newest cohort of Yeshivat Maharat graduates, including our own Marianne Novak. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 20, 10am to 4pm: Last Whispers: Our Holocaust Stories. The SelfHelp Home is opening its doors to all Chicago-area Holocaust survivors and refugees to record and preserve their family’s stories of survival, perseverence and hope. Go online to and request a 20 minute interview slot. Families are invited to attend and support their loved ones.

The Skokie Sitters is a local babysitting business run by Skokie Valley member Revital Chavel. Text Revital at 732-318-4796 in order to reach almost 30 experienced babysitters from the Chicago Jewish communities in one call. For regular sessions, there is a $5 fee and fixed rates. For a nanny, there is a $10 fee and negotiable payment. See the Facebook page The Skokie Sitters for details and updates.

One of our members is looking for a used car in good condition. If anyone has a car they want to sell, please contact the office at 847-674-3473 or


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