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                                      Shabbat Tetzavah


Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!

Parashat Tetzavah

11 Adar I 5779

This Week’s Schedule
Friday,February 15
Shacharit: 7:15 am
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv: 5:14 pm
Candle lighting: 5:04 pm

Shabbat February 16
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Guest Drasha by
Rabbi Joe Ozarowski
Mincha/Seudah Shlishit: 5:00 pm
Havdalah: 6:07 pm

Sunday, February 17
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Mincha/Maariv: 5:15 pm
Daily Shacharit
Monday & Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 7:15 am
Daily Maariv
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 pm




New Members
Welcome (back) Myra Goldstein!
Correction: Myra and Ira Weiss never left Skokie Valley, and we’re happy they are here!
Welcome Rabbi Joe and Ashira Ozarowski!
Greeters of the Week
Mark Bromberg, Marc Swatez
Please sign up for a time slot! Thanks!
Todah Rabah
Kiddush is sponsored this week by Rachel Karp-Finkle and James Finkle in honor of Zara Leeba Finkle’s first birthday. Happy birthday Zara!
Seudah Shlishit is sponsored this week by
Sunday breakfast is sponsored by the Men’s Club.
Welcome to Skokie Women’s Tefillah Group who are davening at Skokie Valley this Shabbat and are co-sponsoring kiddush.
----------------Upcoming Events at Skokie Valley----------------
Saturday night, February 16 @ 8 pm, Marriage and Intimacy: After the the Chuppah -first of 2 sessions. Registration required. For more information click here or go to
Sunday, February 17 @ 8:00 pm: Soul Searching - Spirituality and Art, hands-on workshop with Metuka Feifel in Israel Hall.
Sunday, February 24 @ 8:00 am to 1:00 pm: Blood Drive at Skokie Valley. Register at or call 877.258.4825, Group Code=SK30. Donors receive a coupon for a free cupcake and 10% off any order at North Shore Kosher Bakery, plus special mitzvah points.
Sunday February 24 @ 10:00 am: Rabbi Steve Greenberg, Kol Sasson Scholar-in-Residence, will speak to the community about “Is it Time to Plant an Eshel in Skokie?”. This breakfast event is co-sponsored by Skokie Valley and will also feature Eshel’s Executive Director, Miryam Kabakov. Eshel’s mission is to create community and acceptance for LGBT Jews and their families in Orthodox communities. Come join us for conversation and bagels in Israel Hall.
Sundays, February 24 & March 3 @ 7:00 pm: Sarit Gradwohl will speak about “Hamama’s Story” The History of Yemenite Jewry in Yemen and in Israel.
March 15 - 16: Rabbi Dov Linzer, Scholar-in-Residence, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Rabbi Linzer will give 3 lectures over Shabbat entitled “Electricity and Shabbat: Past, Present and Future Halakhic Approaches.”Join Rabbi Linzer for a lecture and dinner catered by Milt’s BBQ on Friday night, March 15. Registration and details here!
Wednesday, March 20: Post-Megillah Purim Shpiel and Break-Fast.
Thursday, March 21 @ 4:30 to 7:00 pm: Annual Purim Palooza and Seudah. Sponsors are needed! Click here for sponsorship and ticket order form!
Sundays, March 24, 31 and April 7 @ 10:30 am to 12:45 pm: I Am With You in Distress: Bikur Cholim Training. Sponsored by Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue and JCFS Chicago. An interactive training program to help individuals feel more comfortable and knowledgeable when visiting the sick. Click here for details and registration or go to
Shabbat, April 5-6: Yeshivat Maharat Shabbaton at Skokie Valley.
Friday night, April 19: First Seder: Open Seder at Skokie Valley. Stay tuned for details.


This Week’s Classes at Skokie Valley - February 15 to 22

Shabbat @12:00 pm: Parashat Hashavuah with Jed Abraham will not meet this week.
Monday @ 8:15 pm (right after maariv): Weekly Talmud class with Rabbi Steven Mandel, Masechet Megilla.
Tuesday @ 2:00 pm The Book of Genesis with Rav Ari in Israel Hall
Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: Intermediate Hebrew--Mastering the Siddur with David Lerner
Thursday @ 8:15 pm: Weekly Torah Portion (Parsha shiur) with Rav Ari.


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!
For more information, please email Brian Altgold

Get to know ……..Flo Bulmash!                          

Hometown: Born and bred Chicagoan
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
How long at Skokie Valley: 42 years, and I’m very happy to see it growing, full of new members and young families with little children.
Favorite foods: A Romanian dish my mother made called malai, a type of kugel similar to polenta, and I am famous for my chocolate chip mandel bread!
Latkes v Hamentashen: Both! I make 200 or more hamentashen with my daughter that we send to family and friends, and make a ton of latkes for our family Chanukah party.
Guilty pleasure: Homemade popcorn. I always have a bowl of it sitting on my counter
Latest movie seen: “1945” about 2 Hungarian Orthodox Jews who return to their hometown right after the war.
Last book read: The Tatooist of Auschwitz
Favorite city in Israel: Jerusalem, with Eilat a close second.
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
Shul Directory: Need contact info for a fellow member of SVAJ? Use the online shul directory! On the navigation bar at the top right of the home page, click on "Contact." Then, on the dropdown menu, click on "Directory." (Or click on this link). Note: you must be logged in to access the Directory. Add your photo  to our Shul Directory! Click on "Directory" under the "Contact" menu in the top right corner.  Then click "Edite My Account Info".  Please upload your photo so we can get to know each other better!  
----------------Youth News----------------
Junior Madrichim - opportunity for kids 12-13 years old!
Hey responsible 12-13 year olds! Are you interested in helping look after our younger children during groups and making a little extra money while doing so? Become a Junior madrich!
Hours: 9:30-11:30 Shabbat mornings Pay: $10 an hour. Contact: Zahava at
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 week in the back of the social hall from 10:30-11:15 am for songs, tefillah, and fun!
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 Melody Coven and Meira Goldman for all their work in organizing the Marriage and Intimacy series, and inspiring us all to work on improving our relationships.
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.
----------------Beyond Skokie Valley-----------------
Thursday February 21, 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Speaking to the Heart: the Spiritual Practice of Conversation. An Evening with Parker Palmer. Sponosored by Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning. A community conversation with esteemed teacher and sage, Parker Palmer. Parker Palmer will be with us virtually through the zoom platform, and he will join Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman in a shared study of texts on the vitality and limits of language and conversation. Their conversation will be followed by communal study and discussion among the event participants and will close with the opportunity to ask questions of Parker. Mallinckrodt Community Center, 1041 Ridge Road, Wilmette, IL 60091. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at
Libenu supply drive: Libenu is conducting a supply drive for their homes during February, to coincide with Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion Month. Student volunteers have decorated a large box that is located by the front door of the shul. They need household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, cleaning supplies, soap, shampoo, etc. The full list of items is in the flyer in front of the sanctuary.

There is a mailbox on the wall outside the shul office door for after hours deposits. Please put any envelopes, checks, etc. in the mailbox and not under the door. Thank you!

Have an announcement for the bulletin? Please send information to Carin Netter,

Tue, February 19 2019 14 Adar I 5779