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                                      Shabbat Korach


Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!       
Shabbat Korach       
3 Tammuz 5778 – June 16, 2018        
This Week’s Schedule
Friday, June 15
Shacharit 7:15am
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv: 6:30 pm
Candle Lighting : 8:08pm
Shabbat June 16
Shacharit: 9:00am
Drasha: Korech: Defeating Demagoguery
Learning before Mincha: 7:30 pm The History of the 1948 War for Independence -"The Ten Days" discussing the important battles of mid-July 1948.
Mincha/Maariv in Berger: 8:05 pm
Havdalah: 9:11 pm
Daily Shacharit
Sunday: 9:00 am
Mon & Thu: 7:00 am
Tues, Wed & Fri: 7:15 am
Daily Mincha/Maariv
Sun: 8:15 pm
Mon to Thurs: 8:20 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
New Members
A warm welcome to our newest members Peter and Sara Price and family!
Todah Rabah
Kiddush this Shabbat is sponsored in honor of Mrs. Sara Barach by her sons and daughters-in-law on the occasion of her return to Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob, and with gratitude for her health, her positive outlook and her strength of spirit.
Seudah Shlishit is sponsored by:  Gene & Nicole Goldberg in memory of his father, Louis B. Goldberg.
Sunday morning breakfast after davening is sponsored by the Men’s Club.
This Week’s Classes at Skokie Valley
Shabbat: 12:30 pm Parashat Hashavuah with Jed Abraham
Sunday: 8:00 am Talmud for Everyone, with Rabbi Steven Mandel
Sunday, 8:00 pm: Prof. David Shyovitz “Piety and Polemic: The Jews of Medieval Ashkenaz”
Rav Ari’s Tuesday class has finished for the summer and will return in the fall
Thursday: 7:30 pm Insights into the upcoming Parsha with Rav Ari
June 26 at 7:30 pm: Special meeting of the Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob membership to vote on new bylaws, updating our 60 year-old constitution.
There will be an informal Q&A session before the meeting, starting at 7:00 pm
For details, click
here. We encourage all members to attend!


Do you know someone who has recently moved to Skokie and might like getting to know our community? Please reach out to Jenny Levin ( from the membership committee so that we can welcome them!

Upcoming Events at Skokie Valley
Sunday, June 17: Jewish Intellectual History Series:
The Known and the New
On Sunday, June 17 at 8 pm: David Shyovitz will speak on the topic “Piety and Polemic: The Jews of Medieval Ashkenaz”
Missed a session, or want to listen again? Click here to stream or download audio and to see the source sheets.
As part of our continued learning and celebration of Israel at 70, Doug Klein and President David Rubin will be offering a learning about the history of the 1948 War of Independence before mincha on Shabbat afternoons. All classes will take place 35 minutes before mincha.

June 16, 7:30 pm: "The Ten Days" discussing the important battles of mid-July 1948.
June 20, 7:30 pm: Hebrew Reading Crash Course! In just 5 90-minute sessions, you could be reading Hebrew! Designed for Jews with little or no background in Hebrew, it concentrates on teaching the Hebrew alphabet and reading skills. Click here or call the office 847-674-3473 to register!
June 25, 6:45 pm: 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 first Open Mic Nite. Share a song or poem, tell a story; all are welcome - performers and groupies alike. Mark your calendars for Monday, June 25. Sign-up begins at 6:45pm; performances begin at 7:15.
July 5, 7:30 pm: Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman will speak about “How Women Can Progress in a Man’s World: A Study of Bnot Tzlofchad. She is a member of the inaugural class of Yeshivat Maharat, and serves as the Maharat at Ohev Shalom-The National Synagogue in Washington, DC.
Stay tuned! Scientists in Synagogues: Winter 2018/Spring 2019 and Fall 2019
We are thrilled to announce that Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob has been chosen as one of 12 synagogues nationwide to receive a grant for a project called Scientists in Synagogues through the organization Sinai and Synapses. Scientists in Synagogues is a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science.
The theme of the program is "Are New Scientific Developments Creating a Rift Between the Letter and Spirit of Jewish Law?" There will be two events, each with two keynote speakers – one speaking primarily from science and the other Judaism - in dialogue followed by small group discussions for deeper and more nuanced learning. Interested participants will then attend a follow-up meeting about two weeks later. The first event, “Shabbat and Technology”, will be an exploration of the implications of modern scientific technological discoveries on halakhic prohibitions of Shabbat and the second, “Shabbat and Scientific Developments in Medicine, will be an exploration of the implications of modern scientific medical discoveries on halakhic prohibitions of Shabbat.

We are so grateful to the hard work of our member Alexander Brown, the Education Committee, and a host of other volunteers who shepherded our shul through this process.
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.
Shop on Amazon for Father’s Day and graduation (and every day!) and support Skokie Valley at the same time! 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!
High Holidays 2018: The holidays aren't that far off! Keep your eyes open for mailings from the shul regarding High Holiday arrangements. 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.
Hakarat Hatov – Recognizing the Good
Many thanks to Mira Shiloach, Michael Anderson, Ben Harris, Truman Harris, Asher Karoll, and Yossi & Barbara Glimer for representing our shul at our booth (in the rain!) at the Chicago Jewish Festival.
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!
Volunteer opportunity! We are seeking a member to be our synagogue coordinator for Send-A-Kid-to Israel Partnership, which is a wonderful program that our congregation proudly participates in. Please contact the office if you are interested. Enrollment takes place in the fall, this is a small time commitment ( 5-10 hours per year).
The SKIP savings incentive program was created to anticipate and save for our children's Jewish education. SKIP allows families, their congregations and JUF/JF to become partners in planning for a young person's future Israel Experience. More details here
Kiddush helpers needed! We need volunteers to help shop and/or set up the kiddushes on a rotating basis. If you can help, please contact Tammi Finestone at or 847-508-3870
Beyond Skokie Valley
June 21: What’s Jewish About BRCA? Learn from a panel of experts about hereditary cancers in the Jewish community and gain life-saving information to protect your health and the health of your family. This event features keynote speaker Susan Domchek, MD, Executive Director of the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania and is presented by the Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. For more information or to register, click here.
Hands of Peace Summer Program is looking for someone to volunteer to host summer faculty in their home this summer from July 9-30th. Please contact if you can help.
Or Tzedek July 25 - August 5, 2018: Or Tzedek is JCUA's teen institute for social justice. Bringing together teens from across Chicagoland and beyond, participants will come away with an in-depth understanding of Chicago's local issues, concrete tools to organize their communities for social change, and a closer relationship to Judaism in the real world. Teens live together and explore Chicago, take action on issues like immigration, labor rights, police accountability, food justice and more with local leaders, and engage in spiritual learning and Shabbat practice around justice.
Or Tzedek is open to incoming and current high school students. Check out our past teen and parent testimonials.
Cost: $1600 - Full and partial scholarship is available.
Register today!

Lost & Found: Last call! If you’re missing any clothing, accessories, etc, please check the Lost & Found box at the front entrance. Items that remain by the end of this month will be donated.

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Mon, June 18 2018 5 Tammuz 5778