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Bruchim Habaim! Welcome!

15-16 Nisan 5779

Friday, April 19
Erev Pesach
Taanit Bechorot
Fast begins: 6:05 am
Shacharit: 7:00 am followed by Siyyum in Israel Hall
Chametz Burning in partnership with Or Torah, located in Or Torah West Parking lot: 7:00 am-11:00 am
Latest time to eat chametz: 10:10am
Latest time to burn chametz: 11:31am
Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat, Maariv: 7:15 pm
Candle lighting: 7:16 pm
Kiddush for seder after: 8:19pm

Shabbat April 20
First Day of Pesach
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Guest Drasha: Atara Lindenbaum
Mincha/Maariv: 7:15 pm
Candle lighting (sh’hechiyanu): not before 8:19 pm
Kiddush for seder after 8:19pm

Sunday, April 21
Second Day of Pesach
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Drasha and Sefira Swag with Rav Ari
Mincha followed by shiur followed by Maariv: 7:25 pm
Havdalah: 8:21 pm
Chol Hamoed
Monday, April 22 to Thursday morning, April 25
Shacharit: 7:00 am
Mincha/Maariv: 7:20 pm
Thursday, April 25 - Erev Yom Tov
Candle lighting: 7:23 pm
Mincha/Maariv 6:30 pm
Second Days of Yom Tov
Friday, April 26
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Mincha, Abbreviated Kabbalat Shabbat &
Maariv: 6:30 pm
Candle lighting: 7:24pm
Shabbat and Last Day of Pesach April 27
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Yizkor not before 10:30 am
Mincha: 7:25 pm
Havdalah: 8:28 pm
Mazal Tov!
to Shaina and Jonathan Frazin on the birth of a baby boy on Tuesday! The Brit Milah will be at Skokie Valley on Tuesday, April 23 after Shacharit at 7:00 am in the Main Sanctuary.
to Jack Hertz and Debby Koster on the birth of a granddaughter, Sophia Rose, born to Sunny and Landon Krantz!
Greeters of the Week
Michael Anderson
Please sign up for a time slot! Thanks!
Todah Rabah
Friday Morning Breakfast following davening for the Fast of the First Born is sponsored by Tammi and Billy Finestone and the Men’s Club.

Pesach Schedule

The full schedule of Pesach Zmanim can be found here

*Friday, April 19:  We are jointly sponsoring Chametz burning with Or Torah. This year's burning will be held at Or Torah in the West parking lot, 7:00 am to 11:30 am

*Coffee Klatch is on hiatus until after Pesach.

*There will not be kiddush served the first 2 days of Pesach.

*The office will be open for limited hours during Chol Hamoed, so please call before you come. We can also be reached by email and phone.

*Tot Shabbat and Yom Tov! 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 on Shabbat and on Sunday 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!

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,
----------------Upcoming Events at Skokie Valley----------------


Friday night, April 19 @ 8:00 pm (First Seder): Last chance to attend the Open Seder at Skokie Valley. Help us spread the word! There is no cost to attend this seder, but we rely on donations to make it possible. If you are able, please give generously so we can fulfill the words of the Haggadah, “kol ditzrich yetai veyifsach” -- let all in need come and celebrate Passover. Registration and sponsorship at

Friday, April 26 and Shabbat, April 27: Special end of Passover Dessert and Shmooze following davening. The food served will reflect the money donated. Click here to sponsor!

Thursday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm: Rabbi Anthony Manning will speak at Skokie Valley, in celebration of Israel’s 71st anniversary, about “Ahavat Reim - Balancing Altruism and Self-Interest”. Rabbi Anthony Manning teaches in many educational institutions in Jerusalem as well as lecturing widely in Israel, England and the US. Since 2017 he has been Co- Director of Midreshet Tehillah, having moved from MMY (Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim) where he was the senior rabbinic educator for many years. Rabbi Manning is also a senior lecturer at Shapell’s/Midreshet Rachel and gives a regular weekly shiur at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem. This program is sponsored by World Mizrachi Israel360.

Shabbat, May 4: Dr. Gary Auslander will speak after Mincha about the Ritchie Boys. A number of them were young Jewish refugees, born in Germany and Austria who were sent to Camp Ritchie because of their fluency in German and Polish and needed by the US Army during World War II. Trained in intelligence and psychological warfare, they served as interrogators of German POWs and in the end made a major contribution to providing necessary information that helped shorten the war.

Sunday, May 5: Initial Teen Group Meeting about the Miriam Bromberg z”l youth lounge. A reminder to parents of teens to make sure that you update your Shul Cloud information to include your children’s names and ages so that they can be included.

Wednesday, May 8 @ 6:40 pm: Skokie Valley encourages all of members to attend the community Yom Hazikaron program, sponsored by Bnei Akiva of Chicago, at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. More information and registration at

Shabbat May 10-11: Scholar in Residence Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post. Sign up is now open for Friday night dinner. Click here to RSVP for dinner and for the weekend schedule.


This Week’s Classes at Skokie Valley -April 19 to 27

Shabbat @12:00 pm: Parashat Hashavuah with Jed Abraham will resume the shabbat after Pesach.
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 will resume after Pesach.
Wednesday @ 7:00 pm: Intermediate Hebrew--Mastering the Siddur with David Lerner in Israel Hall will resume after Pesach.
Thursday March 28 @ 8:15 pm: Parsha shiur with Rav Ari will resume after Pesach.


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 ……..

Looking forward to learning more about your fellow congregants? So are we! 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!

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 "Edit 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
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 Miriam and Howard Nuer. From consistently hosting new members for meals to always jumping in to lend a hand to help a friend or a good cause, the Nuers are such priceless members of the Skokie Valley community!
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-----------------
From community member Rabbi Sam Feinsmith: I want to bring the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Omer Middot Intensive to your attention -- a great way to go through the period between Pesach and Shavuot with an eye toward building mindfulness, character, and a greater sense of resilience, ease, and joy in your life. Contact for more information.

Sunday, May 5 @ 9:45 am: Community-wide Yom Iyum presented by Mizrachi Religious Zionists of Chicago. There will be 3 brief presentations sharing inspiring ideas about Israel, focusing on the land, people and Torah of Israel. RZC Center, 3740 West Dempster, Skokie. More information: 847-674-9733 x2

Skokie/Evanston families: Bring Israel home this summer by hosting a JCC Chicago Day Camp Israeli counselor. This is truly a rewarding experience and your family will love having a “big sister or brother” from Israel. Our Israeli camp staff – known in Hebrew as shlichim – are excited to learn about your family’s customs, culture, and lifestyle. They are really looking to connect with and experience a slice of American life. We ask for a minimum two consecutive week commitment but many of our families host for the entire period between Friday, June 7 – Sunday, August 11. Hosting always starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday afternoon. If you are interested in hosting please contact: Abby Ashkenazi:

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,

Fri, April 19 2019 14 Nisan 5779