Ki Teiztei Shabbaton with Rabbi Dr. Marty Lockshin

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High Holiday Schedule, 5775

To our members, community, and friends: With Elul upon us at the end of August, it’s time to start building towards the High Holidays of 5775. Below you will find some preliminary information about services, as well as information about membership dues for the new year. Kol Sasson is blessed to have remarkable in-house talent and lay leadership in the realm of davening and education for the upcoming chagim. This will be our second year being led entirely by our talented community members, and we invite you to join us and be a part our services and community. We are, as always, grateful to our partners at Temple Beth Israel (TBI) at 3601 W. Dempster for hosting us. The tentative schedule is as follows:

September 24, Erev Rosh Hashanah

At the home of Steve and Rochelle Katz, 9315 Central Park –  6:40 PM

September 25, 1st day Rosh Hashanah

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM; in the main sanctuary of TBI

Psukei: Jane Shapiro

Shacharit: Sam Feinsmith

D’var Torah: Josh Feigelson

Musaf: Josh Feigelson

Maariv, at the home of Steve and Rochelle Katz (9315 Central Park) at 7:00 PM

September 26, 2nd day of Rosh Hashana

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM; in the library (downstairs) of TBI

Psukei: Sarah Weinberg

Shacharit: Josh Feigelson

D’var Torah: Jane Shapiro

Musaf: Will Lennon

October 3, Kol Nidre, 6:20 PM

Kol Nidre: Jane Shapiro

D’var Torah: Brad Sugar

Maariv: Josh Feigelson

October 4, Yom Kippur: 9 AM; in the main sanctuary of TBI

Psukei: Sarah Weinberg

Shacharit: Will Lennon

D’var Torah: Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

Musaf: Josh Feigelson

Mincha, 4:45 PM: Daniel Weinberg

N’eila, 6:15 PM: Josh Feigelson

Havdalah: 7:10 PM

High Holidays Children’s Programming 

We will have full children’s programming similar to our regular Shabbat morning except on Kol Nidre and at Ne’ila. Programming will run from 9:30 – 1:00 p.m.  A light lunch (bagels, cream cheese, juice) will be served to children on both days of Rosh Hashanah and on Yom Kippur.


We encourage you to spread the word to those in our community who you think would be interested in joining us.  Once again, we are not selling tickets and all are welcome to attend any of the services.  We ask that families joining us from outside the community consider making a $100 contribution per family unit.

2014 - 2015 Membership Dues

As we prepare for the New Year, we are now accepting membership dues. Your membership and generous contributions make it possible for us to fund our continuing operations. These include davening every Shabbat morning and all Chagim, comprehensive children’s programs, and outstanding educational opportunities. For the second year in a row, Kol Sasson will not be raising membership dues.  The dues schedule is as follows:

Family: $625

Single or single head of household: $410

Associate: $345

We appreciate what everyone does to maintain our financial sustainability, and look forward to your continued participation. If you have difficulty in paying membership dues, please contact our VP of Membership Will Lennon ( to discuss other arrangements. We will not turn anyone away due to financial hardship, and we will treat all discussions with dignity and discretion. You can donate online using PayPal by going on our website, (Please note we are charged a service fee up to 5% for use of PayPal.  If you find it convenient to mail a check or to use your bank’s electronic bill pay, that is the most cost effective method for Kol Sasson.) Please make your tax deductible check out to Kol Sasson Congregation, and mail it to: Kol Sasson Congregation – Treasurer PO Box 1771 Skokie, IL 60076 Looking forward to being with you and your families during this auspicious time for our community!

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Shabbat with Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin – Sept. 5 and 6

Please save the date for an upcoming Shabbat of study with our rabbinic adviser, Rabbi Dr. Martin Lockshin:

Parshat Ki Teitzei – September 5th and 6th, 2014

We will join together for:

  • Kabbalat Shabbat and maariv on Friday night
  • Shabbat morning services with a dvar from Rabbi Lockshin following musaf: “Capital Punishment and Human Dignity”
  • Communal Shabbat lunch at Temple Beth Israel following services- evite to follow
  • Mincha and Shabbat shiur immediately following lunch at Temple Beth Israel: “Yom Kippur and the Scapegoat”
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Ari Hart Joins Kol Sasson, 8/2/14

Please join Kol Sasson on Shabbat Chazon, August 2nd, for a special dvar Torah from Rabbi Ari Hart.
He will be speaking before musaf on the topic:
“The Boat Palace: A Vision for Jewish Unity in Challenging Times”
Rabbi Ari Hart is a co-founder of Uri L’Tzedek. Ari currently serves as Associate Rabbi at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and as Director of Admissions for Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Ari learned at Yeshivat HaKotel, Machon Pardes, and graduated from Grinnell College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition.
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“Judaism Without Walls”

Kol Sasson was featured in a recent Chicago Jewish News article. Check it out!

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Visiting Scholar – Aryeh Bernstein

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Tikkun Leyl Shavuot 5774

Please mark your calendars and save the date for Kol Sasson’s annual Tikkun Leyl Shavuot

Erev Shavuot – Tuesday, June 3rd

Home of the Sugar Family – 3556 Davis, Evanston

9:30 pm – 12:15 am.

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Sale of Chametz

Please see the form for the sale of chametz.

Mailed forms must reach Rabbi Lockshin by April 11, 2014. Signed scanned forms may be sent by e-mail to and must arrive by the morning of April 13.

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Pesach shiur with Rabbi Josh Feigelson 3/29

Shabbat afternoon, March 29th – 5:00 pm - at the Shapiro home – 3925 Lyons
Hametz, Matzah, and Our Inner Child:
We will study a variety of sources, from halakhic, midrashic, Hasidic, and philosophical literature, as we explore the relationship of our elimination of hametz and the questions and answers of Seder night. No previous experience necessary. All are welcome, and all should find something to reflect on.
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