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”
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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 lockshin@yorku.ca 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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Shabbat morning learning with Professor Benjamin Sommer – 3/29

Professor Sommer will join us for Shabbat morning davening at Temple Beth Israel and give the dvar torah on Parashat Tazria exploring the categories of tumah (impurity) and taharah (purity). 

Dr. Benjamin D. Sommer joined the faculty of The Jewish Theological Seminary as professor of Bible in July 2008. Previously, he served as the director of the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, where he taught since 1994. Dr. Sommer teaches Hebrew Bible, ancient Judaism, and religions of the ancient Near East, specializing in the history of Israelite religion, literary analysis of the Bible, and biblical theology.

Long an active lecturer and scholar-in-residence, Dr. Sommer has taught rabbis, Jewish educators, and laypeople in a variety of settings in the United States and Israel. He has been a visiting faculty member at various institutions, including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and the University of Chicago.

Dr. Sommer’s book The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel (Cambridge University Press, 2009) received the 2009 Jordan Schnitzer Award from the Association for Jewish Studies for the best book published in the years 2006–2009 in biblical studies, rabbinics, or archaeology. Dr. Sommer is also the editor of the Psalms volumes of the Jewish Publication Society Bible Commentary series. He is working on a book, to be titled Artifact or Scripture? The Jewish Bible Between History and Theology, which will examine whether the Bible, understood as the ancient Near Eastern document it is, can be relevant to modern Jewish thought.

Dr. Sommer holds a PhD in Bible from the University of Chicago, an MA in Near East and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a BA in Philosophy and Judaic Studies (summa cum laude, with distinction in both majors) from Yale University.

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Purim 5774 at Kol Sasson

We’re happy to have you for Purim 5774! Please see this form to RSVP for your family for either the Saturday evening adult party or the Sunday morning Seudah.

Purim 5774 Schedule

Saturday, March 15:

8:15 PM: Megillah reading at Temple Beth Israel library (downstairs).

9:30 PM: Adult party at the Glassenbergs – 8939 Lincolnwood Dr. – featuring karaoke, shpiel and food (RSVP and pre-payment or payment at the door required. $12/person)

Sunday, March 16 at Temple Beth Israel:

9:15 AM: Shacharit with 1st megillah reading, downstairs in the library

10:00 AM: Children through 3rd grade are invited to join TBI carnival in social hall

11:00 AM: Magic Show (library, downstairs) and 2nd megillah reading (location TBD)

11:45 AM:  Pizza/Salad/Hamentaschen Purim Seudah, sponsored by Kol Sasson. RSVP required. We are soliciting sponsors for this event. Please be in touch with Brad Sugar (bradsugar@gmail.com) if you would like to participate.

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Shabbat of Song with Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer

Please join Kol Sasson for another enriching Shabbat of song and study with Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer on Shabbat Tetzaveh, February 7th – 8th.

We would love for you to join us for a communal catered meat luncheon (vegetarian option available) with singing following davening! An adult meal will be $15, and a kids meal will be $5. An RSVP is required by Wednesday, January 29th.  Please follow this page to pay via paypal. 

Elie Holzer is one of the co-founders of Shira Hadasha congregation in Jerusalem and an assistant professor of education at Bar-Ilan University. He specializes in the thought of the Sefat Emet and the transformative power of song in Jewish practice, and he is esteemed as a phenomenal and inspirational teacher.

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