Yom Kippur 5774

Please join Kol Sasson as our inspirational High Holiday davening continues on Yom Kippur. All davening will be in the main sanctuary of TBI.

We will have full children’s programming (similar to our regular Shabbat morning programming) from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Yom Kippur morning. A light lunch (bagels, cream cheese, juice) will be served to children. There will not be any children’s programming during Kol Nidre or on Yom Kippur afternoon.
Kol Nidre – Friday, September 13
Davening will begin at 6:50 pm.
Maariv: Josh Feigelson
Kol Nidre: Jane Shapiro
Dvar Torah: Daniel Weinberg
Yom Kippur Morning – Saturday, September 14
Davening will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Psukei: Sarah Weinberg
Shacharit: Uri Allen
Torah Service: Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman
Musaf: Josh Feigelson
Dvar Torah: Jane Shapiro
Torah Reading:
Leviticus 16:1-3              Avi Janssen
Leviticus 16:4-6              Avi Janssen                                         
Leviticus 16:7-11            Avi Janssen                                         
Leviticus 16:12-17          Avi Janssen                                         
Leviticus 16:18-24          Micah Shapiro                                      
Leviticus 16:25-30          Micah Shapiro                                      
Leviticus 16:31-34          Micah Shapiro                                      
Numbers 29:7-11           Debri Klein                                           
Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14        Sarah Weinberg                                    
Yom Kippur Afternoon – Saturday, September 14
Mincha will begin at 5:15 p.m.; Neila will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.; Havdalah will be at 7:44 p.m.
Mincha: Daniel Weinberg
Torah Reading:
Leviticus 18:1-5              Arthur Rosenson                                              
Leviticus 18:6-21            Arthur Rosenson                                              
Leviticus 18:22-30          Arthur Rosenson                                              
Jonah 1:1-4:11 and
   Micah 7:18-20             Micah Shapiro                                      
Neila: Josh Feigelson
Avinu Malkeynu: Sarah Weinberg

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Samuel Klein from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is coming to Kol Sasson for Shabbat on August 23/24

Samuel Klein will be visiting from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah. Samuel will be speaking throughout the weekend on the theme of mentally and spiritually preparing ourselves for the High Holidays. As always, we can expect Samuel to infuse an incredible energy into all of our tefillot and into our Shabbat.

 The current schedule of events is as follows:
1) Kabbalat Shabbat 7 PM Friday 8/23 at the Lennon’s – 9100 Keystone. Samuel will share a brief dvar torah with us on The Neilah Niggun

2) Shabbat Morning Davening – In the library of Temple Beth Israel; 3601 W Dempster Samuel Klein will be leading musaf and giving a d’var torah on Choosing Love over Terror in the God Encounter: A response to R. David Hartman

3) Shabbat afternoon 4:45 at the Lennon’s – 9100 Keystone. Samuel will facilitate a learning session on “Yom Kippur and the
Tyranny of Prayer” followed by socializing/singing/eating. Please note that while this is a family friendly event, there will not be formal babysitting provided and parents will be expected to watch their children.

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High Holiday Schedule and informatio​n about membership dues for 5774

Below you will find some preliminary information about high holiday services as well as information about membership dues for the new year.

We are blessed to come together as a community again, to begin our year with meaningful davening filled with kavanah. This year we are especially thrilled to be entirely lay led by some of our very talented community members.
The tentative schedule is as follows:

Rosh Hashanah& Yom Kippur Schedule

September 4:

Erev Rosh Hashanah: At the home of Jane & David Shapiro, 3925 Lyons – Time TBA

September 5:

1st day Rosh Hashanah: 8:30 – 1:00; in the main sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel

Psukei D’zimra – Jane Shapiro

Shacharit – Uri Allen

D’var Torah – Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

Musaf – Josh Feigelson

September 6:

2nd day Rosh Hashanah: 8:30 – 1:00; in the library of Temple Beth Israel

Psukei D’zimra – Sarah Weinberg

Shacharit – Josh Feigelson

D’var Torah – Josh Feigelson

Musaf – Will Lennon

September 13:

Kol Nidre: Time TBA; in the main sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel

Kol Nidre – Jane Shapiro

D’var Torah – Daniel Weinberg

Maariv – Josh Feigelson

September 14:

Yom Kippur: 9am; in the main sanctuary of Temple Beth Israel

Psukei D’zimra – Sarah Weinberg

Shacharit – Uri Allen

D’var Torah – Jane Shapiro

Musaf – Josh Feigelson

Mincha – Daniel Weinberg

Neila – Josh Feigelson

High Holidays Children’s Programming

We will have full children’s programming similar to our regular Shabbat morning except on Kol Nidre and at Neila. 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.

2013-2014 Membership Dues

As we prepare for the New Year, we are now accepting membership dues for the new year. Your 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. The dues schedule is as follows:

Family: $625

Single or single head of household: $410
: $345

We appreciate what everyone does to maintain our financial sustainability, and and look forward to your continued participation. If you have difficulty in paying membership dues, please contact our VP of Membership Bob Rubin (bobsrubin@gmail.com) 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

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Preparing for Shabbaton with Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer – July 12th & 13th

Nigun Moshe – Yehuda Green

08 Yechadshehu

Yah Ekhsof

YahEchsof ENG-HEB text

Letter from Elie

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Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold

Please join us as we welcome Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold to our community on shabbat Parshat Matot-Massei, July 6th, 2013. Rachel will deliver a d'var torah before musaf, and she will be available to answer questions after davening about her past four years at Yeshivat Maharat and her recent graduation and ordination .

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Join Kol Sasson for an Exciting Shabbaton with Rabbi Daniel Sperber

Friday Night, June 21st 

Kabbalat Shabbat at Kol Sasson Congregation (3601 Dempster), 6:30pm
Rabbi Sperber will help us welcome Shabbat and provide a brief talk on “Ma Tovu”

Shabbat Morning, June 22nd

Tefilah at Kol Sasson Congregation (3601 Dempster), 9:15am
Rabbi Sperber will offer a D’var Torah on “The Relationship Between Mitzvot of Man and His Neighbor and Man and his Maker”

Shabbat Afternoon – Learning with Rabbi Sperber, at the home of Shari and Will Lennon (9100 Keystone), 4:30pm   Rabbi Sperber will lead a shiur on the “Dynamic Nature of Halacha”

Rabbi Daniel Sperber is the Milan Roven Professor of Talmudic Research at Bar-Ilan University and rabbi of Congregation Menachem Zion in the Old City of Jerusalem. In 1992 he received the Israel Prize, Israel’s highest award and is the author of Minhagei Yisrael , a seven volume work examining the origins and history of Jewish customs. His recent work includes examinations of the halakhic and minhagic foundations of the role of women and has written extensively on the topic of inclusion of women in certain ritual services.

Special thanks to the American Friends of Bar-Ilan University for bringing
Rabbi Sperber to the Skokie community

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Shabbaton with Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer and Kickoff to our 10-year anniversary Celebrations!

Each and every part of Shabbat enables us to sense a different way of being. Our gestures, conversations, singing, tefillah, intellectual engagement, drinking and eating all play a part.
Join Kol Sasson as we set aside the remnants of our week and move through a Shabbat together- holistically and consciously. Rabbi Elie Holzer will guide us as we turn inward and discover how the experience of Shabbat itself affirms and enhances its sanctity and uniqueness.
Friday July 12, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Slice of Life Restaurant – 4120 W. Dempster
We will spend the evening together, davening Kabbalat Shabbat, eating, and tuning in to each other’s voices with zemirot and conversation.
Pay by June 15th: Members: $25 Non-members: $36
Pay by July 5th: Members $30 Non-members: $40
The event is being generously subsidized to encourage maximum participation. No members of KolSasson will be

turned away for inability to pay. If you are able, please consider paying the full $45 cost for dinner.

Shabbat morning July 13, 9:15am
3601 W. Dempster
Through an exploration of the kedushah of musaf, we will begin to turn to the redemptive themes of Tisha Bʼ Av, which will be taking place in the upcoming week.

Shabbat afternoon 4:30pm
At the home of Rebecca and David Minkus Lieberman 9133 Kedvale
We will reconvene for more singing, storytelling, informal study and a chance for members of all ages to learn and share Shabbat afternoon together. Families are encouraged to attend and babysitting will also be provided.
Elie Holzer is one of the co-founders of Shira Hadasha congregation in Jerusalem and 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. Rabbi Dr. Elie Holzer and Dr. Tova Hartman recently founded Shma Koleinu: The Center for Prayer and Community, a pluralistic institute for the study and practice of prayer through teaching,research/publication, and outside consultation. Dedicated to inspiring and empowering individuals,religious leaders and communities to engage with Jewish prayer in meaningful and transformative ways, the Center offers seminars and workshops to individuals and groups across the religious spectrum, cultivating an enhanced appreciation of prayer in participants’ personal and communal lives.
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Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5773

Tuesday night May 14th at the Gordon-Burstyn home – 4340 Davis

We are excited to once again offer a terrific evening of
learning for Shavuot.  Please join us for a unique combination of group and chevruta-style study led by outstanding teachers from our community.  The learning sessions center around one appropriate and provocative theme:  

Baruch HaMakom shenatan Torah La’Amo Yisrael: Our Experience of G-d at Revelation. 
We are grateful to the teachers who have devoted their time and energy to guide our learning, and to the Burstyns for once again graciously opening their home
9:30 – 9:45pm
Opening Niggun

9:45 – 10:30pm
Makom: G-d as experienced through Space
Group discussion with Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

10:30 – 10:45pm
Snack Break
10:45 – 11:30pm
SheNatan Torah:  G-d as experienced at the moment of Revelation
Chevruta study with Ilana Gleicher-Bloom

11:30 – 11:45pm
Snack Break
11:45 – 12:30pm
L’Amo YIsrael:  G-d as leader of the People
Group discussion with Jane Shapiro

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Shabbaton with Rabbi Marty Lockshin, April 12-13, 2013

Shabbaton with Rabbi Marty Lockshin

Shabbat Tazria-Metzora

April 12-13, 2013

Friday, April 12 - (time TBA) - Mincha, Kabbalat Shabbat and

Maariv at the home of Jane and David Shapiro, 3925 Lyons.

Shabbat Morning, April 13 – 9:15

AM – Shabbat davening with Kol Sasson at Temple Beth Israel, 3601 W. Dempster.   Rabbi Lockshin will give the d’var Torah entitled, Israeli Exceptionalism: A Jewish Value?

Shabbat Afternoon, April 13:

  • 4:00-5:15 pm – Rabbi Lockshin will lead a study session on Rav Kook’s Approach to Love of Jews and Love of Humanity.  At the home of Debbie and Ian Lesch: 9228 Ridgway
  • 5:15-6:00 pm – Open house with opportunity to talk with Rabbi Lockshin and ask him questions.
  • (Please note that we will not be davening mincha as a community, but we will end with plenty of time to daven at other local shuls.)
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Pirkei Avot Study Group

It’s a tradition in Orthodox synagogues to learn Pirkei Avot on Shabbat from the end of Passover until Rosh Hashanah. In keeping with that tradition, Kol Sasson is having a Pirkei Avot study group starting this Shabbat, April 6, at 4 PM, at the home of Mike Koplow & Batya Gilbert.  

Our group will differ from the traditional Shabbat Avot learning in that we will actually study and discuss each mishnah (the more traditional method is that a chapter gets mumbled through in a minute or two each week). The group’s members will take turns presenting the mishnayot to each other. We’ll work out the details when we meet.  Contact mnkoplow@gmail.com with questions.

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