Scholar in Residence: Rabbi Dr. Zev Farber

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Rockin’ Thanksgivikuh Hallel

In honor of this auspicious holiday, Kol Sasson is planning very special daavening including a spirited Hallel with musical instruments. Thanksgiving morning, 8:30 at TBI. We should be done by 10:00. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we will be collecting canned goods for The Ark.

If you have a musical instrument to play, please contact Josh Feigelson.

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Joshua Safran from SHALVA visits Kol Sasson

This coming Shabbat, October 26th, Joshua Safran will be coming to give the dvar Torah at Kol Sasson. He will be speaking on his personal background and his work with Shalva, an Jewish non-profit organization that provides support and services to victims of domestic violence. Please see the attached flyer for more information. We hope you can join us for this important talk.

In addition, one of our members, Joan Brunwasser, interviewed Mr. Safran. The interview is linked here.

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Learning in memory of Rav Ovadiah Yosef

Koach d'Hetera Adif: The Imperative for Halakhic Leniency in the Work of R' Ovadiah Yosef zt”l

Rabbi Josh Feigelson

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Home of Jane and David Shapiro – 3925 Lyons

This past Monday, over 700,000 people attended the funeral of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef
zt”l, making the event one of the largest gatherings of Jews in history. R' Yosef's enormous contributions to Jewish law, his activism on behalf of Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews, made him one of the most influential rabbis of recent times. In particular, he emphasized the importance of lenient halakhic rulings in such areas as conversion, mamzerut, and the status of women in halakha. His passing marks an important moment in the life of klal Israel.

Please join us for a limmud session in which we will study some of R' Yosef's teshuvot.

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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 ( 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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