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 ( 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.

Microsoft Word - shabbat with Elie.docx

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Samuel Klein joins Kol Sasson

Over the past two years, Kol Sasson has welcomed Samuel Klein into our community to join in our t’filot, study, discussions, and singing. We once again welcome Sam this upcoming weekend starting on Friday  (1/10/14).

Please join us for all or portions of the weekend – and in particular, for our Motzei Shabbat discussion with Sam, Rabbi Lizzie Heydemann of Mishkan Chicago, and our own Rabbi Josh Feigelson. Please RSVP to Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman if you plan on joining us for this discussion. 

Microsoft Word - Shabbat with Samuel Klein.docx

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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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