Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shir Hadash Weekly Newsletter -- September 28, 2017

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Membership News and Upcoming Events
Synagogue Office Closes Early on September 29
Hummus in the Hut, October 6
Coffee House Night, October 21
Book Club, October 25
Israeli Film Festival Outing, November 5
Creative Worship and Ritual
Yom Kippur Service Schedule
Upcoming: Simchat Torah Pizza Dinner and Service, October 15
Oneg Volunteers Needed -- Sign Up Today
The Rabbi’s Corner
“Hard Questions”
School News
No Religious School, October 1
Pizza in the Hut, October 8
School Advisory Committee (SAC), October 8
Madrichim Needed and Wanted
Mitzvah Project: Sports Equipment Donations Requested
Youth Activities
SHY Kickoff Event: Bowling! October 22
Adult Education
Lunch and Learn with the Rabbi, Thursdays
Israel Awareness
Join the SH Israel Committee
Israeli Movie Night at SH
Ongoing Fundraisers
Don’t Forget Our Permanent Restaurant Fundraisers!
Shir Hadash Memorial Wall
Links to Fundraisers: Amazon, iGive, and More
SHOP Shir Hadash


Synagogue Office Closes Early on September 29
Please note that the Shir Hadash office will close at 2:30 this Friday, in preparation for the holiday.

Hummus in the Hut, October 6
Hummus in the Hut combines a delicious dinner with Israeli favorites shared in the sukkah, and a friendly competition to see who makes the best hummus in our community. Preceded by our Family Shabbat service at 5:30 pm and followed by our regular Shabbat Evening service, it’s a night you won’t want to miss. Click here for details and to RSVP for dinner.

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“Coffee House Night– Open Mic Style” Returns October 21
Join us at Shir Hadash for an evening of live local talent, a club atmosphere with phenomenal sound, goodies, beverages, friendship and camaraderie. Be in the audience, behind the scenes, and/or onstage at our next Coffee House Night on Saturday, October 21. If you are interested in being part of the Coffee House Night Team (performing or contributing a treat for our Dessert Bar), please click here or contact Margie at margiepromopro1@aol.com. You won’t want to miss this event – you never know who will be there!

RSVP Now! WISH Goes to the Great Big Challah Bake, October 26
WISH invites all the women of Shir Hadash to join us at the Great Big Challah Bake in Northbrook on Oct 26th at 7:00pm. Registration just opened and it sells out fast -- last year we had about 40 woman from Shir Hadash attend. It was so much fun! If you “knead” to make challah, call or text Cindy Grills at (847) 409-3707 or email her at homes@cindygrills.com. Cost: $20 per baker. Register now before it is sold out!  (P.S. Invite a friend, it's a great experience!)

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Book Club, October 25
The upcoming Book Club discussion will be on Daniel Silva's The English Assassin. This book is the first in a spy mystery trilogy revolving around the Nazis. The story involves an Israeli spy, Nazi art heists, and of course a murder. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at the home of Joy Anes in Deerfield, beginning at 7:30pm. For more info,  please contact Meryl Abensohn at abenkras@aol.com

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New! Israeli Film Festival Outing, November 5
As part of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Film, Shir Hadash is sponsoring a screening of The Wedding Plan at 2:00pm on November 5 at the ArcLight Theater in The Glen. Come to the film and join other Shir Hadashniks afterwards for refreshments at Bravo Cucina, a short walk from the theater. We have a block of 20 tickets at $13 each -- more may become available, but at a higher price. To learn more about the film and to RSVP, click here.

“Let’s Make Our House a Home”
As promised, a survey is being prepared to ask for your input on what projects you would like to see the Board undertake to improve our building.  Look for it after the Holidays and please take the time to respond to it. Let's work together to make the improvements you want.


Yom Kippur Service Schedule
Kol Nidrei
  • Sept. 29, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm, Our Lady of the Brook (OLB), 3200 Dundee Road, Northbrook
Yom Kippur Morning Service
  • Sept. 30, 9:30 am -12:30 pm, OLB
  • Sept. 30, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, OLB
Family Service (Children to age 8)
  • Sept. 30, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Shir Hadash
Adult Discussion #1
  • Sept. 30, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, SH
Adult Discussion #2
  • Sept. 30, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, SH
Afternon Service/Mincha
  • Sept. 30, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm, SH
  • Sept. 30, 5:00 - 6:15 pm, SH

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Upcoming: Simchat Torah Service with Pizza Dinner, October 15
Join us for an evening of food, music, and dancing with our Torahs as we unroll the entire Torah scroll and read the end, then start over all the way at the beginning.  We will also honor students who are new to our Religious School. Don't miss the Mighty Shir Hadash Klezmer Band or the Affy Tapples and oneg afterward! Dinner will be served at 5:30. Can't make it for dinner? Join us for the service at 6:30. Click here to RSVP for dinner.


Oneg Volunteers Needed for Services
Please sign up to help as an oneg volunteer for one of our upcoming services. It's easy: just click here to pick a date, bring a challah, and show up! You'll receive a reminder email the week before with more details. For more information, contact Sean Fisher-Rohde at oneg@shir-hadash.org.


September 29-30, 2017 / 10 Tishrei 5778
Shabbat v’Yom Kippur
“Hard Questions”
Dear Friends,
This Friday evening we will gather to begin our Yom Kippur worship.  Even though we might feel some safety in numbers, our tradition teaches that each one of us is standing alone before God.  This has led some to interpret that Yom Kippur is both the Day of Atonement and the Day of At-One-ment.
Rabbi Jack Reimer offers the following interpretation of Unetaneh Tokef to help us look deep within ourselves to make good choices in the coming year.
Hard Questions
Let us ask ourselves hard questions
For this is the time for truth.
How much time did we waste
In the year that is now gone?
Did we fill our days with life
Or were they dull and empty?
Was there love inside our home
Or was the affectionate word left unsaid?
Was there a real companionship with our children
Or was there a living together and a growing apart?
Were we a help to our mates
Or did we take them for granted?
How was it with our friends:
Were we there when they needed us or not?
The kind deed: did we perform it or postpone it?
The unnecessary gibe: did we say it or hold it back?
Did we live by false values?
Did we deceive others?
Did we deceive ourselves?
Were we sensitive to the rights and feelings
Of those who worked for us?
Did we acquire only possessions
Or did we acquire new insights as well?
Did we fear what the crowd would say
And keep quiet when we should have spoken out?
Did we mind only our own business
Or did we feel the heartbreak of others?
Did we live right,
And if not,
Then have we learned, and will we change?
Jack Riemer
G’mar Hatimah Tovah - May you be sealed in the Book of Life for a good year

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow

To enjoy past entries of the Rabbi's Corner, please visit our website.


No Religious School on October 1
There will be no Religious School on the day after Yom Kippur. We look forward to seeing all our students at 9:15am on Sunday, October 8. Want to learn more about the Religious School programs?  Contact Geoff at  847-498-8218 or Geoff@shir-hadash.org.

Pizza in the Hut, October 8
Come share a pizza lunch in the sukkah immediately after Sunday School, from 12:30 to 2:00pm. We'll have some fun activities to celebrate Sukkot. This is a free event.

School Advisory Meeting, October 8
Interested in what's happening at Sunday School? You're invited to our first School Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of the year on Sunday, October 8 at 9:30am. We'll meet in the annex's conference room. Can't make it, but still want to get involved? Contact the SAC chair, Lisa Burton Radzely, at SAC@shir-hadash.org.

Madrichim Needed and Wanted!
If you have an 8th through 12th grader who is looking for a way to earn some extra spending money, to add something great to his/her college application, or to earn some community service hours, being a madrich/a is a perfect fit for them! To apply and/or register, click here.

Mitzvah Project: Sports Equipment Donations Requested
For his mitzvah project, SH student Ryan Siegel is collecting new and gently used sports equipment for The Sports Shed, a Chicago organization that supplies equipment for thousands of young people in low-income neighborhoods of the city. Please support his project with donations in the collection barrel at Shir Hadash through October 1. To learn more about The Sports Shed and the types of items they need, click here.


10 Days Left to Sign Up for SHY Bowling, October 22
Kindergarten Through Teens Welcome!
This year, our Shir Hadash Youth (SHY) Group will include a wider range of ages, but still keep the kids separated with their similarly-aged peers. Our kick-off event for the year will be a bowling party on October 22 immediately after religious school ends, from 12:45-2:15pm. Lunch and bowling will take place at Bowlero, which is just minutes from Shir Hadash. Teens and younger children will be in separate areas. Parents are welcome to stay, either with your children or eating lunch at the restaurant located in a separate part of the bowling alley.
SHY Youth Group members $12, non-SHY Youth Group members $15. Click here to register.
Contact Lisa Burton Radzely at sac@shir-hadash.org if you have any questions.


No Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Eitan on October 28
The Rabbi will not be leading the lunch and learn discussion today. Join him next week to learn about the week’s Torah portion at 1:00pm.


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Join the Israel Committee
Reach out regarding this newsletter section to Ed Rice (e.rice1@comcast.net) or Burton Kopulsky (bkopulsk@chicagobooth.edu) of the SH Israel Committee. They appreciate your feedback, ideas, and suggestions, and encourage other members to join the committee.

Israeli Movie Night at Shir Hadash, October 14
Join us for a free screening of The Green Prince, a wonderful film that was named “Best Documentary” by the Israel Film Academy and the Sundance Film Festival. It is based on the autobiography of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of Hamas co-founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who spied for Israel from within Hamas. The film starts at 8:00pm. Admission is free. Refreshments available by donation.


Don’t Forget Our Permanent Restaurant Fundraisers!
The Continental Restaurant in Buffalo Grove or Butterfield’s Restaurant in Northbrook will donate 5% of your total bill to Shir Hadash! No flyer needed – just mention Shir Hadash when you are paying or fill out the Shir Hadash book behind the desk.

Shir Hadash Memorial Wall
Having a Memorial Plaque for a loved one in Shir Hadash’s Memorial Wall ensures that Yahrzeit will be observed for them in perpetuity by our congregation.The cost for a plaque is $360. Many congregants prepay and reserve plaques.You may register for the plaque(s) through our website, or request a paper order form by calling the office (847-498-8218),

Fundraiser Information Now Available on Shul Cloud
You can help Shir Hadash at no extra cost to you by taking advantage of a variety of ongoing fundraisers, including iGive, Amazon Smile, and more. For complete details, click here.


Fall into SHOP!
SHOP is the easiest way to support the shul without spending an extra dime! Purchase gift cards through SHOP and the vendors pay a percentage back to Shir Hadash. Orders can be picked up in the Shir Hadash office. For more information, email Michelle at SHOP@shir-hadash.org.
Thank you to the following families for supporting Shir Hadash with your SHOP purchases last week!

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