A prayer for those affected by Irma

God, please be with the rescue workers and keep them safe as they make heroic efforts in dangerous situations to rescue those in trouble. God, please be with everyone waiting to be rescued, keep them safe, and bring help to them soon. God, bless each and every person affected by this storm and surround them with Your love, protection, and …

Reflections on Segel experience at OSRUI 2017: Missing the Magic of OSRUI

There are things that  happen at OSRUI that wouldn’t happen anywhere else. Like this past Monday, when we not only read Torah in the tradition of ancient marketplace readings, but the madrichim (counselors) actually created a morning marketplace for students to “shop” for bananas, pancakes and caricatures amidst the cacophony of a drum circle, strolling musicians and a lot of …

OSRUI 2017 Update

Thursday, June 22 was an epic day in 6th-8th grade Tiferet (Arts) Camp at OSRUI! As our Rosh Eidah (unit head) says, “Every day at camp feels like a year, but every week feels like a minute.” Wednesday evening (in Jewish time each evening marks the new day) it was announced that today would be “Yom Musical” (a day celebrating …

Or Chadash

Or Chadash, Temple Sholom’s LGBT affiliate member group is proud to provide a wide range of spiritual and social programming, including monthly Friday night services, holiday and festival celebrations, a variety of social activities, and programs honoring individuals and organizations who have also served the LGBT community. Previously named, Am Keshet, this group recently expanded when Congregation Or Chadash (New …

Temple Sholom of Chicago Statement Regarding the treatment of Jewish participants in the Chicago Dyke March

We are dismayed and deeply disturbed by the treatment of Jewish participants in the Chicago Dyke March this last weekend.  We are dismayed that this march does not allow a plurality of voices, including those—like ours—that strongly support LGBTQ rights, diversity, tolerance, support for peace in Israel and Palestine, and a secure State of Israel. It is hard not to see this as part of an organized campaign to remove Israel from …

Temple Sholom of Chicago Statement Regarding the Western Wall

Temple Sholom of Chicago is deeply saddened by the cynical political decision of the Prime Minister of Israel to freeze his very own proposal of a liberal Jewish prayer space at the Western Wall. While Temple Sholom usually refrains from questioning decisions of the Israeli government, we cannot stand silent when, after years of good faith negotiations on the part …

Another Timely Message from Rabbi Edwin Goldberg

I am here in Washington, D.C., with many members of the congregation and the wider Chicago Jewish community, attending the annual Global Forum of the American Jewish Committee. The 2500 attendees are here to learn from top scholars and politicians on matters of world justice and continued engagement in the State of Israel. Since the Six Day War began exactly …

Shavuot Letter

Dear Temple Sholom Members, Soon comes a special day for all of us in the series of holidays throughout the year.  Fifty days after Passover, which is called the festival of our freedom, begins Shavuot, the celebration of God’s gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Freedom is the central theme of Passover but Shavuot reminds us that there is no …

Eco Chavura

The exact meaning of Chavura is somewhat elusive in English, but many resources will tell you that the word is frequently translated as “fellowship.” Eco Chavura is a fellowship of Temple Sholom congregants working to create a sacred community of environmental stewards. Our ultimate goal is to develop “green” conscience for the community, which we initiated through participation in the …