Two Retreats, One Sholom Weekend

Jay Rapoport, RJE Director of Lifelong Learning Three years after creating our 3rd & 4th Grade Family B’nai Mitzvah Retreat weekend as part of participating in the Chicagoland cohort of the URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution, it was time for something new. We had heard from parents of younger students that they wanted to participate, so this year we reinvented our family …

Caleb Bromberg reflects on 5th-8th Grade Retreat

Despite the theme of this year’s 5th-8th Grade Retreat (“mystery”), all the clues are there as to how we build such a strong community in under 48 hours. It happens every time we take the ride out to camp and spend Shabbat playing, eating, singing, boogie-ing, laughing, competing, learning, sledding, and being ourselves together. Last week’s Torah portion was Lech L’cha, which …

Write and Record, Record and Recount By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

Schraybt u’Farschraybt, v’Sofer u’Moneh 10 Tishrei 5779/ October 9, 2019 Gut Yontiv. Shanah Tovah. This afternoon I would like to tell you a story. Like most Jewish stories, it begins thousands of years ago—according to the rabbis 5,780 years ago… and ten days. But I’ll pick up the story about 160 years ago… when Simon Dubnov was born in the …

All Beginnings are Hard by Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff

Yom Kippur Morning, 10 Tishre, 5780 Temple Sholom of Chicago I want to share with you again what an honor it is to serve as your Interim Rabbi this year. Fran and I appreciate so very much the warm welcome you have extended to us. You have made our beginnings here much easier than they might have been. As I …

The Power of WE by Rabbi Donald B. Rossoff 

Friends, as I said before, it’s good to be back at Temple Sholom. When we left here in 1990, Fran was thinking that we would be away from Chicago, her birthplace, for five years or so and then find our way back. Well, five turned into 29, but finally we are back. Those 29 years were a great adventure, being …

As Hurricane Dorian roars on, Federation opens relief fund

Even as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter the eastern seaboard, and the scope of the devastation in the Bahamas is just beginning to be known, the Jewish Federation of Chicago has launched an emergency relief fund to aid recovery efforts. Donations to the Jewish Federation Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund can be made at donatenow.juf.org/disaster , by calling (312) 444-2869, or by sending …

Rabbi Conover Reflects on her trip to Poland

Our town is burning, brother, burning, Our poor little town is burning, Angry winds are fanning higher The leaping tongues of flame and fire, The evil winds are roaring! Our whole town burns! And you stand looking on with folded arms, And shake your heads. You stand looking on with folded arms, While the fire spreads! –from “Our Town is …

This Summer at OSRUI

“OSRUI is a great place to meet new friends and get closer to old friends. Tubing, waterskiing, sailing – so much fun!” -Sam Bayer, Gesher camper This summer at URJ Camp OSRUI, I spent June 30-July 14 on segel (faculty) for my fourth summer with Tiferet Aleph, a program for budding artists. I wish I had gone when I was a kid! Our middle …

Rabbi Conover’s Trip to Israel

Temple Sholom’s Associate Rabbi, Rabbi Shoshanah Conover, just returned from a two-week trip to Israel as part of her role as a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Read about the amazing experience she and her family had and its impact on 2019-20 Temple Sholom programming. “A person is recognized by their conversaion.” –Chaim Nachman Bialik The way that …