Why Did Our Teens Go To Philly?

By Jay Rapoport, MARE Director of Lifelong Learning This weekend, Rabbi Gellman, Caleb Bromberg and I took 15 of our Orr Shalom teens to Philadelphia. It was our biggest teen trip in the four years I have worked at Temple Sholom, which is no coincidence – with Caleb’s help, our youth programs are booming! Rabbi Gellman and Caleb co-teach our …

Gun Violence Prevention Speech by Eli Perlin

The first time that I remember hearing about a school shooting was the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. I was in the 4th grade at the time. A friend and I had just finished playing tennis. We were sitting in the lobby of a tennis facility and we heard them talking about the shooting on TV. We watched as …

Gun Violence Prevention Speech by Jeremy Liskar

This is Chicago. This is Chicago. That is the message I kept pushing as we tried to come up with the details for Chicago’s version of the March for Our Lives. There will be the national march in D.C. organized by the students that survived the Parkland shooting. There will be over a hundred marches throughout the country that stand …

Rabbi Goldberg’s Purim 2018 letter

Shalom! Soon it will be the Jewish festival of Purim (Wednesday night, Feb 28). The Talmud poses the question: Why don’t we sing Hallel (biblical praises of God) on Purim? Various answers are proposed: 1) Rabbi Isaac says that we don’t say Hallel when recalling a miracle that occurred outside the Holy Land. 2) Rabbi Nahman suggests that the reading …

A journey of Jewish learning, history and community

Dear Temple Sholom: I’m writing to invite you to join Melanie and me on a journey of Jewish learning, history and community. This fall marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” in Germany when the Holocaust sank to a new level of depravity, an ominous portent of nightmares to come. We want to mark the tragedy …

Are You Smarter Than Jay Rapoport?

Are You Smarter Than Jay Rapoport? Blogging from Orr Shalom high school retreat at OSRUI December 2, 2017 At Temple Sholom’s annual Orr Shalom high school youth group retreat at URJ Camp OSRUI, members of the Orr Shalom youth group board create and lead their own programs for their peers throughout the weekend. This year, as part of our 150th …

Midler Brit Bat

Aaron and Esther welcome their newborn, Sylvia, into their lives and into the Temple Sholom Community with Rabbi Conover and their circle of friends and family. Brit Bat (baby naming) and Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) ceremonies are important lifecycle events in the Jewish community. And how much more special when there is a community to celebrate with you and your expanding family!

Our Room of Requirement, Our Garden of Faith

By Rabbi Conover on 10 Tishrei 5778/ September 30, 2017   Gut Yontiv.  As this is the time for making confessions, a few quick questions: Who here has read one of the Harry Potter books?  (Show of hands…) Who has read all of them? Who has seen the movies? One last question… and Ok, no judgment, this really is just …

To Tell the Darkness, We Beg to Differ YKE 5778/2017

By Rabbi Goldberg G’mar Chatimah Tovah and Shabbat shalom!If you are like me, you love The Art Institute of Chicago, and for many reasons. One reason I love the Art Institute is that it has Grant Wood’s well-known painting, American Gothic. Created in 1930, it depicts a farmer standing beside a woman that has been interpreted to be his daughter …

And Your Children Shall Know Abundant Peace Re’eh 5777

By Rabbi Shoshanah Conover I so enjoy reading and rereading books and poetry that I love.  Sometimes, lines that I almost skipped over in the first reading seem to jump up off the page in a second or third reading.  This often happens to me while reading and rereading Torah.  And this is what happened to me while reading this …