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 …

Midler Brit Bat

Jay and Rachel Rapoport, with big sister Ruthie, welcome their newborn Emet Grae into their lives and into the Temple Sholom community with Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Conover and Cantor Ben-David. 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!

Monday Meal Mitzvah

The Monday Meals Mitzvah team represents an ongoing effort to make sure that the less fortunate are continuously cared for and fed. Every Monday, a team of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life put together packs of food for Chicago’s homeless, hungry, and disenfranchised. Monday Meals is just one of a huge number of ongoing Tikun Olam (healing the world) projects at Temple Sholom. Others can be found on the Social Justice page!

The Heinzmann Baby Naming Ceremony

Brooke and Nicholas Heinzmann welcome their newborn Wilhelmina into their lives and into the Temple Sholom community with Rabbi Goldberg. 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!

A celebration of life

Today I flew to my hometown for the memorial of a colleague’s husband and family friend, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a little over three years ago. A few weeks ago, when treatment options were finally exhausted, he moved home to live out his days with his family. The remarkable thing about today’s service was not merely that he had survived far beyond all expectations with this diagnosis, but that he was actually in attendance.