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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …