The 20s & 30s community at Temple Sholom
Temple Sholom of Chicago’s 20’s and 30’s events seek to help young Chicago Jews glean from their religion a deeper sense of community, connection, meaning, spirituality, inspiration, as well as a context for doing good in the world.
Our monthly Sushi Shabbat events attract between 100-250 people and include themes such as “Honky Tonk Shabbat,” “Beat-Box Shabbat” and Shabbat services featuring great thinkers, musicians and performers.
We also have a very active “Young Couples Club.” They get together regularly for social events like apple picking, dinners, for sporting events, and to celebrate holidays.
At Temple Sholom, 20’s and 30’s also gravitate to Temple sponsored social action projects such as our weekly soup kitchen; the Monday Mitzvah Meal; and to local and out of state programs that combine volunteerism, study, and outdoor adventures such as a recent trip to Colorado which included a house build, Shabbat on a mountaintop, whitewater rafting and hiking.
The Makom group is also involved heavily in organizing and participating in weekly Sushi Shabbats, where Torah study, schmoozing, and sushi meet one another for an excitingly spiritual and delicious evening.
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Upcoming Makom 20s/30s Events
Makom Shabbat (formerly Sushi Shabbat)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.