A typical Friday Night Service at Temple Sholom begins at 6:15 p.m. after a Wine and Cheese Reception beginning at 5:45 p.m. We worship in English and Hebrew (via transliteration if needed); speaking and singing; listening and in silence. Inspired by our Clergy, and topical sermons, we seek to find a morsel of Shalom to end the secular week with spirit and warmth. During our Services, there are opportunities to learn, to mark birthdays and significant anniversaries, to pray for those who are ill, and to remember loved ones we have lost. Then there is time to socialize during the Oneg Shabbat.
Every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., we offer a Shabbat Morning Torah Study Minyan, which focuses on an extended discussion of the Torah portion for the week. On many Shabbat mornings, we also hold a service at 10:30 a.m., that celebrates the Bar or Bat Mitzvah of a young man or woman being called to the Torah. See below to see some of the ways we seek to build our sacred community through worship.
"Whether taking a class, enjoying a special musical event or feeling enriched
after a thoughtful sermon,Temple Sholom is there for me in many ways."
- Pamela Narins, Temple and committee member
Some regular Special Shabbat Services
Once a month Temple Sholom clergy along with other talented facilitators lead lively Services that are enjoyed by all, but especially children under 5 with favorite songs, great stories, and fun opportunities to engage with tradition. Services are often followed by a meal or craft project giving parents time to meet new friends and schmooze with old ones. Several times a year, our Tot Shabbat meets in special places like the Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, and the Nature Museum.
20's & 30's Sushi Shabbat
At least five times a year, Jewish 20s and 30s congregate at our synagogue around 8pm for sushi and other tasty appetizers before a Kabbalat Shabbat Service at 8:30pm. Inspiring music, opportunities to get to know your neighbors, and relevant teachings from our tradition fill the worship experience with fun and meaning. The oneg afterward provides another opportunity to get to know other Chicago-area Jewish 20s and 30s. Come alone or with a crew, either way you’ll find a welcoming atmosphere to meet great new people.
Finding Sholom Service
Once a year, our community has the honor of hearing from our members who have recently chosen Judaism or are part of an interfaith couple. We learn from their journeys, inspired by their commitment.
Shabbat Morning Study Minyan
On Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:20am, a group of curious and committed learners gather with a member of the clergy for a brief, meaningful Service with text-based, thought-provoking and lively discussions of the weekly Torah portion. No previous knowledge necessary—members and non-members welcome.
Bnai Mitzvah Ceremonies
We are blessed most Saturday mornings at 10:30am with a Shabbat Worship Service in the sanctuary in which a Bar or Bat Mitzvah student inspires us with an insightful D’var Torah (speech about the Torah Portion), beautiful chanting or reading from the Torah, and the recitation of the Haftarah (some verses from the Prophets that relate in subject matter to the Torah Portion). All are welcome to these very memorable Services.