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South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council - Community News
April 29, 2022

Community Updates

It's almost May and we have a full calendar of incredible programming supported by the JUF South Suburban Mini grant program to look forward to!  

A series on Jewish American Short Stories hosted by JCC Chicago and Joliet Jewish Congregation kicks off on Monday, May 4 at 7PM. This 4 part series on Jewish American Short Stories is taught by Anthony Wexler, professor and author (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) who studies postwar American literature, specializing in Jewish literature and the Holocaust in American life. This class will create connection to Jewish identity, inspiring thought and conversation about what it is to be a Jewish American broadly and for each one of us.  To join the group, contact Ilene Uhlmann.

Wednesdays in May please join us at the South Suburban Jewish Film Festival.  JCC Chicago is bringing 3 films to the Homewood Science Center.  MAY 4 at 7PM - Plan A, Based on the true story of Jewish vigilantes who plot Holocaust revenge by infiltrating German water companies to poison the drinking water.  MAY 11 at 7PM - The Automat, The 100-year story of an iconic restaurant chain which was the inspiration for Starbucks. Features: Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Carl Reiner and Howard Schultz.  MAY 18 at 7PM - Vital Passage, This film about the discovery of a lockbox buried in the basement of a former Jewish midwestern merchant’s store unlocks a half century old secret, will also be followed by a talkback with the filmaker. To reserve your seat,  please call Ilene Uhlmann or email

Want to do some knitting?  Crocheting? Our knitting group is meeting on Wednesday, May 11, at 2PM at Shir Tikvah.  For more information, call Amy.

Joliet Jewish Congregation hosts an Evening of Jewish Music on Saturday, May 14 at 7pm.  Join Cantor Jessica for what will be a lovely evening of music.  Email Joliet Jewish Congregation to get the zoom link for this program.

Friday evening May 20 at 7:30PM and Saturday morning at 10:30AM and Saturday evening May 21, at 7:30PM join Temple Anshe Sholom and National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section for a mini-grant program with Galeet Dardashti.  Galeet leads a dynamic and participatory Sephardi/Mizrahi Kabbalat Shabbat service. Each new melody introduced is taught in nigun form first. This service involves prayers with beautiful melodies from a range of Middle Eastern/North African Jewish communities. To register click here.  Mark your calendars for June 17 for our CJC Shabbat and BBQ dinner!  More information coming soon!

Looking to do some good in our community?  JUF's Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network (TOV) and National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section are hosting a Nourish our Neighborhood's drive thru drop off on Sunday, May 22 from 10:30-11:30am at Shir Tikvah.  We will be collecting summer essentials kits for South Suburban PADS. One kit includes: flip flops, sunglasses, hat (cap, bucket, etc.), and chapstick. You can create a kit for adults or kids. Registration opens Tuesday, May 3. Sign up here. Questions? Email or call 312-357-4762.  We will also have a box to drop off old computers and other electronic equipment for PCs for People. See a complete list of acceptable items here.

As the war in Ukraine continues, JUF has been following the situation and has rapidly mobilized to help, as described below.  

JUF swiftly advanced $1 million in emergency funds and has pushed an additional $5.21 million in emergency allocations to our partners on the ground as they work around the clock to provide emergency assistance to our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and surrounding countries. These partners include the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), and World ORT—along with Chabad, Emergency Volunteers Project, Federation Professional Volunteer Initiative, Hadassah Medical Organization, HIAS, Hillel International, Israel Trauma Coalition, JCC Krakow, Jewish Community of Vienna, Nefesh B’Nefesh, Project Kesher, Shma Yisrael and United Hatzalah.  You can help support JUF Ukraine relief efforts here.  

Shalom over 50 is meeting for lunch and entertainment.  The group meets weekly on Tuesdays at Shir Tikvah.  For information on joining this group, contact Ilene Uhlmann or Suzy Dritz. We are very happy to welcome new members! 

Need a ride? Don't want to drive after dark?  Shalom Transportation is available for Jewish seniors in the South Suburbs. Each highly subsidized ride is $5 and you can travel up to 25 miles, with a maximum of 10 rides per month. To learn how the program works and/or register, please contact Amy. This program is generously funded by the Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

 As always, if you have any questions or are in need or resources, please let me know. 

Amy or tel:708-249-6086


Synagogue Updates

Joliet Jewish Congregation

Friday evening services are at 7pm and on Saturday morning at 9:30 am.  Call the synagogue office for details!

Shir Tikvah

Please join us in person! Services are on Friday nights at 7:30 pm and on Shabbat morning at 9:45am or 10:15am. Call the office @ 708-799-4110 for details or zoom links.

On May 22 @ 4:00 pm, Shir Tikvah is hosting photographer Paul Margolis who will discuss his exhibition Israeli Impressions. Call us at 708-799-4110 for more details about this program.

We had great success last month collecting numerous supplies that were shipped to Ukraine in early April!  As such, we are doing a second collection, asking the community to help with supplying medical supplies, such as; first aid kits, trauma kits, ibuprofen/ Tylenol, tourniquets, etc.  The collection will run through May 20th.  There are 3 ways to support our efforts:  Shop with our Amazon Wish List-,  Drop off items @ Shir Tikvah, 1424 W 183rd St, Homewood, 60430 or Gypsy Fix, 1056 Sterling Ave, Flossmoor, IL  60422, or send your check to Shir Tikvah by May 10th and we will buy items from our wish list on your behalf.  Contact us directly at:

Temple Anshe Sholom

Shabbat Services - Fridays  at 7:30 PM, Torah Study - May 14 at 10:00 AM  Omer Class on Zoom every Wednesday through June 1. Please join us for our special Shabbat on May 20 - 21 for the Mini Grant - Galeet Dardashti    For more details call the synagogue office.


JCC Updates

JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival | Speer Goes to Hollywood

Sunday, May 22, 1pm

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

9603 Woods Drive

Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Tickets: $5

For more information and to purchase tickets:


Camp counselors needed in Israel June 23-July 24, 2022

“Kef” means fun in Hebrew and Kefiada is JUF’s English-immersion, American style day camp in Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir, Israel.  There is no program cost, plus free room and board and $1200 flight stipends for all counselors.  Kefiada campers are 4th-6th graders and the counselors are college students from Chicago or go to school in Illinois. Kefiada serves as a bridge over the summer for Israeli students to retain the English that they have learned during the school year and expand on it. Kefiada is a great way for college students to get back to Israel, really become part of Israeli life and help Israelis in a meaningful way.  The application and FAQ can be found at


Keshet - For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life

Keshet hosts weekly online programs for LGBTQ Jewish youth ages 13-24, including: Monday Evening Hangouts, the Arts Circle, the Trans and Nonbinary Space, and the Young Adult Chill Space. Folks can learn more and register here:

Reclaiming Leviticus 18:22

What does the Torah really say about LGBTQ people and identity? One narrow interpretation of one verse in the book of Leviticus has been used for centuries to attack and shame LGBTQ people. But Jewish tradition teaches us always to ask questions and to delve into every pathway of interpretation.

For the third year in a row, but the first time in person, our community is coming together to lift up queer and trans Jewish voices during the week that our Torah reading cycle includes that one verse, Leviticus 18:22.

Join Keshet, Base Andersonville, and Mishkan Chicago to listen and to share your stories about how your LGBTQ identity connects with sacred text and with the Jewish community. 

Thursday, May 5

7-7:30pm Snack and Schmooze

7:30-9pm Storytelling

Base Andersonville

RSVP here 

We’re excited for this evening of learning, listening, and celebration of our whole, holy selves. Non-LGBTQ allies are welcome to participate as audience members, but we are prioritizing LGBTQ voices.

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