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May 2023 Community News
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May 1, 2023

Community News

Spring is finally here. We have much to celebrate this month! Israel is 75! Save the date and mark your calendars for an incredible celebration on June 13. JUF is hosting a first-ever Israeli-themed show featuring 500 drones! Watch via livestream or in-person as the drones liftoff from the lakefront at 9:15p.m. Additional details will be confirmed upon RSVP.

On May, 1, at 7:30 p.m, the Village of Flossmoor honors the Jewish community with the proclamation that May is Jewish American Heritage Month. The Proclamation will be presented to Rabbi Harari, Rabbi Isaacs and community members at the village board meeting. You are invited to join us at in the Board Room of Flossmoor Village Hall, 2800 Flossmoor Rd, Flossmoor, to accept this.

Sunday, May 7, Shir Tikvah welcomes Kol Zimrah, Jewish Community Singers. It's been many years since they have last performed in our community. Join us for this special event! Doors open for this free concert at 3 p.m. Register here for this mini-grant program.

On the weekend of May 19, May 20 and May 21, Temple Anshe Sholom/ Temple Beth El host a mini-grant with Naomi Less, singer and songwriter. Naomi will be joining Rabbi Isaacs for Shabbat Services on Friday night, Havdalah on Saturday evening and a special Shavout program on Sunday morning. See below for more details.

Instruments from Violins Of Hope will be used in the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra's concert performance, on May 13, at their 45th Anniversary Season finale. IPO Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Cziner has composed a strings-only composition in memory of his grandfather, who lost many family members in the Holocaust. . Tickets are available at or by calling the IPO Box Office at 708-481-7774. Shalom over 50 will host a storytelling and demonstration of the violins on Tuesday, May 16. To register for Shalom over 50, and to learn more about this event, email Ilene.

Like to knit, crochet or catch up? Our knitting group is meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Shir Tikvah. Contact Amy for more details. Save the date for our CJC BBQ and Shabbat on June 9. More details and registration coming soon!

Thank you to all the volunteers who participated in Good Deeds Day! Our community had incredible turnout and all the completed projects were well received. A special kudos to our volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank--I don't think we'll ever look at canned corn the same! Mark your calendars for June 11, we'll be hosting a drop off of Nourish our Neighborhoods. More details coming soon.

If you're in need of a ride, Shalom Transportation has you covered! Older adults in the South Suburban community are eligible for 10 highly subsidized rides a month. Supported by the Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, each ride is only $5 and enables you to 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

If you are in need of resources or have a general question, please reach out. I'm always happy to try and make some connections. Wishing all the mother's a very Happy Mother's Day!




Synagogue Updates

Shir Tikvah

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

The Shir Tikvah Shabbat Services are on a four-week rotation. Week 1: Conservative Service, Week 2: Reform Service, Week 3: Conservative Service, Week 4: Combined Reform and Conservative Service. For security purposes, we are asking non-members to please call the office (at least a few days before) to let us know that you will be attending one of our services. 708-799-4110.

Tuesday, May 2, and Sunday, May 7, will respectively be the last days for Hebrew School and Sunday School for this year.

Shir Tikvah will hold their monthly board meeting for the Women of Shir Tikvah on Monday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Our regular Board Meeting will be held for all officers and will be held in-person on the same day, Monday, May 8 at 8:00 p.m. The board will begin meeting in person beginning in May and will continue until the 2023 winter months.

Friday, May 26, there will be a Reform Festival 1st Day Shavuot Service including Yizkor at 9:45 am. On Saturday, May 27, there will be a Conservative Shabbat and 2nd Day Shavuot Service including Yizkor at 9:45 am.

The Shir Tikvah office will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

Temple Anshe Sholom/ Temple Beth El

Shabbat each Friday at 7:30 P.M. in person and on Zoom.

Torah Study May 13 at 10:00 A.M.on Zoom only.

Naomi Less Mini Grant, May 19 -21.

May 25 at 7:30 P.M. Shavuot Blintzes and Baileys.

Joliet Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Services: Friday evenings at 7:00 PM (Family Service on May19) & Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM - No services scheduled at JJC on May 5 and May 26

All services are in-person and can be live-streamed. Go to and click the link.

Lunch & Learn - Tuesdays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM (Zoom only) Contact the office at 815-741-4600 or for sign-in information

Maj Jongg - every Wednesday 1:00 - 3:00, at JJC, 250 N. Midland, Joliet, IL Open to experience to new-be’s who would like to learn how to play Contact: Jan Stone,

Design your own colorful tallit workshop, has been rescheduled to August 8. Watch for more details.

Diaper Depot Drive through May 21, to help the diaper shortage in Will Country. Drop off diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, 6) in the box in the JJC lobby.

Check “Events at-a-glance” page or schedule updates/additions or cancelations


Around JUF

Across the Spectrum- Talking About Israel in an Age of Division

  • YLD and IPF ATID (Israel Policy Forum's young professional program) invite you to an interactive event designed for young adults who are interested in learning how to navigate discussions about Israel in a time where opinions are polarized, and rhetoric is increasingly divisive. This is a discussion-based program, all levels of knowledge are welcome.

  • Wednesday, May 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm

  • JUF (30 S Wells St)

  • $6, includes entry and dinner

  • Register here

Party of 8

  • Calling all foodies this spring! Let YLD schedule a reservation at a restaurant for you and others, giving you a chance for a fun night out with new friends. Following dinner, all parties will meet up for an after-party at a central location. Diners will have the option to sign up solo or with a significant other/friend.

  • Thursday, May 18th from 6:30-10pm

  • Various Restaurants around Chicago

  • $12, which includes admission to the after-party and one drink ticket. Diners are responsible for their own dinner bill.

  • Register here

S’mores Under the Stars

  • Young adults in their 20's and 30's can gather around the campfire for s'mores, dinner, drinks and good vibes. For $5 per person, grab your friends, meet new ones and hang out under the stars.

  • Thursday, May 11th from 6:30-8:30pm

  • Bernard Weinger JCC, Northrbook

  • $5

  • Register here


Shalom over 50

Shalom over 50 meets on Tuesdays for lunch and entertainment at Shir Tikvah. Want to join our lively group? Call Ilene for all the details. Shalom over 50 will be showcasing the Violins of Hope on May 16. If you are not a regular member, but want to join this special presentation, please let us know, by contacting Ilene or the Shir Tikvah office that you will be in attendance.


JCC Film Festival

JCC Film Festival returns to the South Suburbs this June. All films will begin at 7pm at the Homewood Science Center, with a talk back following each film with Suzanne Patterson. June 8, The Conference, June 15, Lost in Transport and June 22, Reckonings. Register by emailing Ilene or calling 708-287-7220.


JCC Backyard Games

JCC Teens invites you to the Backyard Games on Sunday, May 7th from 2-4pm at the Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook. Hang out with your friends for an afternoon of yard games, high ropes course, food trucks, inflatables, a DJ, raffles, prizes, swag and more! Register in advance at for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Day of walk-ins welcome too! This event is FREE for all 6th-12th graders. Email Julie Rubin at with questions.

Save the dates below for celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride month with Keshet and Chicagoland Jewish organizations:

  • Sunday, June 4: Buffalo Grove Pride Parade
  • Saturday, June 10: Lake County Pride Fest
  • Sunday, June 25: Chicago Pride Parade
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