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South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council - Community News
November 1, 2022

Community Updates

As we head into November and all that this season brings, I want to express my gratitude to all of you for making this community the special place that it is. There are a number of exciting ways to engage in Jewish community life and culture this month.

Toward the end of the month JCC will kickoff an exciting Jewish American Short Stories program. This 4 week JUF supported mini-grant, provides the opportunity to learn and discuss Jewish literature with Anthony Wexler, PhD. The program will be offerred over zoom, and to receive the zoom link, click here.

A gift to the JUF Chanukah Coat Club helps provide Jewish community members who are struggling financially, with coats and other winter wear items to keep them warm each winter. I am in need of a few more volunteers to help with shopping, wrapping and/or delivering winter items for this program to our South Suburban neighbors. We will be shopping on November 9 and possibly November 11, and wrapping on November 20. To volunteer, please contact Amy. To make a donation to this program click here.

Like to knit or crochet? We'd love you to join our group! Our next meetup is on November 9 at 1:30pm at Shir Tikvah. For more details, contact Amy.

Save the date for the Homewood-Flossmoor Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on November 22 at 8pm. Event will take place at Infant Jesus of Prague in Flossmoor and will feature the HF Viking Choir.

As the days get shorter, some of us may be getting concerned about driving in the dark. 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 or family members are in need of resources or information, I'm always happy to help make connections. My contact information is below. Wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!



Synagogue Updates

Joliet Jewish Congregation

On Sunday, October 30, Joliet Jewish Congregation hosted a JUF mini-grant to make Shabbat Candlesticks. Community members from across the South Suburbs filled our social hall as we made our mosaics. Watch for photos of the finished projects.

Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner takes place on Sunday, November 6 from 3-7 PM. Join us for a wonderful dinner, raffle and silent auction. For more information, contact the office at 815-741-4600.

Shabbat Services take place on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM- No services scheduled for November 25. All services are in-person and can be live-streamed. Go to and click the link.

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 now on a four-week rotation. Week 1: Conservative Service, Week 2: Reform Service, Week 3: Conservative Service, Week 4: Combined Reform and Conservative Service.

On Friday, November 4, at 7pm, Shir Tikvah will hold Shabbat services commemorating Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass with guest musician, Judy Director. For more information, contact the office.

Women of Shir Tikvah monthly board meeting Monday, November 14, at 10:30 a.m. Our regular ZOOM Board Meeting for all officers will be held Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m.

The students at Shir Tikvah are learning twice a week. Sunday School is every Sunday at 10 am and Hebrew School is held every Tuesday at 4:30 pm.

Please note, the office at Shir Tikvah will be closed on Friday, November 11, for Veterans Day, and Thursday and Friday, November 24 and November 25 for the Thanksgiving.

Temple Anshe Sholom

Shabbat every Friday at 7:30 P.M. in person and via Zoom

November 11, is a special Veterans Day Shabbat 7:30 P.M.

November 5 & 19 Torah Study on Zoom

November 12 Havdalah on Zoom

It’s that time of year again to be placing your order for the 2023 Mah Jongg Cards. The sisterhood of Temple Anshe Sholom will be selling the cards. If you would like to order cards, standard size are $14 and large print are $15. Please mail your order with your check to Vivian Zimmerman by no later than January 20, 2023. Remember cards will be mailed directly to your home usually arriving the last week of March or the first week of April 2023.


Iris Dreyfuss Volunteer Recognition Award

We are so pleased to be able to gather together to honor Debby with this award. Iris was a longtime active South Cook member, and this award is presented to a community member who by her service is a model to all. To attend this program, please contact Debra.


JCC Updates

Shalom over 50 celebrated being back together with the Maxwell St Klezmer Trio at Shir Tikvah on Tuesday, October 25. This lively group meets weekly at Shir Tikvah for lunch and entertainment. To join the group, send an email to Ilene Uhlmann. We look forward to seeing you in person!


YLD Events

Friendsgiving Party of 8

  • Calling all foodies this Friendsgiving! 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, November 17th from 6:30-10:00pm
  • Various Restaurants, afterparty location to be provided
  • $12
  • Register here

Join TOV this holiday season for Mitzvah Mania!

Mitzvah Mania, a program of the JUF TOV Volunteer Network, offers one-time volunteer opportunities throughout Chicagoland. Projects in the south suburbs include knitting hats and making port pillows for Lemons of Love, shopping for coats with JUF through Chanukah Coat Club in November, and volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Joliet on Tuesday, December 27. These projects are the perfect way for individuals, families, groups, and teens to perform the mitzvah of tikkun olam without a long-term obligation. To view the full list of projects and register, head to

Save the date for Nourish Our Neighborhoods!

Join TOV for Nourish Our Neighborhoods, a community-wide collection drive taking place on Sunday, December 11, 2022 between 10-11am at Shir Tikvah. Collect new items for a kit supporting those in need at Respond Now and drop off during the designated timeframe. Registration to come this month, along with a list of specific item needs. For more information, email

TOV is partnered with the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section for this project.


JUF Young Families Celebrates the Magic of Chanukah

Celebrate the lights, sounds and miracle of Chanukah at the Morton Arboretum’s annual Illumination festival.

Families will enjoy our special indoor Chanukah magic show, take a selfie with Judah Maccabee, sing the Chanukah blessings, and experience the one-mile paved walking path of the Illumination lights festival.

Ticket price is $36 per family and includes admission to the Illumination lights festival and to all of our Chanukah programming.

Sunday, December 18, 2022
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Register here:

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