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

Community Updates

Summer is in full swing, and while we hope you are all taking some time to slow down and enjoy the sunshine, there is a lot of behind the scenes work taking place to prepare for the High Holidays and fall Jewish community programming.  Mark your calendars! September 9 at 7:30pm,  we will gather as a community to celebrate Shabbat at Temple Anshe Sholom in Munster.  For more details, call the officeSeptember 11, at 4pm, National Council of Jewish Women, South Cook Section celebrates its 100th Birthday!  We hope you can join us for this incredible milestone!  Mazel Tov NCJW!  September 12, at 7 pm Shir Tikvah hosts author Maggie Anton the award-winning author of Rashi's Daughters.  Maggie Anton, has written a wholly transformative novel that takes characters inspired by Chaim Potok and ages them into young adults in Brooklyn in the 1950s — a time of Elvis and Marilyn, communist scares and polio vaccines, postwar Jewish migration to Israel and America. Register here!

Looking to give back to the community by volunteering your time?  Maot Chitim Rosh Hashanah food packing will take place on the morning of September 11. Want to join a group and gather collectively to package food boxes?  Let me know by August 15 and I will be in touch with details. Maot Chitim delivery in our community is on September 18.  If you are interested in delivering packages, please let me know.  

Shalom over 50 meets on Tuesdays at Shir Tikvah for lunch, conversation, and a lively program. Upcoming programs include music and entertainment from Acapella Fellas, Ted Leman and Steve Cooper.  For more information, email us!

Shalom Transportation is an incredible resource that provides highly subsidized rides to Jewish seniors in the Southern Suburbs. Supported by the Albert and Lucille Delighter and Marcella Winston Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, each 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

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

Amy  tel:7082496086


Synagogue Updates

Joliet Jewish Congregation

In July we hosted an incredible challah bake.  We had a full kitchen of bakers and each perfected and baking delicious challahs!  If you want to be on the list for the next time we bake, let us know!  August 2 at 7pm - Book club on Zoom.  For details, call the office. Looking for a Maj game?  Maj Jong meets on Wednesdays at 1pm (in person!). If you want to learn Maj, we'll even teach you!  For information and to join our lively group, email Jan. On Sunday August 21,1pm, we are hosting an open house.  Come mingle and say hello to Rabbi Jenny and Cantor Jessica and check out all our synagogue has to offer to or members!  

Services are every other Friday at 7pm and on Saturday morning at 9:30.

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.  We also will be having a special Tisha B’Av service on Saturday, August 6, beginning at 8:45 p.m.

We’re looking forward to the Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Latman, daughter of Brian and Robin Latman, on Saturday, August 13 beginning at 10 a.m.  Mazel Tov!

On that note, Rick and Amy Bloomberg will be hosting the Oneg for our Friday, August 26,  (Reform Service) in honor of the upcoming Bar Mitzvah of their son, Josh Bloomberg.  

Our choir has been practicing weekly for our upcoming High Holiday services.  We are excited that it is almost the High Holidays!

Temple Anshe Sholom

Shabbat Services every Friday 7:30 PM in person and on Zoom.

August 13 - Torah Study on Zoom - 10:00 AM

August 20 - Havdalah

August 26 Men's Club/Brotherhood BBQ - 6:00 PM


Write on for Israel

Applications now open! Limited spots available. Be part of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and Israel by becoming a Write On Fellow!


Keshet - For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life

Nurturing your LGBTQ+ Child in Jewish Spaces: Session 3

Are you a parent, caregiver, guardian, or cherished elder of a child or young person who is part of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community? Do you want to learn more about how to celebrate them as they move through Jewish settings and milestones, and connect with other families doing the same? Moving Traditions, Keshet, and Response for Teens have teamed up to host three sessions for those parenting Jewish LGBTQ+ children and teens:

  • Session 3: Wednesday, August 3 from 7-9pm
  • Jewish lifecycle events have been historically gendered. Learn how Judaism is and should be a space to bend these gender norms and bring home tools to provide a place for your child to bring their full selves.
  • Register here:
  • Even if you missed sessions 1 & 2, feel free to sign up! We'll share resources from those initial conversations so that you're up-to-speed for this closing session. Reach out to with any questions!

YLD Events

YLD Couples Kayaking 

  • Join us with your significant other for an evening kayaking the Chicago River! Come for a relaxing evening on the water while meeting other couples and taking in the sights of our beautiful city.  
  • Chicago Riverwalk (435 E. Riverwalk South)  
  • Wednesday, August 17th from 6:45-8pm  
  • Cost: $35 per person 
  • Register Here:  

JPN + BPN Joint Happy Hour 

  • JUF’s Professionals Network and YLD’s Business Professionals Network are teaming up for a networking happy hour! Join us for an evening of networking and socializing.  
  • Wednesday, August 24th from 6-8pm 
  • Broken Barrel (2548 N Southport Ave)  
  • $18 
  • Register here

Nacho Typical Meetup  

  • Mix and mingle while enjoying Taco Vida, beer, wine, live music and backyard games. 
  • Thursday August 25th from 6-8pm 
  • Bernard Weinger JCC (300 Revere Drive Northbrook, IL)  
  • $5 
  • Register Here  

Back from Birthright Bar Night  

  • Back from Birthright Israel, Chicago’s Birthright Israel alumni network, invites you to join us for an evening of drinks, games, and connecting with fellow Birthright Israel alumni! Reconnect with your Birthright Israel bus and meet new people over some arcade games at Replay Lincoln Park.  
  • Wednesday, August 31st from 7-9pm 
  • Replay Lincoln Park (2833 N Sheffield Ave) 
  • $10 
  • Register Here 

Trybal Gatherings Midwest 

  • This Labor Day Weekend, join YLD at Trybal Midwest, an all-inclusive camp getaway for Chicago’s Jewish 20s/30s.  From waterskiing to bubble soccer, open bar to color war, don’t miss out on Chicago’s hottest summer gathering. 
  • To register, visit here 
  • For more information, or to request accommodations, please contact 

Class of 2022 Happy Hour  

  • Mazel tov on your graduation! Join YLD for an evening to meet fellow recent grads, reminisce about your college memories and learn about how you can get involved with Chicago’s Jewish young adult community. Price includes entry and a drink. 
  • Thursday, September 22nd 
  • Will’s Northwoods Inn (3030 N Racine Ave)  
  • $10, price includes entry and a drink  


18 Under 18: A Celebration of Jewish Teens – Nominations Opening Soon!

Text: Springboard, Chicago’s hub for Jewish teen programs, invites you to nominate fantastic Jewish teen leaders for this year’s 18 Under 18 award. Nominations will be open from August 15th through September 30th. 18 Under 18 highlights teens who live out their Jewish values as leaders and changemakers in the community. Complete this form if you’d like to receive an email reminder once nominations are live.

Join Springboard Chicago for Presenting...ME! Bringing Your Story to Life in Applications

Text: Applying for college, jobs, or other leadership experiences is stressful. Let Springboard help you! Springboard supports teen leaders and facilitates the 18 Under 18 program. At this virtual workshop on September 13th at 5:00pm CT, you will learn how to translate your experiences into clear, compelling answers to common questions and how to stand out in a crowded field of applications. We are thrilled to partner with Daniel Shore, PhD, who runs his own consulting firm, LETS, Leadership & Effective Teamwork Strategies, to help teens present their best selves when writing personal statements and applying to leadership opportunities. Parents will also benefit from learning tips and tricks to help your teens feel confident during application season. High school students and parents are invited to register here! Email with any questions.


Camp counselors needed in Israel June 20-July 23, 2023

“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

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