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South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council - Community News
September 30, 2022

Community Updates

Shana Tova! It is hard to believe it is October! Fall is upon us and our community calendar is full in the coming weeks. We hope to see you at some of these upcoming programs.

Sunday, October 2, at 3pm 7th-12th graders are invited to South Suburbs Sundaes hosted by Jewish Student Connection (JSC). 16135 S La Grange Rd, Orland Park. Come and enjoy ice cream at Cold Stone, completely free RSVP Here

Sunday, October 16, at 10 am, Shir Tikvah welcomes Author Andrew Feller on Zoom to discusshis book "A Better Life for Their Children." Using photographs and first person stories, this book explores the partnership of Julius Rosenwald and Booker T. Washington, and their ambitious strategy to help build public schools for African American children in the Segregated South in the early 1900s. Register here.

Shalom over 50 resumes on Tuesday, October 25 with a special performance of the Maxwell St. Trio. If you're not a member, but would like to join us for this special event, please contact Ilene Uhlmann for more information.

Knitting (and crocheting) is back on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:30pm at Shir Tikvah. All are invited to join us as we work on projects for ourselves or to donate!

Sunday, October 30, at 1pm, join Joliet Jewish Congregation for an in-person workshop to create your own Shabbat candlesticks through the Gary Rosenthal Hiddur Mitzvah project. We will learn the art of mosaics and then create our own Shabbat candlesticks. This program has limited space. Register here by October 15.

Sunday, November 6, at 2pm, Join Women of Shir Tikvah as they welcome Cantor Cory Winter for a special concert. Register here for this free event.

National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section is finalizing their 2022-2023 directory. If you have changed your phone number or email or even a new address! SNOWBIRDS! Let’s add you to our directory. It’s always nice to know you have a neighbor nearby! Please email Debra with these updates. Your help is really appreciated!

Looking for a ride? Shalom Transportation has you covered. Shalom Transportation provides highly subsidized rides to Jewish older adults 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

If you are in need of resources or looking for other community programs, please reach out to me. Wishing you and your family a year full of sweetness!

Amy tel:708-249-6086


Synagogue Updates

Joliet Jewish Congregation

Shabbat Services are on Friday evenings at 7:00 PM and Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM All services are in-person and can be live streamed. Go to and click the link.

High Holiday Schedule:

October 4 – Kol Nidre – 6; 30 PM

October 5 – Yom Kippur – 9:30 AM

October 9 – Erev Sukkot – 6:30 PM

October 10 – 1st Day Sukkot – 9:30 AM

October 11 – 2nd Day Sukkot – 9:30 AM

On Sunday, October 2 at Noon at Hammel Woods, Shorewood, DuPage River/State Rt. 59, Join Joliet Jewish Congregation & communities around the world for the 5th Annual Reverse Tashlich. Contact Beth at 815-741-4600.

Joliet Chapter of Hadassah invites you to a Shabbat Family Dinner on Friday, October 14th. Services 6:00 PM with dinner to follow. Donation $36.00/adult, $5.00/child. RSVP by October 7. Please contact the office at 815-741-4600.

Kulam Teen Program – Join Rabbi Jenny at Joliet Jewish Congregation. 10 Sessions – Sundays from 4-6 PM starting on Sunday, October 23rd. Cost $20.00 per session. Financial Aid Available. Contact Joliet Jewish Congregation at

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

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.

We will be conducting a Kever Avot Servicer at Beverly Cemetery on Sunday, October 2nd, at 2 pm with Temple Anshe Sholom. Everyone should meet at the obelisk.

Shir Tikvah has a monthly board meeting for the Women of Shir Tikvah on Monday, October 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Our regular ZOOM Board Meeting for all officers will be held on Monday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a Memorial Service in honor of the late Leo L. Wolfson on Sunday, October 23, at 1:30 pm.

Saturday, October 29, at 11 am, we are hosting a PJ Library Shabbat for young families. Register here.

The following is our upcoming Sukkot and Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah schedule:

Monday, October 10th, 9:45 am, at Shir Tikvah- Reform 1st day of Sukkot Festival Service

Tuesday, October 11th, 9:45 am, at Shir Tikvah- Conservative 2nd day of Sukkot Festival Service

Monday, October 17th, 9:45 am, at Shir Tikvah- Combined Reform and Conservative Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Festival Service.

Monday, October 17th, 7:00 pm, at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI), Munster, IN- Conservative Erev Simchat Torah Service (Shir Tikvah will join CBI in Munster, IN)

Tuesday, October 18th, 10 am, at Congregation Beth Israel (CBI), Munster, IN- Conservative Simchat Torah Service (Shir Tikvah will join CBI in Munster, IN)

Temple Anshe Sholom

Shabbat services each Friday at 7:30 P.M. In-person & on Zoom

October 1 - Family High Holiday Service 10:30 A.M

October 2 - Kever Avot 12:00 P.M. Elmwood Cemetery and Kever Avot 2:00 P.M. Beverly cemetery

October 9 - Sukkah Decorating & Pizza in the Hut

October 12- Bring your own Dinner & eat in the sukkah

October 13 Bring your own lunch & eat in the sukkah

October 16 - Simchat Torah dinner @ 5:30pm followed by a lively celebration with dancing at 7:30pm

October 23 - Sisterhood hosts Finger knitting 1:30pm

For information or zoom links, please call the office at 708-748-6010


YLD Events

Fall LEADS 2022

  • The LEADS Program is a great way to meet new people in Chicago and offers an introductory exploration of the Jewish community in a fun, relaxed social setting.
  • 8 Weekly Sessions October-December from 6:30-8:30pm
  • Various Locations
  • $50, price includes food, speakers, and program supplies. An additional $25 will be charged for those who have not yet donated to the 2022 JUF Annual Campaign

Fall LEARN 2022

  • Base Lincoln Park and YLD are teaming up to offer LEARN again this fall! Join a cohort of young adults for tapas, wine and conversation at the Lincoln Park home of Rav Sarah Mulhern and Rav Will Friedman. Explore what Judaism has to say about many of life’s big questions and create a new community as you LEARN together
  • 8 Weekly Sessions and one Shabbat Dinner October-January from 8:00-9:30pm
  • 858 W Wrightwood Ave
  • $36, price includes 8 sessions, tapas and wine, and one Shabbat dinner. If cost is prohibitory to participation, please contact
  • Register here

YLD’s Big Event Fundraiser

  • Join us for YLD’s 14th annual Big Event Fundraiser featuring Emmy-nominated writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling! The night doesn't have to stop there... stay for the after-party with 1,000+ friends, a DJ, drinks & late-night snacks.
  • Saturday, October 29 from 8-11:30pm
  • Harris Theater (205 E Randolph)
  • $135, which includes a $50 gift to the 2022 JUF Annual Campaign
  • Register here

Israel Now

Time is running out to sign your 8th grader up for the trip of a lifetime! IsraelNow is an amazing trip that takes 8th graders to Israel for a week and a half. Spots are still available for the Monday, March 20th - Wednesday, March 29th trip. Your child will make memories, friends for life, and have an experience you'll never forget! Sign up now at! Registration closes soon- don’t miss out!


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


Write on for Israel

Write On for Israel is a leadership and college focused program that really helps you and your friends grow into change makers, influencers, and empowered leaders. With an eye on Israel, WOFI will help you speak your mind, speak up for your community, and advocate for the causes you care about.

From November to May, Fellows meet once a month for innovative seminars with lots of snacks, coffee, and time to get to know new people (fellows come from all over Chicagoland!) while gaining deeper understanding of Israel, campus, and how you can be a part of the bigger conversation.

The Israel trip is a mind-blowing experience with access to politicians, journalists, and other culture makers, as well as meeting more Israeli teens, hanging on the beach, and so much more. The lobbying experience gives you the opportunity to make your voice heard right here in our country by speaking directly to your representatives!

Applications are now open – but spots are limited! So hurry! All high school juniors and seniors are eligible. Reach out to with any questions.


PJ Library at Shir Tikvah

Join Shir Tikvah for PJ Library Shabbat on October 29 at 11am. We will sing and dance and welcome Shabbat! Register here for this exciting program. Any questions, call the Shir Tikvah office at 708-799-4110

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