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July 1, 2022

Community Updates

Summer is in full swing!  It was absolutely awe inspiring to celebrate Shabbat together outdoors in June. It was such an honor to have our community Rabbis in attendance both current and emeriti. Our welcoming barbeque and lovely oneg was attended by over 150 community members.  Thank you Shir Tikvah for being such wonderful hosts to this program and thank you to Larry Burrows for capturing such wonderful photos of the event.  A special thanks to Gayle Weil and to Debra Borodkin for all the hard work in pulling off such an incredible event.  

Our next community knitting event is July 14 at 1:30pm at Shir Tikvah.  Want to join us?  Call Amy for more details.

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 or tel:708-249-6086


Synagogue Updates

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.  Friday, July 1st, will be our Red, White, and Blue Celebration, along with recognizing the observance of Canada Day.  This service begins at 9:30 am.

Shir Tikvah will be hosting a Combined Reform and Conservative Shabbat at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 16th.  The service will be followed by Bible and Bagels, a time of Torah study, food, and fellowship.

Joliet Jewish Congregation -  Services are on Fridays  at 7:00 PM on  July 1, 15, 29  and Saturdays - 9:30 AM - July 2, 9. 16. 23, 30.  For more information see our website or call the office.

Temple Anshe Sholom -  Shabbat Services every Friday, 7:30 PM in person and on Zoom. For links and additional information, call the office.


NCJW South Cook Upcoming Programs

Join us for the 10th annual Southland Community Garden Walk presented by the National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section on July 17, 2022, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine. The event will start at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Rd. in Flossmoor. We are featuring 5 unique, beautiful gardens in the south suburbs of Chicago. Advance tickets are $20 and day of tickets can be purchased at Goldberg Park for $25.  

Honey is back!  Our Queen Bees are ready to take your orders for Honey for the Holidays.  Order forms are available here for both our jars of honey and our cards.  Orders for honey and cards are due August 10, 2022.

Save the Date!  National Council of Jewish Women South Cook Section is celebrating our 100th Birthday on September 11, 2022.  For tickets and more information contact Sharon.


JCC Updates

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


Write on for Israel

The Write On for Israel fellows recently completed their 8-day trip to Israel. Fellows met with politicians, leading journalists and changemakers within the Israeli, Arab, and Palestinian communities as part of their in-depth exploration of the country’s history, politics, culture, and society. They also enjoyed some fun in the Israeli sun with rafting on the Jordan River, a special chocolate making workshop in the Golan Heights, surfing the waves in Tel Aviv, and so much more!

The trip was the culmination of a year-long fellowship that empowers a cohort of young influencers to make a tangible impact on their future college campuses and beyond. If you are a rising high-school junior or senior, you are invited to apply to become part of Write On for Israel’s 19th cohort. Fellows will sharpen their leadership skills, enhance their knowledge about Israel, learn how to navigate campus politics, and make change within communities and organizations. In addition to the Israel trip, you will also travel to Washington, DC to lobby Congress. Write On alumni go on to prestigious universities to serve in student government, lead social justice groups, create campus organizations, and serve as thought leaders among their peers. To learn more and begin your application, please visit Applications are on a rolling basis so don’t delay – apply today!


Springboard and YLD Events

It’s finally summer! Springboard is here to help you connect with the Jewish teen community. There are multiple opportunities for summer connections. You can learn about them all at

Multi-Day Local Summer Programs from JUF Teens

  • Camp TOV: Teens Make a Difference! From supporting local neighbors to combatting hunger, Camp TOV is a unique opportunity to make a difference all over Chicago this summer. Camp will run from August 8th to August 12th and is open to teens entering 7th-10th grade. Learn more and register here.
  • Dinner and Justice: A teen symposium on food insecurity in Chicago.  This three-part event will take place from 6-8pm on July 26, 27, and 28 in Chicago. Each evening, the group will have dinner and explore issues and solutions to food insecurity in Chicago. If you would like to participate, please fill out this form here by June 30, and program staff will contact you with more information. You can reach out to Beckee Birger ( with questions.

JUF Teens + Springboard Cohort Program Applications

Looking for a yearlong cohort opportunity? Join JUF Teen Programs + Springboard in the 2022-2023 school year with the following five opportunities. 

  • Voices: The Chicago Jewish Teen Foundation is for Jewish high school students from across the metro Chicago area to learn and experience the ins and outs of philanthropy and the grant-making process. 
  • Research Training Internship Applications (RTI) is for female and nonbinary identifying teens to explore, research and report on a social justice issue they believe the Jewish community is facing in order to continue to teach the community. 
  • Write On for Israel is for current high school sophomores or juniors interested in sharpening their leadership skills, enhancing their knowledge about Israel, and learning how to navigate campus politics. This program includes a trip to Washington D.C. and Israel in the summer.
  • Springboard Peer Ambassadors is for Jewish high school students from the Chicago area who want to play a key role in planning and attending Jewish experiences with their friends and have thoughtful conversations with friends.

YLD Summer Softball

  • Join us for YLD’s Summer Softball League! Games will be played on Tuesday evenings starting on July 12th in Stanton Park (618 W Scott St). After the games, teams can walk over to our sponsor bar for drinks, socializing and fun! Stretch your muscles, support YLD, and make new friends this softball season!
  • Stanton Park (618 W Scott St)
  • Tuesday Nights - July 12, 19, 26, and Aug 2, 9, 16, 23
  • Games start at various times
  • $80 for those who gave to the 2022 campaign, $105 for those who haven’t , Price includes six regular season games, at least one guaranteed playoff game, and a t-shirt in your team's color. Parking is readily available onsite. No additional equipment required. You may sign up as an individual, with a friend, or as a team.
  • Register at

Cubs Game with YLD

  • Join us at Wrigley for a night at the Cubs game! Come cheer on the Cubs and as they take on the Orioles while meeting other young adults and enjoying a night out at the ballpark.
  • Wrigley Field (1060 W Addison St)
  • Wednesday, July 13th from 7-11pm
  • $60
  • Register here

Combatting Antisemitism Panel

  • Join YLD’s Community Affairs Committee for a discussion on antisemitism in American culture.  Hear fro ma variety of panelists including Representative Brad Schneider, a University of Illinois recent graduate, and Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Shoshanah Conover.
  • JUF (30 S. Wells St.)
  • Monday, July 25th from 6:30-8:30pm
  • $18
  • 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

Keshet - For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life

There’s no denying that LGBTQ+ rights are under attack across the country, with trans teens particularly facing rhetorical and legislative attacks simply for wanting to be their full, authentic selves. One of the ways we can push back against this adversity is by unleashing our creative power: making art that disrupts hate and inspires those feeling alone and unseen. To elevate the voices, ideas, and experiences of our community, Keshet is producing a Zine called “At the Intersection of Queer and Jewish” featuring the creative works of LGBTQ+ Jewish folks ages 13-24! We are accepting submissions now through July 31, with the goal of publishing by the High Holidays. Creators can also opt into having their art/writing featured on our website and through other media. Published creators will receive a Visa gift card or a check in the amount of $54. LGBTQ and ally Jewish youth can join our youth leader on June 27, at 7pm CST for a free, virtual, workshop, Art at the Intersection of Queer and Jewish with Fayvel! A space for folks 13-24 to come and share about the art they’ve made, get some peer feedback, and work on said art together. Register here!

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