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November 9 2017
20 Cheshvan 5778
Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht [The Night Of Broken Glass].
Family School classes Kitah Hey, Vav & Zayin [5th, 6th & 7th] will hear from Moriah congregant, Ernest Fruehauf , as he shares stories from his childhood in Germany and his experience during Kristallnacht. Members are invited to hear Mr. Fruehauf speak in the library from 5:30-6:15 pm.

Tomorrow night is the Community Shabbat Dinner following services, which will start at 4:25 pm. Following dinner, we welcome our scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Reuven Hammer who will speak. There will be babysitting in Room #113.

A founder of the Masorti movement in Israel, Rabbi Reuven Hammer is a highly respected scholar, author and lecturer. He holds a Doctorate in Theology and Rabbincal Ordination from JTS. His new book is Akiva: Life, Legend, Legacy and exploration of the legendary Rabbi Akiva.

With insight and mastery of Rabbinic sources, Rabbi Reuven Hammer has produced an outstanding review of the life of Rabbi Akiva, clarifying his life, thoughts, beliefs, and concerns for the Jewish people. His book will delight and captivate readers. He will speak both Friday evening and on Saturday following Services.

Parashat Hashavua class is on Shabbat at 8:30 am
Service Times
Shabbat Candle lighting: 4:16 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:25 pm
Shabbat Services: 9:00 am
Shabbat Mincha: 4:10 pm
Havdalah: 5:16 pm

Next Week
Sunday: 9:00 am
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 am
Friday: 6:30 am and 4:20 pm
This Week's Parsha
Contact Us: (847) 948-5340
Children's Services
Beginning at 10:30 am
Tot Shabbat – Room 118
Mini Minyan (K-2) – Room 129
Junior Congregation (3-6) – Goldstein Beit Midrash
Babysitting – Room 118,
Kids’ Games – Room 113
Participate in Services
Lead Ashrei/Shir HaKavod: 
We encourage children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age who can read Hebrew to contact  Amie Barrish (847) 405-0510 or by email here.
Haftorah Readers: 
Contact  Dan Shulman 

Torah Reader assigners: (click the name to email): 

November,  Norm Finkel 
December,  Pam Brill 
January, D avid Ec anow
February, Lisa Weiner
March,  Marc Botbol
April,  Perry Hoffman
June, Betsy Graupe
August,  Alan Sohn
September: Dan Shulman
October, Karen Ebroon

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Yahrzeit this week:

November 10: Sonia Bloch
November 15: Dan Berger, Ken Berger
November 16: Gilda Bucky, Laurel Feldman, Phyllis Kaplan
6th Grade Bnei Mitzvah Class
Sundays: November 19, January 28, February 11
9:00 am - 11:30 am, Taught by: Rabbi Kramer & Lori Kramer
Four times during the year, students in sixth grade and their parents will come together on Sunday mornings to learn. All families of 6th graders are required to participate in all four of the Sunday programs. Please arrive at 9:00 am so the class can begin on time. A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to Lori at lkramer@moriahcong .
Interesting in learning?

Click here to view the catalogue of Learning Opportunities for 2017-18.
USY: Wednesday Night November 15th is our next lounge night. We will be having a Yom Competition and making "Tasty videos" to see who is the most creative.
There is no charge for this event, but please RSVP before November 12th.
The Chusy Turkey Dance is being held on Wednesday November 22nd at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park. More information to come. It would be great to have a large showing from our chapter!
Our board is trying to get together a McDusy basketball team. We will need full commitment from you to be on a team. Cost will be $25 to play for the season.
Email if you are interested by November 15th.
The dates for the games are as follows:
All games will continue to be held on Monday evenings. 
Games will be held at RZ on Dec. 4th; Jan. 8th; Feb. 12th
Games will be held at Anshe Emet Synagogue on Jan. 22nd; March 5th.
Finally International Conference will be held this year in Chicago!! December 24 -28 at the Sheraton Chicago. Here is the link to sign up. The cost for the convention for our region is $1,040.

ATID: On Sunday, November 19th at 11:30-1:00, join ATID for Party up Moriah! ATID is having a party with board games, music, arts and crafts, and yummy food! This event is free for members and $5 dollars for non-members. All are welcome so bring friends along! Please RSVP to Ari Goodman by November 14th at . ATID is for 3rd-5th graders.
Kadima : On Sunday, November 19th, we will be going to the Sachs Center in Deerfield for a pizza pool party! The event is from 3:15-4:45 pm and all are welcome to party it up - so bring your friends! $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
We will all be meeting at the Sachs center for the event. Please RSVP to by November 14th if you would like to come!
USY - IC Chicago -- December 24th-28th
Sheraton Grand Hotel, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago
CLICK HERE  TO REGISTER (and scroll down for more info)

PRICING: IC: $1040 (December 24th -December 28th)
Check with you Chapter Director for more information and pricing.)
Cancellation prior to October 16 th  – No fee
Cancellation from October 17 th  – November 1 st  - $100
Cancellation for November 2 nd  – December 4 th  - $250
Cancellation after December 4 th  – No Refund

Scholarship is need based. Contact Rabbi Donni C. Aaron for more information.

For more information, contact Rabbi Donni C. Aaron at
USY |  |  773-595-5045
SKIP stands for Send a Kid to Israel Partnership.  Beginning in 3rd grade, you put in $85 every year until your child ends 9th grade ; Moriah will contribute $85 each year, and the Federation will also contribute $85 each year. If your child is already participating in this program, please send $85 per child (payable to Moriah Congregation) to the office before November 30. 
Click here for the descriptions of all courses

Mondays - Conversational Hebrew through December 11 - 9:30-10:30 am

Mondays - Talmud Study - Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

Mondays - Moriah Partnership Minyan

Tuesdays - Jewish Theology and the Modern Jew - Rabbi Ken Berger. Participants are asked to bring a copy of Neil Gillman's Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew.  It is available through , , and the Jewish Publication Society's website.

Tuesdays Musar Text Study - Rabbi Ben Kramer

Mondays - Issues in Egalitarianism - Rabbi Ben Kramer

Wednesdays - The Media & the Jews: An explanation of portrayal and betrayal - Bruce Ogron

Mondays - Understanding The Shema - Rabbi Ben Kramer

Click here if you're interested in the Mechon Hadar Executive Seminar - July 8-12.
has been changed to Wednesday, November 15.
The movie is "Norman" starring Richard Gere.

“Norman” is a terrific movie. If you’ve considered attending the movie group, please see “Norman” on your own and come to the class for a fascinating discussion led by Dick Adler.
According to IMDB, Norman Oppenheimer is a small time Jewish operator, played by Richard Gere, who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. Three years later, when the politician becomes the PM of Israel, Norman’s life dramatically changes for better and worse.  Steve Buscemi plays the rabbi at Norman’s shul.
Hope to see you on November 15 th .

On the following Shabbats: Facilitated by: Irene Sufrin
January 13: I f All the Seas Were Ink: A Memoir by Ilana Kushan
March 3 : Judas by Amos Oz
May 7 : As Close to Us as Beauty: A Novel by Elizabeth Polliner 
Upcoming Events
Moriah ECC Mitzvah Day
Monday, November 20, 2017
8:00 -9:30 am, 12:30-1:30 pm, 3:30-4:45 pm
The Moriah ECC invites your family to participate in Mitzvah Day!  
Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, & caregivers are all welcome to participate with their children. 
There is no need to register in advance to participate in Mitzvah Day. If you are available to help "run" activities, your help would be greatly appreciated. We are looking for volunteers to work tables at each shift. 

If you can help out, please click on the link below:
Help our children learn the joy that comes from gemilut chasidim  (acts of loving kindness)

Before Mitzvah Day, we will be collecting:
  • Toilet Paper Rolls for making the dog toys

During Mitzvah Day, we will be collecting:
(toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)* 
* Toiletries and hats/gloves donations to be collected through December 15th.
We look forward to sharing this special day with you and your children.  
For more information please contact Sydney Freeman  
2018 Moriah Judaic Art & Jewelry Fair

Thursday, March 8
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Preview Gala

Friday, March 9
9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Saturday, March 10
8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Sunday, March 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Community Events & Programs
Volunteering at the Ark - contact Sophia at or 773.681.8982. Below are a few of the upcoming programs that need volunteers

Thanksgiving Behind-The-Scenes Help
While we are at capacity for volunteer drivers, we do need several people to help out on-site at the following times:
·   Wednesday, November 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Packing groceries (Chicago)
·   Thursday, November 26, 8:00-10:30 a.m.: Assisting with food distribution to volunteer drivers (Chicago)
·  Thursday, November 26, 8:30-10:30 a.m.: Assisting with food distribution to volunteer drivers (Northbrook)

Chanukah Gift Wishes
Through your generosity, more than 1,300 ARK clients will receive Chanukah gifts and gift cards this year. Many of the gift wishes are for basic necessities, and gift cards give people the dignity of being able to pick out a special gift for a child or loved one. Sign up at

Serve Dinner at Cafe ARK
We have some openings in November and December (and beyond)! Feel free to  sign up  to serve at our catered dinner program. This is a great family volunteer opportunity.  Cafe ARK volunteers can be 10+ years old with a parent present; people may come on their own following bar/bat mitzvah. 
NOTE: You need to sign up separately for each member of your group. To find out if we have enough space for more than one person, please contact  Carol
JTS - Just City Leadership Institute is coming!
To learn about this program Click here
Visit to learn about CJE SeniorLife's comprehensive network of programs/services for older adults and their families.
"The Hearing Loop"
Moriah has a loop system available for individuals using hearing aids, to improve communication access for our members and guests with hearing loss. To access this system, tell your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist that your synagogue is "looped" and ask if there is a t-coil in your hearing aid(s). Then make an appointment to have it activated. If your hearing aids do not have a t-coil, talk with him/her about alternate ways of accessing the loop. 
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