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Moriah Happenings

December 7, 2017
19 Kislev 5778
Parashat Hashavua class is on Shabbat at 8:30 am

*Join your Moriah Family this Shabbat*
Mazal Tov to Talia Scholder who will become a Bat Mitzvah this Shabbat. Mazal Tov to her parents, Shana & Adam; to her sisters, Maya and Naomi; to her grandparents, Judy & Stephen Leapman and Evie & Gary Scholder and to her great grandmother, Fay Schmetterling.

O ur next Women's Rosh Chodesh gathering is this Shabbat, December 9th , a half hour after Kiddush. We will be focusing on Hanukkah with Betsy Graupe and Linda Spring . The topic is "Judith and Hannah:Heroine or Martyr?" All women are welcome to attend.

Chanukkah begins December 12. Give a fit that keeps on giving (both to the shopper in your life and to Moriah!) purchasing a gift certificate to Moriah's 2018 Art Fair (March 8-11). Please contact the office and we'll get it to you in time for Chanukah!

*Please respect our observance of Shabbat and refrain from using your phone at any time anywhere in the building. If there is a reason that you must use your phone, we ask that you please leave the building.
Service Times
Shabbat Candle lighting: 4:01 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat: 4:10 pm
Shabbat Services: 9:00 am
Shabbat Mincha: after Kiddush
Havdalah: 5:01 pm

Next Week
Sunday: 9:00 am
Monday - Thursday: 6:30 am
Friday: 6:30 am and 4:10 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): 

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
November,  Norm Finkel 

Join A Chavurah!
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Yahrzeit this week:

December 8: Joel Shalowitz, Nancy Shalowitz
December 10: David Jonas, Mindy Botbol
6th Grade Bnei Mitzvah Class
Sundays: 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.
Dear Friends and Family,
On January 1, 2018 I will become a Bar Mitzvah in Israel! For my mitzvah project I am collecting gently used sports equipment for The Sports Shed. As many of you know I love to play sports! I have been fortunate to have played on teams that have provided me with uniforms and my parents have provided me with sports equipment. Many kids living in under-resourced areas in Chicago are not as fortunate. The Sports Shed  is making a difference in kids lives. 
Check out your  GARAGE  for gently used gear and place it in the bin located in Moriah’s lobby. I will bring the gear to Play it Again Sports where the value of the items will be applied as a credit to The Sports Shed’s account. This allows The Sports Shed to get the gear they need! 
Thank you for helping me help kids!
Daniel Simmons
International Conference will be held this year in Chicago!! December 24 -28 at the Sheraton Chicago. The cost for the convention for our region is $1,040.There is a $200 stipend for all that sign up by December 10th.

Join Moriah Teens on December 12th , for our annual Chanukkah caroling and Fundraising! We will meet at Moriah at 6:30 pm and be back at 8:00 pm. 
McDusy Dessert Hop has been postponed until Saturday Night January 20th. 
ATID : On Sunday, December 17th, MAD Science will be joining ATID at Moriah for a morning of experiments, fun, and science! The event will be from 11:30 am-1:00 pm and lunch will be provided! Cost for the event is $10 for Moriah Members and and $15 for non-members. All are welcome, so bring friends! If you want to get mad with science, please RSVP to by December 11th. ATID is for 3rd-5th graders.

KADIMA: On Sunday, December 17th, KADIMA will be heading to Vernon Hills for some exhilarating rounds of Whirlyball! Whirlyball is a fun way to combine a made up sport with bumper cars! The event is from 3:30-4:45 pm and a bus can be arranged if needed. Cost for this event is $20 for Moriah members and $25 for non-members. Friends are welcome!! In order to accurately book the event, we need a general head count so please RSVP by December 6th to if your child would like to attend! KADIMA is for 6th-8th graders. 
Chanukkah is coming!
Join us to light a candle on the first night
A party with DJ Lou, arts & crafts, face painting, dance & more
Tuesday, December 12, 5:00 – 6:15 pm
Volunteers needed to help serve Chanukkah goodies!    Teens are encouraged to help.
Click here for the descriptions of all courses

Mondays through Dec. 11, 9:30-10:30 am - Conversational Hebrew - Silvi Freedson
New session starts January 22 - March 26
Advanced Beginners at 9:30 - 10:30 am
Intermediate: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Mondays, 7:15 pm - Moriah Partnership Minyan

Mondays, 7:30 pm - Talmud Study - Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham

Tuesdays, 8:30 am - Musar Text Study - Rabbi Ben Kramer

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm - 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.

Friday, December 22 at 4:10 pm. Friday Night Parntership Minyan. At this service, women will lead Kabbalat Shabbat.

habbat, January 6 Issues in Egalitarianism will be Women and Time Bound-Mitzvot, which will focus on talit, tefillin and tefillah.

Mondays, January 15, 22, 29 and February 5 at 7:30 pm
Refining our Middot through study and mindfulness practices.
Taught by Dr. Lena Kushnir

Mondays 7:30 - 9:00 pm starting January 22 - February 12
Understanding the Amidah taught by Rabbi Ben Kramer

Wednesdays, January 31, February 7, 14 & 21
The six remembrances and Jewish mindfulness
Taught by Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell

Click here if you're interested in the Mechon Hadar Executive Seminar - July 8-12.

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
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
On December 11, 7:00 pm, at the District 109 administrative building (517 Deerfield Road), Hebrew as a world language to begin in the fall, 2018 at Shepard and Caruso middle school will be presented. They need as many people as possible to attend this meeting to show support for this Hebrew initiative. (Hebrew the language used by Israelis every day as distinguished from the biblical Hebrew we use for religious ritual.) Whether or not your child will take Hebrew at district 109 middle schools PLEASE come and support.

For those unable to attend the board meeting, please show your support by writing an email to one or more of those listed below: 
 "I am a parent or community member in District 109 and I support the addition of Hebrew as a world Language in District 109 in the fall 2018."
District Emails: Michael Lubelfeld superintendent:
Board of Education: Board President:
JTS - Be Inspired this Hanukah!
Illuminate your Hanukah with great Torah learning from JTS scholars who explore the history, theology, politics, and traditions of the holiday. You’ll light the menorah with a deeper understanding and appreciation. Chag urim sameach, happy festival of lights, from JTS
A message from the The ARK...
Winter Break Volunteering
Join us for either of two volunteer sessions on December 25. Both sessions will involve stocking food in our pantry.
December 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m. (family-friendly)
December 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m. (teens/adults)
Spaces will fill quickly, so please email Sophia to volunteer.  
Join Us for The ARK's Young Family Volunteer Days
The ARK's family volunteer days are designed for families with children from birth to 13. Each event blends fun, educational activities with hands-on work. More details and a full schedule are available here . To sign up, and/or find additional dates, please click on
For more information, contact Rebecca .
Serve Dinner at Cafe ARK
We have openings in December (and beyond)! Click here to sign up to serve dinner on the Wednesday night(s) of your choice. This is a great family volunteer opportunity.  Teens 13 and older do not need to be accompanied by a parent.
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
Nativ 37 is having a wonderful year! Help us spread the word to your high schoolers, USYers, and parents of high schoolers about the uniqueness of Nativ. This year in Israel will strengthen Jewish identities and empower the leaders of our communities and Jewish communities in the years ahead!  
This 3 minute  video  captures the true essence of Nativ. Please take a few minutes to watch it Let the light of Nativ spread as this Hanukkah season is about to begin.
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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