Moriah Congregation sanctuary
April 27, 2017

1 Iyar 5777

In This Issue
Sophia Fraint Baby Naming
April 29

Yom Ha'Atzmaut Community Celebration
(Israel's Independence Day
Tuesday, May 2, 5:00-6:00 pm

AIPAC Program hosted at Moriah
Thursday, May 4, 7:00 pm

Youth Weekend
May 5 - Community Shabbat Dinner
May 6Youth Services

May 10 - 7:00 pm
JUF Dessert Reception

Zachary Rosen's Bar Mitzvah
May 13

Shayna Weinstein's Bat Mitzvah
June 3

Annual Graduation Kiddush
June 3

Maya Wasserman Bat Mitzvah
June 10

 Friday night Candle lighting: 7:28 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat Services: 6:30 pm
No Mincha this week. 
Daven Mincha before: 6:19 pm

Shabbat Services: 9:00 am

Shabbat Afternoon Mincha: 7:15 pm

Havdalah: 8:28 pm  
Sunday at 6:30 am and 6:30 pm

Monday -  Thurs at 6:30 am 
Fri at 6:30 am & 6:30 pm
Sam Fraint - 
Lisa Kaplan - 
Lori Kramer - 
Cherene Radis -
Shai Halivni - 



Tazria-Metzora  click here
Haftarah Commentary -  click here or subscribe here  for commentary by Rabbi Silverstein through the Conservative Yeshiva  


The following people have asked that we announce that they will be observing a yahrzeit this week.  Anyone may have this announcement made by contacting Judy and opting into this program.


April 29:  Mel Gerstein, Paul Schur

May 3:     Jan Gaines

Participate in our Service

Lead Ashrei or Shir HaKavod: We encourage all children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age who can read Hebrew to contact  Amie Barrish at 847-405-0510 or
Torah Readers:  For May, contact Michelle Blechman 847/405-0122 or
Haftorah Readers: Contact Dan Shulman at

Children's Services

Junior Congregation and Mini Minyan continue on Shabbat.
Tot Shabbat will continue to meet in the Babysitting Room 118 (Room 5). 
We are always looking for volunteers to lead services.  Contact Steve Altschul at 847/607-8807 or .
High Holiday Machzor
The High Holidays are only a few months away! We are getting a new High Holiday Machzor this year.  If you have not purchased copies of the new machzor for you and your family, now is the time!
We will be adopting the Koren Machzor which is the counterpart to the Koren Siddur that we use during the rest of the year. 

The Koren Machzor retails for $70. Through a special arrangement we are able to make it available to our members for only $50. Because of this low price, we ask for payment with your order. 
It goes without saying that every Jew, and certainly every member of Moriah, should own their own High Holiday Machzor, and our expectation is that every member will purchase a copy of the Koren Machzor for themselves and for each member of their family. 
In addition,  for those who are able,  please purchase an additional copy for the shul. These additional copies may be dedicated in someone's honor or in someone's memory.
Annual Graduation Kiddush
June 3rd will be our annual Graduation Kiddush where we honor all Moriah graduates from Kindergarten through post graduate degrees.  Please send us the name of your graduate. (Sorry not 6th graders). 

We also need the following additional information:
1.  If graduating from high school - where the graduate is planning to attend in the fall (if you know).
2.  If a college graduate or post graduate: Name of the school, degree and major

You can sponsor the Graduation Kiddush for a minimum of $36 to honor the graduates!  


Rabbi Kramer's   Parashat HaShavuah Shiur will be held from 8:30 to 9:00 am this Shabbat. 
We hope you can join your Moriah family for Shabbat!

Mazal Tov to Laura & Zeke Fraint on the naming of their daughter, Sophia Ruth, this Shabbat; to her grandparents, Deena & Rabbi Sam Fraint and Belinda & Robert Brock; to her great grandmother, Margie Brock and to her aunts and uncles, Hannah Fraint, Jody & Avram Fraint and Max Brock.
AIPAC Program at Moriah
Please join AIPAC and Moriah next Thursday, May 4th to learn more about Bipartisan Support for Israel in a Hyper-Partisan Age. The event will begin at 7 pm and will feature AIPAC National Deputy Political Director Ed Miller. Visit to register or contact Brittany Cohen at (312)253-8968 or

Community Shabbat Dinner and Youth Shabbat

There will be a Community Shabbat Dinner on Friday, May 5th with services at 6:30 pm and dinner to follow.  Cost is $18 per adult and $8 per child.  Your reservation will be guaranteed with payment.


Click here to register for the Shabbat Dinner.  


Shabbat, May 6th will continue the Youth Weekend with our children leading parts of the service.  If your child is interested in participating, please contact Ari Goodman at   


JUF - May 10
Click here to register as it helps us plan accordingly!

Teen Beit Midrash
Click here for Teen Learning (Spring 2017)  
Learning Opportunities


Click here to view the brochure of learning opportunities.  To register for classes, please contact the office at 847/948-5340 or email Judy at
The Prophets and Prophecy -- Tuesdays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Taught by: Rabbi Ken Berger 
Conversational Hebrew
Facilitated by: Silvi Freedson    
Session Two  -  Mondays,  May 1, 8, 15, 22 & June 5, 12, 19, 26  
Beginner Level: 9:30 - 10:30 am, Intermediate Level: 10:30 - 11:30 am 
The Melding of Mindfulness Practice and Mussar
Taught by: Lena Kushnir
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23, 7:30-8:30 pm
The goal of mussar practice is personal growth and transformation through focusing on character traits, one at a time.  Studying texts, exploring stories, examining where our weaknesses creep into our lives and documenting our progress are key components of mussar practice.    Mindfulness is the ability to show up fully to each moment of our lives - to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, noticing thoughts, emotions and sensations. 

Shema and Amidah (extension of class taught earlier this year)
Taught by: Rabbi Ben Kramer
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm (open to everyone) 
This class will focus on several of the most well-known pieces of liturgy from the Shabbat morning service: Ashrei, Ein Keloheinu, Aleinu, Shir HaKavod and Adon Olam. We will study their structure, history and meaning in an effort to create a deeper connection to these popular prayers. If you can't make it, don't worry. This class, along with the four-part class on the Shema and Amidah, will be offered again next year. Please RSVP to

Moriah Reads:
May 13 :  A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales  by Ruth Calderon 

Movie Night:
The next movie group meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, at 7:30 pm at Moriah. 
We'll discuss the movie The Salesman (Forushande). 
It is in theaters now and should be out on dvd and available on Netflix or Amazon on May 2nd.   Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% rating on its Tomatometer scale; it summarizes the movie as follows: Critics Consensus: The Salesman takes an ambitiously complex look at thought-provoking themes, and the well-acted results prove another consistently absorbing entry in writer-director Asghar Farhadi's distinguished filmography.
Youth Department
USY: Kinnus is this weekend  at Camp Chi

McDUSY elections are May 3rd!! We need a strong and dedicated board, so please consider running for one of our great board positions! I am happy to sit down or get coffee with anyone that is considering running for a board position and has questions or concerns. Ari's cell phone number is 414-750-8107, please do not hesitate to contact her with questions or concerns.
Youth Shabbat, which is Shabbat services dedicated to and led by our youth here at Moriah, is May 5th/6th and we still need people to sign up to lead parts of the service and read Torah! If your child is interested or you know someone who would like to lead a part of the service please let me know! It would be amazing if as many different people as possible could have a part in this Shabbat as possible.
McDUSY Fest is June 4th- save the date! More information coming soon, it's going to be amazing!
Kadima  is going to Shedd Aquarium May 21st! We will meet at Moriah, have lunch, take a bus to the city and have an amazing time looking at all the sea life! Leaving Moriah at 11:00 AM and will return at 2:45 PM. Cost is $50 for Moriah members and $60 for non-Moriah members. Please RSVP by May 15th!
ATID : Save the date for the next ATID event-May 28th!
RSVP at   
Chesed Committee
Dear Moriah Community,
The Chesed Committee has been hard at work developing a plan of action to service members of our synagogue during various times of need. We have about 20 volunteers willing and ready to assist with driving, hospital or home visitation, grocery/errand shopping and Shabbat essentials delivery. We encourage you to reach out in times of need. All requests will be kept confidential and we will be sensitive to individual situations.
Neil Pliskin, Yvette Stone and the Chesed Committee
Community Events
Book Signing Joan Nathan

Classic Car Collection - May 21
Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies   Upcoming Events

Race For Humanity -May 21

Park Plaza Renovation Reveal - June 4

Thursday, May 18, 7:30pm 
Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization --
"Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State"
Featuring Ruth Gavison - Haim H. Cohn Professor Emerita of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Ruth Gavison is a prominent Israeli intellectual and world-renowned expert on human rights and civic rights in law and society.

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall,
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston campus   
Co-sponsored with the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago


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"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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