Dear Temple Sholom Family,

As we enter another week in an uncertain world, we are reminded of the warm embrace of our Temple Sholom Community. From Shabbat Services to Learning Sessions, from Monday Meal to Community Support, we have transformed the way we experience our inspiring community, and it has been virtually exceptional. You’ll be able to read some of the highlights below. 

This Wednesday evening, we will mark Rosh Chodesh Nisan , the first day of the Hebrew Month of Nisan . That means that we will celebrate the First Seder of Passover two weeks from then, on April 8, 2020. We realize that many of us are navigating how to enjoy Passover in this unique year. While the Stay at Home Order in Illinois is set to lift on April 7 th , we know that many of us will be experiencing a very different seder this year. Hence, you will find links to some ideas below. 

Preparing for Passover
Shopping/Catering for Seder

We will all be getting creative, so let’s share ideas and pictures on our Temple Sholom Facebook Page !

Some of us have called this unique moment Love in the Time of Coronavirus . See below for the ways that you can help us safely participate in acts of lovingkindness.

Chesed Squad and Sholom Justice Updates

  • We have called all the elders of Temple Sholom. Now we would like to call and check-in on EVERYONE in our community. If you are able to volunteer to make calls, please fill out this form.
  • **This opportunity is for Temple Sholom members only in order to maintain the safety and security of our community. **
  • If you need extra assistance during this time, please fill out this form.
  • Members of the Temple Sholom Staff continue to serve “curbside” Monday Meals, pre-boxed dinners that our guests take to go. We have also been able to distribute extra meals to other community partners as well.
  • Look for more opportunities to do acts of Chesed (Lovingkindness) and Tzedek (Justice) in the Sholom Justice E-blast. (If you would like to receive Sholom Justice E-blasts, contact Toby Sanders at toby@sholomchicago.org.)

Temple Sholom continues to offer opportunities to embrace your mind and spirit.

Monday, March 30, 2020, at 10am and 2pm via Zoom

Find support and connection with other Temple Sholom members and a mental health professional in one of our Temple Sholom Community (Virtual) Support Sessions.   Sign up here .

This is not a substitute for mental health services. To access mental health services in these trying times, Click Here .

Kaddish D’rabbanan
Weekdays at 3pm via Zoom

Connect with our community of adult learners for a half-hour learning session with Rabbi Conover to study a passage from Pirkei Avot . We conclude with a special Kaddish for those who are saying Kaddish for a loved one. Click here for Zoom information.

Virtual Tefillah

Friday at 5:30pm
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for a Tot Shabbat Service via Facebook Live .

Friday at 6:15pm
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for Kabbalat Shabbat Services via

Saturday at 9am
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for the Shabbat Morning Minyan and Torah Study via Zoom.  

Sunday at 10:30am
Join Jay, Caleb, and the Temple Sholom Clergy for fun, family worship in the style of Religious School Tefillah via Facebook Live .

Adult Education Classes and Religious School are continuing virtually. You will receive more information about these opportunities via the Temple Sholom E-Blast on Thursday. 

**As always, your clergy are available for guidance, support and wisdom.  Click here or call 773-435-1531 to make an appointment.**

Below our signatures, we have provided links to a few articles that may be helpful as we each navigate staying at home in different circumstances.

We continue to pray for the speedy and complete healing of those afflicted with COVID-19. We pray for the health of first responders, medical professionals, and all workers who are on the front-lines for the good of us all. Even as we pray for them, be sure to thank them and check in on them.

Tomorrow, as we welcome in Rosh Chodesh Nisan , we pray:

May it be Your will, Adonai our God, that you grant us long life,
        A life of peace, a life of goodness, a life of blessing.


Donald Rossoff , Interim Senior Rabbi, Temple Sholom
Shoshanah Conover , Associate Rabbi, Temple Sholom
Sheera Ben-David , Cantor, Temple Sholom
Scott Gellman , Associate Rabbi, Temple Sholom