October 7, 2021
1 Cheshvan, 5782
For more information about the concert, please click here.

To register, click here.
Next week's service schedule
RSVP's are required for all minyanim. To RSVP, click here.
An update on COVID policies for Chicago
Loop Synagogue

Due to the rise of the Delta variant in our city and state, and following Chicago City Guidelines, we are implementing the following changes effective immediately:

  • Masks must be worn at all times when inside Chicago Loop Synagogue regardless of vaccination status.
  • Reservations must be made to attend minyanim. Please email Cary to reserve your place at caryw@chiloopsyn.org.
  • Any out of town visitor must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test that has been taken within the prior 72 hours.

To see the current guidance from the City of Chicago on their mask mandate, please click here.

We will evaluate these policies on a regular basis and thank you for your continued support.

Click here for yahrzeits being observed in the month of Cheshvan.
This week, our members received notice of
two additional programs!
If you didn’t get it, maybe you’re not a member. Why?
To make it easier for everyone to find the information they need, we are sending nonmembers a free abbreviated ebulletin focused exclusively on Loop events. If you want to keep up with what’s going on in the larger community by receiving our full eblast, simply join us today by clicking here!

Vilt ir Lernen Yiddish is ready for you to join us!
Weekly Classes
Beginners Class with Congregation Beth Shalom every Wednesday
Advanced Class at 1:00 PM on Thursdays
We are proud to announce that we will continue our “Vilt Ir Lernen Yiddish” courses.
New sessions will begin in October. The cost for the new semester (8 classes) is $100. Click here to register.
Instructor: Gela Altman -- Gela was born in Cuba to Jewish parents of Polish descent. They wanted her and her sisters to become literate in Yiddish, and thus began Gela's love affair with our wonderful ancestral language. She attended Hebrew/Yiddish school until the age of 12, where she studied and perfected Yiddish and Spanish. 
After leaving Cuba in 1961, she finished high school and college, receiving her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University. Since retiring in 2014, Gela has been teaching Yiddish. 
Class requirements:
  • Attend class regularly
  • Practice a little bit of Yiddish each day (light homework)
  • Purchase the textbook -- Colloquial Yiddish by Lily Kahn (Click here to purchase on Amazon).

If you have any questions, please contact Cary Wolovick by clicking here.
To register, click here.
The Discussion

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
5:30 PM

Express yourself in “The Discussion,” a lay-led zoom group that will examine an article and critique it.
We will discuss the recent article from Tablet Magazine, "Is Zionism Part of Judaism?" by Andres Spokoiny.

To read the article, click here.

To RSVP, click here.
Brunch and Learn with Renan Sugarman
Sunday, October 17, 2021
11:00 AM

Enjoy your Sunday morning lox, bagel and coffee virtually with Renan Sugarman via Zoom as he goes over the Torah portion of the week and other texts.
Classes will meet every other Sunday at 11 AM.
To RSVP, please click here.
To get a sneak preview, please click here.

To register, click here.
Booster Shots will be available as well!
IDPH has just adopted CDC recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine boosters. CDC recommends the following groups should receive boosters: 
  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, 
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series.

Additionally, CDC recommends the following groups may be considered for boosters. 
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and 
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.
  • Patients vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines should not receive Pfizer boosters at this time.

To RSVP, contact Cary at caryw@chiloopsyn.org.
LIVE DISCUSSION: Meet Author Alina Adams, the Author of the Nesting Dolls
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
5:30 PM
Join Chicago Loop Synagogue as we welcome Author Alina Adams, the Author of Nesting Dolls.

Spanning nearly a century, from 1930s Siberia to contemporary Brighton Beach, a page turning, epic family saga centering on three generations of women in one Russian Jewish family―each striving to break free of fate and history, each yearning for love and personal fulfillment―and how the consequences of their choices ripple through time.

Because of the intimate nature of this event, space is limited, so register early. Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

To purchase the book on Amazon, click here.
To attend, please click here.
Book Club Meeting - Enemies: A Love Story
by Issac Singer
Monday, November 8, 2021
5:30 PM - Online via Zoom
Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing caryw@chiloopsyn.org
Topics and Workshops that are included are:
State of Hate: An in depth look at statistics regarding antisemitism at the regional, national, and international levels. Discussion includes history and mission of ADL, when criticism of Israel crosses the line, and how age-old Jewish stereotypes continue to the present day.
Law Enforcement: Examination of ADL's decades-long relationship with law enforcement and the trainings the organization provides to better equip police officers in identifying and combating hate
Words to Action: An in depth look at a program established by ADL to educate middle and high school students on identifying and addressing antisemitism, especially when they enter college campuses.
Center on Extremism: A look into ADL's top of the line research in identifying and tracking hate groups. This session will look specifically at radical right-wing groups.

Click here to register.
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