January 20, 2022
18 Shevat, 5782
A Letter from our President

Shalom my friends,

Thanks to a recent security grant from FEMA, our physical facility is safer than it has ever been, and we continue to be in close contact with the agency for ongoing support. But improved infrastructure is only the beginning. We all need to follow the procedures that will help keep us safe:

  • Despite Covid, we continue to have in-person Shacharit services six days a week, because our large 550-seat sanctuary gives us plenty of room for social distancing. For contact tracing as well as general safety, only those who have RSVPd for each service will be allowed to attend. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times when inside Chicago Loop Synagogue regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination status and an ID card when they RSVP. 
  • We encourage everyone attending services to take a safety sheet from the guard’s desk. This reviews basic emergency information.

In light of the hostage situation in Colleyville last weekend, Mary Lynn, Cary and I have met with the Chicago Police Department so they can re-familiarize themselves with our building and review ways that our communication and security protocols can continue to improve.  

The rabbi of Colleyville has said repeatedly that security training is what helped him and the other hostages escape. 
A number of organizations such as the Chicago Police, Security Community Network, Jewish United Fund, ADL and others are developing seminars that will review best safety practices for our community. Many will also do in-person training for us at the synagogue. If you are interested in attending a webinar or in-person training, please contact Cary at caryw@chiloopsyn.org.

We are very grateful that the hostages all were able to escape. We hope there is never a “next time” for any of us; but if an incident like this happens again, we will need more than hope to be prepared. Please join me in making Chicago Loop Synagogue a safe space for all of us. 

Sincerely,

Lee Zoldan
President

In-Depth Analysis on AJC’s 2021 Survey on Antisemitism in America
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
12:00 PM
 
American Jewish Committee’s annual State of Antisemitism in America report includes the largest-ever surveys of American Jews and the U.S. general public on the topic. The report shows deep anxiety among American Jews and divergent views among the general public about the severity of antisemitism in the United States. Parallel surveys of American Jews and the U.S. general public provide a unique opportunity to understand the impact of rising Jew-hatred in America.
 
The report’s findings will be presented by the AJC Chicago Evelyn R. Greene Executive Director Sarah van Loon, who will discuss what they need for efforts to combat antisemitism both in the Midwest and across America.
 
This free program is being offered virtually.

To register, click here.
 
For more information, please contact Cary Wolovick at 312-346-7370 or caryw@chiloopsyn.org.
 
Deadline to RSVP is Friday, January 21.
Play-by-Play Purim
 
English commentary by Harvey Wittenberg, former public address announcer of the Chicago Blackhawks
Hebrew reading by Nachshon Draiman, our Megillah Maven
Our Harvey Wittenberg with the late Hall of Famer Stan Mikita - courtesy NHL.com
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
6:00 PM

Score a goal, come dressed as your favorite character from the megillah or in the colors of your favorite team as we give you the play-by-play this Purim.

Hear about Mordechai, Esther, Haman and more as we read the megillah, have a joyful time, have a nosh and see friends!

Show your colors! Wear your favorite Purim costume or sports jersey! Jewish sports trivia! Megillah Reading! Games and more!

Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to The ARK as well.

RSVP to caryw@chiloopsyn.org to attend.
Next week's service schedule
RSVP's are required for all minyanim. To RSVP, click here.
This week, our members received notice of
three 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 at 11:30 AM
Advanced Class at 1:00 PM on Thursdays
We are proud to announce that we have continued our “Vilt Ir Lernen Yiddish” courses in 2022.


New sessions will begin in January. 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.
We are proud to be a cosponsor of this virtual event!
 
The above program will take place at 7:00 PM Chicago time.

To register, click here.
Brunch and Learn with Renan Sugarman
Sunday, February 6, 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 one Sunday per month at 11 AM.
 
To RSVP, please click here.
The Discussion

Tuesday, February 7, 2022
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 the Tablet Magazine "The Challenges Facing Us" by Jack Wertheimer.

To read the article, click here.

To RSVP, click here.
Book Club Meeting - 1948 by Benny Morris
(Post-Independence Chapters)
Monday, February 14, 2022
5:30 PM - Online via Zoom
 
Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing caryw@chiloopsyn.org
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