January 19, 2023

26 Tevet, 5783

Save the Date

Listen Up! A Cappella choir returns to Chicago Loop Synagogue

Sunday, April 30, 2023

We are proud to announce that we will be hosting the return of Listen Up! A Cappella on Sunday, April 30.


To see a video of what Listen Up! did last time they were at Chicago Loop Synagogue, please click here.


This concert will be generously sponsored by Beth Farber and Steve Laser in loving memory of Joel Farber, Harriett Farber, Shari Farber-Tritt and Ira Tritt.


More information will follow.

Interest in Second Seder

We are considering hosting a second night seder for Passover on Thursday, April 6. However, we do want to make sure there is interest in hosting a dinner before scheduling it.

If you are interested, please click here and let us know.

Beginning Hebrew: From Aleph to Tav


Class Every Monday co-sponsored by Chicago Loop Synagogue and Congregation Beth Shalom

8 week session starting on Monday, January 30, 2023

at 12:00 PM on Zoom

Start at the beginning … or refresh your skills! This class will give you the skills and practice to become Hebrew readers. You will start by learning letters and vowels working up to reading words used in prayers that will be familiar to you. There will be an emphasis on the meaning of those words helping you to build your confidence level with Hebrew language and prayer and solidifying your ability to read.

Please note that you will be asked to read aloud in class and there will be an expectation that you will practice outside of class time.

We will also be using the book “Aleph Isn't Tough: An Introduction to Hebrew for Adults.” To purchase, click here.

About our instructor - Susan Stoehr grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and went to college in California. When she began learning Hebrew at 24, after having not-much Jewish education, the fire was lit! Susan has loved Hebrew reading and studying since the beginning. She completed a Master’s degree in Jewish Education and Administration at the University of Judaism in California and studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary after meeting her husband, Steve, in Israel. Susan has taught Hebrew prayer and Bar/Bat Mitzvah students of all ages, 12 – 85, and would be thrilled to share her Hebrew passion with anyone who would like to learn. Susan lives in Northbrook with her husband, Steve, who has been the cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom for over thirty years. They have four adult children, Jacob and his wife Ilana, Talia, and Alana. She is also excited to be a new “Yaya” to adorable Liv Hazel!

Click here to register for the first session.

Questions? Please contact us by clicking here.

For flight assistance, please click here.

Our itinerary can be found by clicking here.

To read more about the trip or to reserve your spot, click here.

Downtown during the week? 

Join our Shacharit Minyanim!

Shacharit services are at 8:05 AM Monday through Friday (7:45 for Rosh Chodesh) and 9:30 AM on Saturday. If you want to daven in our world-famous sanctuary, inspired by our beautiful three-story stained-glass window, please join us!


RSVPs required; visitors must show identification when registering.

Masks are optional.


For those who are driving, due to construction there is no parking in front of our building on Clark Street, so please allow extra time to arrive. If street parking isn’t available elsewhere, remember that we have discounted parking at the Washington-Madison-Wells Garage at 172 W. Madison.

For more information or to RSVPclick here.

Next Week's Service Schedule

Reservations required for all services


Click here for yahrzeits being observed in the month of Shevat.

Vilt ir Lernen Yiddish is back and ready for you to join us!


Weekly Classes


Beginners Class with Congregation Beth Shalom Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Advanced Class at 1:00 PM on Thursdays

The cost for the new semester (8 classes) is $125. Click here to register.


Instructor: Eyshe Beirich - A third-year graduate student in the University of Chicago majoring in Germanic Studies and Jewish Studies, Beirich intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Yiddish Studies—extending an academic path that began two years ago as a journey of familial discovery. Join us as we explore Yiddish together!

To learn more about Eyshe, click here.


A new semester has begun. 


Class requirements: 

·        Attend class regularly

·        Practice a little bit of Yiddish each day (light homework)


If you have any questions, please contact Cary Wolovick by clicking here.

Wik-Tea – 2022 Fifa World Cup Controversies


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

5:30 PM

Have you ever found yourself looking at Wikipedia for hours on end? Ever find an article you want to talk about with someone? Here is your chance! Join our new discussion group, Wik-Tea and chat with us!


Our next article will be the "2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine."


To read the article, click here.


To RSVP, click here.

Brunch and Learn with Renan Sugarman

Sunday, January 29, 2022

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 meet one Sunday per month at 11 AM.

To RSVP, please click here.

The Discussion

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

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 article from the New York Times "Netanyahu’s New Ministers Have Very Strict Ideas About Who Is a Jew" by Anshel Pfeffer.

To read the article, click here.

To RSVP, click here.

Click here to register.

Book Club - One Mile and Two Days Before Sunset: A Novel by Shimon Adaf

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

5:30 PM - Online via Zoom


Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing caryw@chiloopsyn.org

Order Zelda's for your home and benefit Chicago Loop Synagogue

Order your Takeout meal today by clicking here.

Enter "Loop Synagogue" in the "Enter Partner Organization" Box and Chicago Loop Synagogue will receive 10% back on your order!

Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are now available for Jewish college and graduate students for the 2023-2024 academic year! Approximately $350,000 in total is available each year to be allocated accordingly for full-time students with financial need who are pursuing careers primarily in the helping professions. Application deadline is February 1, 2023.

For more information, click here.

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