November 16, 2023

3 Kislev, 5783

Daven downtown with us


Daylight Savings Time can make it difficult to daven mincha/maariv at home, so we are re-starting our 1:35 PM mincha and/or our 4:30 PM mincha/maariv services. We’ve created a Whatsapp group so we can coordinate our schedules; if you’d like to join this group and daven with us, please click here.

To reserve your space or to sponsor this concert,

please click here.

Tell America’s leaders to Stand with Israel!

Anti-Israel activists are calling members of Congress and telling them to abandon Israel. Make your pro-Israel voice heard by calling your elected officials to make clear you stand with our ally Israel against Hamas terrorism.


You do not have to limit your efforts to your members of Congress alone. For a full list of AIPAC's Congressional Call Center, click here.

Our list of ways to support Israel just got much more comprehensive!

For our full and recently updated list, please click here. While this list has been compiled from reliable sources, there are also a lot of scam artists taking advantage of the situation, so please thoroughly research any organization you decide to support.

Send a Letter to an IDF Soldier

We would like to encourage you to write an Israeli Soldier though Aish and send your support. These soldiers will want to hear from you to know we have their backs! To write them, please click here.

We now accept Zelle Payments!

We are now accepting payments on Zelle! Scan the QR Code on your banking app and send any donation to Chicago Loop Synagogue. Use Zelle to register for events, make donations, pay dues and support the synagogue in one easy click!

If you need to type in the contact information, please use the email [email protected] as the email for Zelle.

Join our Shacharit Minyanim!

Shacharit services are at 8:05 AM Monday through Friday 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 are required; visitors must show identification when registering.


Due to construction, there is no parking in front of our building on Clark Street, so please allow extra time to arrive. We also have discounted parking ($10 for 12 hours) at the Washington-Madison-Wells Garage at 172 W. Madison, just ask for a coupon when you arrive at shul.


For all services during the week (Orthodox unless noted), see our service schedule below.

For more information or to RSVPclick here.

Note: 1:35 PM mincha and 4:30 PM mincha/maariv services are forming; to join the WhatsApp group, click here.

We are not for ourselves alone


As downtown continues returning to normal we are seeing a surge in guests, and their visits underscore one of the primary reasons we exist.


On Thursday and Friday last week, we were joined by Ralph and Bea Rosenbaum, who were visiting from East Brunswick, NJ. They enjoyed their time with our community so much, that they also joined us at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center to hear Hazzan Jonathan Kohan commemorate Kristallnacht. On Tuesday, we were also joined by Baruch Fertel from Cleveland Heights, OH, who was in Chicago for a conference and needed a minyan. On Wednesday, we were joined by Jeff Shachat, who was here for a conference from Oakland, CA.

Next time you or your guests are downtown, please join us for a minyan. For more information, click here.


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

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


Weekly Classes on Zoom


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

Advanced Class - 1:00 PM on Thursdays

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


New Instructor: Annie Kaufman - Annie has been learning Yiddish for 20 years, and teaching for 5. She trained as a Yiddish teacher through the Yiddish Book Center, and as a Talmud teacher through Svara. As an enthusiastic member of a vibrant Yiddish speaking community, she is eager to include more people so they can make their own friendships, art, and relationships with Yiddish.


A new semester will begin shortly. Dates to be announced. 


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.

Special Book Club Meeting

"When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold S. Kushner 

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

5:30 PM - Online via Zoom


Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected].

The Discussion

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

5:30 PM on Zoom

Express yourself in “The Discussion,” a lay-led zoom group that will examine articles and critique it them.


We will be discussing two articles this month. The first is from Foreign Policy, "What Happens to Gaza After the War? A set of grim scenarios emerge for the enclave’s Palestinian residents," by Amy MacKinnon. We will also be discussing an article from the New York Times, "Behind Hamas's Bloody Gambit to Create a 'Permanent' State of War," by Ben Hubbard and Maria Abi-Habib.

To read the article from Foreign Policy, click here.

To read the article from The New York Times, click here.

To RSVP, click here.

Movie Club - One of Us

Thursday, November 30, 2023

5:30 PM via Zoom

Join us for the inaugural meeting on Zoom of our Movie Club as we watch "One of Us" on Netflix.


The movie description is "In the wake of trauma and abuse, three Hasidic Jews face ostracism, anxiety and danger as they attempt to leave their ultra-Orthodox community."


We will watch the movie separately, but we will come together to discuss it and share our viewpoints.


To watch the movie on Netflix, click here.

To RSVP, click here.

Book Club - The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

5:30 PM - Online via Zoom


Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Egalitarian Minyan and Comedy Chanukah Party!

Friday, December 8, 2023

6:00 PM

Join us as we put the spirit in spiritual with our Egalitarian Shabbat service featuring joy, energy and soul. The Egalitarian Minyan will be at 6 PM (hybrid on Zoom and live in person).

A Shabbat dinner and Comedy Chanukah party will follow. 

Dinner will feature Bone-in Roasted Chicken, Mom’s Mouth-watering Latkes, Warm Soft Challah Rolls, Fresh Garden Salad and World’s Best Soufganiyot.

$54 per person to attend the dinner and comedy performance.

To register, click here.

Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins

Presented by Strawdog Theatre at

Chicago Loop Synagogue


December 3 - December 23

Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM

Sundays at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

Preview Performances 

Thursday, November 30 & Saturday, December 2

7:00 PM

Understudy Performance

Thursday, December 21

7:00 PM

Strawdog Theatre Company in partnership with the Chicago Loop Synagogue presents Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins live at our synagogue.

In this musical adaptation of Eric Kimmel's Caldecott Honor-winning book, A traveling troupe of actors comes to town to find no one celebrating Hanukkah. To save the holiday, they must tell the tale of Hershel of Ostropol and his quest to outwit the goblins who haunt the old synagogue!

To get your tickets now, click here.

This has been an extraordinarily difficult time as we have watched the horror unfolding in Israel and uncertainty for what the future holds. This is a time of intense emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and deep wells of grief, especially as so many of us have family, friends and colleagues in Israel. JCFS Chicago is available to assist you and members of your community through these challenging times. 

JCFS has opened a warm line for anyone looking for support. Call (855) 275-5237 to talk with someone, including Hebrew-speaking emotional support professionals, between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday through Thursday and 9 AM-4 PM on Fridays. 

Our hearts are breaking for those already lost. JCFS stands with all of us through this crisis and beyond

Our P.O. Box Address

As you may know, we’ve been having trouble getting our mail delivered. To combat the problem and ensure our mail gets to us on time, we now have a Post Office box. When you send us mail, please use this address:

Chicago Loop Synagogue

P. O. Box 2537

Chicago, IL 60690


Of course, you are always welcome to visit us in our beautiful building at 16 S. Clark St. in Chicago. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Rooted in teachings from the Torah and sages, Jewish free loans are a time-honored tradition in the U.S. and beyond. In fact, most U.S. cities play host to at least one Jewish or Hebrew Free Loan agency. Unlike JFLC, some Jewish loan societies cater only to the needs of the Jewish community and do not have income caps. JFLC serves low-to moderate-income people of all backgrounds who need access to capital.

JFLC borrowers’ financial status can be wide-ranging, and their potential financial needs can also run the gamut, including:

  • General expenses: transportation, technology, and debt consolidation
  • Employment: job-search, initial costs (transportation/relocation), job training
  • Healthcare: medical, mental, and dental
  • Women & children: childcare, education, fertility, adoption
  • Education: tuition, supplies

For more information, click here.

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