Thursday, May 14, 2020
Mazal Tov, Halakhah of Coronavirus TONIGHT & New Upcoming Events
Mazal Tov!
Mazal tov to Rabbanit Leah Sarna and Ethan Schwartz on the bris and naming of their son, Cyrus Sarna Schwartz, נחום לוי יצחק - Nahum Levi Yitzhak. If you would like to help with meals, please visit (new meals have been added!). We encourage those bringing meals to use precautions such as careful hand-washing during food preparation, not bringing a meal if you are feeling unwell, and limiting contact when dropping off your meal.

May this child’s life be filled with the insights of Torah, the warm and supportive love of family and community, and the blessing of good deeds!
Halakhah of Coronavirus, Part II
TONIGHT at 8:30 PM
This class will study some of the responsa authored by the revered Israeli scholar Rabbi Asher Weiss that were published days before Pesach and that explore dozens of halakhic dilemmas raised by the tension between ancient Jewish values and the contemporary requirements of public health.

If you missed Part I, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. Be sure to also join us again for Part III this Tuesday, March 19, at 8:30 PM!

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799
(Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540)
*NEW* Community Pandemic Update: The Impact on Jewish Institutions & Individuals and Our Collective Response
This Sunday, May 17, 7:45 PM
Join Rabbi Wolkenfeld, ASBI VP of Membership Margalit Segal, and Jay Tcath from the JUF for a discussion about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our community and the response ASBI and the JUF are taking.

Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540
Introduction to Jewish Life & Practice
This Monday, May 18, 7:30 PM
Join Rabbi Wolkenfeld for this ongoing class on the fundamentals of Jewish life and practice, for those interested in conversion to Judaism and open to all in the community. New participants are always welcome.

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799
(Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540)
Torah on Tap
This Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 PM
Join Lakeview’s young adult communities from ASBI, Anshe Emet Synagogue, and Temple Sholom for online learning and discussion.

Registration is required to participate: click here to register.
*NEW* "Vayeehyu Sham: And There They Stayed"
with R. Marianne Novak
Next Thursday, May 21, 8:00 PM
ASBI women: join R. Marianne Novak for a conversation about what Ruth can teach us in this daunting period of uncertainty, loss, and sacrifice. Learn how Ruth is the perfect model of dignity, altruism, commitment, and ultimately, redemption. This will be an intimate discussion, learning, and textual study promoting solidarity and healing for our community. Click here to learn more.

(Meeting ID: 581 059 9624, Password: 540)
*NEW* Beyond Cheesecake: Inspiring Ideas for a Special Shavuot Menu
Tuesday, May 26, 8:00 PM
Join ASBI on Zoom as we prepare delicious seasonal dishes that will brighten up your quarantine kitchen this Shavuot. Follow along as Tamima Wyszkowski shows us simple steps for making fresh and flavorful springtime foods to enjoy over the holiday.

Menu and Shopping List will be provided a week in advance so you have the opportunity to cook along with Tamima and get ahead of your meals for Shavuot.

(Meeting ID: 581 059 9624, Password: 540)

Brought to you by the Women's Programming Committee (this event open to men and women).
Erev Shabbat L'Chaim at 7:00 PM &
Kabbalat Shabbat at 7:15 PM
Join Rabbi Wolkenfeld for a L'Chaim at 7:00 PM, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat, at 7:15 PM. Shabbat comes in at 7:47 PM - there will be time to light candles and accept Shabbat after the Zoom service.

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799
(Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540)
Motzei Shabbat Havdala with Skokie Valley
This Saturday, May 16, 9:05 PM
Join other ASBI Members and our friends at Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob for a joint Havdala!

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799
(Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540)
Online Daily Mishnah Learning
Monday - Friday at 7:30 AM | Sundays at 8:30 AM
Click here to learn more.

To join by phone, dial 312-626-6799
(Meeting ID: 924 897 9279, Password: 540)
Daf Yomi with Rabbi Wolkenfeld
Monday - Friday at 6:15 AM | Sundays at 7:15 AM
Click here to learn more.

(Meeting ID: 135 743 786, Password: 043514)
The Straw Hat
Listen to our latest episode of The Straw Hat, "Emor 5780: A Shul Without Walls" for a discussion of what it means for our shul and community when we can't gather together in person.
New episodes are released every other Wednesday. Listen and subscribe to The Straw Hat at or find it on your favorite podcast app!
ASBI Small Business Task Force
Have a business and looking for ways to be successful through this crisis? Wondering what to do with employees, whether to take loans on, remote working best practices and how to explore alternate revenue models? A number of people from our community have come forward to offer consulting services to serve as a soundboard for making tough decision with ASBI businesses owners. We can help come up with scenarios, crunch numbers, share what that means for your business, and what you can do to adapt.

If you'd like to engage with us, or volunteer as a consultant, please email .

The inspiration for this initiative came from  this shiur  by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
Jewish Community & Coronavirus Survey
Nishma Research is conducting a survey of the Jewish community, dealing with the Coronavirus, and this gives us a good opportunity to share our reactions.

The survey covers such topics as how we are dealing with social distancing and changes in what shuls are providing, how this experience might be affecting us Jewishly, financial and health aspects, impact on our children’s education, etc. Nishma will make the findings fully available, and you can get the findings emailed to you directly. The survey is open to all, ages 18 and older, and can be accessed at