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Moriah Happenings
October 1, 2020
13 Tishri 5781
Wishing our Moriah Family Chag Sameach
We hope you will join us this Shabbat, October 3
Services will be OUTSIDE in the tents.
Please enter/exit from the east (back) side of the building.
Please do not move any of the chairs!
Lulav and etrogim will be on a table if you have not gotten yours.
 All services will be in the outdoor tents on the blacktop and adjacent to it

Erev Sukkot
Friday, October 2
Mincha & Early Ma’ariv: 6:00 pm
Yom Tov Candle Lighting: 6:14 pm
Sukkot – First Day
Saturday, October 3
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Mincha & Ma’ariv: 6:00 pm
Yom Tov Candle Lighting: After 7:09 pm
Sukkot – Second Day
Sunday, October 4
Shacharit: 9:00 am
Havdalah: 7:08 pm
Sukkot – Chol Ha’Moed 
Monday, October 5 – Thursday, October 8: 7:00 am
Hoshanah Rabbah / Erev Shemini Atzeret 
Friday, October 9
Shacharit: 6:30 am 
Mincha & Ma’ariv: 6:00 pm 
Shabbat/Yom Tov Candle Lighting: 6:02 pm
Shemini Atzeret / Erev Simchat Torah
Saturday, October 10
Shacharit: 9:00 am 
Yizkor Following Torah Reading
Mincha & Ma’ariv: 6:00 pm
Yom Tov Candle Lighting After: 6:58 pm
Simchat Torah
Sunday, October 11
Shacharit: 9:00 am

Mincha & Ma’ariv: 6:00 pm
Havdalah: 6:56 pm
CLICK HERE for this year's Holiday Health & Safety Guidelines
PLEASE review these protocols prior to joining us for any in-person services.

Join us for Virtual Kids Sukkot Services

Thursday, October 8 - Sukkot
Thursdays (3rd-7th grade Family School) are virtual
Here are the zoom links:
4:30-5:15pm Family School 3rd-5th grade with Molly
5:30-6:15pm Family School 6th/7th with Chuck

Parashat HaShavua with Rabbi Kramer is on hiatus until October 16
Join Rabbi Kramer on ZOOM to discuss the weekly Torah reading

Friday (times are changing weekly with the clocks -- see times listed above)

Mondays @ 7:15 pm
Teacher: Rabbi Yehoshua Ben-Avraham

Our All Too-Human Patriarch: The Story of Jacob
Tuesday nights @ 7:30 pm, beginning October 13
Teacher: Rabbi Ken Berger
The story of Jacob is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible. In our reading of this wonderful biblical narrative, we will focus on the personality of Jacob, on his relationships with his parents, his brother Esau, his father-in-law, and his wives, Leah and Rachel, and on his spiritual and ethical development.  Jacob is one of the three Patriarchs of the Jewish people. In addition to a close study of the biblical text, we will see how some of these stories have stimulated the imagination of modern poets, with very contemporary concerns. Participants should have a copy of the JPS Tanakh.

The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare, Shylock & Anti-Semitism 
Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm, beginning October 14
Teacher: Bruce Ogron
Zoom links TBA

The Jewish Teen Project is about to begin its second year! This collaboration between Moriah, Beth El and Bnai Tikvah, is an amazing social and educational opportunity for students in grades 8-12. It is open to all Jewish students, both public school and day school students, regardless of congregational affiliation. It will take place over ZOOM and will be taught by the rabbis of both Moriah and Beth El, along with Chuck Kahalnik, all of whom will bring a tremendous amount of passion to each session. If you know someone who might be interested please have them register here or reach out to Lori Kramer. First session is Tuesday, October 20th.

Continuing HEBREW Education – Fall Semester
Join Silvi Freedson for a wonderful and engaging opportunity to learn and practice conversational Hebrew! All are welcome.
Beginning Hebrew
In this class we will begin to learn and practice conversational Hebrew. Common phrases and vocabulary will be the focus.
Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00 am
October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4
Intermediate Hebrew
In this class we will be reading stories, plays, and articles and discussing them in Hebrew. New students are welcome to register.
Mondays 7:30 - 9:00 pm
October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Cost for either class is as follows: $100/semester – general public, $60/semester - NSS Beth El members, Payments made to Moriah Congregation
Moriah Members Are FREE
Melton 2020-2021 at Moriah Congregation
Click here to register TODAY!

Core Year II                                                      
Mondays, 9:15 –10:15 am on Zoom -Taught by Lori & Rabbi Ben Kramer
The Melton School Core Curriculum is a comprehensive, sequential series of text-based lessons, comprised of four courses. Each course focuses on at least one major area of Jewish learning, and forms a thread in a carefully woven fabric which integrates Jewish history, religion, ritual, language, ethics, philosophy, literature, theology and contemporary Jewish life.

Crossroads of Jewish History
Emphasizing the richness of Jewish memory, this chronological exploration focuses on the significant crossroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.

The Ethics of Jewish Living
The course sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community.
This course will alternate between one week of Crossroads, one week of Ethics.
October 19, 2
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December  7, 14
January  4, 11, 18, 25  
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22
April 5, 12, 19, 26

Cost is $349 for the class, and includes the book. Scholarships available upon request. Register at

Sefer Devarim (Book of Deuteronomy)                     
Thursdays 9:30 –11:00 am on Zoom - Taught by Yehoshua Ben Avraham
In our study of the fifth book of the Torah, we join Moses in his final address to nation, standing just beyond the land of Canaan, a land that he himself will never enter. There Moses recalls Israel’s past, reiterates laws that he had communicated to the people at Mount Sinai, and emphasizes that observance of these laws is essential for the well-being of the people in the land they are about to possess. Many timeless themes are explored, lessons from the past that illuminate the present as well as the future.
October    22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Cost $295 for the class, includes the book. Scholarships available upon request
Moriah Reads
2020 Books and Authors:
Tuesday, November 3 Liar by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Tuesday, December 22 One Night, Markovitch by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
2021 Books and Authors:
Tuesday February 2 The World That We Know by Alice Hoffman
Tuesday April 13 Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Tuesday June 8 The Tunnel by A.B.Yehoshua
Yiddish Tish
The Tish planned for Thursday, October 15 at 7:45 pm, we will lead off with the next (amusing, educational and brief) National Yiddish Folksbiene Yiddish lesson which can be found at

You may want to take a look at this youtube before we meet. 

Also, if you would like to share one or more artifact-type family photographs and describe their who, what, where and when in Yiddish, that would be most welcome. We are thinking of having a few people do this at each Tish. If you would like to scan and email your photographs in advance,to Barry Sufrin, we can share them on the Zoom call or you can just hold them up in front of your computer camera during the Tish.

We would like to read Sholom Aleichem’s autobiography “From the Fair” and discuss it in Yiddish at the next Tish and/or try to translate selected passages back to Yiddish. This book is available on Kindle, Nook and in paperback. Amazon offers the book at

2020-21 dates
November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20
Shalom Chaverot! 
You are invited to join a lively group of women who come together each month for stimulating learning, sharing, and connecting with friends. We meet by zoom on Sunday afternoons to celebrate the New Moon and explore how to make Judaism relevant in our daily lives. 

When: Sunday, October 18, 3:00 pm
Where: Zoom link will be sent closer to the date
Facilitators: Greta Rothschild and Sheri Ann Lowe

Kislev - Sunday, November 22
Tevet - Sunday, December 13

Sh'vat - Sunday, January 17
Adar - Sunday, February 14
Nisan - Sunday, March 14
Iyyar - Sunday, April 11
Sivan - Sunday, May 16
Kindly email Greta at
This Week's Parasha
Sukkot - First Day
Click here for Rabbi Silverstein's commentary
Sukkot - Second t Day
Click here for Rabbi Silverstein's commentary
Candle lighting: 6:14 pm
Shabbat Mincha: 6:00 pm
If the weather is bad the minyan will be inside. Please enter the building through the playground.

Weekday Mincha is going to continue at 6:30 pm, but starting Sunday 10/4 it will shift to weekday Ma’ariv and will be held inside. 
Contact Us: (847) 948-5340
Children's Services
Participate in Services
Lead Ashrei/Shir HaKavod: 
We encourage children under Bar/Bat Mitzvah age who can read Hebrew to contact Rachel Fisher at 206/963-0907

Haftarah Readers: 
Contact Pam Brill

Torah Reader assigners: (click the name to email):
October, Karen Ebroon
November, Norm Finkel 
December, Pam Brill
January, David Ecanow
February, Lisa Weiner
March, Marc Botbol
April, Perry Hoffman
June, Betsy Graupe
August, Alan Sohn
September, Michelle Blechman
All meetings will take place at 8:00 pm, unless otherwise indicated
       October 21
       November 18
       December 16
       January 20
       February 17
       March 17
       April 21
       May 19
       June 16
The following people are observing a yahrzeit this coming week.
October 1: Linda Spring
October 2: Cheryl Cohen
October 4: Stuart Cohen, Missy Friedman, Cherene Radis, Steve Schraiber
October 5: Joanne Kirshenbaum
October 7: Mark Edelstein

If you would like your name listed when you have a yahrzeit, please click here.
Mi Shebeirach List

Dina bat Tova
Adam Lavi ben Chaya Sara
Akiva ben Rachel
Chiam Chopsis ben Ruevan
Binyamin ben Rivka
Gershon ben Fagel Halevi
Noach ben Dina
Chaya Itte bat Ester
Dvorah bat Ester
Mordechai Joseph ben Chaim
Talia Bat Shellie Simcha Dvorah
Shellie Simcha Dvorah Bat Shoshana
Binyamin Ben Esther
Michal Sara bat Shifra Yocheved
Ahron Menachem Mendel ben Kunah Sarah
Moshe ben Libla
Eliezer ben Shulamit
Chaim ben Raizel
Yehudit bat Chana 
Rena bat Mina
Bension Yaskov ben Mirian
Yehudit bat Sara
Iris Schrey
 Aharon Michael ben Leah
Leah bat Nechama
Shayndel bat Bayla
Sosya Rayna bat Shifra
Itzak ben Simcha
Nechama Gittle Bat Shoshanna
Mordechai ben Rachel

Remember this is a new month and names must be resubmitted
Click here to submit the names of those who are ill.
Teen Project - New Information
Join CHUSY Region
New age groupings for the 2020-2021 Year:
USY now includes all 8th-12th graders and
Kadima now includes all 5th-7th Graders!
For more information, please contact Aron Kamm at
Moriah is having a food drive for the ARK

This is the last week to contribute

There is a pod in the Moriah parking lot for you to drop off donations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
You can leave your donations either in the pod or at Moriah's front door. The ARK is in desperate need of food, therefore, the pod will be in our parking lot through the High Holidays. Thank you.

Requested items:
canned vegetables and/or canned fruit
vegetarian baked beans
creamy peanut butter
jelly or jam
rice and/or couscous
tomato sauce
canola oil
dish washing liquid
liquid hand soap
paper goods - especially napkins

All donated items need to be certified kosher.
American Guild of Judaic Art: Karen Walanka Exhibition
Click here to take a look at the tribute for Karen
Scroll down to see the 2 photographs that were chosen for this year,
by our own Laurel Feldman.
Upcoming Events
Community Events & Programs
Kosher caterers & restaurants need your support more than ever! Please click on the places below to link to their menus
and patronize them as often as you can!

Great Chicago
 Zelda's Catering   
"The Hearing Loop"
Moriah has a loop system available for individuals using hearing aids, to improve communication access for our members and guests with hearing loss. To access this system, tell your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist that your synagogue is "looped" and ask if there is a t-coil in your hearing aid(s). Then make an appointment to have it activated. If your hearing aids do not have a t-coil, talk with him/her about alternate ways of accessing the loop.
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