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Moriah Happenings
December 12, 2019
14 Kislev 5780
Parashat Hashavua class is being held this Shabbat at 8:30 am.

Our next tish for Yiddish during Kiddush will be this Shabbat. We will discuss “Chanukkah”.

The next 6 th Grade Bnei Mitzvah Class will meet this Sunday, December 15 from
9:00-11:30 am. This is a mandatory part of the bnei mitzvah experience at Moriah. Each 6 th grader must attend with a parent.

Please respect our observance of Shabbat and refrain from using your phone at any time anywhere in the building. If there is a reason that you must use your phone, we ask that you please leave the building.
Praying for those that are ill
Click here to submit the names of friends or family members who are ill. The list of names submitted will be printed each Friday and recited by the gabbai during the mi shebeirach l'cholim on Shabbat morning. Names may be submitted in Hebrew [First Name ben/bat Mother's First Name] or English. Those who want to approach the gabbai and give him or her a name may continue to do so.
Service Times
Friday Mincha: 4:10 pm
Candle lighting: 4:01 pm
Shabbat Services: 9:00 am
Shabbat Mincha: 4:00
Havdalah: 5:01 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am
Next Mon-Thurs: 6:30 am
Next Friday 6:30 am & 4:10 pm
This Week's Parasha
Contact Us: (847) 948-5340
Childrens Programs
Tot Shabbat – Room 118
Babysitting – Room 118
Kids’ Games – Room 113
Mini Minyan - Room 129
Junior Congregation Beit Midrash
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):  
December,  Pam Brill 
January, D avid Ecanow
February, Lisa Weiner 
March,  Marc Botbol
April,  Perry Hoffman
June, Betsy Graupe
August,  Alan Sohn
September, Dan Shulman
October, Karen Ebroon
November,  Norm Finkel 
The following people are observing yahrzeits this coming week.
December 13: David Kleinerman, Barby Loeb
December 16: Michelle Blechman
December 17: Don Hoffman, Ken Hoffman
December 18: Joel Shalowitz
Just a reminder that yahrzeit notification letters are now being emailed.
Upcoming Limmud Classes

Maoz Tzur - Everyone's favorite bloodthirsty Chanukkah carol
This Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm, Taught by Dan Werlin
A close reading and examination of the biblical and midrashic sources of this piyut will uncover an at times grim and apocalyptic message lurking just below the surface. We will also examine some of the strategies American Jewish communities have used, primarily through an examination of their siddurim, to deflect, ignore, or recast this troubling imagery. Your chanukkiah will never look at you the same again!

Intermediate Hebrew
Monday, December 16, and continuing January 6 - March 16
7:00-8:30 pm, Taught by Silvi Freedson

What Happens After We Die: Jewish Ideas About Life After Death
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm - Taught by Rabbi Ken Berger
On hiatus until January

Bemidbar: Leadership Defied and Defended
Thursdays for 10 weeks, 9:30 am–11:00 am,
Taught by   Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Avraham
on hiatus until January 9
Israel’s fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead. This Melton Scholars course will survey the dramatic events of the fourth book of the Torah,  Sefer   BeMidbar , through analysis of biblical texts, artwork and related commentaries, old and new.  Click here to register.
Moriah Reads
January 11 - The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari
Calling for Chesed!
Our Chesed committee, chaired by Neil Pliskin, is looking for individuals able to assist our members in need. Offering support through phone calls and emails, driving to doctor appointments and delivering food are some of the ways you can help.
If you're interested, please contact Neil at
Moriah's Family-Friendly Chanukkah Party
Thursday, December 19, 5:00-6:15 pm
Light dinner, Music by DJ Lou, Face painting, and more!
Click here to RSVP by Monday, December 16

Moriah's Judaic Art & Jewelry Fair
in loving memory of Karen Walanka z"l
February 20–23, 2020
Sponsorships and gift certificates are available now.
Stay tuned for home hospitality and volunteer sign up!

USY: We’re going to Dave and Busters at the Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills!
Saturday, December 21, 7:00-9:00 pm, Drop off and pick up at Dave and Busters
Cost: $25,Text your RSVP to Chuck @ 847-980-6025
W atch out for details to come for our next event in January!

KADIMA AND ATID: This Sunday, December 15th! 11:30 am-1:00 pm Science show! This event is free and is at Moriah Congregation. Lunch will be served. Please respond to the evite sent or contact Karen Ebroon for more information .
Moriah Board Meeting Dates
Everyone is welcome to attend beginning at 8:00 pm on the dates below:
Wednesday, January 22
Monday, February 10
Monday, March 16
Wednesday, April 22
Wednesday, May 20
Annual Meeting, Wednesday, June 10
Shalom Chaverot! 
We are excited to join together for our Rosh Chodesh study group!

Please mark these Rosh Chodesh dates in your calendar and join us for a meaningful and inspiring year! Friends and family are welcome.
Dates: December 28,  January 25, February 29, March 21, April 25, and
May 30                
Community Events & Programs


If you were in the National Guard, Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force, you can join the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America.

You did not have to have served in a war. You only have to be Jewish and a veteran.  

Do you want to meet fellow veterans? Do you want to learn inside information about Israel, Jews, baseball, history, current topics and more? Come to our meetings and hear our speakers every month.

We are North Shore Post 29, Jewish War Veterans. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, at Makom Solel Lakeside Congregation, 1301 Clavey Road in Highland Park. 

Email Joe Wrobel, JWV Post Commander and member of Moriah at  or simply come to our next meeting.
The ARK is looking for sponsors for hundreds of Chanukah gifts for our clients. This year, we expect 1,500 adults and children to receive gifts through this program. To sign up to purchase gift cards (most needed item!) or gifts, please sign up as soon as possible at .
If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Musin Berkowitz at or 872.241.8304. 
Change the World With Us – One Meal at a Time

Please donate new or gently-used men/women’s:
Winter Jackets,   Hats, Gloves, Scarves

Final pick up on Tuesday 12/17 at Moriah.
Contact Karen Budin with any questions.
Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards - Applications Now Open

The awards recognize up to 15 extraordinary Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each to put toward education or to support ongoing social impact projects.
The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards seek teens showing significant initiative and leadership in creating and leading a new endeavor - or who have considerably deepened or expanded an existing project - that embodies the values of tikkun olam.
Application Deadline - January 8, 2020

Projects may have any focus, from raising money, to hands-on interactions, to larger systemic-change work. The work can have a local, national, or global focus benefiting the Jewish or general community. Applicants can create a new project or contribute to an established initiative by demonstrating a current, significant leadership role in an existing organization or project.
  • Age 13-19 (on January 8, 2020)
  • Self-identify as Jewish
  • Resident of the United States
  • Volunteering without any compensation
  • Currently serving in a leadership role on a project/initiative aimed at repairing the world

Educators, rabbis, civic leaders, and teen mentors are welcome to nominate teens. Applying for the Tikkun Olam Awards is an opportunity for teens across the country to be recognized as young Jewish leaders creating meaningful change at home and across the globe. We hope the Awards encourage and catalyze a generation of Jewish teens in their ambitious work to repair the world.
The Karen Walanka Online Exhibition
Beyond being a past AGJA president, Karen Walanka, of blessed memory, appreciated and loved those who were inspired by Jewish faith, text, or tradition, and expressed it through their art. As Executive Director of Moriah, she helped found the biennial Judaic Art and Jewelry Fair. The Karen Walanka Online Exhibition for AGJA members is one way for the Guild to recognize and honor all that Karen brought to embrace and to foster the appreciation of Judaica and Jewish art.

Mazal Tov to our very own, Laurel Feldman , for being showcased in the online exhibit, which is live for viewing. Click here to view the full exhibition!
"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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