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Ohel Shalom Torah Center Newsletter
Parashat Bamidbar-Erev Shavuot 5779

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 Ohel Shalom 


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 1-773-74-ERUV-2 (743-7882) after 2pm every Friday afternoon or every Erev Yom Tov.

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In This Issue
Office Contact During Construction
This Week at Ohel Shalom
Shavuot Schedule
Graduation Kiddush
Project Connection Update
Amazon Smile
Eruv Check- In
Kollel Korner
Davening Times
Candle lighting 
8:04 pm
Shir HaShirim 6:45 pm
Mincha 7:00 pm
Shabbat starts 8:24 pm
Shacharit 8:15 am
 Mincha 2:00 pm
Shabbat ends
9:15 pm

Regular Weekdays

7:45 am
Monday, Thursday
6:15 am

 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30 am 

Sunday- Thursday
8:14 pm 
Late Arvit following Kollel 
10:00 pm

Regular Shiurim  

 Open Seder  
Rabbi Olstein
Parasha Shiur
Wed 8:30pm (Hebrew)
Thurs 8:00pm (English)
Rabbi Moshe Miller
Tomer Devorah
Sundays after Mincha/Arvit  
Father and Son  
Torah and Chamin
Thursday 8 pm  
Rabbi Yosef Asayag
Monetary Issues in Halacha
 Shabbat Afternoon
45 min. before Mincha (Hebrew) 
Ateret Chaya 
Simcha Hall  

 Nachat on Shabbat
Kids learning program
1 hour before Mincha  
Men and Women

Ner Foundation 
Rabbi Raccah   

Parashat HaShavu'a
Wednesdays at 8:30pm  

Personalities in the Bible
Motza'ai Shabbat during the winter
see you next year!


Male Member Shiur
Pele Yoetz in English
contact Shlomo Mizrahi
Yalizu Chasidim in Hebrew
contact David Ben Abu 



Seuda Shlishit






Breakfast Fund

Day- $15 

Week- $75 

Month- $250 

Year - $2400  


Fish Fund

$20 month 


Hamin Fund

Monthly contribution 



Chair Sponsors

(127 sold - 133 left)

$20 each  


New Set of Artscroll Talmud Yerushalmi  

$35.00 for Talmud Yerushalmi




Siddurim Shaarim Ba'Tifilla

($15.00 each) 


Chumash w/simanim  

($20 each) 

20 New Talitot  

(4 sponsored - 16 left)

$75.00 each 


Office Contact Info During Construction
During office hours, the office manager can be reached directly at

Office hours are Monday-Friday 9:15 am - 1:15 pm.

Use the regular 773-465-5274 to leave a message for Rabbi Raccah or for the office manager outside of office hours. This number will not be answered during construction and is voicemail only.

This Week at Ohel Shalom
Thank You and Welcome!

For over four years, our office and many events have been ably managed by our office manager, Mrs. Ayelet Sror. Now Mrs. Sror will BE"H be moving to a position elsewhere. Mrs. Sror has been a real asset to our Kehilla and we will miss her in the office. We wish her much success in her new position. BiHatzlacha!

As well, we welcome our new office manager, Mrs. Fradel Devora Stern. Mrs. Stern comes to us with many years experience as an office manager in Kehillot similar to ours. We look forward to working with her BE"H.  
Please bear with us during this transition phase, as Mrs. Stern learns the ropes from Mrs. Sror. Your patience and understanding will be appreciated.
Kiddush Sponsorship
This week's Kiddush is sponsored by Ms. Alize Frechette in honor of her son Caliel Zachai's 3rd birthday. The Kehillah thanks Alize for her generosity. 
Shabbat Groups
Please note that there will NOT be groups on Shavuot, June 9-10. Groups WILL BE"H be meeting this Shabbat, Parashat Bamidbar. 

Shavuot THIS Motzaei Shabbat
Due to the fact that Shavu'ot begins on Motza'ai Shabbat, the Mincha for Shabbat will be earlier, at 2 pm. As well, there will be  NO Se'udah Shilisheet in the Beit HaKinesset this week.   
Do NOT light candles for the First Night of Shavu'ot (or make Yom Tov preparations) until Shabbat ends - meaning NO earlier than 9:15pm.
Please see the section below regarding the special learning sessions taking place over Shavu'ot as well as the Tefillah schedule. Please note that there is only one early Minyan for Shacharit on the first day of Shavu'ot.

As well, BE"H we will also hold a communal reading of the entire Sefer Tehillim on the second day at 5 pm. BE"H refreshments will be served. Please note that the Tehillim reading will be held in the Bet HaMedrash because the Sha'are Ezra Main Sanctuary will hold the women's Shiur from Rabbi Raccah at 7 pm. 

Shavu'ot Night Refreshments Sponsor

The refreshments put out on the First Night of Shavu'ot to bolster the energy of those learning all night has been sponsored anonymously Liluy Nishmat David HaMelech. We thank the sponsor. 
 Graduation Kiddush
The Graduation Kiddush will take place on June 15th. Please see section below for more information. To sponsor or submit a graduate name, please contact Leah Chana Zayan by June 6th. Please note the new contact is not the office, but rather Mrs. Zayan. 
Learning Group with Rabbi Raccah on Pele Yoetz

Please join us for a weekly learning group with Rabbi Raccah on the Pele Yoetz. This group meets weekly, and is only open to male members of the Kehillah. For more information text Shlomo Mizrahi at 323-274-8178.    
Yalizu Chasidim Learning Group with 
Rabbi Raccah in Hebrew

Due to the success of the Pele Yoetz Learning Group, Rabbi Raccah has B"H started a similar group in Hebrew, Yalizu Chasidim. The group has B"H already met a few times. Interested? Contact David Ben Abu for more information

Shavuot Schedule

Correction: The Tehilim reading will not be on the First Day of Shavu'ot but rather BE"H on the second day at 5:00 pm.

For a printable version of this flyer click here

Graduation Kiddush
We are reserving the week of June 15th for the graduation kiddush. If you would like to sponsor the kiddush and/or lunch in honor of a graduate please contact Leah Chana Zayan. Graduate names must be submitted by June 6th.

For a printable version of this flyer click here

Project Conne ction UPDATE
(new info below)

As the construction B"H has significantly advanced, you may want to dedicate an item. As you can see, B"H many items have already been taken. The Rabbi and Committee still have not begun fundraising efforts, so this is your chance.

Two things to keep in mind:
1) Items have been set at all price points from as little as $180 and up. This was done intentionally to allow all our members to BE"H participate and be a part of reaching this vital milestone in our history.
2) The pledges for this campaign are payable over the next year and a half (till Rosh HaShana 5781 - 2020) and are separate to all other pledges and charges. The opportunities are on a "first come first served basis" so don't delay!!
UPDATE: B"H the Ner Tamid in the Bet HaMidrash has been dedicated.

For a printable version of this flyer click here

Construction Updates

B"H this week saw some considerable progress. New doors were installed all around the building. As well, fascia replacement and new gutter installation was completed. The new Sacramento entrance made some big strides too.

A new secure front door (Touhy entrance)

Masonry work and new door
for new Sacramento entrance

New fascia and gutters,
as well as new secure door for rear office
(sorry for the night shot)

Amazon Smile

Do you purchase items from Amazon? If so, you are in a perfect position to provide the Kehilla with much needed financial support with zero cost or additional effort from you, beyond following a few easy steps just one time.

Amazon has a philanthropic branch called Amazon Smile. All you need to do is sign up (no cost) and select our Kehilla as your charity of choice and Amazon will give the Kehilla 0.5% of all your eligible purchases! There are millions of eligible items.

Please take advantage of this opportunity
and sign up immediately.

Click here to select Sephardic Community Shaare Mizrah as your charity.

The Geshem Fund

It has been very busy for the Geshem Fund. Significant sums of money have been distributed to dozens of people to help with rent, utilities, food and many other purposes. This has depleted the fund. Please help us help those in need.

Please open your hearts and your wallets and make checks out to the order of GESHEM FUND and give to Rabbi Raccah or put in the mailbox of the office or the shul and the office manager will give it to Rabbi Raccah.  As you thank Hashem for all that He has blessed you with, remember the less fortunate who are struggling and in desperate need of assistance. Thank you.
Eruv Check-In
Is the Chicago Eruv up and operational for Shabbat? If you utilize the Eruv, it is your responsibility to check each week before Shabbat if it is up. There are now some new and easy ways to do this.

The Chicago Eruv has set up a website with this information, as well as other pertinent halachot and information about the eruv. The web address is

You can call the hotline on Erev Shabbat after 2pm and listen to the recorded message or sign up to receive a weekly e-mail update on the status of the eruv.

Click here to sign up to have the eruv weekly email update sent directly to you! 
To Determine if the Eruv is Operational either click on the phone number link here, or call 1-773-74-ERUV-2 (743-7882) after 2pm every Friday afternoon or every Erev Yom Tov.

Kollel Korner of the Sephardic Community Kollel
Sephardic Community Kollel
Come learn with the Sephardic Community Kollel from 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday through Thursday. Please contact the Kollel Coordinator, Rabbi Yosef Olstein to arrange a learning partner or to receive information about the Kollel and its programs. Rabbi Olstein can be reached at 773-338-8046 or by email at Sephardic Community Kollel.   
Donations to the Kollel
Donations to the Kollel can also be made via credit card. Please call the shul at 773-465-5274 or email the Kollel for details.
Sponsor Learning in the Kollel
Our Rabbis tell us the great power and merit associated with supporting Torah learning. To that end, consider sponsoring a week or a month of learning in the Kollel.

Examples of sponsorship purposes include: in memory of a deceased loved one for their Azkarah, to merit a Rifuah Shilamah, or to honor a loved one or friend. In addition to the great merit of supporting Torah in our community, your sponsorship will be marked with printed pages noting the intent of your support that are placed in stands on the tables in the Beit HaMidrash for the duration of your sponsorship period. 
Here are the costs for the various sponsorships:
A night of learning -  $52
A week of learning -  $100
A month of learning - $400
The Kollel appreciates the following sponsors of learning: 
Two weeks of learning have been sponsored by Mrs. Shani Aryeh for May 31-June 13 in memory of her husband, Moshe David ben Gittel Leah. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah.
A month of learning has been sponsored anonymously for the month of June. The Kollel thanks the patrons for their generosity.
    Halacha of the Week  

Blessings of Enjoyment and Keri'at Shema on the Night of Shavuot

In the  previous Halacha, we have discussed the order of learning for the night of Shavuot during which it is customary to remain awake all night and study Torah.
Reading the Order of the "Keri'eh Mo'ed"
Let us first discuss that which we have mentioned that it is proper to read the order of learning for the night of Shavuot which is printed in the Sefer Keri'eh Mo'ed.
Although this is indeed the custom of Sephardic Jewry based on the writing of the Mekubalim, nevertheless, those who customarily learn the Rambam's Sefer Ha'Mitzvot or listen to Torah lectures on this night have on whom to rely. This is especially true if the rabbis in a specific place feel that such a learning schedule is more beneficial for the congregation, for instance, if the learning is being held in a location where most of the audience is not particularly religious in which case it is important to draw them closer with pleasant words of Torah as opposed to merely reading the order of Shavuot which may not be so constructive for them.
Maran zt"l writes (in his Chazon Ovadia-Yom Tov, page 311) that many great Ashkenazi luminaries, among them Hagaon Harav Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook zt"l customarily learned the Rambam's Sefer Ha'Mitzvot on the night of Shavuot. Similarly, in the synagogue of Maran zt"l, he customarily publicly expounds some Midrashim of our Sages as well as some pertinent Halachot (in addition to reading the order of Shavuot). Nevertheless, in a place where the congregation is reading from the Sefer Keri'eh Mo'ed, it is improper to deviate from the congregation's custom and one should indeed read along with them as per the custom of the Mekubalim.
Blessings on Food and Drink on the Night of Shavuot 
Those who delve in Torah all night and are occasionally served tea, coffee, and the like, they must recite a blessing before the first time they drink and then they no longer repeat the blessing every other time. Even if there is a pause of an hour and a quarter between each drinking, one should not recite the blessing again, for one has fulfilled his obligation with the blessing one has recited the first time.
It is preferable though that one have specific intention the first time one blesses that this blessing should exempt any other item brought before him.
However, if one leaves the synagogue and goes outside and when he returns one is served beverages once again, one must recite another blessing, for leaving the synagogue constitutes an interruption and one is no longer exempted by one's original blessing (See Chazon Ovadia ibid.).
Keri'at Shema
One should recite Keri'at Shema before halachic midnight on the night of Shavuot as is customary in all synagogues. (ibid.)
The Morning Blessings (Birkot Ha'Shachar) and the Blessings on the Torah
One should only recite the morning blessings after dawn (the time for which is printed in various calendars). Even one who has not slept all night may recite the Blessings on the Torah after dawn. Besides for reciting the Blessings of the Torah, one should recite all of the Morning Blessings, including "Elohai Neshama," besides for the blessing of "Al Netilat Yadayim," for one who has not slept at night washes one's hands in the morning without reciting this blessing. (Regarding the "Asher Yatzar" blessing, only one who has used the facilities should recite this blessing as is the case during the rest of the year.)


If you have a Simcha occurring within the next few months that you would like to have added to the calendar, please call the off ice at 773-465-5274 or email the office with the link provided in the sidebar at the top of the email.  

June 9-10 - Shavuot
June 15 - Graduation Kiddush
July 7 - Family Chesed Project
Community Section
Hachnasat Sefer Torah   
June 16th at 11am-12:30pm 

For a printable version of this flyer click here

Bonei Olam Event/Fundraiser

Chicago Orthodox Student Union
The new Chicago Orthodox Student Union continues its Learning Program directed by the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel. College Students are invited to come for dinner and learn on alternating Tuesday evenings. Please see the schedule below.
Chicago Loves Israel -JCC Chicago and JUF

Midwest Charity Ride
Please sign up to support our local charity organizaions, Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed, Hatzalah of Chicago, Maot Chitim and Sharlene Levinson Bikur Cholim. The ride will take place on Sunday, June 30th. Go to 
Momma Chef's Soup Kitchen

Momma Chef's Soup Kitchen at Congregation K.I.N.S. has opened their doors to feed meals to those in need.

Once a week on Tuesday evenings they will provide a kosher four-course homemade hot dinner, as well as bagged lunches to-go, at no costs to their guests.
Please help to spread the word.. whether it be to volunteer or to invite someone who may be in need of food and a friendly face...  
Tuesday Evenings 6:00 PM
For more info email or call 773-761-4000.  
(Volunteer shifts run from 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm)
To sign up for a shift click here.  
To donate click here.
All food served is Kosher and prepared in a supervised kitchen.

Click Here to volunteer or email for more information.