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To determine if the Eruv is operational either click on the phone number link below, or call
1-773-74-ERUV-2 (743-7882) after 2pm every Friday afternoon or every Erev Yom Tov.
Shir HaShirim 6:45 pm
Mincha 7:00 pm
Shabbat starts 8:19
Shacharit 8:15 am
Mincha 7:34 pm
Late Arvit following Kollel
Wed 8:30pm (Hebrew)
Thurs 8:00pm (English)
Rabbi Moshe Miller
Sundays after Mincha/Arvit
Father and Son
Torah and Chamin
Thursday 8 pm
Rabbi Yosef Asayag
Monetary Issues in Halacha
45 min. before Mincha (Hebrew)
Nachat on Shabbat
Kids learning program
1 hour before Mincha
Men and Women
Personalities in the Bible
Motza'ai Shabbat during the winter
see you next year!
Male Member Shiur
contact Shlomo Mizrahi
Pele Yoetz in English
Yalizu Chasidim in Hebrew
contact David Ben Abu
Year - $2400
(127 sold - 133 left)
New Set of Artscroll Talmud Yerushalmi
$35.00 for Talmud Yerushalmi
ONLY ONE LEFT
Siddurim Shaarim Ba'Tifilla
20 New Talitot
(4 sponsored - 16 left)
Office Contact Info During Construction
During office hours, Mrs Sror can be reached
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE VOICE MESSAGES AT THIS NUMBER!
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 Mrs Sror outside of office hours.
This number will not be answered during construction and is voicemail only.
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!
In the meantime, officers of the Kehillah have met with candidates and BE"H are close to hiring an experienced replacement.
Mazal Tov! BiSiman Tov!
Mazal Tov to our friends,
Ovadia and Kayla Shalom
on the Birit of their baby,
Mazal Tov to grandparents,
Tzion and Ilana Shalom and Chaim and Zahava Suss.
May he grow to Torah, Chuppah and Ma'asim Tovim!
Mazal Tov as well to Rabbi and Mrs. Binyomin Olstein on the marriage of their son, Yair, to Penina Feuer. Mazal Tov also to our dedicated Kollel,Director, Rabbi Yosef Olstein, and our Kollel Fellow, Rabbi Tuvia Olstein. May the young couple merit to build a Bayit Ne'eman BiYisrael.
Seudah Shilisheet Sponsorship
This week's Seudah Shilisheet is sponsored by
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pomerantz
in memory of Batsheva's mother,
Sarah bat Pauline
. May her Neshama merit an Aliyah. The Kehillah thanks the Pomerantzs for their generosity.
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
This week is Shabbat Mivarchim Chodesh Sivan. Rosh Chodesh Sivan will take place this Monday evening, June 3rd through Tuesday June 4th. We are counting down to Shavuot and Matan Torah! Chodesh tov and keep looking here for more info about Shavuot.
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.
Rabbi Worch Shiur Recap
Please see below in the
for a recap and pictures of Rabbi Kalman Worch's most recent Shiur in the Kollel.
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
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.
(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:
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 Beit Midrash Ner Tamid has been dedicated.
B"H this week saw significant advancements on many fronts. The stairs and security door frame for the new Sacramento entrance are in. Finally, the actual connection point between the buildings was opened and work is being done there as well. Also the facia and gutter supports for the new roof are being done as well.
Work on new external door to connection point
Connection point from Learning Center side
Stairs for new Sacramento entrance
Door frame for new Sacramento entrnace
New facia and gutter supports
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.
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 Ayelet 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.
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
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
Rabbi Worch's Shiur
On Tuesday, May 21st, Rabbi Worch gave his next shiur in the "Legends and Legacies" series of monthly classes for men. The Shiur foucsed on
The Rashash (Rav Shalom Sharabi), a very humble man who tried to keep his brilliance under wraps most of his life. Only after he married the Rosh Yeshiva's daughter did his wisdom and intellect become known. He went on to become the Rosh Yeshiva himself of Yeshivat Mekubalim.
The Shiur was very well attended and delicious refreshments were served.
The Kollel appreciates the following sponsors of learning:
A week of learning has been sponsored by Yigal Zino for May 27-June 3 in memory of his father, Shimon ben Aziza. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah.
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 week of learning has been sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ben Pomerantz for May 29-June 5 in memory of Batsheva's mother, Sarah bat Pauline. May her Neshama merit an Aliyah.
A month of learning has been sponsored anonymously for the month of May. The Kollel thanks the patrons for their generosity.
The Laws of a Compensatory Prayer
Question: If one forgets to pray a certain prayer and the time for reciting that prayer has already passed, what is the proper procedure?
Answer: Our Sages taught (Berachot 26b): "One who has erred and has not prayed Shacharit should pray Mincha twice." This means that if one mistakenly has not prayed one prayer or if one has not prayed a certain prayer because of circumstances beyond one's control, one must compensate this prayer after having recited the next prayer one prays, for our Sages have established that one must compensate one's prayer. Thus, if one forgets to pray Shacharit, one should pray Mincha prayers and immediately after doing so, one must recite the Amida prayer again as compensation for the Shacharit prayer which one has missed.
The compensatory prayer applies only to the Amida prayer; however, the rest of the prayer, such as Keri'at Shema and its blessings, Pesukei De'Zimra, and the like, cannot be compensated for and once their time has passed, one has missed out on this Mitzvah.
Thus, one who forgets to pray Shacharit should repeat the Amida immediately after concluding the Mincha prayer and this will compensate for the Shacharit prayer one missed.
The Law Regarding Women
Maran zt"l writes that just as a man who missed a given prayer must compensate for it during the next prayer, so too, a woman who customarily prays a set prayer, such as Shacharit, and it happened that she had forgotten to pray, may likewise compensate for this prayer by reciting the Mincha prayer twice.
Summary: If one forgets to pray any given prayer, such as Shacharit, one must compensate for this prayer after praying Mincha, i.e. after concluding the Mincha Amida prayer, one should wait several seconds and then recite the Amida prayer again in compensation for Shacharit.
June 2 - Yom Yerushalayim
June 9-10 - Shavuot
June 15 - Graduation Kiddush
July 7 - Family Chesed Project
This Sunday, June 2nd.....
Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim,
this Sunday, June 2nd with Mizrachi - Religious Zionists of Chicago at Cong. Or Torah in Skokie.
- 8:45 am: Tefillat Shacharit Chagigit
- Guest Speaker Rabbi Zev Shandalov
Teacher and Rav in Ma'ale Adumim; Former Rav of KJBS
- Concurrent Children's Program
- Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
- Youth Art Contest Winners Announced
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.
This Tuesday, June 4th....
Chicago Women Charity Players
Auditions are this coming Tuesday, June 4th and 5th.
This coming Wednesday, June 4th.
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
(Volunteer shifts run from 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm)
To sign up for a shift click here.
All food served is Kosher and prepared in a supervised kitchen.
to volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.