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Ohel Shalom Torah Center Newsletter
Parashat Bechukotai-Mivarchim Sivan 5779

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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
Graduation Kiddush
Project Connection Update
Amazon Smile
Eruv Check- In
Kollel Korner
Davening Times
Candle lighting 
7:59 pm
Shir HaShirim 6:45 pm
Mincha 7:00 pm
Shabbat starts 8:19  pm
Shacharit 8:15 am
 Mincha 7:34 pm
Shabbat ends
9:10 pm

Regular Weekdays

7:45 am
Monday, Thursday
6:15 am

 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
6:30 am 

Sunday- Thursday
8:09 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, Mrs Sror 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 Mrs Sror outside of office hours. This number will not be answered during construction and is voicemail only.

This Week at Ohel Shalom
Thank You!

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, Yosef Rachamim! 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. 
 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. 
Rabbi Worch Shiur Recap

Please see below in the Kollel Korner 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

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 Beit Midrash Ner Tamid has been dedicated.

For a printable version of this flyer click here

Construction Updates

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

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 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.
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
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.
    Halacha of the Week  

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.


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 2 - Yom Yerushalayim
June 9-10 - Shavuot
June 15 - Graduation Kiddush
July 7 - Family Chesed Project
Community Section
Shaimos Announcement

This Sunday, June 2nd.....
For a printable version of this flyer  click here 
Yom Yerushalayim
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
No admission fee. 
For sponsorship opportunities, please visit; email;or call 847-674-9733 x 2.

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.... 
For a printable version of this flyer  click here

 Chicago Women Charity Players

Auditions are this coming Tuesday, June 4th and 5th.
  Ohel Sarah Support Group
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
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.