Dear Temple Sholom Family,

These times call on us to be creative, nimble, prudent and kind. Your Temple Sholom Clergy have been thinking a lot about Hillel the Elder’s oft quoted motto:
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?

This dictum speaks of obligations to ourselves and others in times such as these. This is what it means to be part of a sacred community. Below, you will see ways in which we invite you to take care of yourself , respond to the needs of others , and stay informed and even inspired in this moment.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

We all know how important it is to care for your emotional and spiritual health right now.

To stay safe and healthy, follow these guidelines .


Monday, March 23, 2020 at 10am and 2pm via Zoom

For those of you who have been feeling isolated and would like to connect with others in a supportive virtual environment with a mental health professional from our community, we invite you to join a Temple Sholom Community (Virtual) Support Session.   Sign up here.

This is not a substitute for mental health services. To access mental health services in these trying times, Click Here. All requests are confidential.


Kaddish D’rabbanan
Weekdays at 3pm via Zoom

For those of you saying Kaddish for a loved one and/or for those of you who would like to learn relevant wisdom from our sages, we invite you to join Rabbi Conover on weekdays to learn from Pirkei Avot and conclude with a special Kaddish Click here for Zoom information.

Virtual Tefillah

Friday at 11am
Join Jay Rapoport for A 15-minute Gan Shalom Shabbat on the Bimah
- with sweet Shabbat songs for tots via Facebook Live .

Friday at 5:30pm
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for a Tot Shabbat Service via Facebook Live .

Friday at 6:15pm
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for Kabbalat Shabbat Services via

Saturday at 9am
Join the Temple Sholom Clergy for the Shabbat Morning Minyan and Torah Study via Zoom.  

Sunday at 10:30am
Join Jay and Caleb for fun, family worship in the style of Religious School Tefillah via Facebook Live .

Adult Education Classes and Religious School are continuing virtually. You will receive more information about these opportunities later in the week.

**As always, your clergy are available for guidance, support and wisdom.  Click here or call 773-435-1531 to make an appointment.**

If I am only for myself, what am I?


Some of us in our community are at higher risk of getting very sick from Covid-19. This makes it harder to get out to the grocery store and increases a feeling of isolation. 

Hence, we are assembling a Chesed (Kindness) Squad to make calls to the elders of our community to assess needs such as:

Technology - Learning how to FaceTime, get Facebook, access
Zoom and/or learn how to do online shopping for groceries and/or medications
  Grocery Shopping and/or Pick-Up Medications
Weekly Check-ins (by phone or FaceTime) from a Congregant
Call from Clergy

If you can make some of these calls, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, contact Emma Harmon at .

If you need extra assistance during this time, please fill out
this form or contact Stacy Charnay at stacy@sholomchicago . org .

**This opportunity is for Temple Sholom members only in order to maintain the safety and security of our community. **

If not now, when?

Stay up-to-date and inspired by our sacred community with our Facebook Page and website where we will post daily bits of information and inspiration.

This week, as we close the Book of Exodus with a double Torah portion, we will say the words: “ Chazak, chazak v’nitchazek!- Be Strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened!”

Chazak - Find strength in the many avenues to tend to your emotional and spiritual needs
Chazak - Find strength in this congregation abounding in loving kindness
V’nitchazek ­ - And may you be strengthened by this sacred community that embraces, inspires, and matters.

L’sholom ,