February 8, 2023

29 Shevat, 5784

To purchase Still No Word from You: Notes in the Margin on Amazon, click here.

To purchase Wolf Lamb Bomb on Amazon, click here.

Click here to register.

Join our Shacharit Minyanim!

Shacharit services are at 8:05 AM Monday through Friday and 9:30 AM on Saturday. If you want to daven in our world-famous sanctuary, inspired by our beautiful three-story stained-glass window, please join us!


RSVPs are required; visitors must show identification when registering.


Due to construction, there is no parking in front of our building on Clark Street, so please allow extra time to arrive. We also have discounted parking ($10 for 12 hours) at the Washington-Madison-Wells Garage at 172 W. Madison, just ask for a coupon when you arrive at shul.


For all services during the week (Orthodox unless noted), see our service schedule below.

For more information or to RSVPclick here.


Click here for yahrzeits being observed in the month of Adar 1.

We are not for ourselves alone


As downtown continues returning to normal we are seeing a surge in guests, and their visits underscore one of the primary reasons we exist.


On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we were joined by Meir Dominitz, who was visiting us from Toronto and was greatful to join our minyan. On Wednesday, we were also joined by Michael Harary, who was here for business from Woodmere, NY and needed a minyan as well.

Next time you or your guests are downtown, please join us for a minyan. For more information, click here.

Vilt ir Lernen Yiddish is back and ready for you to join us!


Weekly Classes on Zoom


Beginners Class with Congregation Beth Shalom Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Advanced Class - 1:00 PM on Thursdays

The cost for the semester (8 classes) is $125. Click here to register.


New Instructor: Annie Kaufman - Annie has been learning Yiddish for 20 years, and teaching for 5. She trained as a Yiddish teacher through the Yiddish Book Center, and as a Talmud teacher through Svara. As an enthusiastic member of a vibrant Yiddish-speaking community, she is eager to include more people so they can make their own friendships, art, and relationships with Yiddish.


Class requirements: 

  • Attend class regularly
  • Practice a little bit of Yiddish each day (light homework)

If you have any questions, please contact Cary Wolovick by clicking here.

Book Club - The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

5:30 PM - Online via Zoom

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.

As these characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.

This book is currently third on The New York Times' Best Seller List.


Zoom link will be provided to those who register.

Please RSVP by emailing caryw@chiloopsyn.org.

The Discussion

Tuesday, February 20, 2023

5:30 PM on Zoom


Express yourself in “The Discussion,” a lay-led zoom group that will examine articles and critique them.

We will be discussing two articles: "What are the principles of civilian immunity in war? A scholar of justice in war explains," by J. Toby Reiner from the Conversation; and ‘A taint of evil’: why the ICJ genocide ruling was branding genius," by Rob Eshman in the Jewish Daily Forward.

To read the article from article from J. Toby Reiner, click here.

To read the article from Rob Eshman, click here.

To RSVP, click here.

Movie Club - Operation Finale

Sunday, March 17, 2024

2:00 PM

Before you have another boring St. Patrick's Day, join us at the synagogue to watch the movie "Operation Finale" and then join our lively discussion.


"Operation Finale" follows the 1960 mission of Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) as he infiltrates Argentina and captures Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the logistics that sent millions of innocent Jews to their deaths.


Cost is $10 to cover security; dinner will be donated by a generous member.


If you can't join us on March 17, but you want to watch the movie, it is available on Amazon Prime. To watch, please click here.

To RSVP, please click here.

Community Programs

Exciting FREE Hebrew Reading Class with

David Pine

·    Level II Hebrew Reading Crash Course

·    Advanced Level I Hebrew Reading


Class is on

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Ongoing through Wednesday, February 14 on Zoom


Level II Hebrew Reading

with David Pine


Join David Pine, NJOP's volunteer teacher extraordinaire, for a Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II on Zoom.


Level II is designed as a follow-up class for “graduates” of the Level I Hebrew Reading Crash Course, who can recognize the Hebrew alphabet and wish to advance their Hebrew reading and comprehension skills. 


Click here to register.




You do not need to have taken NJOP's Hebrew Reading Crash Course, however you must have:


·    Knowledge of letters and vowels and how to blend them

·    The ability to decode and form words

“Heroes-First Testimony” Midwest Tour”

Wednesday, February 21

7:00 PM

Anshe Emet Synagogue

3751 North Broadway, Chicago


Join JCC Chicago they welcome four Israeli Heroes of October 7. These survivors will bravely share their stories with the community, shedding light on their resilience and strength in the face of adversity. Please support these individuals as they inspire hope and unity through their experiences.

Free and open to all.

Registration is REQUIRED.

  • Guests will need to enter the Anshe Emet building at the Grace Street entrance
  • Parking at Anshe Emet will be very limited. We suggest using public transportation, or other ridesharing services such as Uber, Lyft, or find local parking via Spothero.
  • No large bags or signs will be permitted. Doors open at 6:00 PM. All attendees will have Government Issued IDs which will be checked at the door.

Government issued ID is required and will be checked against registration list.

No walk-ins will be allowed.

To register, click here.

Tuesday and Wednesday,

February 27 and 28, 2024

6:00 PM

(Central Time)


Following the terrorist attack on Israel on October 7, anti-Israel and antisemitic demonstrations, vandalism and acts of violence have increased nearly 400 percent since the same time period in 2022, averaging 34 events every day in the United States.


“[It’s] a crisis, a five-alarm fire,” warned Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Where did the fire start and what’s feeding it?


The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center invites you to a two-night virtual summit to examine the questions of modern antisemitism and the American Jewish experience, including what makes the current wave unique and where we must go from here.





Rabbi David Wolpe

Visiting Scholar at Harvard Divinity School and the Max Webb Emeritus Rabbi of Sinai Temple



Dr. Pierre Birnbaum

Emeritus Professor, University of Paris



Batya Ungar-Sargon

Opinion Editor, Newsweek



Dr. Heidi Beirich

Chief Strategy Officer & Cofounder, Global Project Against Hate and Extremism



Michal Cotler-Wunsh

Israel's Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism and former member of the Knesset





Dr. Sharon Nazarian

Former Senior Vice President for International Affairs, Anti-Defamation League



Jonathan Greenblatt

National Director, Anti-Defamation League



Abe Foxman

Former National Director, Anti-Defamation League



Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law



Dr. Dara Horn

Award-winning novelist, essayist and professor of literature

To register, click here.

Our list of ways to support Israel just got much more comprehensive!

For our full and updated list, please click here. While this list has been compiled from reliable sources, there are also a lot of scam artists taking advantage of the situation, so please thoroughly research any organization you decide to support.

Send a Letter to an IDF Soldier

We would like to encourage you to write an Israeli Soldier though Aish and send your support. These soldiers will want to hear from you to know we have their backs! To write them, please click here.

An Exceptional Chance to Help The Land and the People of Israel Now


Israel needs us now more than ever! JNF has created several Volunteer for Israel Missions to help provide immediate relief to the land and the people of Israel, and we are creating a group from Loop join them.  


Volunteering Highlights:


  • Spend time with evacuees and the people who are providing lifesaving efforts to support them.
  • Take part in community service helping with anything needed, from cooking to assistance in the daycare, laundry, or cleaning up.
  • Work together with HaShomer HaChadash in farms, picking vegetables and other crops to help prevent a massive shortage in the Israeli market and ensure that no farmer is left alone.
  • Volunteer with Sar-El at an army base, take on logistical roles necessary to fill the void of the over 350,000 Israelis serving in the IDF and reserves.
  • Passport must be valid for six months after return to US.
  • No Israeli visa required; you will receive a three-month tourist visa on arrival. 


What's Included:


  • Accommodations
  • Group transportation to and from the airport
  • Three kosher meals daily
  • Armed Security
  • JNF professional staff
  • Daily transportation to sites
  • 4-6 hours of volunteering each day


Not Included:


  • Flights and pre- and post-tour extensions
  • Travel insurance


Eligibility criteria:


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
  • Applicants must be able to perform 4-6 hours of physical work a day
  • Applicants must attend a mandatory zoom orientation pre-trip
  • Applicants do not need to speak Hebrew, guides will be available for translation if necessary


Regular pricing: $2,000 per person 


JNFuture Sabra Root Society Members

(aged 22 – 40 who made a gift of $360+ to the 2024 campaign) 

$1,000 per person

Upcoming Mission Dates:

March 10 – 14, 2024 | 17 – 21, 2024


Special JNFuture Volunteer to Israel Mission (Ages 22 – 40) - December 24 - 28, 2023


Regular pricing: $1500 Per Person double occupancy

$750 Per Person - JNFuture Sabra and Root Society Members


Weekend Package at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv available or all missions as optional add-on. 


*All volunteer options are subject to change due to changing needs and situation on the ground.

For more information, please email loopadmn@chiloopsyn.org.

Our P.O. Box Address

As you may know, we’ve been having trouble getting our mail delivered. To combat the problem and ensure our mail gets to us on time, we now have a Post Office box. When you send us mail, please use this address:

Chicago Loop Synagogue

P. O. Box 2537

Chicago, IL 60690


Of course, you are always welcome to visit us in our beautiful building at 16 S. Clark St. in Chicago. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

Rooted in teachings from the Torah and sages, Jewish free loans are a time-honored tradition in the U.S. and beyond. In fact, most U.S. cities play host to at least one Jewish or Hebrew Free Loan agency. Unlike JFLC, some Jewish loan societies cater only to the needs of the Jewish community and do not have income caps. JFLC serves low-to moderate-income people of all backgrounds who need access to capital.

JFLC borrowers’ financial status can be wide-ranging, and their potential financial needs can also run the gamut, including:

  • General expenses: transportation, technology, and debt consolidation
  • Employment: job-search, initial costs (transportation/relocation), job training
  • Healthcare: medical, mental, and dental
  • Women & children: childcare, education, fertility, adoption
  • Education: tuition, supplies

For more information, click here.

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