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Shabbat Services via livestream

Click on the image below to live stream Shabbat services.

Our buildings remain closed but we continue to provide services and programming via Zoom technology.

Click here to download Siddur Lev Shalem if you don't have a hard copy. 

Click here to download the WEEKDAY siddur we use.

If there is an emergency, you can reach our Executive Director, Nancy Holab Nevins at her pager or cell phone. Both numbers are included in our weekly email. Or call our office at 847-446-7215.  Calls are being forwarded directly to Nancy.

We happily welcome our members and guests to participate in any of our programs and services.  In order to avoid "Zoom Bombing" however, you will need to log in if you are a member, or contact our Executive Director if you are a guest.  Click here to send an email to the Executive Director.


-Shabbat services Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. Mourners Kaddish will be recited.

-Shabbat mornings at 9:30 a.m. Mourners Kaddish will be recited.

-Sunday morning minyan at 9:15 a.m. 

-Election Night Ma'ariv Services - Tues. Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m.


-The World of Jewish Learning taught by David Lerner - Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

This Sunday: RBG 2.0 - We will continue our study of the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from a Jewish perspective.

Intermediate Prayer Book Hebrew taught by David Lerner
, 11:20 a.m.  until noon, beginning November 8

If you know your Alef-Bet, but would like to read (and sing) Hebrew with confidence and comprehension, please join our Intermediate Hebrew class.  We will be studying prayers recited at services and at home in a fun and friendly format.  For more information, contact David Lerner at or 312-208-3283.

-Torah to Bible in Medieval Spain
medieval bibles. The difference between Torah scrolls and Bibles

Julie Harris
Wed. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Our member, Julie Harris is a specialist in the art of medieval Iberia. She has published on ivory carving, the fate of art and architecture during the Reconquest, and the illuminated Haggadot. A member of Therese Martin’s international research projects investigating “Women as Makers” and the “Treasury of San Isidoro in León,” her recent publications have appeared in Gesta, the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, Medieval Encounters, and the Journal of Medieval History.  She was recently awarded a Center for Spain in America fellowship at the Clark Institute for her project on the decorative carpet pages of Iberian Hebrew Bibles.

-Midwives, Musicians, Soldiers, Rabbis: Whose Stories Will Become Jewish History?
Facilitated by Howard Schickler

Wed. Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Elisheva Carlebach, Deborah Dash Moore, Dara Horn, and Itamar Borochov discuss Confronting Modernity, 1750–1880, Vol. 6 of The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, edited by Elisheva Carlebach. Hear voices rarely included in Jewish culture, such as that of Roza, a multilingual Jewish midwife and that of a Jewish soldier during the American Civil War. Learn about the powerful religious music inspiring artists of today. Explore passionate Jewish debates on all sides of religious and political issues, including such fundamental matters as private property and the institution of slavery.  What happens to our understanding of Jewish civilization when those who are often marginalized move to the center of the story? Discover the unexpected breadth of Jewish culture.

-The Food of Ancient Israel -- what did people in ancient Israel eat and how do archaeologists discover what they ate? (Sponsored by Women's Network)  
With Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Archaeology

Sunday, December 6 -- 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Shafer-Elliott specializes in the historical, cultural, and archaeological contexts of ancient Israel and Judah, with a focus on the daily lives of the average household including economics, food preparation and consumption, religion, and family roles and relationships. Dr. Shafer Elliott is an experienced field archaeologist and is currently part of the archaeological excavation team at Tell Halif, Israel.  She is the author of the book Food in Ancient Judah: Domestic Cooking in the Time of the Hebrew Bible.

-Chanukah Concert hosted by Cantor Simon
Sunday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Featuring numerous artists, including some familiar and some who are new to us.  We will end the program with a community Channukiah lighting, filling our Zoom screens with the Chanukah candles.


-An evening with Michal Lemberger, author of After Abel and Other Stories. (Sponsored by Women's Network)   
A Zoom discussion with the author of a wonderful book of modern midrash (this book was the first selection read by the Women's Network book group)

Sunday, January 10 -- 7:00 p.m.
Michal Lemberger’s debut collection of short stories, After Abel and Other Stories, was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Honorable Mention for the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, finalist for the Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction, and a National Jewish Book Club pick. Her nonfiction,  journalism, and poetry have appeared in many publications, including  Real Simple, SlateSalon, and Tablet.  Ms. Lemberger has a PhD in English from UCLA, and a BA in English and Religion from Barnard College. She has taught the Hebrew Bible as Literature at UCLA and the American Jewish University.
If you haven't read After Abel and Other Stories, there's plenty of time to do so before this event, and if you don't have time to read the book prior to this event, please join us anyway for an evening of discussion on how one tackles the challenges of writing modern midrash.

-Author Avi Jorisch will discuss his book, "Thou Shalt Innovate"
Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m.
The book introduces the reader to Israelis who exude light in the face of darkness, people who have chosen hope and healing over death and destruction. In a world that has more than its share of darkness, these stories are rays of light
Avi Jorish is a seasoned entrepreneur and the author of five books, including "Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World " (2018). A former official in the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense, Avi is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a member at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents' Organization. Avi has lectured around the world and has published articles in nearly fifty inflential outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Foreign Affairs, and has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, Fox News, MSNBC and the 700 Club. We thank the Israel Consulate General's office for partnering with us on this program.

-Rabbi's Torah Class - Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Rabbi Newman Kamin offers a weekly Torah class on the Book of Devarim( Deuteronomy). The Book of Deuteronomy addresses  many important topics as it focuses on how to create a just society. Many of the themes are unbelievably relevant for the times we are living through today. No text is required for the class.  The Rabbi will share from her screen.

-Cantor's Current Events Class - Thursdays at noon 
Cantor Simon offers his weekly Current Events Class to the entire congregation.  Traditionally, this group has enjoyed a little bit of adult beverage while solving the world's problems.  During the quarantine, it's BYO, but by all means, feel free to grab your favorite beverage and join this lively group.

-Women's Network Book Group - Fridays at 10:00 a.m. 
The book is "A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories of S.Y. Agnon" and is available on Amazon and other booksellers' websites as well as from various local public libraries through electronic lending.   There is no "homework" -- we read the book together out loud at each meeting and there's no need to read anything ahead of time.  The book is a collection of short stories, so it's no problem if someone misses some of the book group meetings.

At Am Yisrael you will find...​

Relaxed Atmosphere
A down-to-earth, unassuming
atmosphere that attracts members with
those same values.

Inspiring Rabbi
A Rabbi who is innovative, inspirational and thought provoking.

Dynamic Cantor
A Cantor whose musical talents move
us to new 
heights of spirituality.

Musical Services
Shabbat and holiday services featuring guitar, percussion, oboe and exciting
new melodies.

We Support Israel
A strong commitment to Israel.


Trend Setting Children's
Religious Education 

An outstanding School of Jewish Studies, headed by Charlie Sherman, that
includes cutting edge technology and

innovative activities, such as Chugim
(electives), music, art and more.

Vibrant Programming
Unique and stimulating programming:
Film Series, Torah study,current events discussion group, political programs, Steak in the Sukkah, musical services to name just a few.

Responsive, Caring Clergy and Staff
Clergy and staff who are accessible,
easy to talk to, and willing to do
whatever it takes.

 Proud member of USCJ, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism


                                                                    4 Happ Road, Northfield, IL  60093
Phone: 847-446-7215   Fax:  847-446-7202

Thu, October 29 2020 11 Cheshvan 5781