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Upcoming Events and Ongoing Programs

Women's Network Purim "Queen for a Night"

Film Series

Hollywood Takes on the Israeil-Palestinian Conflict
Led by Dan Kamin and Judi Zeal

Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 "Operation Thunderbolt"
Israeli commandos stage a 1976 raid on Uganda's Entebbe airport to free hostages from Palestinian and German terrorist hijackers. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Dec. 7 "The Little Drummer Girl"
An American actress is forcibly recruited by Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, to trap a Palestinian bomber, by pretending to be the girlfriend of his dead brother. Starring Diane Keaton.

Jan. 18 "Munich"
This historical drama film recalls the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the PLO after the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg; written by Tony Kushner and starring Eric Bana.

Feb. 22 "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"
An Israeli Special Forces soldier fakes his death so he can re-emerge in New York City as a hair stylist. Starring Adam Sandler and John Turturro.


PJ Shabbat

Friday, Feb. 28
5:45 p.m. - please note new time

An opportunity for families to enjoy Shabbat through spirtied singing, learning, play and fun activities.  Geared towards third grade and younger, accompanying adult(s). Older siblings are welcome.  Pizza dinner for $5 per adult, $5 for all children in your family.  Reservations are REQUIRED NO LATER THAN FEB. 21.


Sun. March 8
9:50 a.m.

Megillah Reading
Mon. March 9
6:30 p.m.
Come in costume!

JUF Brunch

Sun. March 15
9:45 a.m.

featuring Liel Leibowitz, noted podcaster.

Dinner Club

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

November 5
Blind Faith Café
525 Dempster

January 14
Mizrahi Grill
Crossroads Shopping Center
215 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park

March 17
Ken’s Diner
3353 Dempster

May 19
Taboun Grill
8808 Gross Point Rd.

Responses are due the Friday before each dinner.  Contact Eileen Leiderman to respond.


Rabbi's Birthday Celebration

Sun. March 29
3:00 p.m.

featuring Yoel Sykes from Nava Tehila, along with local musicians, Mike Bruno on percussion and Phil Roach on violin.


Sunday Adult Education - Room 4 in the school building

Taught by David Lerner

Sunday mornings, new students welcome!

Intermediate Hebrew 

 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 If you can read Hebrew, but would like to understand "what you're actually saying," please join this class. We will study the history and themes of the various prayers, along with the basics of Hebrew grammar and vocabulary. Through practice reading, textual analysis, and singing, you will learn to pray with confidence and comprehension!


The World of Jewish Learning

11:10 a.m. -12:10 p.m.

Get ready to explore a wide range of subjects, ancient and modern, as we expand our learning beyond

Tefillah and the weekly Torah portion. 


These classes meet only when SJS is in session (subject to amendment), beginning Sunday, November 10.  All materials will be provided.  There is no fee for these classes.


Questions? Please contact the instructor, David Lerner, at



Tot Shabbat

Shabbat mornings, Dec. 7 and May 9
9:30 a.m. until 12 noon

Programming for preschoolers during main Shabbat services so that adults can attend services.

Lunch and Learn Programs

Shabbat mornings
Services begin at 9:30 a.m.

October 26— Dr. Christopher Moore and Pat Benenson
"Transplant and Jewish Ethics"
Christopher Moore, MD is a Transplant Hepatologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Moore's clinical practice has a particular emphasis in pre and post-transplant hepatology and he functions mainly at Northwestern's primary teaching institution, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL). In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Moore has a particular interest in medical education, with formalized roles within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University: 

November 9—Rabbi Gesa S. Ederberg
In commemoration of the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht.
“The Growing  Masorti (Conservative) Movement in Germany and Europe” 
Rabbi Gesa Ederberg is the Rabbi of  the “Oranienburger Strasse Synagogue“ in Berlin and the founder of Masorti Germany, its nursery school and the “Jewish International School—Masorti Grundschule”.  She was ordained in 2002 at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A member of the Executive Council of the International Rabbinical Assembly of Masorti/Conservative Rabbis, she is the spiritual advisor of the Masorti Rabbinical Seminary “Zacharias Frankel College” in Potsdam.  Rabbi Ederberg is a member of the Executive Council of the International Rabbinical Assembly of Masorti/Conservative Rabbis and a founding member of IsraAID Germany, supporting refugees in Germany.  It will be exciting to hear about the growing and flourishing Jewish community in Berlin.

June 20—Neil Adelman
"Jewish Immigration to the United States"

Neil Adelman will speak about the history of Jewish immigration to the United States.  The story begins with the 23 Sephardic Jews who arrived in then New Amsterdam in 1654 and ends with the recent arrival of thousand of immigrants of Jewish heritage from the former Soviet Union.  It is important history to keep in mind in light of today’s controversies concerning immigration. 

Ongoing Programs

-Rabbi Newman Kamin'sTorah Study
Tuesdays, starting Jan. 7.  Come for 1 p.m. minyan.  Class starts at 1:15 p.m.

Fourth Book of the Torah: Bamidbar

-Current Events with Cantor Simon
12 noon


Fri, February 21 2020 26 Shevat 5780