150 WORSHIP SERVICES
CHICAGO SINAI CONGREGATION
YEARS Friday, December 3, 6:15 p.m.
SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
Rabbi Sternfield and Rabbi Levinsky
will conduct the service
Hanukkah dinner following services by
NEWS AND VIEWS by Rabbi Sternfield See page 3 for more information
What a month it has been in Jewish Chicago! The
Sunday, December 5, 11:00 a.m.
attention of the entire nation suddenly became
focused on Chicago’s Jewish community, with the
Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
news reports that Chicago area synagogues had
been the target of terrorist organizations operating Friday, December 10, 6:15 p.m.
from Yemen. SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
When President Obama himself made public the TOT SHABBAT
reality of credible threats against Jewish houses of The service will begin at 5:30 p.m.
worship in Chicago, our entire Jewish community See back page for more information
became painfully aware of just how vulnerable we
are; that there are real and dangerous enemies who Sunday, December 12, 6:15 p.m.
SUNDAY TORAH SERVICE
desire to do our people great harm.
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We of Chicago’s synagogues are grateful beyond Friday, December 17, 6:15 p.m
measure for the immediate response of the police and SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
federal agencies that have guided and reassured us. Rabbi Sternfield will conduct the service
In every Jewish congregation, religious services and
classes went on as usual without panic or undue Sunday, December 19, 11:00 a.m.
anxiety, and they will continue undeterred. As its WORSHIP SERVICE
name infers, the goal of terrorism is to terrorize. In this Rabbi Sternfield will conduct the service
respect, their evil designs did not succeed in the least. Friday, December 24, 6:15 p.m.
SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
Vigilance---yes, intimidation---absolutely not!
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Our Temple’s leadership, particularly Sinai President There will be no Oneg Shabbat
Peter Bensinger, Jr. and Executive Director Susan Sunday, December 26
Solomon, deserve our heartfelt thanks for their NO WORSHIP SERVICE
ceaseless efforts to keep our members and our NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
children safe. We all owe them our deepest gratitude. NO CONFIRMATION CLASS
A wide array of precautions have been
implemented. The entire Temple staff is well Friday, December 31, 6:15 p.m.
informed and continuously alert. SHABBAT EVE SERVICE
Rabbi Levinsky will conduct the service
If there is a silver lining to the drama, it has reminded There will be no Oneg Shabbat
us just how precious are the bonds that unite us. In
times such as these, we realize more fully just how SHABBAT MORNING TORAH STUDY
valuable are the links and institutions of Jewish life, Meets Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the library
of which the Jewish United Fund and the Anti-
Defamation League are essential parts. The IN THIS ISSUE
concern, reassurance and assistance of our Rabbi Sternfield/Worship Services 1
Reflections from Rabbi Levinsky 2
communal entities are helping immeasurably, as they Sundays/Volunteer/Cinema/Menorah 3
always do. We have received numerous phone calls Special Programs/Special Event 4
and messages of concern. Study/Outreach/Children 5
Social Action 6
Continued on page 2 Kindling Hanukkah Lights 7
Religious Education 8
Hanukkah begins this year on Thursday, December 2, so light the Preschool 9
first Hanukkah candle at sundown on Wednesday, December 1. Tributes/In the Lives 10
The Hanukkah blessings are on page 7. December Calendar 11
Volume 57 Number 5
Reflections NEWS AND VIEWS Cont’d from page 1
from Rabbi The Talmud teaches: Kol Yisrael arayvim
zeh la-zeh. All of our people Israel are
Levinsky In the Wake of responsible for one another. (Babylonian
The Packages from Yemen Talmud, tractate Shevuot 391). In times
such as these, we realize just how vital this
teaching is, and also how timeless. As has
A few weeks ago, we were all surprised to learn that a number of packages
happened in virtually every challenging
addressed to Chicago synagogues had been intercepted overseas. We were time, our Jewish community has
then dismayed to learn that two of the packages contained explosive devices. demonstrated its unity. Our commitment to
While the actions of terrorists had struck home soil before, it never had come t h e Ta l m u d ’s a n c i e n t p r e c e p t i s
so close to our homes. unwavering. In solidarity we proclaim
once again: Yes we are responsible for
I am sure that you felt a whole range of emotions upon hearing this news. one another.
You may have been scared that there were more explosive devices or further
plans directed against Chicago synagogues. You may have felt angry that
someone would try to do this to our community. These feelings are a natural
part of coming close to violence. They are a part of daily life for too many
people in the world. Now they have become a part of our lives as well.
Please note that the Temple office will be
What one can do about these feelings? open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
We can talk about them with people that we love—our family, our friends, on Sunday. The receptionist will answer
and our loved ones. It helps to know that you are not alone with your feelings. the phones from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It helps to know that other people feel the same way. It helps to have other Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.
people listen to us with love. If that’s not enough, you can talk to your rabbis. to 1 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1
If that’s not enough, you can talk to a therapist. p.m. on Sunday. At all other times
please leave a message on our general
We also can go about our everyday lives, while not denying that we have voice mail and someone will return your
these feelings. Not changing the way that we live and the things that we do call. If you are calling about an
helps us stay in the real world. It keeps us from overreacting to a new and emergency, such as a serious illness or a
unfamiliar situation. At the same time, we cannot deny that we feel different death in the family, please call
doing these same old things. Susan Solomon at 312.944.1236,
Rabbi Sternfield at 312.520.3358 or
That said, we must keep perspective on our current situation. We live in Rabbi Levinsky at 312.401.7559.
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Sundays at Sinai
Worship Service, December 5
Hanukkah begins at sundown on
Sunday Torah Service, December 12
Wednesday, December 1.
Worship Service, December 19
The Hanukkah blessings are on
There will be no Worship Service on December 26
Sundays at Sinai begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude by 12:15 p.m.
page 7 and on our website,
Volunteer and SECOND SUNDAY
Cinema, Book Groups
On the second Sunday of
Mitzvah every month we make bag SINAI BOOK CLUB
lunches to donate to the Join fellow congregants in the Sinai Library on the second
floor for a monthly exploration of both fictional and non-fiction
Opportunities Greater Bethlehem Healing
Temple. Bag lunches include books of Jewish interest. Mark your calendars to join us on
a sandwich, juice box, December 14 for a discussion of Shosha by Isaac Bashevis
packaged bag of chips and packaged dessert. We are Singer. On January 11, 2011 we will discuss All Other Nights
committed to donating 200 bag lunches on each second by Dara Porn. Please call the Temple office to register for
Sunday. these stimulating discussions.
If you would like to donate bag lunches please drop them off SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW GROUP
at the Temple no later than 10:00 a.m. on December 12. The Sunday Book Review Group will meet on December 12
at 12:30 p.m. after the Sunday morning worship service in
SUPPER AT FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH the Library on the second floor to discuss The Great Escape:
We continue our commitment to help feed the homeless by Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World by Kati
cooking and serving dinner at Fourth Presbyterian Church. Marton. This year we will be reading the following books:
Eight volunteers (16+ years old) are needed. To sign up Last Days in Babylon: The Exile of Iraq's Jews, the Story of
please email Merle Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org. My Family by Marina Benjamin, on March 20, 2011.
Upcoming dates are December 19 and January 16. The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time
by Judith Shulevitz, on May 15, 2011. The Help by Kathryn
On the second Monday of every month we invite you to join Socket, on August 6, 2011 in South Haven, MI.
us as we help Fourth Presbyterian Church serve dinner at
Catholic Charities, 721 North LaSalle Street. Eight INTERNATIONAL JEWISH FILM SERIES
volunteers are needed from 3:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. To sign Once a month we will watch and explore a film that focuses
up please email Eva Farkas at email@example.com. on themes that are both morally profound and engage
issues of contemporary or historial Jewish concern. On
Wednesday, December 15 the evening begins at 6:00 p.m.
with dinner and an introduction to the film. A discussion
MUSICAL MENORAH AND DINNER follows and the evening usually ends by 8:30 p.m. The cost
Everyone is invited to join us for our Musical Menorah of dinner is $10. To make a reservation please call the
Shabbat service on Friday, December 3 at 6:15 p.m. in the Temple office.
Sanctuary. “The Musical Menorah” is sung by the Sinai FILM REVIEW SERIES
choirs, including our Junior choir. Everyone is invited to Join us on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. as Zbigniew
bring a Hanukkah menorah to kindle as we create a bimah Banas, a former movie critic for The Reader, leads a
full of light. discussion of a current film. Please check the Sinai web site,
www.chicagosinai.org for the title of the film. Participants
Following services please join us for Hanukkah dinner, with view the movie in the theatre and meet to discuss the film at
latkes, dreidels and more! Reservations are required so Sinai. The group will meet in the Chapel on the second floor.
please call the Temple office before Wednesday, The cost of $10 per person includes dessert. To make a
December 1 and let us know the number of adults and reservation please call the Temple office.
children in your party. The cost of dinner is $12 per adult
and $5 for children under the age of 12.
Temple Office 312.867.7000
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INSPIRING You are invited
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS REFORM to join us for
Sinai’s Young Professionals Group is open to those in their
mid-twenties to late thirties who are interested in exploring FOR
their Judaism intellectually, spiritually and socially. Sinai's 150 this special
YPG is a great way to connect with others in the city through
a variety of programming which includes social action, YEARS Sinai 150th
networking and cultural activities. Learn more about the
December 1 Hanukkah Happy Hour and Toy Drive on our C HICAGO S INAI Anniversary
Facebook page (you can search "Chicago Sinai C ONGREGATION
Congregation Young Professionals Group") or by contacting
Carrie Baker at CarrieLeeBaker@gmail.com or Rabbi
Levinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Chicago Sinai is celebrating
its 150th Anniversary with a gala at the Museum of Science
CJE SENIOR LIFE and Industry. This is quite a milestone and we hope to have
Enrollment is now open for the CJE SeniorLife older adult a tremendous, enthusiastic attendance. So please put the
day activity program at Chicago Sinai Congregation. The date on your calendar now to reserve it. To put the year
program called “CJE at Sinai” meets each Monday and 1861 in perspective and give you an idea of other major and
Thursday. It offers stimulating activities and socialization for minor worldwide events of the era, below are listed some
men and women who have mild to moderate memory loss. highlights of the year leading up to the founding, the
It is staffed by professionals from CJE SeniorLife Adult Day inaugural year, and the second year of Sinai’s existence:
Services in Evanston and trained volunteers. For cost and
enrollment information, please contact Sheri Wishnia, 1860:
Program Manager at 847.556.8406 Sheri.Wishnia@cje.net The Republican Party nominates Illinois lawyer Abraham
or Judy Holstein, Director of Adult Day Services at Lincoln as its candidate for the presidency in Chicago. He
847.556.8405 Judy.Holstein@cje.net. is elected on November 6.
CJE SeniorLife is a partner in serving our community,
supported by the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation. The Census of 1860 was the eighth census conducted in
CJE SeniorLife strives to maximize the lives of older adults the United States. It determined the population to be
regardless of religion, gender, race, color, handicap, familial 31,443,321.
status or national origin.
The Pony Express begins its first run from Saint Joseph,
BRIDGE CLASSES AT SINAI Missouri to Sacramento, California.
The Beginning Bridge I class covers the fundamentals of
basic bridge. You will learn the three aspects of the game: Vladivostok, Russia is founded.
bidding, play and defense. This course is designed to get
you to play and enjoy bridge in a friendly environment. The 1861:
class meets on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 The American Civil War (1861 – 1865) begins.
p.m. on December 2, 9 and 16. The cost is $25 per class.
The text is Beginning Bridge I by Audrey Grant which is William Wrigley Jr., U. S. chewing gum industrialist is born.
available for $10.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet, dies.
For more information on bridge classes at Sinai or to register,
e-mail Ellen and Rich Gabriel at email@example.com or call
Angkor Wat, Cambodia is discovered.
them at 312.337.0886 or 312.590.3169.
Camp Douglas, in Chicago, was a prisoner-of-war camp for
soldiers taken during the Civil War.
Sinai Website: The Bureau of Internal Revenue is created (later to become
General Order No. 11, expelling all Jews in his military
district, is issued by General Ulysses S. Grant and is
rescinded a few weeks later.
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is published in France.
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Study and Outreach For Children
SHABBAT MORNING PRAYER AND TORAH STUDY SUNDAY MORNING FAMILY SERVICES
Join in a discussion of the week’s Torah reading on Saturday 11 am - 12 noon
mornings. A brief worship service will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by
Torah study with Rabbi Levinsky. Everyone is welcome and no prior January 23: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
knowledge or experience is required. Feel free to come to one or both February 13: Family Torah Service
events. March 20: Purim, followed by Purim Carnival
May 8: Mothers’ Day
WEDNESDAY ADULT EDUCATION WITH RABBI STERNFIELD June 5: Confirmation
Every Wednesday morning, Rabbi Sternfield conducts a study
session on the great Jewish commentators on the Bible. The group TOT SHABBAT
studies the commentaries on the Torah by Rashi, Nachmanides, Ibn The Young Families Club, together with the
Ezra and other great respected rabbinic teachers. No knowledge of Preschool, has planned Tot Shabbats for families
Hebrew is necessary. The texts are all in English translation. Although with children ages 5 and under. This is a
there are several long-time regular participants, new learners are wonderful opportunity to introduce your
always welcome. It is not necessary to commit to attending every children to the Temple and to meet other
session, but regular attendance is encouraged for purposes of families! Tot Shabbat begins with a brief worship
continuity. An informal worship service is held at 7:30 a.m. in the Sinai service conducted by one of our Rabbis at 5:30
chapel. The class begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 9:15 a.m. p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment for the
Fresh bagels and coffee are provided every week. children. Our next Tot Shabbat will be held on
Friday, December 10.
Class will meet on December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the second floor
meeting room. Reservations are required so please call the
THURSDAY ADULT EDUCATION WITH RABBI LEVINSKY Temple office and let us know the number of adults
The Thursday lunchtime study session with Rabbi Levinsky continues and children in your party. The cost is $20 per
with an introduction to Jewish mysticism, or kabbalah. Mysticism family for Temple members and $25 per family for
strives for direct experience with God. Using texts from the past two non-members.
thousand years, we will explore how Jewish mystics experienced the
divine and described their experiences. If you are interested in the SINAI PRESCHOOL
class, please contact Rabbi Levinsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sinai Preschool is a NAEYC accredited
preschool serving families with children 26 months
Classes will meet on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 in the library on to 5 years of age. Additionally, we offer Parent/Tot
the second floor of the Temple at noon on Thursday. classes for families with young children 12 to 26
months. Afternoon Enrichment classes are also
SINAI OUTREACH PROGRAM available. We provide a developmentally
Conducted by our Rabbis, the Sinai Outreach Program is intended appropriate and emotionally supportive learning
for interfaith couples and is open to both members and non- environment where the needs of the individual child
members. On Sunday, December 12 we will discuss “The as well as the group are met. The program is
December Dilemma.” Outreach begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes relationship-based where young children learn to
by 2:00 p.m. Classes meet in the second floor Chapel. explore through play.
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
Sinai offers this class, free of charge, for anyone who wants to learn Interested families please contact Rochelle
more about Judaism. The class meets on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. Friedman at: 312.867.7010 or
to 8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall. The class is taught by our Rabbis. On email@example.com.
December 2, the topic will be The Prayerbooks/ Kashruth-the Dietary
Laws; on December 9, The World to Come; Jewish Views of Afterlife;
Mourning Customs; and on December 16, Shabbat.
NEW STUDY PROGRAM:
SUNDAY STUDY AND BRUNCH WITH OUR RABBIS
Please join us on Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12, when Rabbi Levinsky will lead a discussion on “The
Role of Women in Traditional Judaism.” On Sunday, December 19 Rabbi Sternfield will lead a discussion on “Is the Tea
Party anti-Semitic?” A brunch will be provided for attendees, as we get to know each other and share our knowledge and
opinions on these topics. Come and add your voice to these invigorating conversations.
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SINAI’S SCHOOL INITIATIVE: JENNER SCHOOL
Social Action New Program: Feeding Students over the Weekend
Sinai’s Poverty & Education Committee is proud to announce that Chicago
Sinai Congregation will be providing food over the weekend for students at
NEW ORLEANS 2011 Jenner School through the "Blessings in a Backpack" program
(www.blessingsinabackpack.com). During the week the Jenner students
Sinai’s annual trip to New Orleans is are provided with a free lunch under the Federal Free and Reduced Meal
scheduled for Wednesday April 6 through Program. Unfortunately, over the weekend, many Jenner students,
Saturday April 9, 2011. This year promises to including 127 children that are considered homeless, do not have adequate
offer participants another incredible food. Through the "Blessings in a Backpack" program, we intend to send
community-building experience. While a backpack full of easy-to-prepare, ready-to-eat food home every Friday
significant progress has been made in most with each Jenner child that has been identified by the Jenner administration
of the city, there is still so much to do in the as in greatest need of this assistance. On Monday the students will return
9th and 7th Wards where resources are the empty backpacks and the cycle repeats itself every week of the school
scarce and contractor fraud is rampant. year. Students throughout the country who are participating in the program
have shown marked improvement in school attendance, test scores,
We will be working where the need is behavior and health.
greatest and replanting the bayou which
couldn’t be more important after the BP oil We are looking for Sinai volunteers to help fill the backpacks with food each
spill. Last year we replanted what will grow week. It’s a perfect mitzvah project or volunteer opportunity for the entire
into 2.2 acres of marsh grasses. We will be family! We are in the process of determining our weekly packing schedule.
meeting community leaders and learning Please contact Stephanie Letchinger at firstname.lastname@example.org
more about the impact and the politics of for more information about volunteering or Heidi Wagman at
both manmade disasters, Katrina and the BP email@example.com if you have any questions about the program.
spill. We will also have a lot of fun at Rock Thank you to all the Sinai members who have already contributed to this
and Bowl, eating local fare, listening to incredible project!
music, attending Friday night services, and
connecting with local Church groups. On Going Volunteering Opportunities
Nearly 30 of Sinai’s volunteers have been working as tutors and classroom
This is a great Mitzvah for everyone, aides for several weeks and everyone is enjoying their assignments. The
including families with children ages 11 and students are already building great relationships with their tutors and as
up. A great group fare has been reserved for we saw last year, over time their skill levels will improve. Tutors and
those that sign up by January 2, 2011. classroom aides are still needed for the spring semester starting January
Please join us for an information session on 3rd. If you are interested in giving an hour and a half of your time once per
Sunday, December 5, at 10 a.m. in the week (or more if you can) there are still opportunities for you to get
Social Hall. A second session will be held on involved. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to get involved or
Sunday, December 12, at 10 a.m. Please to add your name to our list of over 100 Sinai members who want to follow
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Heidi Kon at Sinai’s activities at Jenner.
email@example.com to learn more and to sign up
Sinai School Initiative Holiday Fund:
This year we are supporting two important holiday initiatives at Jenner
School. The first is to once again provide each Jenner family with a holiday
HAT, SCARF AND turkey, to be distributed to Jenner parents when they attend a parent
teacher conference, report card day. Jenner's principal has hailed the
GLOVE DRIVE turkey-parent project as fostering significantly greater parental involvement
in the education of the Jenner students. The second is to help support a
Please donate new or gently used hats, brand new Band Program which has been started at Jenner. To involve as
scarves and gloves to be distributed to the much of the student body as possible, Sinai has been asked to help
residents at The Studios, which is supported establish this wonderful program. Monetary donations are needed to help
by Central City Housing Ventures. CCHV repair many of the instruments. Please consider giving the gift of music to
was founded in 1989 in response to the a Jenner student. We also welcome donations of used instruments in
effects of the gentrification of Chicago. playable condition. We are so excited and pleased to make strides to help
Residents of The Studios will greatly benefit establish this program!
from these donations. Unfortunately, we are
UNABLE to accept clothing or coats at this This holiday season, please consider a gift to the students of Jenner
time. School with a contribution to the Sinai School Initiative Holiday Fund. Your
monetary donation will be earmarked for these two special projects. Your
If you would like to donate clothing or coats, contributions to Jenner have made a great difference in providing both
these items are being accepted at The ARK smiles and an enhanced educational experience for the entire Jenner
Thrift Shop, located at 1302 N. Milwaukee . community. To make a monetary donation, call the Temple office at
Their phone number is 773.862.5011. 312.867.7000, or to donate an instrument email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kindling the Hanukkah Lights
As we prepare for the celebration of Hanukkah, we are happy to
provide this home service taken from our sinai prayerbook.
Hanukkah begins this year on December 2, so light the first
Hanukkah candle at sundown on Wednesday, December 1.
We thank You, God, for the redeeming wonders and the mighty
deeds with which You saved our ancestors in days of old at this
season. In the days of the Maccabees, a tyrant nation rose against
our people, determined to make them forget Your Torah, and to
turn them away from obedience to Your will. But in Your abundant
mercy, You stood at their side in their time of trouble. You gave
them strength to struggle and to triumph, that they might serve You
Through Your spirit, the weak defeated the strong, the few
prevailed over the many, and the righteous were triumphant. Then
Your children returned to Your house, to purify the Temple and
kindle its lights. And they established these eight days of
dedication, to give thanks and praise to You.
Grant, O God, that the heroic example of the Maccabees may
inspire us to be loyal to our heritage and valiant for truth. May Your
holy spirit help us to overcome the darkness of prejudice and
hatred, spreading the lights of liberty and of love.
These lights are a symbol of the joy we feel that our faith was saved
from extinction. May their flames burn ever more brightly, to
illumine our lives and to give light to all the world.
The Shamash (servant-candle) is kindled.
The candles are placed in the Hanukkah Menorah from right to left, and kindled from left to right.
Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech ha-o-lam ah-share kid-sha-nu b’mitz-vo-tav, v’tzi-
va-nu l-had-leek nayr shel Hanukkah.
Let us praise God, Ruler of the universe who hallows us through laws and ethical teachings,
and commands us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.
Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech Ha-o-lam sh’ah-sah nee-seem la-avo-taynu u-l’ee-
mo-tay-nu, ba-ya-meem ha-haym, bas-man ha-zeh.
Let us praise God, Ruler of the Universe who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors
in days of old, at this season.
On the first night of Hanukkah only
Ba-ruch Atah Adonai Elo-hay-nu Melech ha-o-lam sh’he-chee-ya-nu v’kee-y’ma-nu v’he-gee-
ya-nu laz-man ha-zeh.
Let us praise God, Ruler of the universe, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling
us to reach this day of joy.
We kindle these lights in remembrance of the wondrous deliverances which God performed for our
ancestors. During the eight days of Hanukkah, these lights are holy. We are to use them for no other
purpose than to behold them, that we may give thanks for God’s wondrous acts of deliverance.
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Yes, it’s time to think about Hanukkah already. The holiday begins early this year on December 2nd. Like
many of you, rather than focusing on gift-giving, I am always trying to find ways to make Hanukkah
meaningful in my household. This is especially challenging when we live in a culture that advertises the
holiday season as an opportunity to spend money on material items to seemingly please our family and
One way I try to find meaning is to look at the word Hanukkah itself. Hanukkah means dedication or
rededication, signifying the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after defeat of the Syrians. So I like
to ask, “ Is there something in my life that I can dedicate or rededicate myself to?” For each us the response
will be different. Maybe it is spending quality time with our families, or quiet time with our partners, or
making our homes more comfortable, or spending more time with extended family and friends. I try to
make a personal commitment to rededicate myself to something or someone I cherish and then when the
hectic pace of the holiday sets in, I am focused and calm. Sometimes. (My son who was reading over my
shoulder, added that.)
Another way to add meaning to Hanukkah is to look at the Jewish tradition of giving. So much of our
tradition is based on mitzvot and tzedakah. We can add this element to our holiday in many ways: Choose
a family tzedakah recipient; volunteer at a shelter to serve meals; adopt a needy family to purchase gifts
for. Below are the names and websites of organizations that host “adopt a family for the holidays“
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center www.ChicagoCAC.org
The Children’s Place Association sponsors an adopt-a-family holiday gift program to benefit HIV/AIDS-
affected children and families www.childrens-place.org
Hephzibah Children's Association’s Family Based Services www.hephzibahhome.org
Metropolitan Family Services offers a family sponsorship program for local families in need.
Finally, I always try to remember that the process is at least as important as the outcome. So get your
children involved in making cards, baking cookies, choosing tzedakah projects, shopping for gifts, setting
the table, lighting the menorah, etc. You may even want to consider joining our Sinai trip to help rebuild
New Orleans April 6-9. (see page 6 for details.)These are the things they will remember long after the joy
of the “toy du jour” fades.
We hope you will join us for our annual Musical Menorah Hanukkah service and celebration on Friday,
December 3. This is a beautiful evening full of music and light followed by an old-fashioned Hanukkah party
complete with homemade brisket, potato latkes, dreidles, games and mitzvah projects.
May it be a happy and healthy Hanukkah for you and your families.
B’Shalom, Heidi Kon
HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR CHILD’S WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A
PASSWORD-PROTECTED CLASS WEBSITE? DOLLAR MAKE?
1. Go to http://chicagosinai.shutterfly.com to find a complete Jordin Letchinger, age 7, and
listing of all the sites for both Sunday and Wednesday Samantha Letchinger, age 10, gave
classes. their dollars to an animal shelter.
2. Click on the appropriate link to your child(ren)'s class(es).
Drew Letchinger, age 7, gave her
3. In order to access the site, you will have to enter the dollar to a person who is homeless
password. If you misplaced the password, please contact and living on the street.
me at email@example.com or call me at 312.867.7012
and I will give it to you again.
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Accredited by NAEYC’s
National Academy of
Early Childhood Programs
Dear Temple Families,
Our Wine and Cheese/Open House on October 28 was a great success! We were so pleased that we more than
achieved our goal with our Silent Auction. The funds raised go to support our Scholarship/Capital Improvement Fund.
Chicago Sinai Congregation generously matches the first $5000 we earn. Thanks to Luz Engman and Liz Darke,
Fundraising Co-Chairs who did an outstanding job. The event was wonderful and enjoyed by all.
My gratitude to the entire fundraising committee including: Tracy Baum, Beth Bortz, Jen Downing, Susie Hultquist,
Jill Engel Kling, Kathleen Gantz, Andrea Kinnear, Shari Levine, Barrie Lieberman, Clare Pinkert, Amy Rosenow,
Marni Slavick and Eric Israel, Christine Tepper and anyone else I failed to properly thank! We thank all the families
who attended the event, making the evening a great success. A special thanks to Mrs.Cielo Longan for her “labor of
love” in sewing together the quilt created by Classroom 2. As you can see from the photograph, it was a highly prized
We thank the following generous individuals and companies who donated the items. Thanks to everyone, the preschool
is able to make education available to qualified students with limited financial resources, as well as provide capital
improvements to our preschool.
AARC Ballet & Dance Kathleen and William Gantz
Alter Ego Concierge Language Stars
Ambra Salon and European Spa Lil Kickers
Amy and Joshua Rosenow Lill Studio
Art Effect Lille a Shop
Asha Salon & Spa Liz and Richard Darke
Barrie and Stephen Lieberman Lynn McAdams
Benefit Cosmetics Mid-America Club
Bliss Spa More Cup Cakes
Blocks Babysitting Service Piece Restaurant
Bubbles Academy Potash Bros. Markets Preschool parents at the Wine and
Bucktown Music Pump It Up Cheese/Open House, enjoying the
Debbie and Joe Welch Salon Blonde evening and bidding at the Silent Auction
Dos Diablos Spa Soak Chicago
Dr. Jerry Field Staci and Andrew Levy
Dreidels and More Suzanne and Larry Engman
Fantasy Kingdom The Little Gym
Fox and Obel Toys Et Cetera
Gymboree Urban Emporium
Handle With Care Urban Oasis
Heritage Wine Cellars Ltd. Water Tower Dental
Jennifer Downing and David Deckter Windy City Car Service
Again, thanks for your support.
Sincerely, Classroom creations at the Silent
Rochelle Friedman Auction—quilt made by Classroom 2 and
art work by each class
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Tributes In the Lives of our Congregants
TEMPLE FUND WE RECORD WITH SORROW
THE DEATH OF OUR MEMBERS
In memory of Irving Friedman
Beverly Kulbarsh-Fogelman Ted Weber,
Husband of Susan Weber
In memory of Arnold Goldstine
CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF
In memory of Jack B. Kahn
Maxwell and Marcia Westerman Rachel Rotfeld,
Grandmother of Deanne (Andrew) Jester
In memory of Lee Levi
In honor of Charles Kallick’s speedy recovery
Eva and Marty Farkas Kate Kestnbaum, Ellyn and John Daniels, Meyer
Kestnbaum and Cynthia Cook
In honor of Susan Solomon’s Marriage in memory of Meyer Kestnbaum
Charles and Gail Zugerman
Evelyn Averick and The Schor Family
In honor of the High Holy Days in loving memory of Walter Averick
Alan and Barbara Bisno
The Moss Family
in honor of Jonathan Moss becoming a Bar Mitzvah
RABBI STERNFIELD’S DISCRETIONARY FUND
In honor of the naming ceremony CONGRATULATIONS TO
of our daughter, Savanah
Sarah Fischer and Jonathan Stern Jonathan Moss,
Son of Randall & Elaine Moss
In honor of the naming ceremony on becoming a Bar Mitzvah
of our daughter Stella Natasha Berkelhammer
Charles and Jelena Berkelhammer Emily Saturno,
Daughter of Mark & Randee Saturno
on becoming a Bat Mitzvah
Son of David & Dana Galowich
on becoming a Bar Mitzvah
The Tribute Funds of Chicago
Sinai Congregation make it
possible to support a number of
The Moss Family
special programs at the Temple
in honor of Jonathan Moss becoming a Bar Mitzvah
and in the community, while
providing means for individuals to
honor or remember their loved
ones. All contributions are
recognized with either a card or
letter. You may also wish to
consider donating the pulpit
flowers or sponsoring an oneg
Shabbat as a way of honoring a
special occasion or remembering a
loved one. Please call the Temple
office for further information.
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Chicago Sinai Congregation
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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Light 1st Hanukkah 10:00am CJE at TOY DRIVE ENDS 9:30am Torah Study
Candle Sinai 10:30am Emily
YPG Hanukkah 12:00pm Adult Ed: Satumo Bat Mitzvah
Happy Hour/Toy Drive w/Rabbi Levinsky 6:15pm Musical
7:30am Weekday 1:00pm Bridge Menorah/Shabbat
Worship Service 7:00pm Intro to Service
8:00am Biblical Judaism (Oneg/Dinner)
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9:30am Youth Choir 10:00am CJE at 7:30am Weekday 10:00am CJE at 5:30pm Tot Shabbat 9:30am Torah Study
9:45am Brunch with Sinai Worship Service Sinai 6:15pm Shabbat 10:30am Ryan
the Rabbis 8:00am Biblical 12:00pm Adult Ed: Service (Oneg) Galowich Bar
10:00am RS Commentators w/Rabbi Levinsky Mitzvah
10:00am NOLA Info 4:00pm RS 1:00pm Bridge
Session 7:00pm Intro to
11:00am Sunday Judaism
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Lunch Program: Bring 10:00am CJE at 3:00pm Sinai Book 7:30am Weekday 10:00am CJE at 6:15pm Shabbat 9:30am Torah Study
Bag Lunches Sinai Club Worship Service Sinai Service (Oneg)
9:30am Youth Choir 10:15am Movie 8:00am Biblical 12:00pm Adult Ed:
Group Commentators w/Rabbi Levinsky
10:00am NOLA Info
Session 3:30pm Fourth 4:00pm RS 1:00pm Bridge
11:00am Sunday Torah Church Dinner 6:00pm Dinner and Class
Service Film 7:00pm Intro to
12:30pm Confirmation Judaism
Class 7:00pm Film Review
12:30pm Book Review
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NO RS NO RS OFFICE CLOSES OFFICE CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
9:45am Brunch with 7:30am Weekday AT 1 PM
the Rabbis Worship Service
11:00am Sunday 8:00am Biblical 12:00pm Adult Ed: 6:15pm Shabbat
Worship Service Commentators w/Rabbi Levinsky Service
Supper at Fourth
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No Youth Choir 7:30am Weekday OFFICE CLOSES OFFICE CLOSED
No Adult Ed Worship Service AT 1 PM
No Confirmation 8:00am Biblical
No RS Commentators
12:00pm Adult Ed: 6:15pm Shabbat
No Sunday Worship
w/Rabbi Levinsky Service
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Please join the Young Families Club and Sinai Preschool for Tot Shabbat!
Friday, December 10, 2010
This music filled service will be
conducted in our Chapel by one
of our Rabbis and is ideal for
children under the ages of 5
years. Joel Frankel, singer,
songwriter and children's
entertainer, will be sharing his
music and songs. Dinner and
entertainment in the social hall
will immediately follow service.
$20 per family for Temple members
$25 per family for non-members.
Call the Temple office at 312.867.7000 to make your reservations.
Chicago Sinai Congregation Periodicals Postage Paid at Chicago, IL.
15 W. Delaware Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Michael P. Sternfield Senior Rabbi
David L. Levinsky Associate Rabbi
Howard A. Berman Rabbi Emeritus
Peter B. Bensinger, Jr. President
Susan Solomon Executive Director
Scott Kumer Music Director
Heidi Kon Education Director
Rochelle Friedman Early Childhood Director
Susan Solomon Bulletin Editor
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in July/August, by Chicago Sinai Congregation
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CHICAGO SINAI CONGREGATION
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Volume 57 December 2010 No. 5