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South Suburban Cooperative Jewish Council - Community News
June 29, 2023

Community News

I hope you and yours are enjoying Summer! We kicked off June with an incredible Cooperative Jewish Council Shabbat! It was lovely to see more than 125 community members coming together to celebrate. It was also fun that JUF was able to provide a bus to bring a group of South Suburban residents to enjoy a unique drone show celebration of Israel in downtown Chicago.

We hope you will continue to take advantage of more opportunities to connect later this summer.

Looking ahead, our South Suburban knitting group will meet on July 19, contact the Shir Tikvah office for more details.

JUF Young Families is hosting a Bagels in the Park program on July 30 from 10-12 at Patriots Park in Homewood. Register here for this fun and free program!

We’re excited about a full and exciting slate of JUF Mini-Grant Programs later this summer, including:

  • A Make Your Own Tallit Program at Joliet Jewish Congregation
  • A Performance by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet at Shir Tikvah
  • A Program about the Art of Baking Bread at Shir Tikvah

More details, and information about registration for each is included in this newsletter. Please continue to check the CJC Calendar, and check your synagogue newsletters for these and other community programs moving forward.

As always, Shalom Over 50 continues on Tuesdays at Shir Tikvah with lunch and entertainment. Interested in more information about this group? Contact Ilene or Suzy.

As you may have heard, JUF has made the difficult decision to close the South Suburban office. Given its deep connection and history with this community, JUF will be maintaining several key programs including the Mini Grant Program, and support for Shalom Over 50, and is working with local Jewish leaders to determine how best to work collaboratively moving forward. If you have any specific questions or resource needs after July 1st, please reach out to Karen Galin at or 312.357.4746. It's been my pleasure working with you for the past 3 1/2 years and I wish you all the best.



Power of Attorney for Healthcare Workshop

CJE Senior Life is bringing the program Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Medical Directives (Living Will) to Shalom over 50 on August 29. Program will begin at 11am. Registration is required, please let Ilene know you're attending or call the Shir Tikvah office. Lunch is $12 for non-members of Shalom over 50. If you're a regular member of Shalom over 50, please let Suzy or Ilene know you'll be at this program.


Synagogue Updates

Joliet Jewish Congregation

JJC is thrilled to announce that Rabbi Jenny’s contract was renewed and that she will continue to serve the Joliet Jewish Congregation. Lunch ‘n Learn, on Zoom, under Rabbi Rubovits Emeritus's leadership will continue on Tuesdays, 11 – Noon. Join us for Maj Jong on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 3:00 everyone is welcome to learn or to play. Our Tallit-Making JJC Grant workshop, the class has been scheduled or August 8. Please RSVP on the website, Events at-a-Glance -> the first column on the left, bottom.

Shabbat services are in-person and live-streamed every Saturday, July Friday night services: July 7 and July 21.

Join us at our Annual Open House, Sunday, August 20, 11:00 – 1:00.

Shir Tikvah

Please join us in person! Services are on Friday nights at 7:30 pm and on Shabbat morning at 9:45 am (unless otherwise indicated.) Call the office @ 708-799-4110 for details or zoom links. For security purposes, we are asking non-members to please call the office (at least a few days before) to let us know that you will be attending one of our services.

Following the Shabbat Service on July 7, Carol & Rich Zucker will sponsor the oneg in honor of Rich’s 65th birthday and their 31st wedding anniversary.

We have 2 Bar Mitzvah celebrations in July! We will be celebrating Jerry Golland, son of David Golland and Lana Rogachevskaya during Shabbat services on Saturday, July 15, at 9:45 am. On Saturday, July 22, the grandson of Susan and Barry Bayer, Daniel Bayer, will be traveling with his family from Israel to participate in the reading of the Torah. Mazel Tov to both young men and their families!

Shir Tikvah will have a Tisha B’Av Service at 8:45 pm on Wednesday, July 26.

There will be a Dairy Potluck before Reform Service on Friday, July 28, at 6 pm. Bring a dish to share and enjoy some fellowship before we worship together!

Temple Beit Shalom

Shabbat Services each Friday at 7:30 P.M.

July 3rd - Sisterhood is selling parking spaces, $5 to watch Munster's Firework show. Brotherhood will be grilling hot dogs in the parking lot.

The Parking lot opens at 6:00 P.M. Fireworks at sunset.


Make your own Tallit

Join us at Joliet Jewish Congregation as we learn from Esther's Place on how to create our own tallit. Register for this program by August 1 here. Lunch is $12, and payment is due by August 1. Contact Jan Stone for more information.


Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet

Join us at Shir Tikvah on Sunday, August 20 at 2pm, when we welcome Maxwell Street Klezmer Quintet. Registration is required for this free program. Register here or call the Shir Tikvah office, at 708-799-4110


All Rise The Sacred Art of Baking Bread

Join us at Shir Tikvah on Sunday, August 27, for a FREE challah workshop with Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, founder of All Rise Community, as we explore the intersection of sustenance and sacred story. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will have fun together, learn how to prepare challah dough, and go home with ready-to-bake loaves. In addition, we'll also come away knowing more about each other, what we each need to thrive in our lives, and what our sacred stories can tell us about who we are and what we can envision for the future.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, founder of All Rise Community, also served as Senior Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York. He is also national co-chair of the Gun Safety Consortium, a gun violence prevention organization. He has baked challah with b'nai mitzvah students, grief support groups, teens, families, and more.

Register here.


NCJW South Cook

Join us for the 11th annual Southland Community Garden Walk on Sunday, July 16, 10am -4pm

Advance tickets available for $20 at Art 4 Soul, Ebel's Ace Hardware and Gypsy Fix. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the walk for $25 at Goldberg Park, 3301 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor.

Honey for the Holidays order forms are available by contacting Debra. Cards for the holidays are available at $4 per card. Orders due by August 3rd. For further information contact Laura or Debra.

We will be packing honey from July 31 to August 11 at Shir Tikvah. Mailing will be done on August 15.

On Tuesday night, August 1, NCJW South Cook will recognize Gloria Lippert for her volunteerism with the Hannah G Solomon Award. This is the highest honor given by the National Council of Jewish Women. The evening event will be held at Idlewild Country Club at the cost of $60. Our keynote speaker will be U S Congresswoman Robin Kelly. For more information you can contact Debra Borodkin at

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