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News and Events at Kesser Maariv
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Tree of Life Sale in Shevat
During the month of Shevat (ending on Sunday, February10), all leaves, acorns and foundation stones on our Etty
Rubinow Tree of Life are 10% off. During Shevat, leavesare $90, acorns are $450 and foundation stones are $900.An order form is on the back page, and is available onlineat KesserMaariv.org.
Oneg Shabbat January 25
Please join us on Friday night January 25 at 7:30 pm at theShul for an Oneg Shabbat and to celebrate Tu B’Shevat.
ARK Food Drive
Please contribute non-perishable food and toiletries bydropping them off at the shul by February 17 or by callingLarry Weinger at 847-677-2198 to arrange pick-up. Let’sreach 100% participation in light of the poor economy andthe community needs.Please bring in certified kosher non-perishable Kosher Food Items, including: Canned vegetables & fruits; Cannedand boxed meals (i.e., soup, macaroni & cheese); Cannedor dried beans and peas; Pasta, rice; Low sugar cereals;Peanut butter, jelly/jam; Condiments (i.e., ketchup,mustard); Baby formula & baby foods; Cake, cookie, pastrymixes; Instant mixes like potatoes, gravies and sauces;Canned tuna, salmon. Toiletries Needed include Shampoo,conditioner, body wash; Hand soap, deodorant; Plastic bags; Diapers, baby products; Toothbrushes, toothpaste,floss.
Tuesday Night Shiur Begins Learning “The Sanctityof Shabbat” on January 22 at 7:15 pm
Please join Rabbi Ben Zion in learning about the specialsanctity of Shabbat, how that sanctity manifests itself, andthe special things we do on Shabbat. We will also studythe concept of Melacha (creative activity) which we do not perform on Shabbat, and briefly describe the 39 categories.The Tuesday night Shiur has previously studiedTechiyat Hameitim (Resurrection), completing Drush Ohr Hachayim and Rambam’s Iggeret Techiyat Hameitim.
Join the Card Standings List
Join the “Kesser Maariv Card Standings List.” For only$50 a year, your name will automatically be includedwhenever a card is sent from our shul to fellow membersfor a refua shlayma, condolence or mazal tov. To join thestandings, please contact the office at (847) 679-9800 or  bhhkmal@yahoo.com or Wendy Hartz at (708) 205-5109.
Current Standings members, it is time to renew!
Cards arealso available for purchase from the office for $1.50 eachor 13 cards for $18. If you would like us to send a card for you for $2, please contact Wendy Hartz at (708) 205-5109.
Fast of Esther and Purim
The early Fast of Esther is on Thursday, February 21. The
fast begins at 5:15 am and ends at 5:57 pm. Purim falls onSaturday night and Sunday, February 23 and 24. We willread the Megillah after Shabbat is over on Saturday nightFebruary 23 at 7:00 pm. Make havdalah at home, and youmay drive to shul for Megilla.
We will have a Chesed  project after Megillah reading.
On Sunday, Purim Day, Shacharit will be at 8:00am, with Megilla at 8:25 am. Later in the afternoon, wewill have the Last Chance Megilla Reading at 4:15 pm.
Make Your Purim Seudah Reservations Now!
On Sunday, February 24 please join us at 5:00 pm for thePurim Seudah! Cost for the Seudah is $23 per adult, $10 per child under 13, with sponsorships available for $50,$100 and $250. Entertainment will be magician GaryKantor. Please call Larry Weinger at (847) 677-2198 or email weinger@sbcglobal.net, or the office, for reservations for the Seudah.
JUF Brunch - April 7
Our Annual JUF Brunch on behalf of the 2013 JewishUnited Fund - Israel Emergency Fund will take place onSunday, April 7, 2013 at 9:00 am. Couvert: $10 per person.Please RSVP to Sandi Kaplan at the JUF at 312-444-2841or email SandiKaplan@juf.org. Our guest speaker will beYaakov Katz, a military correspondent and defense analystfor The Jerusalem Post and the Israel correspondent for Jane’s Defence Weekly, the international militarymagazine. He is the author of 
 Israel vs. Iran TheShadow War 
Weekday Minyanim
As of January 21, Shacharit is at 6:05 am, and effectiveJanuary 28, Minyan will begin at 6:00 am.Sunday, Mincha-Maariv 10 minutes before sunset.Monday–Thursday, Maariv only at 7:00 pm.
We hope to resume Daily Mincha-Maariv in mid-March.
Stop By the Shul to...
Pick up a Kesser Maariv Pushke (Tzedaka Box).
Borrow books from our Lending Library, locatedon the south side of the Social Hall (for membersonly).
Borrow Shiurim from the Tape Lending Library
E-mail List
We occasionally send e-mails with important information.To receive our emails, please send an e-mail to bhhkmal@yahoo.com indicating that you wish to be placedon the e-mail list. We are happy to have more than onee-mail address per family.
Rent the Shul for Your Simcha
For information regarding renting the Social Hall for your event, please call Ben Zion Lazovsky at the Shul office at(847) 679-9800. Also, book you child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvahin the Shul calendar!
Misheberach List
If you have names for a misheberach, please send them tothe shul office or e-mail to bhhkmal@yahoo.com.
Rabbi Meyer Juzint Update
Rabbi Juzint’s
 Nechamas Meyer on Breishis & Shemos
has been edited and will soon be in layout. If you have contactinformation for former students of Rabbi Juzint, pleasecontact us at rabbijuzint@gmail.com so we can spread theword. Rabbi Juzint’s Holocaust memoir 
The Chain of  Miracles
is available from the office, at local Jewish bookstores and from www.kessermaariv.org/Juzint.
College Scholarship opportunities
See www.jvschicago.org/scholarship or call the JVSScholarship Secretary at (312) 673-3444 or e-mail: jvsscholarship@jvschicago.org. The application deadlineis February 15, 2013.
PAST EVENTSScholar-in-Residence
– We were honored to host RabbiDr. Aaron and Malkah Rakeffet
in November. After a niceFriday Night Dinner, Rabbi Rakeffet spoke about “ThePost-Holocaust Miracle: The Baal Teshuva Movement.”At the Melave Malka he spoke about “The Long Hand of the Mossad: The Revival of Russian Jewry,” and thatspeech is available online at http://bit.ly/UeULdG
.Oneg Shabbat
in honor of the 19 anniversary of our move
to Skokie.
Chanukah visits
– Many thanks to Saretta Lazovsky,Brenda Kahn, Cookie Goldrich, Larry, Ben & Joe Weinger,Eleanor Greenspan, and Shelley & Sanford Schwartz for  bringing Chanukah cheer to patients at Skokie Hospital.
– We had another strong enrollmentin SKIP, which
allows parents to contribute moneyannually in partnership with the synagogue and the JewishFederation for an Israel experience for their children.
Adele Goldblum Women’s CouncilUpcoming Events
Please join us for a Stress Management Class for Minds,Body and Spirit, given by Mielcah Allswang, LicensedMassage Therapist on Monday January 28 at 7:30 pm at
the shul. Refreshments will be served. Bring friends for this “relaxing” program. No charge.We invite you to join us for a fascinating program,“Button, Button, who's Got the Button?” on TuesdayFebruary 12 a 7:30 pm at the shul. Sonni Helmer and
Beverly Eisenstein A.K.A. “The Button Ladies” of LeBouton will present
a hands-on trip into the history and evolution of buttons
an opportunity to experience the world of antique buttonsfrom the last 900 years
a look into the background of our own vintage buttonsSonni and Beverly can create your buttons into an instantfamily heirloom to be passed from generation to generationRefreshments will be served. Please bring your friends.There is no charge.
– KMnitters meet approximately every other week. Next meeting is January 22. To confirm meetings,for emergency help with fiber entanglements or slippedstitches, call Wendy Hartz at 708-205-5109.
Past EventsSimcha Dancing
– with instructor Malkie Goldberg.
Theater Party – 
we went to see the Chicago WomenCharity Players’ production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Served dinner at Cafe Ark 
. Thanks to Cookie Goldrich,Eleanor Greenspan, Brenda Kahn, Janet Halperin, LarryWeinger, Ben Weinger, Joe Weinger, and Larry Rosen.
Mazel Tov to: Jean Goldrich on the birth of a great-grandson in Israel; Danny & Adina Torchman on the birthof a grandson; Larry & Lora Frazin on the birth of aCongregation B.H.H. Kesser Maariv A.L.4341 W. Golf Skokie, IL 60076(847) 679-9800fax (847) 679-5041e-mail: bhhkmal@yahoo.comwww.KesserMaariv.orgRabbi Louis A. LazovskySteven D. Goldrich,
Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky,
 Associate Rabbi & Executive Director 
 Nasrin Kheradyar & Saretta Lazovsky,
Co-Presidents, Adele Goldblum Women’s Council 
Committee Contact Information:
Saretta Lazovsky(847) 676-0556 or lazovsky@juno.com
Chesed Fund
Anne Elovic(847) 673-2904
Donate Books & Siddurim
Office(847) 679-9800 or bhhkmal@yahoo.com
Michael Hartz(708) 366-7662
Happy Day Cards
Wendy Hartz (708) 205-5109
Kiddush & Seudat Shlisheet
Judy Whisler (847) 677-2281 or j5awhisler@aol.com
Bob Greenstein (847) 967-7408Judy Whisler (847) 677-2281
Social Hall Rental
Tree of Life
Yahrzeit Plaques
(847) 679-9800
granddaughter, Netanya Golda Casper; Heather & AlanBusch on the birth of triplets - girls Zemira Shoshana andHallel Jocheved, and boy Guriel Shemtov; Dr. AlvinFensterheim on the Bar Miztvah of his grandson inWashington, D.C.Condolences to: Shelley Schwartz on the loss of her  brother, Dr. Joel Levine; Dr. Dinora Ingberman on the lossof her father, Chaskel Ingberman.Welcome to Skokie: Moysha KipnisThank you to our recent Kiddush Sponsors: Sally Aaron,Steve & Susan Goldrich, Bob & Sheryl Greenstein, Rabbi Neil & Debbie Brill, Sandy & Marty Miretzky, David &Anne Elovic, Mivhae & Wendy Hartz, and anonymoussponsors.Thank you to our recent Seudat Shlisheet Sponsors: Samuel& Sofia Gabay, Levi Asher Sidel, Dan & Faith Harris,Rabbi Louis & Saretta Lazovsky, Zach & Eva Zussman,Dotty & Yitzchok Chakiris, Marty & Sandy Miretzky, andanonymous sponsors.
To sponsor a Kiddush or Seudat Shlisheet, please contact the office, or Judy Whisler at j5awhisler@aol.com.
- Shabbat, January 26. The “Jewish New
Year of Trees” has Halachik significance in the Land of Israel, where the “Year” determines which tithes areseparated. Outside Israel, we emphasize our bonds to Israelon Tu B’Shevat. Tu B’Shevat is nowadays also celebratedas “Jewish Arbor Day” with large-scale plantings in Israel.
The Four Parshiot
- Before Rosh Chodesh Adar we begina series of four special Torah readings and haftarot.
Parshat Shekalim
is on Shabbat, February 9. Itcommemorates the annual required donation of a one-half shekel coin that every Jew made to maintain the Temple, to purchase the daily sacrifices and to conduct a census of theJewish people.
Parshat Zachor
, Shabbat, February 23, is always read onthe Shabbat before Purim. All of us, even children, areobligated to hear every word of the special maftir of Parshat Zachor. In the special reading, we learn about our obligation to destroy Amalek, which is also one of themajor themes in the Book of Esther. Haman is associatedwith Amalek, the grandson of Esav, who was even worsethan Haman in that he represented total and absolute evil.The Jewish people have been commanded to wage anever-ending battle against evil. This special Shabbatreminds us how and why.
Parshat Parah
- Shabbat, March 2. In the time of theTemple, everyone had to eat from the Paschal Lamb(korban Pesach) on Passover. We read about the parahadumah to remind everyone to ritually purify themselveswith the ashes of the Red Heifer (Parah Adumah) to be ableto eat the sacrifice. This reading, like that of ParshatZachor, should be heard by everyone, even children.Shabbat, March 9 is
Parshat Hachodesh
. The additionalreading discusses laws pertaining to the Passover sacrificeand the importance of time, which is the definingcharacteristic of the Jewish people. The Almighty promised that the Jewish empire will be one over time, asour sages expressed: “The nations of the world are like thesun and the Jewish nation is like the moon;” despitewaning, always regenerating.
(Saturday night February 23 & Sunday February 24)As Megillat Esther teaches, Jews were hated inevery one of the 127 countries known in the ancient world.Haman, a former stable worker who was originally a slaveto Mordechai, became the richest man in the world. He bribed Achashverosh, King of Persia and emperor of theancient world, for permission to annihilate the Jews.Unlike our enemies during the time of Chanukah, whowould have permitted our survival had we converted,Haman desired the extermination of every Jew. Once permission was granted, Haman drew lots, or “Purim,” toselect the day to implement the final solution. QueenEsther prayed and fasted for three days prior to her requestof King Achashverosh that the Jews should not be killed.The original fast began the night of the first Passover seder.Esther was only partially successful in that three-day fast;it led the King to issue a proclamation permitting the Jewsto protect themselves, but the King’s original order for theextermination of the Jews was not rescinded. As a result,we prepared for a defensive war on Purim. As during alltimes of danger, we did teshuva, prayed and fasted for Hashem’s help. This second fast, a communal fast, washeld the day before Purim and eventually became known asTaanit Esther to commemorate Hashem’s answering the prayers of Esther and Am Yisrael.Four Mitzvot were ordained especially for Purim.They are: 1) Reading or listening to the reading of theMegillah at night and on the day of Purim to remindourselves of the hidden but ever-present hand of theAlmighty; 2) Mishloach Manot, or giving at least two giftsof food to at least one person; 3) Matanot Le'evyonim – giving two gifts of charity to at least two poor people; andfinally, 4) Purim Seuda, or eating the festive Purim feastwhere we break bread together with family, friends andstrangers on Purim day. These mitzvot help promotefellowship and love among Jews and are as valid now asthey were then.

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