23 Years in Skokie! 150 Years Serving Chicagoland!

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UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES TO REMEMBER
Ad Book & Culminating Event
Sunday August 27 at 5:00 pm at the Shul!
Please join us for a a Culinary Trip Around the World. High Holidays 5778 & Membership Information
Couvert is $100 per person. We are pleased to announce We recite Selichot on
the honorees for our very special event this year are: Saturday evening, September
Joel & Gail Scher, 16th. Please join us for
longtime friends and refreshments at 10:00 pm, a
Minyanaire of the Shul. shiur at 10:40 pm, and
Joel grew up in East Rogers Selichot at 11:00 pm.
Park and attended KM’s
Montefiore Hebrew School.
Rosh Hashana begins Wednesday night,
Harold and Floyd Ruben. Everyone knows Floyd who September 20th.
unlocks the shul for minyan and loves giving lollipops to
the children. His Bar Mitzvah was at KM in East Rogers
Park in 1963, and he next Rabbi Juzint’s Nechamas Meyer
read his Haftorah here in Get authentic Slabodka Mussar
Skokie 49 years later! His explanations on the weekly Parsha
father, Harold, celebrated his (Breishis & Shemos) by Rabbi
Bar Mitzvah at BHH on the Meyer Juzint z”l, a teacher of Rabbi
West Side in 1940. Rabbi Louis Lazovsky and a friend of
Wein, landsman from Europe, Kesser Maariv! Purchase from the
found Harold’s father’s office and on our website for $25.
apartment and knocked on the door to bring him to shul. The introduction is a special
Joe & Marguita Zaretsky. companion to The Chain of
Joe was the first Bar Mitzvah Miracles, also available from the
celebrant at the new building office for $20, which describes how
on Greenview in 1955. By Rabbi Juzint was saved by Divine
1967 he was Treasurer, and Providence many times during the Holocaust. We
he later served as President especially would like to thank the sponsors of the project
and Chairman of the Board. whose generosity allowed the publication of these books,
When the Shul was forced to and to Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky for all his managing and
move from East Rogers Park, Joe remained faithfully participating in all parts of the translating, editing, layout,
involved in Shul activities and was Dinner Chairman in artwork, printing, and marketing of these books.
1995 - our second dinner after we moved to Skokie! The Tisha B’Av
sons of Joe and Marguita read Torah and were, with their The fast to commemorate the destruction of the first and
sister, active participants at KM on Greenview while they second Bait Hamikdash begins on Monday evening July
were growing up. An ad blank is enclosed! 31st. You should finish your pre-fast meal no later than 8:00
Kesser Maariv – 150 Years pm. Mincha begins at 8:00 pm.
Hamodia's Inyan Magazine (March 1 issue) We will daven Maariv and read Eicha at 8:30 pm.
featured our special Aron Kodesh! On Tisha B’Av we observe the chameshet inuyim,
JUF News featured Kesser Maariv on our 150th which are the same five prohibitions that are observed on
anniversary in their March issue. These articles may Yom Kippur for the entire Tisha B’av. The prohibitions
be viewed on our Facebook and Twitter pages. include: no eating or drinking, no annointing oils, lotions or
Special historical artifacts, and interesting historical facts perfumes, no wearing leather shoes, no bathing or washing
about the shul will be included in a special presentation even part of your body, and no marital relations. As an
at the Dinner on August 27! additional sign of mourning, we do not exchange greetings,
engage in levity or transact business. We also are not Tallit or Tefillin until the afternoon. At the conclusion of
permitted to learn joyous passages of Torah. Instead we davening, we recite the entire Kinot service. Rabbis Louis
learn those passages from the Talmud that deal with the & Ben Zion Lazovsky will give commentary on the Kinnot.
destruction of the Temple or laws of mourning. We may We do not get up to sit on regular chairs until after mid-
also learn those sections from the Prophets dealing with the day, which is at 12:56.
destruction of the Temple provided that we skip those Mincha will begin at 7:45 pm. We put on the Tallit and
sections that speak of redemption. Tefillin and recite those sections of the davening that were
omitted in the morning. We also take out the Torah and
TISHA B’AV SCHEDULE read a Haftarah.
MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017 Mincha at 8:00 pm. Maariv will begin at 8:25 pm and will be followed by
Finish your pre-fast meal by 8:00 pm. Kiddush Levanah, the sanctification of the moon.
Maariv & Eicha will The fast will end at 8:51 pm.
begin at 8:30 pm. At Thanks to a On the merit of our sincere prayers and mourning
this time we will generous donor, for Jerusalem and for the destruction of the Bait
remove the parochet we have new Hamikdash, may the Almighty hear our prayers. May He
from the Ark, dim the Koren Tisha B’av have mercy on us and send the Mashiach to redeem us from
lights and sit on the Kinnot Books the four corners of the earth to a rebuilt Eretz Yisrael and
ground or low stools (Mesorat Harav) Bait Hamikdash. Early Shabbat
or benches. Eicha for use. As the summer continues we daven Mincha every Friday at
and the evening 7:00 pm. If you will be starting Shabbat early with us, light
Kinot will be read. candles at about 7:20 pm, and repeat Kriat Sh'ma after
nightfall.
TUESDAY AUGUST 1, 2017 Skokie First Responders Kiddush
Shacharit will begin at 6:00 am. There is Torah reading Members of the Fire and
and a Haftarah. As a sign of mourning, we do not don the Police Departments will
join us on Shabbat July 29
at a Kiddush honoring our
First Responders. Last
year about 15 firefighters,
Congregation B.H.H. Kesser Maariv A.L.
p o li ce officers a n d
4341 W. Golf detectives joined us! If you would like to sponsor, please
Skokie, IL 60076 Fb.me/KesserMaariv contact the office or Barbara Pomper at (847) 256-1198.
(847) 679-9800 twitter.com/KesserMaariv New Year Greetings
fax (847) 679-5041 KesserMaariv.podomatic.com Be part of the Kesser Maariv Family's
e-mail: bhhkmal@yahoo.com New Year greeting card. For only $26,
www.KesserMaariv.org your name will be included on a poster
in the Shul's front lobby. It's a great way
Rabbi Louis A. Lazovsky to extend your good wishes! Call Sheryl
Steven D. Goldrich, President Greenstein at (847) 967-7408 or email
Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky, oogiah@aol.com by Thursday, Sept.
Associate Rabbi & Executive Director
13th to have your name included.
Sandy Miretzky, Nasrin Kheradyar & Saretta Lazovsky,
Co-Presidents, Adele Goldblum Women’s Council Lulav and Etrog Sets
Committee Contact Information: The shul will once again sell top quality Lulav sets from
Israel. Please order your set from the office by September
Happy Day Cards Saretta Lazovsky 28th. Cost per set is $50 for members or $55 for non-
(847) 676-0556 or lazovsky@juno.com members Upgraded sets available. Please call Rabbi Benzie
Chesed Fund Anne Elovic (847) 673-2904 at (847) 679-9800 or email bhhkmal@yahoo.com . Sets
will be available for pick-up after Yom Kippur. Order
Donate Books & Siddurim Office Form is later in this newsletter.
(847) 679-9800 or bhhkmal@yahoo.com Shabbat Shuva Shiur
Endowment Rabbi Louis Lazovsky On Shabbat September 23rd Rabbi Louis Lazovsky will
deliver his annual special Shabbat Shuva shiur in lieu of the
Pushke Aron Lavon (773) 418-2766 Shabbat afternoon class at 4:50 pm.
Kiddush & Seudat Shlisheet Judy Whisler Hakafot on Simchat Torah
Membership 8/677-2281 j5awhisler@aol.com Hakafot will be held on Thursday evening and Friday
morning, October 12th and 13th.
Yizkor a discussion following the film...Graduation and Yom
We recite Yizkor on Yom Kippur, Shabbat, September 30th Yerushalayim Kiddush Luncheon was held on Shabbat
at about 11:30 am, and on Shmini Atzeret, Thursday May 20. Avi Bornstein spoke on the connection between
October 12th at about 10:30 am. his hometown, Yishuv Moreshet, and
For information about ordering Yahrzeit plaques, please Yerushalayim...Community Shloshim for Rabbi Josh
call the office at (847) 679-9800. Hoffman - cRc Av Beis Din Rabbi Reis and Rabbi Moshe
Stop By the Shul to... Soloveichik delivered eulogies, which can be veiwed at
•Pick up a Kesser Maariv Pushke (Tzedaka Box). If you http://bit.ly/2tYydV4 ... Shavuot Mishmar and Women's
have a full Kesser Maariv Pushke, please call or text Aron Mishmar. Dr. Steve Steinberg spoke on "Revelation: What
Lavon at 773-418-2766, and he will pick it up. Pushkes REALLY Happened," Rabbi Benzie spoke on "Toiling in
are available from the office during the week. Torah." Thank you to Marty and Sandy Miretzky for the
•Borrow books from our Lending Library, located on the delicious food for the Mishmar break.
south side of the Social Hall (for members only).
•Borrow Shiurim from the Tape Lending Library ADELE GOLDBLUM WOMEN’S COUNCIL
•Study from books in the Malamud Reference Library and Upcoming Events
the Max Katz Memorial Library. Book discussion on the book: "The 28th of
E-mail List Iyar: The dramatic, day-by day journal of an
To receive our emails, please send an e-mail to American family in Israel during the Six Day
bhhkmal@yahoo.com indicating that you wish to be placed War." Led by Saretta Lazovsky on Sunday
on the e-mail list. We are happy to have more than one e- July 30 at 6:30 pm at the Shul.
mail address per family. Swim at Iris’ Pool on Wednesday, August 9.
Parsha Podcasts / Social Media Call Saretta for more details.
Rabbi Louis Lazovsky's morning Vorts on the Parsha are Serve Dinner at Café ARK on August 9.
available as podcasts at KesserMaariv.podomatic.com (a Contact Cookie Goldrich at (847) 673-8149 to participate.
link is on our homepage, www.KesserMaariv.org). The next Women’s Seudat Shlisheet will most likely be
Facebook: Fb.me/Kesser Maariv Twitter: @KesserMaariv held on Shabbat, August 19th. More details will be
Misheberach List forthcoming.
If you have names for a misheberach, please send them to Past Events
the shul office or e-mail to bhhkmal@yahoo.com. July Women’s Seudat Shlisheet featured speaker Shana
Happy Day Cards & Standings Greenstein Lipsky on “What Exactly We Lost in the
Beautiful All-Occasion Cards (designed Destruction,” and was sponsored by Cookie Goldrich on
by Wendy Hartz z“l) are available for the yahrzeit of her mother Mindl Zomlefer.
purchase from the office for $1.50 each Leebeynu luncheon was held on Shabbat July 8th.
or 13 cards for $18. If you would like Summer Bonfire was on June 27th at Emily Oaks Nature
us to send a card for you for $2, or join Center and featured Musician Miriam Suffrin.
the standings, please contact the office June Women's Seudat Shlisheet featured speaker Melissa
at (847) 679-9800. Hart on "Working with Faith: Providing Spiritual Care
Rent the Shul for in Multiple Settings," and was sponsored by Dinah
Your Simcha Rubinoff on the yahrzeit of her mother, Malka (Molly)
For information Feder.
regarding renting Game Night at the Robineau - Thanks to Brenda
the Social Hall for Kahn, Cookie Goldrich, Sandy Miretzky, Felicia
your event, please Bolotin and Melissa Hart for participating.
call Ben Zion April Women's Seudat Shlisheet featured Faye
Lazovsky at the Levinson who presented "One Family's Holocaust
Shul office at Story." Thanks to sponsors Sandy Miretzky, in
(847) 679-9800. memory of her father, and Saretta Lazovsky, wishing
Also, book you child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the Shul all who need a refuah shlayma.
calendar! Contact Judy Whisler at j5awhisler@aol.com Shavuot Mitzvah Plants were delivered to residents of the
Robineau and Lieberman and to ARK clients. Thanks to
PAST EVENTS coordinators Brenda Kahn and Natalie Meerovich.
Film - On Sunday, April 30th, we showed the film “Our GOOD & WELFARE
Boys,” about the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens Thanks to our Kiddush Sponsors: Lazovsky Family;
by Hamas terrorists, and the aftermath. Produced by Miretzky Family; Nasrin Kheradyar; Jeff & Mila Zaretsky;
Moriah Films, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s documentary Wishner family; Steve & Susan Goldrich; Joel and Gail
film division, and their representative Stephen Klabar led Scher; the Greenstein family; Channah & Rabbi Benzie
Lazovsky; Drs. David & Rinat Kheradyar; The Kevin & which eventually led to the destruction of the second
Myron Kirshenbaum families; and anonymous sponsors. Temple. In fact, both Temples were destroyed on Tisha
Thanks to our Seudat Shlisheet Sponsors: Aron Lavon; B’av.
Mike Wishner; Lazovsky Family; Dr. Joel & Sally Feder; As this is a period of bad luck and mourning, we
Drs. Steve & Teri Steinberg; Faith & Dan Harris; and avoid going to civil court or entering into business deals
anonymous sponsors. that are other than routine. We also refrain from
Mazal Tov to: Dan & Faith Harris on the pleasurable activities such as live performances, plays,
birth of a granddaughter, Ariel Golda, born operas, musicals, movies or listening to music. We also do
to Talia & Chen Meiri in Israel...Sanford & not cut our hair or nails. The Nine Days begin on Sunday
Shelley Schwartz on the marriage of their night, July 23rd. Ashkenazic Jews do not eat meat, drink
granddaughter in Israel, and on the birth of wine, swim or bathe in hot water from then until after
a great-grandson...Cookie Goldrich on the Tisha B’av. As we do not have public displays of
marriage of her grandson and birth of great mourning on Shabbat, we eat meat and drink wine on
grandson Zalman...Dan & Faith Harris and Shabbat even during the nine days.
Rabbi Moshe & Debra Soloveichik on the Tisha B’av begins at sundown on Monday
birth of a granddaughter, Bat Sheva Bracha, born to Rachel evening, July 31st, and concludes 42 minutes after sundown
& Shmuli Soloveichik...Dr. David & Guila Zuckerman on on Tuesday evening, August 1st. The Fast of The 9th of Av,
the birth of a son. or Tisha B’av, was originally to be the day of greatest joy
Special Good Wishes to Dr. Joel and Sally Feder on their for the Jewish people. It was on that day that the Jewish
move to Florida. people were to enter Israel after their exodus from Egypt.
Mazal Tov to our Graduates! David However, when the spies that Moses had sent to explore
Levi Steinberg Pharm D, J.D; College Israel returned on the night of Tisha B’av, they brought
graduates: Jacob Weinger, Avital back a false report so evil that the people rejected the land
Pressburger, Marlee Moos, Jake and G-d. As a result of this sin, the Almighty issued a
Goldrich, Solomon Lowenstein; High decree against the Jewish people: they would wander 40
School graduates: Yosef Boruch years in the desert and all males age 20 and over would die
Orloff, Leeya Pressburger, Simcha in the wilderness, never to enter the promised land. The
Allswang, Neeli Fagan, Josh Goldrich; Almighty further decreed that as a result of the false tears
8th Grade: Asher Pressburger, Kelila Allswang; middle shed by the Jewish People, the day would permanently be
school grad: Penina Pomper and others: Shmuel Yitzchak one of travail. Indeed, both Temples were destroyed on the
Ben-Ari, Yosef Shalom Ben-Ari. 9th of Av with the subsequent exiles of the Jewish people;
Thank you to the additional sponsors in honor of Yom the Spanish Inquisition began on this day in 1492, and
Yerushalayim: Simona Cheskis and family; Susan and approximately 425 years later, World War I was declared
Steve Goldrich; Marion and Ed Lezak; Sandy and Marty on Tisha B’av. 11 years ago, the expulsion of Jews living
Miretzky; Ann and Alan Herbach; Natalie and Oleg in Gaza began the day after Tisha B’av.
Meerovich; Judy and Jeff Whisler. The solemnity of Tisha B’av requires that a major
Refua Shleima to: Alvin J. Goodman, Alan Slodki, Joe fast begin the evening before and last approximately 25
Zaretsky. hours. During evening services we read the Book of Eicha
Condolences to: Evelyn Bloom on the passing of her – Lamentations, which deals with the misery of our people
husband Charles "Chuck" Bloom...Shelley Schwartz during the time of Churban – destruction of the Temples.
on the passing of her sister, Noreen In the morning we read the Kinot services, which recount
Kirshenbaum...The Allswang & Lazovsky families on the sorrow and suffering of the Jewish people throughout
the passing of their sister-in-law, aunt and great-aunt, the ages. It is a day of reflection; the Jewish people repent
Adeline Katz...The family and caretakers of Rabbi their past misdeeds to bring themselves closer to the
Joshua Hoffman. Almighty and prepare for the Days of Awe. It is also a day
of hope; tradition teaches us that the Mashiach – Messiah
DVAR TORAH – will be born or will arrive on this day with Elijah the
THE THREE WEEKS AND THE NINE DAYS prophet informing us of our redemption.
“Bain Ha’metzariim - Between the Narrows,” is how our Tu B’av - The 15th day of Av corresponding to
sages refer to the three week period between the fast of Monday, August 7 - “Tu” meaning 15 in Gematria - is a
“Shiva Asar B’Tamuz - The seventeenth of Tammuz,” and minor holiday on which we do not fast, say eulogies or say
between the fast of “Tisha B’av - The ninth day of Av.” Tachanun. Several reasons are given for the holiday. One
This year the fast of the seventeenth day of Tammuz was is that by that day, the summer is half over, leaving us more
observed on Tuesday, July 11th . The period is one of time to learn Torah at night. Another reason has to do with
profound sadness and bad luck when the Jewish people drying wood to be used on the Mizbeiach (Altar) in the
commemorate the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem Temple. The Maharal says that while the Jews were in the
desert, they only married members of their own tribe. After A major focus of Rosh Hashana is the blowing of
they entered the Land of Israel, they began to marry the shofar. One hundred kolot, or notes, blown during
members of other tribes on the 15th of Av. Because these various portions of the service remind us of the Almighty’s
marriages strengthen ties between families in different coronation as King of the Universe, awaken our sleeping
tribes, it is a cause for a minor holiday. Contemporarily, hearts from their lethargy to return to the Almighty and
this last reason is the most oft-cited, and therefore it is help us recount the story of Abraham sacrificing a ram in
common to celebrate weddings on this day. place of his son. We pray for forgiveness for the previous
Rosh Chodesh Elul - Tuesday & Wednesday year’s transgressions and implore the Creator for a year
August 22-23 - When Moshe Rabbeinu ascended Mt. Sinai where we will perform Mitzvot unstintingly, a year of good
to receive the second set of Luchot (Tablets), he went up on health, peace and prosperity on the merit of our teshuva -
this day. The month of Elul also initiates a 40-day period repentance.
of repentance. Within those forty days are the Aseret Tzom Gedaliah - Wednesday, October 5. The fast
Yemay Teshuva - Ten Days of Repentance that begin with day of Tzom Gedaliah is usually on the day after Rosh
Rosh Hashana and conclude with Yom Kippur. The Shofar Hashana and commemorates the murder of Gedaliah ben
is blown every morning during Elul to awaken our sleeping Achikam, who was a Jewish leader appointed by our
hearts to return to Hashem. We also recite the penitential conquerors after the destruction of the First Temple in 586
Psalm L’Dovid Ohrie (Psalm 27). B.C.E. With his assassination by one of his countrymen,
Selichot, prayers of forgiveness and atonement, are recited Jews lost their stake in self-rule even in the Diaspora. The
at midnight. Ashkenazic Jews recite them for at least four fast begins at 5:30 am and ends at 6:55 pm.
days prior to Rosh Hashana – this year, we will begin Yom Kippur - October 11-
Selichot on Motzai Shabbat, September 16, 2017. In our 12. Yom Kippur is the unique day of
time, because being up at midnight for so many nights is the year dedicated to forgiveness,
difficult, many only recite the first Selichot service in the mercy and conciliation between G-d
middle of the night. Sephardic Jews say Selichot the entire and the Jewish people. This year it
month of Elul. begins on Tuesday evening, October
The focal point of Selichot prayers is the recitation 11, with the ceremony of Kol Nidre, a
of the 13 attributes of G-d. Tradition teaches us that prayer to annul any unfulfilled oaths
reciting these attributes evokes Divine mercy. G-d Himself or vows. Speech is the attribute that distinguishes man
bestowed this tradition to Moshe Rabbenu when he from the rest of the animal kingdom. Accordingly, we are
ascended to the heavens to receive the Ten very concerned with the punishments that may occur for
Commandments, Torah and Oral traditions. deliberate or accidental transgressions concerning our
Rosh Hashana will begin Wednesday night speech. The holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur,
September 20, and Yom Kippur will be Friday evening and commemorates G-d’s forgiveness of the Israelites, whose
Shabbat September 29th and 30th. sin was the worship of the golden calf after they received
We will recite Yizkor on Yom Kippur, Shabbat, the Ten Commandments. It is a day when we are
September 30th, and on Shmini Atzeret, Thursday, October commanded to shed our earthly limitations and aspire to
12th. emulate the angels. Accordingly, we abstain from eating,
Rosh Hashana - October 2-4. On Sunday evening drinking, wearing leather shoes, using lotions, washing and
October 2nd we begin the Jewish New Year of marital relations. By observing these prohibitions, we
5777. We also begin the period known as the transcend our physical existence and are elevated to a
Aseret Yemay Teshuva, Ten Days of higher spiritual state, so we are better able to pray for
Repentance. A most solemn time, Rosh ourselves, our loved ones, our families and for all of Israel.
Hashana commemorates the anniversary of On Yom Kippur, G-d evaluates our actions during the Ten
mankind’s creation after the creation of the Days of Repentance and determines whether our actions
world six days earlier. During the two days of Rosh were sincere or empty. On the merit of repentance, prayer
Hashana, G-d judges the entire world and inscribes the fate and charity, we are able to avert the severe decree that may
of all life. As Jews, we recite various prayers to express have been ordained during Rosh Hashanah.
our aspirations, and we eat many symbolic foods in hopes Sukkot begins Sunday evening, October 16, and
of bringing special blessings. During Rosh Hashanah, we continues through October 23. It commemorates the time
observe the custom of Tashlich (this year on the first day of when G-d took the Jewish people out of Egypt and housed
Rosh Hashana), in which we go to living bodies of water them in the “Annanei Hakavod - Clouds of Glory” that
and recite prayers, thus symbolically casting off our sins, as protected the Jewish people; therefore we dwell in sukkot,
well as to seek merit for the deeds of our forefather or temporary huts.The first two days of Sukkot are known
Abraham who, according to the Midrash, was forced to as “yom tov” (holidays) where most “melechah” (creative
cross a sea in order to fulfill G-d’s command to bring his activity) is prohibited. They are followed by “Chol
son Isaac to Mount Moriah. Hamoed” (Intermediate Days), which are hybrid, in that
they have aspects of both holidays and regular week days. commentary, teaches that on Sukkot we are concerned with
When eating in the Sukkah, we invite seven “Ushpizin” or all humanity because in the Temple we offered 70
guests, essential leaders of the Jewish people: Abraham, sacrifices during Sukkot, corresponding to the 70 nations of
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron and King David who the world. However, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
is a holiday just for the Almighty and the Jewish people.
each represents one of the seven spiritual attributes needed The holidays remind us that material needs and wants are
to perfect our souls in service of the Creator. fleeting illusions; the realm of the spirit is the only true and
Every day of Sukkot, with the exception of permanent domain. We recite the Yizkor, memorial
Shabbat, when they are not touched, one blessing is recited prayer, during Shemini Atzeret to remember those who
over the four species - the Etrog, Lulav, Hadasim and have gone before us and set out paths for us to follow. On
Aravot. The first time we take them on the holiday, we Simchat Torah, Jews dance and rejoice with their entire
also recite Shehechiyanu. On the last of the intermediate being as we conclude the reading of the Torah, and then,
days, known as Hoshanah Rabbah, we make seven circuits immediately begin reading the Torah once again. In spite
around the Bimah, after which willows are beaten on the of tremendous adversity, oppression and exile, we have
floor to symbolize the end of the high holiday period of been promised that the Torah will always guard and protect
judgement. us. Even if all else is taken away from the Jewish people,
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah October 23-25 – At the Torah will always remain.
Sukkot’s end, Jews immediately celebrate the holidays of
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. The Midrash, or Bible

A Little Bit About Kesser Maariv immigrants and the underprivileged.
Welcome to Kesser Maariv. Our full name is In January 2011 the Board of Directors
Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Kesser Maariv Anshe a p p o i n t e d R a b b i
Luknik. We have a long name reflective of our Ben Zion Lazovsky to serve as Associate
long history. Our first minyan took place in R a b b i i n a d d i t i o n
Chicago in 1862, and Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol to serving as Executive Director.
officially opened in 1867 in downtown Chicago. Our Davening
Eventually the Shul moved to the West Side, and For the High Holidays, we use the
we have several congregants who celebrated A r t S c r o l l M a c h z o r .
their Bar Mitzvah at that site. After several Thanks to the generosity of Bob & Sheryl
mergers, in the 1950s BHH moved to East Rogers Park G r e e n s t e i n , w e
when it merged with Kesser Maariv. Due to shifting have many Machzorim available for use.
demographics, Kesser Maariv sold their building in East We have a live auction of aliyas on Rosh Hashana, Yom
Rogers Park in 1989, determined to continue in a new Kippur and Simchas Torah. This practice is mentioned in
neighborhood. In the following years, High Holiday the Shulchan Aruch, the Code of Jewish Law. The auction
services were held in West Rogers Park. is conducted immediately prior to taking
In 1993, we held High Holiday services in Skokie, and we out the Torah.
were able to purchase our current property in Skokie. Yizkor Appeal
Regular minyanim began in an existing farmhouse on There is an ancient custom, mentioned in
December 31, 1993. In autumn 1999 the first phase of our t he T a l mu d , t h a t eve n t h o s e wh o h a ve
building was completed, consisting of the Social Hall and pasfssed away need atonement. How can
kitchens. The second phase of the Main those souls, who are no longer on this
Sanctuary and Bais Midrash were e a r t h , a c h i e ve ato n e me nt ? T h e T al mu d
completed in 2004. says that charity should be given on their
Leadership behalf. Accordingly, Kesser Maariv has
Rabbi Louis Lazovsky has been Rabbi of a live Yizkor Appeal. If you would like to have your
Kesser Maariv since 1984, when he pledge announced at the beginning of the appeal, please
succeeded Rabbi Zev Wein, who retired. contact Rabbi Ben Zion before Yom Tov and make your
Rabbi Lazovsky has served the Jewish pledge before Yom Tov. For those who would like to make
community in many capacities for over 40 a private pledge, see Rabbis Ben Zion or Eli to make a
years, including leading educational matan b’seser.
programs and organizations to benefit
ArtScroll Siddur p. 654) should also be recited. This food is
Brief Laws of the Month of Tishrei - 2017 / 5778 set aside and eaten on Shabbat.
We make an Eruv Tavshillin before candle lighting on On Rosh Hashana night after we come home from
September 20, October 4 and 11. This allows us to cook food shul we make Kiddush with Shehechiyanu. After hamotzi,
on Yom Tov for Shabbat, which begins immediately after many have the custom to eat an apple dipped in honey, as
Yom Tov. A special bracha is made over two rolls or matzot well as other symbolic foods. Please note that despite what
and a cooked food, commonly a piece of fish or chicken. The the Machzor says, it is proper to make the bracha Ha'eitz on
Bracha is “Baruch Ata Ad-nai (G-d’s Name) El-heinu melech dates (or pomegranates if you don't eat dates) and eat them
ha’olam asher kidishanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu al mitzvat before eating the apple dipped in honey.
eruv.” The accompanying B’din Eruvah declaration (see As Rosh Hashana is the beginning of our Judgement,
In the morning we read in the Torah about G-d
remembering Sarah and in the haftorah how He
remembered Chana (mother of the prophet Samuel)
hoping that G-d will remember us for good. We blow
the Shofar, which is the special mitzvah of Rosh
Hashana, and the special Mussaf we mention Biblical
verses accepting G-d as King, about G-d remembering
people for good, and about Shofar blasts. After Shul
we have Yom Tov meals at home. Some have the
custom to say Tashlich at a body of water.
Thursday afternoon we daven Mincha and
Maariv. Candle lighting is not before 7:31 pm, which
is the earliest time to prepare and warm food for that night's shehechiyanu, then Leisheiv Basukah (different than last
meal. We do recite Shehicyanu at candle lighting and night) and have a Yom Tov meal. Shabbat beings
kiddush (some have a custom to have a new fruit for the immediaely as Yom Tov ends. (See underlined information
second night). The second day is like the first, except we above)
read about the Binding of Yitzchak (Akeidah). After Rosh During Sukkot G-d decides how much rain we will
Hashana Shabbat starts immediately, with candle lighting at have for the year (which will water the crops, ensuring our
6:28. All preparation (like putting food on a blech) must be food needs are met). In the Beit Hamikdash, there was a
completed before that time, just like any Friday afternoon. special water-drawing ceremony called the Simchat Beit
During the 10 Days of Repentance culminating with Hasho'eivah, which was the most joyous ceremony all year in
Yom Kippur we repent for our actions from the previous year, the Beit Hamikdash. In our community we find some
commit to not repeating them, and do as many good deeds Simchat Beit Hasho’eivas with music and dancing to
and give as much Tzedaka as possible. We also make several commemorate that.
changes to Shmone Esray. (Many books with the Laws of Yom Tov [like
On Erev Yom Kippur we have a mitzvah to eat, in cooking] and Chol Hamoed, and the Lulav may be found in
order to strengthen ourselves for the fast. We daven Mincha the Malamud Reference Library.)
early with the Viduy confession, as Rambam says one may The last day of Sukkot is Hoshana Rabbah, which is
choke while eating out of the fear and dread of Yom Kippur. important day according to the Kabbalah, as in the Beit
We gather at Shul before sunset for Kol Nidrei. On Yom Hamikdash they performed a special, lengthy ceremony, and
Kippur we abstain from eating, drinking, wearing leather our prayers that day, as well as beating the Hoshana bundle,
shoes, using lotions, creams, ointments or perfumes, washing are to commemorate that special service.
past the knuckle and marital relations. After Yom Kippur we Wednesday night October 11 begins Shmini
make Havdala over wine, candle and the last bracha of Atzeret, (Make Eruv Tavshillin!) a distinct holiday from
Havdala. Sukkot, and therefore we do make Shehechiyanu at candle
After breaking our fast there is a custom to lighting and in Kiddush. However, outside Israel we are
immediately do more mitzvot, so some begin building their required to eat in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeret but we do
Sukkah, or at least gathering its the pieces. not make the bracha Leishev Basukkah. On Thursday
Sukkot has two special mitzvot associated with it - morning we recite Yizkor. Later in the afternoon, before
the Four species (Lulav, Etrog, Hadas, Arava) and eating in Mincha, we make a special prayer when we leave the Sukkah
the Sukkah. The Lulav is the tallest of the species; we hold after eating in it for the final time.
it with its spine (the darker green vertical line) towards us, The final day is called Simchat
with the three hadasim on the right (as we look at the lulav) Torah. It is the day we complete the
and the two aravot on the left. annual cycle of reading the Torah, and
On the first night of Sukkot, (Make Eruv begin it again. Rabbi Moshe
Tavshillin!) we make Kiddush, The bracha Leisheiv Soloveichik's grandfather taught that our
Basukkah, then Shehichaynu. While we are exepmt from joy comes from starting the Torah again
eating in a Sukkah in the rain, on the first night there is a with new depth and insight, not from
special mitzvah to eat in the Sukkah and if it rains we wait finishing the Torah. On Thursday night
out the storm, even until midnight. (Remember Yaaleh we have seven Hakafot (circling the Bimah) where we dance
Veyavo in Birkat Hamazon.) joyfully with the Torahs which we repeat the next morning,
The first day we make kiddush, leisheiv basukah, along with all males above Bar Mitzva receiving an aliya, and
wash, hamotzi and eat a Yom Tov meal. During Sukkot we have a special aliya for all children. We finish the Torah,
whenever we eat any mezonos or hamotzi food in the Sukkah begin it again, and finish davening. Shabbat beings
we make the Brach Leishev Basukkah. immediately as Yom Tov ends.
The second night we may not light candles or prepare
for that night's meal before 7:07 pm. We make Kiddush, then
SHABBAT & HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Please Note: We will be welcoming Shabbat early and will begin davening Mincha on Friday nights at 7:00 pm.
Therefore, for the next few months, it is important that you remember to: 1) light Shabbat candles early, at about 7:20
pm, and 2) repeat Kriat Sh'ma of Maariv after nightfall.
Date Candle Lighting Erev Mincha Shacharit Pirkei Avot Shiur Mincha
Matot-Masei 7/21-7/22 8:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:50 pm 7:50 pm
Devarim - Chazon 7/28-7/29 7:54 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:45 pm 7:45 pm
Va’etchanan - 8/4-8/5 7:46 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:35 pm 7:35 pm
Nachamu
Eikev 8/11-8/12 7:37 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:25 pm 7:25 pm
Re’eh 8/18-8/19 7:22 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:15 pm 7:15 pm
Shoftim 8/25-8/26 7:16 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 6:05 pm 7:05 pm
Ki Teitzei 9/1-9/2 7:04 pm 7:00 pm 8:45 am 5:50 pm 6:50 pm
Ki Tavo 9/8-9/9 6:52 pm 6:55 pm 8:45 am 5:40 pm 6:40 pm
Nitzavim-Vayeilech 9/15-9/16 6:40 pm 6:45 pm 8:45 am 5:30 pm 6:30 pm
1 st Day Rosh Hashana 9/20-9/21 6:31 pm * 6:35 pm 8:30 am no shiur 6:35 pm
2 nd Day Rosh Hashana 9/21-9/22 7:31 pm 6:35 pm 8:30 am no shiur 6:35 pm
Haazinu (Shuva) 9/22-9/23 6:28 pm 6:35 pm 8:45 am Drasha 4:50 pm 6:20 pm
Yom Kippur 9/29-9/30 6:16 pm Mincha 2:30 8:00 am during break 4:55 pm
Kol Nidrei 6:15 Yizkor Neila 6:05
1st Day Sukkot 10/4-10/5 6:07 pm * 6:10 pm 8:45 am no shiur 6:10 pm
* Make Eruv Tavshillin before Candle Lighting (see ArtScroll Siddur page 654)
If you have a chiyuv (to daven or for an aliya), please inform Rabbis Benzie or Eli Lazovsky in person or at (847) 676-
0556 before Shabbat.
To sponsor a kiddush or shalashudos, please call Judy Whisler at (847) 677-2281 or j5awhisler@aol.com.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE - Minyanim meet in the Kaufman Bais Midrash

Minyan Times Classes Tisha B’av - Monday 7/31
Sunday Morning at 9:15 am: Parsha Class Finish eating by 8:00 pm
Shacharit Given by Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik Mincha 8:00 , Maariv 8:30 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am Wednesday evenings before Mincha - Gemara Tuesday 8/1 Shacharit 6:00 am
Monday-Friday: 6:00 am Brachos. Given by Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky Mincha 7:45 pm, fast ends at 8:51
Mincha-Maariv Shabbat Afternoon
Sunday-Thursday: 10 2 hours before Mincha - Parsha by Rabbi Eli Selichot - September 16th at 11 pm
minutes before sundown 1 hour before Mincha: Pirkei Avot refreshments at 10:00 pm,
Given by Rabbi Louis Lazovsky a shiur at 10:40 pm

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