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MAGAZINE 5778/2017-2018 VOL.4
Welcoming the Ger
into our Community:
How do we
The New Face Measure Up?
of KCT Youth pg. 18

The Womens
Balcony pg. 19

Chadesh Yameinu keKedem S KO K I E S H U L . O RG


Board of Directors 2017-2018

Jeremy Goltz RABBI
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman
Immediate PAST President
Yitzie Sommer sephardic/assistant RABBI
Rabbi Natanel Isaacs
Chaim Lubin Youth Directors
Yehuda and Rebecca Bromberg
Leesh Rosenblum Teen Minyan Director
Ami Atkin
Vice President, Fundraising
Matthew Koenig OFFICE Administrator
Maayan Shtal
Vice President, Ritual
Michael Felix Building Maintenance
Mila Vasilj
Vice President, House & Security
Art Fridberg

Co-Vice President, Membership

Kenny Ripstein

Co-Vice President, Membership

Sigalle Shpayher

Vice President, Education

Roslyn Kohanchi

Board Members at Large

Ari Kelman
Elisha Atkin
Betsy Shapiro
Craig Darlow
Andy Faibishenko
Samuel Gabay
Rachael Arons Gelman
Aviva Huss
Gabe Kroll
Howard Rosenburg
Elizabette Rischall
Dennis Schneiderman
MAGAZINE 5778/2017-2018 VOL.4

Greeting from the Rabbis 3-4

Zmanim/Weekly 5-6
Learning 7-10
Community 11-12
Food 13
Neshei 14
Womens Learning 14
Youth 15-16
RENEW Special Feature 17-18
Film 19-20
Year at a Glance 31

Rabbi Gelmans Shabbat afternoon Parsha shiur

is enlightening, informative, and correlates Torah
fundamentals with modern issues. In only thirty minutes,
there is no better way to escort Shabbat out than with his
inspirational words. Dr. Charles Ovitsky

Rabbis Greetings

O ne of the greatest challenges Orthodoxy faces
is to remain relevant and vibrant yet authentic and
loyal to our roots. How do we involve ourselves in
that which is ancient and not become antiquated?
The answer to striking this balance is found within a
familiar phrase from our tefilot , renew
our days as of old.

A new year brings new beginnings at KCT. A brand

new calendar of educational and social programs as well as a newly invigorated youth program headed
up by Rebecca and Yehuda Bromberg. With gratitude to Hashem we proudly welcome our Sephardic
Rabbi, Rabbi Netanel Isaacs along with his wife Sarah and family as they herald in a new and exciting
era for KCT. At the same time we will double our efforts this year to renew and improve upon the past.
We dont replace in Judaism, we reinforce and strengthen that which we have been doing for years with
a fresh perspective and renewed vigor.

Our programming will revolve largely around this theme. KCT hopes to reignite that spark with Torah
study, with a goal of providing a variety of opportunities to allow 100% of our membership to be engaged
in some form of Torah study during the week, be it chavruta study or shiurim. We continue to expand
our tefila offerings with more minyanim and greater participation than ever before. You will find that our
social gatherings are geared towards a wider audience with more creative and fun-filled opportunities.
We will explore Jewish life, from practical kashrut, to the esoteric. This year we pay attention to truly
engaging those who have most recently become a part of our tzibur, while at the same time, helping
those of us who have been here for many years feel as excited and remain as engaged as ever.

I hope you will take advantage of our shuls vast and incredible
opportunities to engage in this spiritual renaissance together.

Rabbi Shaanan Gelman

The KCT Sephardic Minyan is a synagogue where Sephardim from various
ethnicities and backgrounds can come together to honor and observe their
traditions and customs with a traditional Sephardic minyan, while still being a
part of the larger Skokie Jewish community. Adam Soleymani

I n the 20th century the Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities

were vastly separated. With each community trying to retain their
own rich culture and tradition, a town containing both traditions was
unheard of. Only in the 21st Century did Asheknazic and Sephardic
Jewry unite in one land as they landed on the shores of the United
States and Israel. As American Jews, we grew up being exposed to
both traditions and cultures throughout our communities and schools,
but we have yet united to embrace each other under one roof. We at
Kehilat Chovevai Tzion have created a cultural environment that hasnt
existed since Maamad Har Sinai. One shul that encompasses both Ashkenaz and Sephardic
tradition side by side is truly a revolutionary concept and can serve as a beacon of hope for the
future of the Jewish nation. By stepping out of our comfort zone and uniting two very diverse
cultures into one entity, we are strengthening our Jewish values. We are reminding the world how
klal yisrael stood by Har Sinai, . We are renewing the love and acceptance of all
Jews as it once was. May Hakadosh Boruch Hu reward us by renewing our days like
the old. - .

Wishing you an amazing year!

Rabbi Netanel Isaacs

ABOUT RABBI Isaacs: Rabbi Isaacs, originally from Los Angeles, studied at Yeshiva Darchei Torah and
Yeshivas Mir in Yerushalayim. He continued his studies at the prestigious Jerusalem Kollel under the direction of
Rabbi Yitzhak Berkovits from whom he received Rabbinic ordination and extensive pastoral training. Sarah, no
stranger to the synagogue life, was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and is the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Khoshkerman
of Congregation Ner Hamizrach.

Rabbi Isaacs will serve the halachic and pastoral needs of our growing Sephardic community as well as function
in the capacity of Assistant Rabbi for the congregation at large. Please join us in providing a warm welcome to
the Isaacs family as we im yirtzah Hashem usher in a period of spiritual growth and further development at KCT.

Weekly Learning Schedule

Daf Yomi: 7:45 AM Thursday
Lox N Learn: 9:15 AM Daf Yomi: 5:50 AM
Halacha Yomi: Between Mizrahi Grill Lunch + Learn:
Mincha/Maariv 12:00 PM (pg. 13)
Halacha Yomi:
Between Mincha/Maariv
Mishna to the Max: 7:30 PM
Womens Gemara: 8:00 PM
Monday Chassidus Chabura w/ Rabbi Gelman: 8:00 PM
Daf Yomi: 5:50 AM Beit Midrash: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
MetroKlub Lunch+Learn: 12:00 PM (pg. 13)
Halacha Yomi:
Between Mincha/Maariv
Mini-Series: 8:00 PM (pg. 10)
Daf Yomi: 6:00 AM
Shaila of the Week
Before Borchu
Beer Torah Oneg Shabbat (pg. 12)
Daf Yomi: 6:00 AM
Halacha Yomi:
Between Mincha/Maariv
NEW! Nefesh Hachaim w/
Rabbi Yaakov Klein: 8:00 PM

Daf Yomi: 8:15 AM
Rabbi Orens Parsha Shiur: 8:30 AM
1 hour before Mincha:
Wednesday Shabbat Afternoon Shiurim
Daf Yomi: 6:00 AM w/ Rabbi Kalman Worch
Journeys Through Jewish Philosphy @ Beit Midrash
Coffee Talk: 9:15 AM (pg. 14)
Gemara Chabura w/ Mr. Elisha Atkin
Halacha Yomi: Between Mincha/Maariv
30 minutes before Mincha
*NEW* Parshat Hashavua and w/ Rabbi Netanel NEW! Shabbat Afternoon
Isaacs: 8:00 PM in the Sephardic Beit Midrash Rabbis Class w/ Rabbi Gelman
Medical Halacha Series: 8:00 pm Seudat Shlishit - Now Studying: Pele Yoetz
Monthly (pg. 11)

8:00 PM (Shaarei Adirim in the Beit Midrash)
Sephardic: 8:00 AM
Ashkenazi: 8:30 AM Shabbat
Mincha and Kabalat Shabbat
Weekdays 5 minutes after candle lighting
After Pesach - Plag
6:45 AM (Monday/Thursday 6:35 AM )
Early Minyan - Plag
7:45 AM (Monday - Friday)
Late Minayn - 7:00 PM
(Ashkenaz and Sephardic)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
6:45 AM & 7:45 AM
Shabbat Morning
Rosh Chodesh Hashkama Minyan (Beit Midrash): 7:30 AM
Sunday: 8:15 AM Main Sanctuary: 9:00 AM
Monday - Friday: 6:30 AM, 7:45 AM Sephardic Sanctuary: 9:00 AM
Youth Minyan (once a month, see pg. 16 for
schedule): 9:30 AM (Beit Midrash)
(Shaarei Adirim in the Beit Midrash):
2:00 PM (Sunday-Thursday) Shabbat Afternoon
Mincha (Sephardic and Ashkenaz) - Approx 15
minutes before candle lighting time)
15 minutes before Shkiah All minyanim are nusach Ashkenaz unless otherwise indicated.

The KCT hashkama minyan is a warm and welcoming

place to daven that offers a small-shul feeling while remaining
connected to the broader KCT community. Moshe Friedman
Scholars in Residence

2 AIPAC Shabbaton 3 YUTMK Shabbaton
1 Guest Speaker Gil Troy November 17-18, 2017
(Seudat Shlishit) Join the YUTMK for an uplifting
2 October 21, 2017 Shabbos of learning and ruach.
Throughout the Shabbat we will have
Gil Troy is the author of The Age of
the opportunity to meet and learn
Clinton: America in the 1990s, to be
from the Rosh Kollel, Rabbi Reuven
published by Thomas Dunne Books/
Brand and many Kollel fellows. Be
St. Martins Press in October 2015.
sure to catch the Oneg on Friday
In 2012, he edited and updated the
evening and dont forget to sign up
classic multi-volume History of
for the luncheon on Shabbat day.
American Presidential Campaigns,
originally edited by Arthur M.
Schlesinger, Jr. and Fred Israel. 4 Rabbi Josh Marder
His most recent book, Moynihans The Marriage Seminar
Moment: Americas Fight against
December 9, 2017
Zionism as Racism looking at the
3 4 fall of the UN and the rise of Reagan Josh is a prolific speaker and
therapist on marriage and family
was published by Oxford University
Press. Jewish Ideas Daily designated dynamics. He is brought all over
it one of its best books of 2012, and the country to lecture on martial
it was the winner of a 2014 J.I. Segal success in the modern world from
a Jewish perspective, and he has
5 Award in the category of English Non-
Fiction Award on a Jewish Theme. taught Couples and Family Therapy
at the university level. He is known
Troy has been widely published and and sought as a couples and family
quoted in the American, Canadian, therapist, a dynamic speaker for
and Israeli media, including writing Torah and modern psychology, and
for therapist trainings. He has trained
nine essays for the New York
Ben Tzion Shafier Times feature Campaign Stops for over a decade in couples and
September 8-9, 2017 for the 2012 campaign. He writes a family therapy, and is one of the
weekly column for the Daily Beast first certified Emotionally Focused
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier is the Therapists in Illinois. He has a thriving
Director of the www.theShmuz. on Forgotten American History,
putting current events in historical private practice in Skokie where
com. His website has impacted he helps couples, families, and
thousands of people world wide in perspective, as well as a weekly
column for the Jerusalem Post often individuals build their relationships,
a positive way. One can download along with offering seminars and
over 200 free shmuzin, watch Bursts republished in the Huffington Post.
He also blogs regularly at the History workshops throughout the Greater
of Inspiration and obtain his latest Chicago Area.
incredible sefer; Stop Surviving Start News Network,, and
Living. His popular Shmuz on the has been published in the Wilson
Parsha Book can also be obtained Quarterly, the Washington Post,
the Montreal Gazette, the Globe
5 Rabbi Shalom
by going to Its Kupperman (With ICJL)
a great place to visit and even greater and Mail, the National Post, and
place to grow. The New Republic, among other March 9-10, 2018
publications. From 2012 to 2013 he Rabbi Shalom Kupperman is both
was Editor-at-Large at Open Zion of a practicing Rabbi for Etz Chaim
the Daily Beast. Synagogue in LEEDS and a licensed
psychotherapist. He has an MA in
Psychotherapy and Counselling concerning the Universitys ordination) from RIETS, where he
from the University of Leeds, 2011; mission and vision, and oversees also earned the distinction of Yadin
a Certificate of Higher Education in the intellectual and philosophical Yadin.
Interpersonal and Counselling Skills initiatives emerging from the Office
from Leeds Metropolitan University, of the President. Previously Rabbi Rabbi Reiss served as director of the
2008. Rabbi Kupperman works Lamm was the William Fischman Beth Din of America from 1998 to
with Abuse, Addiction(s), Anxiety, Resident Scholar at the Jewish 2008. In his directorship of the Beth
Child related issues, Depression, Center on the Upper West Side. He Din, Rabbi Reiss worked to resolve
General counselling, Loss, Personal is passionate about exploring Jewish cases of agunot and popularized
Development, Relationships, and identity through the study of Jewish the use of the Rabbinical Council of
Stress. history and archaeology during the America pre-nuptial agreement as
Biblical, Second Temple and Rabbinic a protection against future agunah

eras. His regular classes on Judaism problems.
Rabbi Ari Lamm and the origins of Christianity have
(in conjunction with the garnered a wide, online listenership, From 1992 to 1998, Rabbi Reiss
YUTMK Living Torah Series) and have been spotlighted on Voice was an associate at the international
of Israel radio. He is also a founding law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen
April 20-21, 2018
editor and contributing author at The & Hamilton in Manhattan. He is a
Rabbi Ari Lamm completed his B.A. in Lehrhaus. He is also keenly aware member of the New York State Bar
History & Jewish Studies at Yeshiva of Jewish responsibilities to the rest Association, a certified mediator for
University, and his M.A. in Jewish of humankind, and to that end is an the City of New York court system and
Studies and Eastern Christianity Executive Committee Member of a member of the Family and Divorce
at University College London. He the Sri Lanka based organization, Mediation Council for New York.
completed his Semichah at the Global Unites, which promotes
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological grassroots, non-violent, youth-based Rabbi Reiss serves on the editorial
Seminary in 2015 and is currently peace-making in conflict-torn areas board of Tradition magazine. A
pursuing his Ph.D. in the Religions from Africa and southeast Asia to frequent writer on a variety of topics
of Mediterranean Antiquity at Latin America and the Middle East. relating to both Jewish and secular
Princeton University. He was Yeshiva Rabbi Ari Lamm will be teaching at law, he has published widely in
Universitys first ever recipient of YUs Community Beit Midrash for the Jewish publications, as well as in the
the Fulbright Scholarship, which Fall 2017 semester. Wall Street Journal and New York
took him to London for his M.A. In Law Journal.
addition, he has received a Henry
Kressel Research Scholarship, a 7 Ahavat HaGer
Tikvah Postgraduate Fellowship, Workshop with Rabbi 7b Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox
and is currently a Wexner Graduate Yona Reiss, Av Beth Din of Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox of Los Angeles
Fellow. is by profession a forensic and
the Chicago Rabbinical
Council & Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox clinical psychologist, author and
Rabbi Lamm is the Special Advisor to professor. He has held the position
the President of Yeshiva University, a April 22, 2018 of Professor at USC and at the
position he started in June with the California School of Professional
election of YUs fifth president, Rabbi 7a Rabbi Yona Reiss, Av Psychology, and was an Associate
Dr. Ari Berman. He works closely with Beth Din of the Chicago Clinical Professor in the School of
the president on all matters Medicine at Loma Linda University,
Rabbinical Council
6 Rabbi Yona Reiss, a noted Torah
and is a forensic consultant to the
California Institute of Technology and
scholar, attorney and jurist, is the Av its Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He
7a Beth Din of the Chicago Rabbinical
Council and a Rosh Yeshiva at the
specializes in diagnosis, trauma and
treatment of mental health disorders.
Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological He is Director of Interventions and
Seminary at Yeshiva University Community Education for Project
(RIETS). He previously served as the Chai, the Crisis Intervention, Trauma
Max and Marion Grill Dean of RIETS. and Bereavement Department of
Chai Lifeline. He is a frequent lecturer
Rabbi Reiss is a summa cum laude and scholar in residence across the
graduate of Yeshiva College and globe, has published in scientific
went on to receive his law degree journals, and has chaired national
from Yale Law School, where he was and international mental health
a senior editor of the Law Journal.
7b He received semikhah (rabbinic

grown dramatically and prides itself prestigious academic awards and

8 on the ideological and demographic

diversity of its membership. Rabbi
grants, published over 20 articles,
book chapters and encyclopedia
Glasser has a rich background in entries and is the author of A
Jewish communal and organizational Visionarys Oracles From
9 life and held positions such as the Destruction to Restoration, Studies in
Regional Director of New Jersey NCSY the Prophecies of Ezekiel (Tevunot-
and the NCSY International Director Herzog, Alon Shvut 2012).
of Education. In these capacities,
Rabbi Glasser worked extensively
with communities and schools across

North America to create programs
and implement educational curricula
that inspire Jewish teens from across
the spectrum of affiliation. A highly
sought-after speaker, Rabbi Glasser
is renowned for combining humor,
Rabbinically, he is the Rav of the scholarship and an upbeat message
Hashkama Minyan in Hancock Park into his teaching. Rabbi Glasser lives
while also serving as a dayan and with his wife, Dr. Ruth Glasser, and
as a magid shiur affiliated with the four children in Passaic, NJ.
Kollel of Los Angeles. He has been

active as a dayan on the Batei Din
of Jerusalem over the last twelve Rabbi Moshe Miller
years, and has authored teshuvos May 11-12, 2018
on all four chalakim of Shulchan
Aruch. He is consulted by Gedolim Rabbi Moshe Miller was ordained
and Poskim in Israel, North America at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College
and Europe especially on matters of in 1974 and embarked on a career Check out the latest
mental health, treatment, diagnosis of over thirty-five years as a Jewish
and legal matters. He has also written educator. Along the way he has held classes and Torah
the position of principal in schools in
and published the biography of Rav
Simcha Wasserman and numerous Santa Clara, California; Providence,
insights each week
articles and chapters in Torah Rhode Island where he earned an MA with Rabbi Gelman
literature. In 2007, he developed from the department of philosophy
and published the CRA the at Brown University in 1991; Atlanta, and other featured
Georgia; and Miami Beach, Florida.
Conversion Readiness Assessment,
a screening inventory to assist Batei He has also lectured at Michlalah
lecturers and schol-
Din in determining criteria relevant Jerusalem College and was the Rosh ars. Perfect for the
to candidates seeking Orthodox Kollel of the Boca Raton Community
Conversion. He has presented his Kollel. He and his wife, Grizzy, made ride to and from work
aliyah in 2010 and live in Jerusalem
original work and research to the
CRC, the RCA, the RCC, the OU and where he writes and teaches. Rising
or for listening during
to other rabbinic organizations in this Moon: Unraveling the Book of Ruth your exercise routine!
country, Canada, England, Belgium, is his first book.
Australia and England. Easy to subscribe
8 Rabbi Yaakov Glasser
10 Dr. Tova Ganzel via the shul web-
In Memory of ,
In association with Bar site, Google Play, or
Ilan University
Chaim Kohanchi zl
iTunes. rabbigelman.
April 27-28, 2018
Dr. Tova Ganzel is the Director of the
Rabbi Yaakov Glasser is the David Midrasha in Bar-Ilan University and
Mitzner Dean of the Center for the one of Nishmats first trained yoatzot
Jewish Future and University Life at halakha (womens halakhic advisors).
Yeshiva University. Rabbi Glasser She completed her PhD in the Bible
also serves as the Rav of the Young Department at Bar-Ilan University
Israel of Passaic-Clifton. Under his (2005). A former Tikvah Fellow, she
leadership, the congregation has is the recipient of a number of other


Giants of Thought who
Saved Their Communities
November 20, 2017
Baal Shem Tov
Rabbi Yaakov Klein

November 27, 2017

Shlomzion HaMalka
Dr. Malka Simkovich

December 4, 2017
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman

December 11, 2017

Chacham Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Netanel Isaacs

Sunday May 27, 2018
Kosher Tour of Brewery
Rabbi Akiva Niehaus

June 4, 2018
Cholov Stam, Milking Rav Moshes Heter
Rabbi Kalman Worch

June 11, 2018

Kashrut Dilemmas in the Modern Age
Rabbi Netanel Isaacs

June 18, 2018

Laboratory Meats, The Food of the Future
Rabbi Shaanan Gelman

YUTMK Teen Minyan in conjunction
with KCT Youth
YUTMK Monthly medical See pg. 16 for dates and more information.
halacha shiur

the alshich hakadosh

Rabbi Worch
Sunday Mornings 8:30 AM
Rabbi Moshe Alshich lived in Tsfas during its
golden age (16th century). His commentary
raft &
i A a ron K rand combines exegesis on the Torah, Mussar, and
Rabb euven B Philosophy, all with Kabbalistic underpinnings.

nefesh hachaim chaburah

October 24, 2017 | November 14, 2017 Rabbi klein
December 5, 2017 | January 23, 2018 Tuesday Evenings
February 13, 2018 | March 13, 2018 The Nefesh HaChaim is one of the most
May 1, 2018 | June 5, 2018 important works in Jewish Kabbalistic
Join us for a monthly medical shiur for men and Philosophy. It was authored by Rabbi Chaim
women one Tuesday a month at KCT. of Volozhin, one of the primary students of the
Vilna Gaon.
YUTMK Shabbaton
November 18, 2017 The Sea of the Midrash
Join us for an uplifting Shabbat with the YU Rabbi Worch
Torah Mitzion Kollel. Meet the new fellows and Wednesday 8:30 PM
attend inspirational shiurim. Come dive into the world of the Midrashic
interpretations and discover the gems our
YUTMK Beit Midrash Sages hid in their depths.
Thursday Nights
Interfaith Disputations
Join the YU Torah Mitzion Kollel
Rabbi Worch
for a night of learning and
Winter Shabbat Afternoons
delicious food! Sign-up for a (1 hr Before Mincha)
chavrusa contact Jeff Groman Join Rabbi Worch as he discusses the history and discourses of some of the greatest
debates between Jews and Non-Jews focusing
NCSY on the parleys that most shaped the history of
our people.
Weekly MishMAR
Thursday Nights
Comfortable Beit Midrash setting
for teens and young adults, led I look forward to Thursday night mishmar
by the talented fellows of the and the Rabbis Chasidus class. I really
YUTMK. Come for the inspiration want to know what the Ishbitzer has to say
and enjoy the some chicken and about the parsha. Yoni Goldstein
other refreshments. For more
information, contact Levi Zeffren, zeffrenl@
ncsyorg, (773) 751-9025
Avos DRebbi Nosson
rabbi Worch
Summer Shabbat Afternoons
(1 hr Before Mincha)
The Other Pirkei Avos compiled by Rebbi Nosson
expands on the Ethics of our Fathers with most
illuminating insights. of the week
ICJS & Yisralink May one ask a child to perform a Melacha
on Shabbat?
Yosef Kardunor Concert For the Jelly Belly Bean Boozled game,
Hosted by KCT, ICJS and what bracha is Recited?
Yisralink Can you light Chanukah Candles on an
October 22, 2017 Airplane?
An evening of spiritually uplifting music May I use hand-warmers on Shabbat?
with one of Israels most
I missed Friday night candles, do I need to
acclaimed singer-songwriters
light an extra candle every week?
Can I participate in minyan via Skype?
AIPAC May I post a negative review of a business
on the internet?
AIPAC Policy Conference Can I take books out of the library
March 4-6, 2018 bookmobile on Shabbat?
My schach fell on Yom Tov, may I ask a
gentile to replace it?

Each Friday Evening before Borchu, Rabbi Gelman

will briefly explore an interesting halachic
question. To submit a question for discussion

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November 10 | December 12
January 12 | February 16 |March 9


4 Annual Cholent

May 5th, 2018
Taste & vote for the best cholent chef at KCT or
show-off your mad cooking skills.
This one is for all the beans!

Lunch and Learn focuses on different topics in
contemporary Jewish law and parsha. Enjoy a lunch
with your friends and colleagues while engaging in
relevant discussions about business ethics, kashrut and
other common issues confronting us in modern times.

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Neshei/ Womens Learning

Chaili Glickman & Ana Steinberg

couples event @ K1 Raceway

September 16, 2017 Annual 5K Family Run/
Feel the need to speed? Join 1K Kids Run
other couples and see who June 3, 2018
the fastest racer is at this adult One of the highlights of the summer! The KCT
only event. annual 5K Run is now four years strong and
growing each year. Spend a Sunday morning
Womens event being active with your family while raising funds
November 29, 2017 for shul projects.

Mens Event Kayak Chicago

December 7, 2017 June 24, 2018
Explore the Chicago River on a
Annual Dinnner sunset tour. Tour stops at Navy Pier
February 11, 2018 before the nightly fireworks display.
Come out and support KCT

Womens Learning
at the annual shul dinner.
Join us as we honor our
most dedicated members
while enjoying a gourmet Womens Coffee Talk
dinner and elegant night Wednesdays @ 9:15 AM
*Photo Credit: Couture Event Planning
Come study the parsha at Emmas Bagel Cafe.
Photographer Leah Graber out with friends.

Rosh Chodesh Class

Meet n eat with Mrs. Sarah Isaacs. Dates TBD. Contact
April 21, 2018 for more information.
Meet new and veteran KCT
members at this social shabbos
event. You can either host or be
Our goal as a kehilla is to become more
a guest at someone elses table. aware of each others needs, to extend
Great way to meet new friends! ourselves in whatever way we can for one
another. Whether it means greeting someone
youve never seen in shul before, cooking for
someone in need, offering a ride, a Shabbat meal,
whatever youre comfortable doing. There is no
end to how we can give to one another. Amy Carl
Youth Directors
Yehuda and Rebecca Bromberg

Shabbat chol hamoed

sukkah hop
October 7, 2017
Join us for an afternoon of food and songs, as we visit
and sit in the sukkahs of KCT families.

Horah with the torah

shemini atzeret
October 12, 2017
Yehuda and Rebecca Bromberg are so
Dance the afternoon away with childrens hakafot fun
excited to be the new youth directors at KCT!
and dinner.

Y ehuda grew up in Skokie, and

Motzaei Shabbat
graduated from Hillel Torah and Ida Crown.
movie night & Undernighter
After studying at Yeshivat Lev Hatorah in November 11, 2017
Israel, he returned to study nursing at Loyola Come in your pajamas for a fun Motzaei Shabbat movie
University Chicago and is currently in his last night complete with movie snacks!
year. Yehuda will be continuing at Loyola in
the Family Nurse Practitioner-Emergency Youth shabbaton
Subspecialty program. He has most recently December 2-3, 2017
been the Director of Teen Programming Pre-Shabbat ruach, dinner at the shul, and special
at Or Torah, and has also had leadership havdallah ceremony.
roles at Bernard Horwich JCC, Emanuel
Congregation and other organizations. Veshinantam Lvanecha

December 2 & 9, 2017
ebecca grew up in St. Louis and January 6 & 20, 2018
was heavily involved in NCSY and JSU as Join us for Motzaei Shabbat parent/
a high school student. After studying at child learning with YU Torah Mitzion
seminary Machon Maayan in Israel, Rebecca Kollel.
attended Loyola University Chicago, where
she graduated with a bachelors degree in Chanukah Party at Funtopia
December 17, 2017
psychology. She is now in her final year of
Start your Chanukah celebration off right by jumping,
graduate school at the University of Chicago
swinging, and climbing at Funtopia.
School of Social Service Administration,
studying to become a social worker with
Rosh Chodesh adar
a specialization in child and adolescent
topsy turvy breakfast
mental health. She is also currently an intern
February 18, 2018
therapist at Juvenile Protective Association.
Start off your Rosh Chodesh Adar in
a silly way, with the children cooking
breakfast for their parents. Parents get
to enjoy the food while the children become the chefs
for the day.

Purim Night Childrens Activities

Youth Shabbat
February 28, 2018
Children are invited downstairs to play carnival games Schedule
and take part in arts and crafts activities during the
night megillah reading.
9:00 AM

Alef (Ages 2-4)

Purim Day Spectacular This group enjoys davening, learning
March 1, 2018 the parsha, singing Shabbat songs and
During Purim day, there will be an reading stories!
amazing Purim show for children
and families. Bet (Nursery & Kindergarten)
This group enjoys davening out loud,
playing parsha games and reading
teen oneg stories!
April 20, 2018
Join NCSY for a night filled with great songs, great Gimmel (Grades 3-5)
food, and great people. This group enjoys discussing the parsha,
davening together and playing games!
Daled (Grades 1 & 2)
movie night
This group enjoys hearing devrei Torah,
April 28, 2018
davening, snacks and games!
While parents clean for Pesach, children are welcome
to come watch a movie and enjoy a pizza dinner. 9:30 AM

shavuot ice cream social Teen Minyan (Monthly)

May 21, 2018 In collaboration with NCSY, teens stretch
Join KCT Youth for ice cream, Torah, and fun for their spiritual wings by leading and
participating in a Shabbat tefilah in the
children of all ages as we celebrate Matan Torah!
Beit Midrash.

TEEN MINYAN - In Partnership with NCSY

Teen Minyan Leader December 2, 2017
Ami Atkin (Vayishlach) March 24, 2018
Gabbaim January 20, 2018
Jacob Felix, Ezra Schreiber (Bo) April 21, 2018
September 23, 2017 February 24, 2018
(Haazinu) (Tetzaveh/Zachor) May 5, 2018
November 11, 2017
(Chayei Sarah) I enjoy being a group leader at KCT because I enjoy
spending time with the kids. Teaching them parsha and
davening together is meaningful because we both learn and
SKOKIESHUL.ORG build a strong connection over Torah. Evan Neuman

Renew through Song...

Yosef Kardunor
in Concert
Presented by KCT in partnership
with ICJS and Isralink
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sit back and take in the soothing

and uplifting Jewish music with
the one and only Yosef Kardunor.
The Maharal of Prague once said
that the word shir comes from
the word , the remnants
of the heart. True music does not begin with the lips, it begins deep down on the inside. It is
not enough to listen to something pleasant with your ears. We ought to allow the holy words
and sweet melodies enter our soul. Yosef Kardunor is not an entertainer; he is teacher. His
songs are not background music they are exalted prayers.

Renew Your Marriage...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

When is the last time you and

your spouse went on a date?
Can you remember? Sometimes
our oldest friendships can
benefit the most from a turbo-
charge. Join KCT and Rabbi
Josh Marder, Licensed Marriage
& Family Therapist for a fun and
meaningful evening. Come and
gain helpful tips on strengthening
your marriage and establishing
healthy communication with your
husband or wife.
Renew Your Soul...
Ahavat HaGer
Featuring Rabbi Dr. Dovid Fox &
Harav Yona Reiss, Av Beth Din of
the CRC
Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Sages teach us that when

a person converts it is as if they
become a newly born soul.
Anytime a new person enters
a group there is an inevitable
learning curve. All the more so
when the newcomer has gone
through such a comprehensive and profound transition. The challenge of integration is not
one that the Ger should confront alone. It is one that the rest of the congregation needs to
contemplate and address. Join the Chicago Rabbinical Council for a truly unique and much
needed educational gathering. This will be a multidisciplinary workshop on the role of the
community, practical halachic challenges and integration into our social networks.

Renew Your Palette...

Kosher Tour of a Brewery
Sunday, May 27, 2018

So much goes into the

processing of food and
beverages. As new flavors
are introduced and different
machinery and methods are
utilized, it takes an astute level
of oversight and a unique
expertise to ensure the integrity
of the kashrut process. Join
Rabbi Akiva Niehaus, the
Rabbinical Coordinator for Liquor and Transportation at the Chicago Rabbinical Council, as he
takes us through a kosher tour of Chicagos Baderbrau Brewery.

The Womans Balcony
December 2, 2017

New York Times & Los Angeles Times CRITICS PICK!

Israels #1 Film of the Year!

An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift

in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-
hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

When the womens balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses,

leaving the rabbis wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the
congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears
to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his
fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the womens
friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the
communitys women and men.

Awards: Winner - Audience Choice Award, Cherry Hill Jewish 2 Film

Festival 2017, Winner - Audience Award, New Jersey Jewish Film
Festival 2017, Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
2016, Nominated for 5 Israeli Academy Awards

The Wedding Plan

February 3, 2018

At 32, Michal (Noa Kooler), an Orthodox Jewish woman, is finally

looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is
blindsided by her fiancs decision to call off the wedding with only a
months notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides
to put her trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing
Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a
match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations and
buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother and sister look on with
trepidation. During Michals month-long search for a spouse, she enlists
the help of two different matchmakers, goes on a series of disastrous
blind dates and finds an unexpected connection with a charming but
utterly unsuitable pop star (Oz Zehavi) - all while dismissing pleas by
concerned friends and family members that she reconsider her risky
plan. As the day of the ceremony grows closer and no suitor appears,
Michal puts everything on the line to find happiness.

Awards: Winner of 3 Israeli Academy Awards, Best Actress Haifa

International Film Festival, Nominated Best Film Stockholm Film
Festival, Nominated Best Film Venice Film Festival

A Green Chariot
March 17, 2018

Set in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, A Green Chariot is a drama about

identity, belonging and romance. Yair (Vitali Freedland), a twenty-
year-old Russian immigrant, yearns for acceptance as an Israeli, so
he disconnects himself from his father and his secular Russian friends,
finds a modern Orthodox girlfriend, and joins a religious/nationalist
youth movement, Bnei Akiva. But on the eve of his wedding to Dafna
(Daniela Wirzer), his world is upended and his new life is jeopardized.
Rummaging through a package sent by his aunt, Yair, known in
Russian as Sasha, discovers a crucifix. His father assures him that
his late mother was thoroughly Jewish, but admits that his maternal
grandmother was a Christian. For Yair, who has adopted Orthodoxy
and is engaged to be married to an Orthodox woman, the revelation
could unravel everything.

Awards: Silver Remi Award, Houston Worldfest International Film

Festival 2006 Special Prize, Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2006

Fannys Journey
July 22, 2018, Tisha Baav

Based on a true story, FANNYS JOURNEY is an incredible tale of

bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who
will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny
and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an
Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy,
their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children
to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11
children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

Awards: Winner - Audience Award Long Island Jewish Film Festival

2017, Winner - Audience Choice Award Stony Brook Film Festival
2017, Winner - Audience Award Cinetopia Film Festival 2017, Winner
- Audience Award Augusta Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner -
Audience Award Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner -
Audience Award JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival
2017, Winner - Best Film NEXTWAVE Youth Jury, Minneapolis St. Paul
International Film Festival 2017, Winner - Audience Award Charlotte
Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner - Audience Award Fort Lauderdale
Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner of Two Awards! Audience Award
+ Jury Prize, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner - Audience
Award Providence Childrens Film Festival 2017, Winner - Audience
Award San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner - Audience Award
Denver Jewish Film Festival 2017, Winner - Michel Award for Best Film
Hamburg Film Festival 2016

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09/08-09/17: KCT Talks: Rabbi Shafier Renew Your Marriage 04/20/18: YOUTH: Teen Oneg
09/16/17: NESHEI: Couples Event 12/11/17: Mini-Series Chacham Ovadia 04/20-21/18: KCT Talks: Rabbi Ari Lamm
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10/12/17: YOUTH:Horah with Torah 12/21/17: Lunch + Learn: Mizrahi Grill 04/23/18: Lunch + Learn: MetroKlub
10/21/17: Gil Troy AIPAC Shabbaton 04/26/18: Lunch + Learn: Mizrahi Grill
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