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24 Years in Skokie! 151 Years Serving Chicagoland!

THE BETH HAMEDROSH HAGODOL
KESSER MAARIV ANSHE LUKNIK NEWSLETTER
KISLEV / TEVET 5779
NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2018 / JANUARY 2019
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UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES TO REMEMBER
Wendy J. Hartz Memorial Lecture
"Reaching New Heights: The Lessons of Chana" will be Annual Dinner & Ad Journal - December 16
presented by Esther Eisenman, Menahelet of Midreshet Please join us for our Annual Banquet and Ad Journal
Shalhevet High School in North Woodmere, New York on Sunday evening December 16 at the Shul at 5:30
at the Wendy J. Hartz Memorial Lecture on Sunday pm. This year we will honor the memories of two
November 11th at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30. The longtime members and supporters of our Shul, Dr.
Adele Goldblum Women's Council of Congregation Alvin Fensterheim and Mrs. Jean Goldrich. Dr.
Kesser Maariv is sponsoring this program at the Shul, Fensterheim first came to Kesser Maariv in 2002 from
4341 W. Golf, Skokie. It is open to women and men. New York to attend the bris of his grandson, Netanel,
Refreshments will be served, and there is no charge. and became a fixture at Kesser Maariv since then.
Oneg Shabbat Mrs. Goldrich, a native Chicagoan, was active in
On Friday night November 30th at 7:30 pm we will Jewish communal life her entire life and held many
hold an Oneg Shabbat at the home of Rabbi Louis & leadership roles for over five decades. She has
Saretta Lazovsky at 9532 Lowell. Come for good attended Kesser Maariv events since we moved to
discussion, divrei Torah, refreshments and more! Skokie 24 years ago, and eventually moved to our
Send-A-Kid-To-Israel Partnership (S.K.I.P.) neighborhood.
Kesser Maariv is proud to be a participating An Ad Blank is enclosed, and is available
Congregation in S.K.I.P. The program allows parents to online. As this is our largest fundraiser of the year,
contribute money annually in partnership with the we appreciate your support in soliciting ads. For
synagogue and the Jewish Federation for an Israel trip every $300 of ads you give or solicit, you will get one
for their children. Students in grades 3-6, enrolled in a free dinner! Please call the office with any questions.
day or afternoon school, who have finished paying their
annual membership to the shul are eligible to participate.
For additional details, a registration kit or to enroll your open to men and women; beginners and advanced
child(ren) for the first time, please contact Ben Zion students.
Lazovsky at (847) 679-9800. Rabbi Soloveichik’s Sunday Parsha Shiur
Happy Day Cards & Standings Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik’s Sunday morning Parsha
Thank you to all who have re-joined the “Standings!” shiur meets at 9:15 am. All are welcome to attend this
For only $50 a year, your name will automatically be fascinating shiur.
included whenever a card is sent from our shul to fellow Daily Minyan
members for a refua shlayma, condolence or mazal tov. We have daily 6:00 am Shacharit. Please note that after
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To join the standings, please contact the office at (847) December 12 minyan will begin after 6:00 am, due to
679-9800 or bhhkmal@yahoo.com. Also, cards are sunrise being so late.
available for purchase from the office for $1.50 each or Sunday, Mincha-Maariv 10 minutes before sunset.
13 cards for $18. If you would like us to send a card for Monday–Thursday, Maariv only at 7:00 pm.
you for $2, please contact the office. ! Pick up a Kesser Maariv Pushke (Tzedaka Box).
Parsha Podcasts ! Members may borrow books from our Lending
Rabbi Louis Lazovsky's morning Vorts on the Parsha are Library, located on the south side of the Social Hall.
available as podcasts online at KMvort.podomatic.com End of Year Tax Benefits
(a link is on our homepage, www.KesserMaariv.org). On The Board of Directors thanks you for your generous
the Podomatic page you can subscribe via iTunes. response to the High Holiday appeals and auctions.
Rabbi Benzie’s Gemara Brachot Shiur completed the There is a tax advantaged way for you to support Kesser
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sixth chapter, and will being the 7 chapter, about Birkat Maariv. If you contribute “appreciated property” – for
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HaMazon, on November 14 at 7:15 pm. The shiur is example, stocks or bonds that you have owned for over
a year that have gone up in price since you bought them PAST EVENTS
– you can take the full value as a deduction without We would like to thank you for joining us this High
recognizing any capital gain which would be due if you Holiday Season. We thank you, our members, for your
sold the security and donated the cash. If you would like generous response to the appeals and auctions during the
to contribute appreciated securities to Kesser Maariv, High Holidays. As you know, every year we bestow
please call Steve Goldrich at (847) 675-8730 or the upon our rabbi, Rabbi Louis Lazovsky, the honor of
office at 847-679-9800 for the necessary information. reading the Maftir Yonah on Yom Kippur afternoon.
Rabbi Meyer Juzint’s Nechamas Meyer - Mussar on We ask that you please be generous in contributing for
Parsha and The Chain of Miracles this honor as a show of appreciation for all that the
These books - Mussar on Parsha and an amazing Rabbi does for the shul and the community ...Rabbi
Holocaust memoir written by a teacher of Rabbi Louis Benzie Lazovsky spoke before Selichot ...Thanks to
Lazovsky and a friend of Kesser Maariv, are available Sheryl & Bob Greenstein for organizing the High
for purchase from the office, and from Holiday Greeting Card...Thank you to all of our
www.kessermaariv.org and Amazon. Nechamas Meyer Chazzanim - Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky, Shabsa Lis,
is $25 and Chain of Miracles is $20. Rabbi Eli Lazovsky and Dr. Ed Kaplan - for leading the
Partners in Torah beautiful tefillot and making the High Holidays very
Kesser Maariv is proud to host “Partners” on Mondays meaningful....On Shabbat Sukkot we had a Kids
from 8-9:00pm. Men and women are invited to come Sukkah Party in the Shul’s Sukkah...Thanks to the
learn Torah with a partner, and hear short inspirational sponsors of the Simchat Torah Luncheon.
remarks at the end. Refreshments are served. ADELE GOLDBLUM WOMEN’S COUNCIL
Questions? Contact Jeff Greenspan. UPCOMING EVENTS - Membership Event
Misheberach List Join us at the Annual Adele Goldblum Women's Council
If you have names for a misheberach, please send them Membership Event Making Time to Have Fun! Come
to the shul office or e-mail to bhhkmal@yahoo.com. to an enjoyable morning of smiles and laughter with
Debbie Cardash, a mini-concert with professional singer
Rachel Lavon from Israel, and of course brunch!
Sunday November 18, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Shul.
Congregation B.H.H. Kesser Maariv A.L. Membership plus program $30. Guests $15. RSVP
4341 W. Golf appreciated to Eleanor Greenspan at 847-675-7573.
Skokie, IL 60076 Fb.me/KesserMaariv To honor Veteran's Day, Come hear the
(847) 679-9800 Twitter: @KesserMaariv interesting story of Long-time Skokie resident and World
fax (847) 679-5041 KesserMaariv.podomatic.com War II veteran, Jack Weissman on Tuesday November
e-mail: bhhkmal@yahoo.com 6th at 6:30 pm. At the Shul. For men and women. No
www.KesserMaariv.org charge.
Past Events
Rabbi Louis A. Lazovsky
Steven D. Goldrich, President
Thanks to Cookie Goldrich, Dorie Chez, Brenda Kahn,
Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky, Myra Goldstein, Sharon Friedman Larry Rosen and
Associate Rabbi & Executive Director Larry Weinger for serving dinner at Cafe ARK.
Sandy Miretzky, Nasrin Kheradyar & Saretta Lazovsky, GOOD & WELFARE
Co-Presidents, Adele Goldblum Women’s Council Mazel Tov to: Judd & Tiffany Goldrich on the birth of
Committee Contact Information: a daughter, Avery. MT to grandparents Steve & Sue
Happy Day Cards Saretta Lazovsky Goldrich and great-grandmother Co o kie
(847) 676-0556 or lazovsky@juno.com Goldrich....Aron & Rachel Lavon on their
Chesed Fund Anne Elovic (847) 673-2904 marriage...Lynn & Zevulun Stein on the birth of a
grandson, Avraham Yeshaya, born to Ariel & Benyomin
Donate Books & Siddurim Office Kirschner...Cookie Goldrich on the birth of two great-
(847) 679-9800 or bhhkmal@yahoo.com
grandsons...Elliot & Geelah Fagan on the birth of their
Endowment Rabbi Louis Lazovsky son, Yaakov Daniel...Ann & Alan Herbach on the birth
Kiddush & Seudat Shlisheet Judy Whisler of a granddaughter, Yehudis, born to Jacob & Danielle
Membership 8/677-2281 j5awhisler@aol.com Herbach...Yossi & Carmella Bega on the Bar Mitzvah of
Office their grandson, Yosef Shalom Oziel...Yoni & Dr. Aliza
Social Hall Rental
Blumofe on the birth of a grandson, born to Calev &
Tree of Life bhhkmal@yahoo.com
Elisheva Blumofe...Michael & Tehiya BenEzra on the
Yahrzeit Plaques (847) 679-9800
birth of a granddaughter. one every night until the end of the holiday.
Condolences to: Dr. Lawrence Perlmuter and family on There are many special Mitzvot,
the loss of their wife, mother and grandmother, Ina Commandments, and customs that are observed on
Perlmuter. Chanukah. In addition to lighting the candles, we eat
Refua Shleima to: Bella Perlman, Alvin J. Goodman, foods fried in oil like latkes (potato pancakes), and
Rabbi Fertig, and all who need one. sufganiyot (jelly rolls) to recall the miracle that took
Thank you to our recent Kiddush Sponsors: Debbie & place with the oil. We also add the prayer of Hallel, a
Eric Schames...Nate Serlin...Jeff & Mila prayer of praise and thanks to G-d as well as the Al
Zaretsky...Leonard & Marlyn Fensterheim...Jeff & Sandy Hanisim, a prayer thanking G-d for His miracles, which
is added to the Amidah and Grace after meals.
Cagan...Marty & Sandy Miretzky...Steve & Sue
Children play with dreidels to remind us how we
Goldrich... and anonymous sponsors. deceived the Syrian-Greeks, whose plan called for the
Thanks to the Lazovsky family sponsoring the assimilation of those that they conquered to
pre-Selichot refreshments on the yahrzeit of their brother Syrian-Greek culture. Their laws prohibited Jews from
and uncle Martin Lazovsky. learning Torah. They had regular patrols to all Jewish
Thanks to Nasrin Kheradyar on sponsoring the post Yom schools to assure that no Torah was being taught. The
Kippur break the fast on the yahrzeit of her husband Dr. Jews were dedicated to the Torah and devised a plan to
Nejat Kheradyar. trick them. They learned Torah, but each school had a
Thanks to the Lazovsky, Cagan, Ann Lavon, Schur, sentry. When the sentry announced the imminent
Pappas, Pomper, Whisler & Allswang families for being arrival of the Syrian- Greek patrol, all the children hid
sponsors of the Simchat Torah Lunch. their books and took out dreidels, which were simple
Thank you to our recent Seudat Shlisheet Sponsors: The gambling implements. The Syrian-Greeks were always
Lazovsky family...Dr. Gary & Cheryl Hoberman...Marty quite happy to see the “progress” being made by the
& Sandy Miretzky...Larry & Judy Weinger...David & Jewish students who had seemingly abandoned the
Melissa Levine...Arthur & Pearl Cohen, and anonymous road of Torah and had embraced gambling. Chanukah
sponsors. calls upon us to fight assimilation and assume Jewish
DVAR TORAH continuity, a task as valid today as it was in 150 BCE.
Chanukah - Sunday night December 2 – Monday Asarah B'Tevet - Tuesday, December 18, 2018
December 10. Asarah B'Tevet, which means the 10th day of
This year we light the first Chanukah candle on the Hebrew month of Tevet, is a fast day. It was on
December 2nd. We add one candle each night through this day in 586 BCE that the Babylonians began the
Sunday evening, December 9th. Remember, on Friday siege of Jerusalem that eventually led to the destruction
December 7th the Chanukah candles are lit before of the first Temple. It also commemorates the Yahrzeit
lighting Shabbat Candles. We make certain that of Ezra the Scribe, the leader of the Jews at the
night’s candle will burn until at least 5:40 pm, which is beginning of the Second Temple era. Today, on this
75 minutes after sundown, so use a longer candle or solemn occasion, we repent and return to our heritage
use more oil. and observance of the commandments and act with
What does Chanukah commemorate? The ahavat chinam, love of our fellow Jew, because it was
Syrian-Greeks, in about 150 BCE, tried to make the our departure from these traditions that caused the
Jews adopt some of their pagan practices, and they Almighty to allow the destruction of both Temples.
banned Brit Milah, Shabbat and keeping the Family May the Almighty have mercy on His children and
Purity laws. They also tried to introduce the sacrifice speedily redeem us on the merit of the good deeds we
of unclean animals in the Temple. The Maccabees, a all perform every day.
family of Jewish priests-turned-warriors, managed to Bracha on Tallit and Tefillin
vanquish the marauding Syrian-Greek armies. The Gemara says (Megilla 20a) that mitzvot whose
However, the Syrian-Greeks tried to defile all the pure prescribed time is during the day, their ideal time is
oil for the Menorah by breaking the seals on the after sunrise, but may be performed after dawn.
bottles. The Maccabees found one vial of pure oil, However, the mitzvot of Kriyas Shema, Tefillin and
enough to kindle the Menorah for one day. The Tzitzis depend on a minimum amount of light to see an
Sanhedrin, the Jewish Religious high court, decided to object or person (Brachot 9a and Shulchan Aruch
light all of the oil and fulfill the mitzvah Siman 58).
(commandment) as required, and a miracle occurred. Because of that, when sunrise gets late, we
The Menorah burned for eight days, allowing the cannot begin Shacharit at 6:00 am. Even after dawn,
Maccabees the requisite time to sanctify themselves when me may daven, it is still not light enough to recite
and prepare more oil. It was decided to light candles in the Bracha on Tefillin and Tallit.
areas visible to passers-by to publicize this great
miracle. We light one candle the first night, and add
SHABBAT SCHEDULE
Date Candle Friday Mincha Shacharit Shiur Mincha
Lighting
Chayei Sarah 11/2-11/3 5:22 pm 5:25 pm 8:45 am 4:10 pm 5:10 pm
Toldot 11/9-11/10 4:16 pm 4:20 pm 8:45 am 3:05 pm 4:05 pm
Vayeitzei 11/16-11/17 4:09 pm 4:10 pm 8:45 am 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Vayishlach 11/23-11/24 4:04 pm 4:10 pm 8:45 am 2:55 pm 3:55 pm
Vayeishev 11/30-12/1 4:01 pm 4:05 pm 8:45 am 2:50 pm 3:50 pm
Mikeitz 12/7-12/8 3:59 pm 4:05 pm 8:45 am 2:50 pm 3:50 pm
(Chanukah)
Vayigash 12/14-12/15 4:00 pm 4:05 pm 8:45 am 2:50 pm 3:50 pm
Vayechi 12/21-12/22 4:02 pm 4:05 pm 8:45 am 2:55 pm 3:55 pm
Shemot 12/28-12/29 4:07 pm 4:10 pm 8:45 am 3:00 pm 4:00 pm
Va’eira 1/4-1/5 4:13 pm 4:15 pm 8:45 am 3:05 pm 4:05 pm
Bo 1/11-1/12 4:20 pm 4:25 pm 8:45 am 3:10 pm 4:10 pm
Beshalach 1/18-1/19 4:28 pm 4:30 pm 8:45 am 3:20 pm 4:20 pm
Yitro 1/25-1/26 4:37 pm 4:40 pm 8:45 am 3:30 pm 4:30 pm

If you have a chiyuv - obligation to daven or require an Aliya, please inform Rabbi Lazovsky before Shabbat.
To sponsor a kiddush or shalashudos, please call Judy Whisler at (847) 677-2281.

WEEKDAY SCHEDULE

Minyan Times Classes
Minyanim meet in the Kaufman Bais Midrash
Sunday Morning at 9:15 am: Parsha Class in the
Shacharit Weekly Sedra.
Sunday: 8:00 am Given by Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik
Monday-Friday: 6:00 am
When sunrise is after 7:07 am (after 12/12), Wednesdays at 7:15 pm (after Maariv): Talmud
Shiur studying Gemara Brachot (Seventh Chapter)
Shacharit will begin after 6:00 am given by Rabbi Ben Zion Lazovsky.
Mincha-Maariv
Sunday: 10 minutes before sundown Shabbat afternoon, 1 hour before Mincha: Parsha Class, given by
Monday-Thursday Maariv at 7:00 pm Rabbi Louis Lazovsky
For more learning opportunities, contact Rabbis B. or E. Lazovsky

Malamud Reference Library
Come and Learn from any of the hundreds of titles in our library.
Lending Library
Members may borrow books from our Lending Library, located on the south side of the Social Hall.
Tape Lending Library
We have tapes and digital audio files on many topics including Chumash, Talmud and Mussar.
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