A Message from the Clergy
Shalom v'Vrachah - Peace and Blessings to You!
Years from now, I think we’ll remember this year as much for the impact of the “early” Jewish calendar on our lives as for all of the disturbing headlines and brutal weather we’ve had. It seemed we went right from the summer into the High Holy Days as we sang Kol Nidre on a beautiful sultry night; the earliest in well over a hundred years followed by a full week in the sukkah with gorgeous warm weather, the likes of which Illinois Jews almost never see. A few months later we were in shock at how “early” we had to light the menorah and even gave the non-Jewish world something to remark on as “Thanksgivuka” became a household word. Then Tu B Shevat the holiday of the trees fell four days before Shabbat Shirah and Martin Luther King Day, a cosmic event that, like “Thanksgivukah”, also won’t repeat again until our distant generations all live in outer space. Seriously, even for the warmest places in Israel, the 11th of January is early to be looking for budding trees. It has made for an abnormal but memorable year to say the least, but alas with a tinge of regret, we bid shalom to the weirdness.
Coinciding with the beginning of March, we enter the Hebrew month of Adar II, a month whose sole purpose is to reset the Jewish calendar by 29.5 days, adjusting for a full rotation of the moon, so that it continues to align with the harvest times and seasons that many of our holidays were created to celebrate. Thankthe genius behind Adar II for safeguarding us from celebrating Hanukkah in June; or Passover in December. Thankfully, (continued...)
Rabbi Stephen Hart speaks on Awareness to Inclusion - February 21, 2014
"Hineini is not just a theme ... Hineini is a sacred calling."
March Tzedakah - Camp CAR
"Wishes Really Do Come True"
Spearheaded by Temple Chai’s own, Amy Orlov, NFTY-CAR president. Its inaugural session will be Memorial Day weekend 2014 at OSRUI.
Camp CAR is a three-day camp for children from inner-city Chicago. The goal is to provide opportunities for underprivileged 3rd-4thgrade students to participate in art, music, sports, dance, drama, cooking, ropes course and water play.
Camp CAR will also create leadership opportunities for our youth groupers, who will serve as counselors and specialists.
Learn more at: http://www.nfty.org/car/camp
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
ISRAELI ART EXHIBITION
AT TEMPLE CHAI
Thursday, June 19th
Sunday, June 22nd
Featuring oil paintings, watercolors, and lithographs from over 100 Israeli artists.
Contact Debbie Stookal for more info.
View sample art
Our First Forty Years - Temple Chai History Book
Our book documenting the 40 year history of Temple Chai is now available in the temple office. Price: $36. Pick up your copy today, and be a part of the journey
! Contact Deb Mattes
for more info.