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Come Together: Comedy Tonight

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SUNDAYS: Online Parashah Study Group

Dig into the language of the Parashah and unpack a difficult section of Torah! You can join this class on Zoom through the links below! Every Sunday evening at 8:30pm Join Zoom Meetinghttps://zoom.us/j/99648096836?pwd=TXFEWXF5TzJycXN1OG0wQ0d3VkExQT09 Meeting ID: 996 4809 6836Passcode: 847385One tap mobile+13126266799,,99648096836# US (Chicago)+16465588656,,99648096836# US (New York) Dial by your location+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)+1 […]

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I've Always Wondered
Did Your Berit Milah Fall in the Middle of a Paragraph? Originally Published September 20-21, 2019.

Our praying spaces were graced this past Monday by the berit milah ceremony of the son of Carolyn Slayton & Seth Glick, a wonderful, happy occasion. (Mazal tov to the family!) The ceremony took place in the late afternoon, and it was beautiful.  Turns out that most ritual circumcisions are planned for the morning simply […]

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I've Always Wondered
What Did Ray Frank Do on September 14, 1890?

Journalist Ray Frank, on September 14, 1890, became the first Jewish woman formally to preach from a pulpit in the U.S. In the mid-1800s, Rebecca Gratz (whom we have mentioned here before) was instrumental in creating a new identity for Jewish women in the public sphere.  Then along came Ray Frank to boost women’s profile […]

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Selihot 5780

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I've Always Wondered
What Do You Mean Bentshing Is from the Latin? Originally Published September 6-7, 2019.

In Latin class, Publius, Fabius, and Octavia did a lot of Latin verbs – they ate, they read, they travelled, they gave.  And the verb was always at the end of the sentence, so we were always on tenterhooks for what one was doing with or to the road, the chariot, the plate, the hat, […]

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Sisterhood Book Club

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Congregational Sukkot Dinner

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I've Always Wondered
What Is Negel Vasser? Originally Published August 30-31, 2019.

Similar to the Hebrew netilat yadayim, negel vasser is a Yiddish term referring to ritual hand washing.  Literally “nail water,” negel vasser is a term most often referring to the washing one does upon waking up in the morning, presumably to wash away the impurities which may have attached themselves over night. Hand washing is […]

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