Candle Lighting Times

Parsha            Date              Time      

Korach                June 26          8:10 pm

Chukat/Balak      July 3              8:09 pm

Pinchas               July 10            8:07 pm

Matot/Masei         July 17            8:02 pm

Devorim               July 24            7:56 pm

  CO-PRESIDENTS

  ELISE GOULD

  LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

  PAST PRESIDENT

  RALPH SILVER

  SECRETARY

  MARC GOLDBERG

  MEMBERSHIP/WAYS & MEANS

  KEREN HULKOWER

  RITUAL

  IRA KAHN

  HOUSE

  REUVEN MASLIANSKY

  TREASURER

  MARK SILVERMAN

                   MESSAGE FROM THE RABBI

In this most difficult time, the Shul made a decision to begin services again for Shavous after a two month stop.  It was a decision made with great thought, and I believe it was the correct decision to make.  We went into that davening not knowing what to expect or how the services would play out.  Our decision was made based upon the recommendation of several groups.  We pulled various guidelines together and we began our davening.  It was, indeed, strange, to come into our beautiful new sanctuary and see all the chairs removed, except for the ten chairs we left in per the original guidelines.  It was strange to see everyone, or rather to see part of everyone as we are now covered with masks.  It was strange to see the person getting an Aliyah stand behind and off to the side of the reading desk.  But, we did it all and our services began.

Since our opening, we have moved into new guidelines, so I feel it is now time to explain and clarify what we are doing now.

First, attendance at services are restricted to members only.  While we appreciate people’s desire to be able to daven once again in a minyan, we must accommodate our members at this time.  I encourage those non-members who want to attend our services to discuss this with their own Rav as to when and how their Shul will open.  We will place a sign on our door indicating that our services are for members only.

We have been able to increase our minyan to 15 men.  This is now the recommended number.  Our Gabbi and House Chairman went through great pains to measure out the sanctuary.  They have been able to determine that there is adequate room for these 15 seats and still maintain proper social distancing.  There is also room for 6 women.  When you enter, please do not move the chairs as they have been placed in their proper spot to maintain the proper social distancing.  If you arrive and see that we are at full capacity, we ask you to leave.  If you feel that you cannot, you must remain in the hallway and please do not come into the sanctuary.

To avoid confusion and embarrassment we are asking you to make a reservation with our Gabbi, Ira Kahn.  Ira can be reached at (312) 720-2200. All reservations must be in no later than Thursday.  Preference will be given to those with a Yahrzeit or other special reason for being in shul.  Again, please understand that we will close our reservations at 15 men and 6 women. Please try to bring your own Siddur and Tallis to services.  If you need to use one from the Shul, do not put it back on the bookshelf or rack, in the case of the Tallis, but put it on the table in the library.

Many guidelines have been given as to whom should and whom should not attend the minyan.  We are not taking temperatures on arrival or requiring a doctor’s note if you fall into the at-risk categories of current guidelines.  We trust that you will make the proper decision concerning attending and will not put yourself or your fellow congregants in danger.  Please be reminded that Skokie Central Congregation is not the guarantor of your health and safety, and your participation is at your own risk.

These are the current guidelines which we are going to be davening under.  If you do not feel comfortable with our guidelines (for example davening with 15 people), the Rabbanim still have the pronouncement in place that one is not, during these difficult times, obligated to daven with a Minyan.  You may still daven at home as you have been doing.

Please remain safe and healthy.  May it be the will of Hashem that this crisis passes, and we are once again davening as we did before, together in our beautiful new home.

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Dr. Michael Gottesman

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Janka Hunvald            8 Tammuz   June 30,

Henry Feld                  8 Tammuz   June 30,

Charles Wilinkin          8 Tammuz   June 30,

Ilse Pollak                   8 Tammuz    June 30,

David Harris                8 Tammuz    June 30,

Pesia Nowik                9 Tammuz           July 1,

Dennis Rothman        9 Tammuz            July 1,

Arkady Kofman           9 Tammuz           July 1,

Etta Simon                  9 Tammuz           July 1,

Anna Lipkin               10 Tammuz          July 2,

Florence Sherman    10 Tammuz           July 2,

Joseph Granat          10 Tammuz           July 2,

Max Ratnowsky        10 Tammuz           July 2,

Freida Drazner          11 Tammuz           July 3,

Alex Kaplan               11 Tammuz           July 3,

Lillian Nineberg         11 Tammuz           July 3,

Rose Bofman            12 Tammuz           July 4,

Alfred Hayum            12 Tammuz           July 4,

Louis Altman             12 Tammuz           July 4,

Hersz Haidukowsky   12 Tammuz          July 4,

Henry Kaye                12 Tammuz          July 4,

Rose Potash              12 Tammuz          July 4,

Boruch Hirsch Mishelski 13 Tammuz     July 5,

Libbie Saltzman          13 Tammuz         July 5,

Joseph Fishman          13 Tammuz        July 5,

Arthur Levy                  13 Tammuz        July 5,

Samuel Stone              14 Tammuz        July 6,

Eta Schallman             15 Tammuz        July 7,

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