19 Adar 5780

March 15, 2020


Dear Skokie Central Family,


We are living in a very difficult and challenging time.  It was just a few days ago when we were all believing that COVID-19 was a threat that couldn’t possibly enter our lives.  Today, the first case in our community has been confirmed, and we now must face the hard reality than this pandemic is spreading faster than any of us imagined.


While we all firmly believe that our ultimate protector is HaKodesh Barchu, it is our responsibility to take serious and until today unimaginable action to protect ourselves, or families, and our community.


It is with serious thought that I must inform you that effective immediately, and until further notice, Skokie Central Congregation will be closed for all minyanim or any other gatherings.  We are taking this action after consulting with both leading halachic and medical authorities who insist that we must do our part to limit all in-person social interaction.  Halachically, we believe that these limits are more important than to daven with a minyan.

This pandemic is an unparalleled crisis in our nation’s history.  How we respond will not only make a difference in the lives of many but will also define our values and faith.  We look towards HaKodesh Barchu to protect us, and we look to each other to do all we can to stop the spread of this terrible disease.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at rabbimichaelgottesman@gmail.com

or 847-757-5631.

Kol Tuv

Rabbi Michael Gottesman

Candle Lighting Times

Parsha            Date              Time 


Ki Tisa/Parah    March 13          6:36 pm

Pekudei                March 20         6:43 pm

Vayikra                Match 27         6:51 pm 

Tzav/HaGadol    April 4             6:59 pm



Ike Portnoy                      1 Nisan                March 26,

Harry Cohn                      1 Nisan                March 26,

Louis Rinder                    1 Nisan                March 26,

Harold Sher                     1 Nisan                March 26,

Sollie Edelstein                1 Nisan                March 26,

Dorah Shapiro                  2 Nisan                March 27,

Mark J. Slavin                   2 Nisan                March 27,

Norbert Jericho                 3 Nisan                March 28,

Udes Solomensky             3 Nisan                March 28,

Esther Etta Elowitz           3 Nisan                 March 28,

Muzli Bat Flora                  3 Nisan                March 28,

Jerrold Hyman Addison    4 Nisan                 March 29,

Gladys Goodman              4 Nisan                March 29,

Hyman Klinsky                  4 Nisan                March 29,

Maxine Hersch                  4 Nisan                March 29,

Edwin Alban                      4 Nisan                March 29,

Morris Derman                  4 Nisan                 March 29,

Abraham Shaffer               4 Nisan                March 29,

Fern Goldsmith                 5 Nisan                 March 30,

Rose Menches                  5 Nisan                 March 30,

Paul Goldwater                  5 Nisan                March 30,

Leonard N. Ghertler           5 Nisan                March 30,

Anna Pollack                      7 Nisan                April 1, 

Morris Newman                 8 Nisan                 April 2, 

Millie Roth                          8 Nisan                 April 2, 

Max Solomon                     9 Nisan                 April 3, 

Irving Olenick                     9 Nisan                 April 3, 

Mollie Sarah Seaton          9 Nisan                  April 3, 

Isadore Wasserman          9 Nisan                   April 3, 

Abraham Kozlov                9 Nisan                   April 3, 

Stanley Stein                     10 Nisan                 April 4,

Morris Seplow                    10 Nisan                April 4,

Joseph Abramovitz            10 Nisan                 April 4,

Sedell Allen                        11 Nisan                 April 5,

Emma Naft                         11 Nisan                 April 5,

Mordacai Bass                   11 Nisan                 April 5,

Elizabeth Cohn                   11 Nisan                 April 5,

Seymour Schatz                 12 Nisan                 April 6,

Israel Herman                     12 Nisan                April 6,

Rochelle Frankel                 12 Nisan                April 6,

Shirley Green                      12 Nisan                April 6,

Evelyn Zisook                      12 Nisan                April 6,

Fannie Glick                         12 Nisan               April 6,

Chana Kogan                       13 Nisan               April 7,

Newton Steinberg                 13 Nisan              April 7,

















See our member, Magda Brown's Holocaust story on WTTW Chicago, Channel 11, American Public Television on March 26, 8:00 p.m. and on public television stations nationwide beginning April 2, 2020.


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