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Shabbat Shalom & Happy Hanukkah from Rabbi Shafrin! 12/3/2021

Dear Kol Rinah Family,

Please note that the eruv (which permits carrying objects outside on Shabbat) is still down due to construction, but repairs and construction are continuing.  

The words we use carry a magic that is difficult to quantify or even fully comprehend. When someone says your name (correctly), it helps you feel seen and heard like few other things can. When someone tells a story well, it's like the scene is being played out in real time in front of you. 

This week we find ourselves in the midst of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, a time meant to remind us of joy, family, history, celebration, community, and hope. The imagery of Hanukkah all conjure pictures of victory over extreme odds, of joy, even amid times of oppression and strife, of a community of fellows and neighbors bonded by respect, care, and a common concern for the well-being of all.

When we think of a time without light, it seems cold, uncertain, frightening, in much the same way our ancestor, Joseph, found himself thrown into a prison without light, as we read in Parashat Miketz this week. And yet Joseph is not doomed to a hopeless fate without joy. He is able to use his natural gifts, his compassion for others, his wits, and his relationships to create a better future for himself and, in the process, bring light and hope to so many.

This holiday is not only about the joy of delicious foods or the feeling that the lights of the hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) kindle in our hearts. It is a reminder that no situation is without hope, a call to use our own resources not only for our own gain but for the good of others, and a call to bring us each together out of concern for our siblings of all forms, each created in the Divine image.

Mazal tov to Ben Spector, as well as his parents, Marc and Lvav, sister Claire, grandparents Amos and Barbara Shamir and Gershon and Patsy Spector as well as his whole extended family who were able to celebrate his bar mitzvah this past Shabbat!

This afternoon, Rabbi Arnow will be leading Torah Talk  at noon (12:00pm) delving into some fascinating pieces from Parashat Miketz. We look forward to a wonderful discussion with a great group of learners of all ages and backgrounds. (see link below)

Tonight, we will be coming together for Kabbalat Shabbat services 
in-person in the sanctuary at 6:00 pm. (see link below).

Candle lighting tonight is at 4:22 pm.  

Tomorrow morning, we will be gathering together for Shabbat morning services in the sanctuary starting at 9:30am.  (see link below).

Parshat Miketz
 Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Torah Reading:
Genesis 41:1-44:17
7th Aliyah: Numbers 28:9-15
Maftir: Numbers 7:42-47
Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Shabbat Mincha (the afternoon service) will begin at 
4:10 pm, followed by a little learning, Ma'ariv (evening services), and Havdallah.

Havdallah on Saturday evening will be at
5:25 pm.

We have A LOT of amazing programs coming up as well:

We are incredibly fortunate to be able to welcome the talented, soulful, and brilliant Deborah Sacks Mintz to Kol Rinah Friday, December 10 - Sunday, December 12. She will be leading a number of programs, services, and learning opportunities for us, so please click the link below and sign up for all of these wonderful opportunities to learn, grow, sing, pray, and connect!

To register for any or all of the weekend's events, please click
here .

To see the full list of all the incredible programs happening in the shul, please check the website:

COVID Protocols
Masks are required for everyone ages 3 and up, and are required to be worn properly (over nose, mouth and chin) whenever inside, and whenever outside in proximity of other people.  If you see someone wearing their mask improperly, please ask them (kindly, gently) to wear their mask properly. If there are any problems, please alert an usher or greeter.  

If you are feeling at all ill, or if you are at increased health risk, please stay home to keep yourself and everyone safe and healthy.

Our full COVID protocols are available here:

Please refrain wearing perfume or other strong scents to synagogue, as we have people with significant allergies. 

Shabbat shalom,  
Rabbi Scott Shafrin


To join our Zoom Minyanim or classes, click on the desired meeting link, or call into either of the following numbers: 
+1 312 626 6799
+1 646 558 8656
Then, when prompted, enter the Meeting ID of the desired minyan/class then press #.  Then, when prompted, enter the password then press #.  
Services (all times Central)

Evening Minyan on Zoom ( )
Sunday-Friday evenings at 6pm

Morning Minyan on Zoom ( )
Monday-Friday mornings at 7am; Sunday mornings and national holidays at 8am (not including Jewish holidays)

Learning Opportunities

Torah Talk with Rabbi Arnow or Rabbi Shafrin ( )
Every Friday at 12pm
Join us for study and discussion of the week's Torah portion.  

Shabbat morning ( )
Saturdays, 9:30am,  as well as the first day, seventh and eighth days of Passover
Click the link below, then click the triangular "play" buttom:

Until shortly before 9:30am, there will a filler screen, but livestreamed video and sound will both start around 9:30am.  

You can also set your computer or device in advance so that this link will continue streaming continuously and you will not have to press any buttons on Shabbat. To make sure that your device will not shut itself down or do into sleep mode, follow the directions below to disable sleep mode:

For PC:
To disable automatic Sleep:
1. Open up Power Options in the Control Panel. In Windows 10 you can get there from right clicking on the start menu and going to Power Options
2. Click "change plan settings" next to your current power plan
3. Change "Put the computer to sleep" to never
4. Click "Save Changes"

For Apple Products:
1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click "Energy Saver."
2. Do either of the following:
          a. Set the amount of time your computer or display should wait before going to sleep: Drag the “Computer sleep” and “Display sleep” sliders, or the “Turn display off after” slider.
          b. Keep your Mac from going to sleep automatically: Select “Prevent computer from sleeping automatically when the display is off.”
Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782