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Shabbat Shalom and Happy Hanukkah from Rabbi Arnow 12/16/2022

Dear Kol Rinah Family, 

This has been sad week for Kol Rinah, as we have lost several members of our congregation.  I saw the sun for a moment this morning, but otherwise, it's been a dark time here.  Darkness and loss, and feeling lost are mirrored by the Jewish calendar now. 

We read this week about Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt.  Jacob experiences loss, and is lost as a result.  And Joseph ends the parasha lost, languishing in prison, forgotten by Pharaoh's butler.  

And Hanukkah is just around the corner.  Beginning Sunday night we light one candle, and we hope to be able to see our way out of the darkness, to feel a little less lost, and to hope, to believe, to know that the next night will bring a little more light.  

Perhaps that is the fundamental message of Hanukkah: that the next day might bring a little more light.  May it be so for all of us. 

Today at noon, Rabbi Shafrin will lead Torah Talk on Zoom. 

Candle lighting is at 4:23pm. 

We'll gather at 6pm in the chapel to sing away the darkness for Kabbalat Shabbat.  

Saturday morning, we'll be celebrating and appreciating all those who labored to organize, clean and put up our thousands of memorial plaques.  We'll have a kiddush (with soup!), and I'll share some Torah on the theme of "dwelling in the land of our parents."  We'll also hear from our ShinShin, Guy Dobrin. 

There will also be Tot Shabbat tomorrow, at 10:30am.  

Mincha tomorrow will be at 4:15pm, and Shabbat ends at 5:26pm.  

We still have a number of shiva minyanim Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  If you are able to come, to help make a minyan, to offer condolences, please do, and your presence will be appreciated.  

Sunday night starting at 4:30pm for our younger kids and at 5:30pm for everyone else, we'll have a First Night of Hanukkah Celebration, with music, food, and games.  Please join us!  Details 

And for lighting candles at home, 
here's a little refresher with a few details.  

Looking ahead at the next couple of weeks, please note that there will be no Torah Talk 12/23 or 12/30, and no mincha/maariv/havdalah on 12/24 or 12/31.  

Shabbat shalom and see you in shul,

Rabbi Noah Arnow

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-Thursday evenings at 6pm (but not on Jewish holidays)
Friday evenings when not in person one hour before candle lighting

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

(Please note that Thursday morning minyan is now being held in-person and is not on Zoom.)  

Learning Opportunities
Torah Talk with Rabbi Arnow or Rabbi Shafrin
Every Friday at 12pm  (Not 11/25, 12/23 or 12/30)
Join us for study and discussion of the week's Torah portion.  

Friday nights and Shabbat mornings
Fridays, 6pm in the chapel (no streaming)
Saturdays, 9:00am (9:30am when we are doing our musical Kol Chadash service)
Click the link below, for the stream, as well as for additional instructions:
Fri, September 29 2023 14 Tishrei 5784