August 16, 2019 // 15 Av 5779

Dear Haverim,

This week, a few newsy odd and ends:

Although it's ostensibly a laid back summer out there, we've been hard at work making preparations for the coming year. If you haven't yet, I encourage you to check out our newly posted programmatic schedule and mark you calendars. We've also posted our preliminary High Holiday info (see below) and we've been hard at work making plans for Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur services. Please stay tuned for registration information in the coming week.

I'm thrilled to report that Jay Stanton, our Assistant Clergy is back in Chicago. Jut scroll down a bit and you'll find information about our upcoming Potluck Shabbat Dinner and Songfest on Friday, September 6, where we will welcome Jay back to staff at Tzedek Chicago in joyous fashion. We hope to see you there.

Finally, our Engagement Committee has set a goal of calling every member of Tzedek Chicago in the coming months to reach out and get to know our community. If you are a member, expect a call from us soon - and if it goes to voice mail, we hope you will return the call. Since our membership is more ideologically than geographically oriented, we're constantly looking for ways to deepen our sense of community and strengthen our relationships with one another. So please know we'll be reaching out soon!

It's been a hard week (although I can't say that I remember one in recent memory that wasn't). I know you share my outrage at the rise of state violence toward immigrants and those who stand in solidarity with them, and I'm sure you are as disgusted as I am at the Israeli government's barring of Reps. Omar and Tlaib from entering Israel. (New reports about both are linked below).

On the other hand, I'm hugely heartened by the moments of victory and strength that we create for each other along the way. The Tisha B'Av vigil in Kankakee was one such moment; it was wonderful to see so many Tzedekfaces in that amazingly large crowd.

May this Shabbat give us respite from the onslaught; may it renew and replenish us for the struggle ahead.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Brant Rosen