Congregation Solel celebrated its ninth annual Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative Shabbat on January 12. Ashley Plotnick, Solel’s Director of Congregational Learning, opened the service by recalling Solel’s historic and ongoing commitment to advancing social justice and recalling Dr. King’s appearance on Solel’s pulpit on June 30, 1966. Six area high school students, representing Highland…

Historically, Solel is known as a pathfinder congregation in many areas but, most of all, around Tikkun Olam — repairing the world through acts of social justice and social activism. On November 19, we hosted Susan Trieschmann, Founder and Executive Director of Curt’s Café after Shabbat services. Curt’s (which stands for Cultivating Unique Restaurant Training)…

Brenna Wagner is our artist for January and February. Brenna, originally from Deerfield and now from Morristown, NJ, combines travel with photography. She has lived in Barcelona, Spain and Verona, Italy and has traveled to dozens of other countries. Brenna is known for her beautiful and often unusual images of architecture. Brenna’s camera and editing…

The experience was exhilarating, humbling, challenging, enriching, and exciting. A few weeks prior to my arrival at the ulpan, I underwent a speaking/listening evaluation via Skype, and I was given an online assignment to prepare me for my first class. While God may have created the world in six days, it is impossible to become…

The first Torah portion we read this month is Yitro (Jethro), from the Book of Exodus. Yitro is one of six Torah portions named after a person (Noah, Sarah, Korach, Balak, and Pinchas are the others). Yitro was Moses’ father-in-law and a very righteous person. In Exodus 18:14-23, he tells Moses that he needs to…

Join us at Solel on February 21, at 7:30 pm, to find out about our prospective tour. “Start Spreading the News…” Come along on a Jewish Heritage Tour of New York City. Among the New York City sites we are planning to visit this spring are the Tenement Museum, the Jewish Museum, a few hot…

We are so excited to have Rabbi Rick Jacobs at Solel on Friday evening, February 2 — starting at 6:30 for a wine and cheese reception. Everyone is invited. In last month’s Pathfinder, we gave you information on Rick’s background. This month, we have some additional perspectives. We had the privilege of interviewing Rick in…

A Profile of… Reform Illinois Historically, Solel is known as a pathfinder congregation in many areas but, most of all, around Tikkun Olam — repairing the world through acts of social justice and social activism. Last month, the Solel Board of Directors voted to take this one step further — agreeing to join the new…

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Our December events are worth a thousand words plus one. Here’s to a continued happy, healthy, and prosperous 5778, and the same for 2018. – Michael Schneider Assistant Director of Education, Youth, & Engagement Upcoming January Events: 1/15: MLK, Jr. Day of Service. Volunteering at The…

If you are interested in reading from the Torah, there will be Torah Readings during the Friday night services on Friday, March 23, 2018 and Friday, May 25, 2018. For more information about the Torah Readings, please contact Simcha Ackerman at Simcha@solel.org as soon as possible so you can start preparing for this special occasion.

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