December 01, 2010   24 Kislev 5771
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Friday December 3rd
5:30 pm - Latke Making
6:30 pm - Hanukkah Dinner
7:30 pm - Musical Menorah Service
8:15 pm - Festive Oneg

Saturday December 4th
9:15 am - Torah Study
10:30 am - Morning Services
10:30 am - Morning Minyan

Save the Date:
Sunday December 12th
10:00 - 11:30 am
An open discussion about
interfaith families within the
context of the Solel community.
More information to come.


Friday December 3rd

Join the entire community as we celebrate the third night of the Festival of Lights at Solel. Click here for more details.


Wednesday December 8th, 12:00pm

Join fellow Solelites for dynamic conversation led by Rabbi Moffic. Bring your lunch and be ready to jump into the conversation at this ongoing discussion series. Talks will focus on various texts, current events and much more!

Downtown Chicago Location 
Jenner & Block LLP
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654

For security reasons, remember to register with the Solel Office.


Sunday December 12th, 10-11:30 am

Congregation Solel prides itself on being an inclusive Reform Jewish Synagogue. With that in mind we invite you to participate in an informative discussion at Solel. Rabbi Evan Moffic will join us as well as long time members who have lived Jewish lives as non-Jews within the Solel community. We'd like to hear from prospective and new members as to what they believe we can do to continue to welcome and meet the needs of interfaith families.

Please join us at Congregation Solel and feel free to bring friends! Young children are welcome. Day care will be provided.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or (847) 433-3555. Light refreshments will be served.

Chicago-area Jewish women hold Torah to send a message

One by one, the women walked onto the sanctuary's stage, took hold of the Torah and smiled as the photographer captured them cradling the sacred scripture.

The women, members of Congregation Solel, a Reform temple in Highland Park, intend to send the portraits to the Israeli government, protesting the recent arrest of an Israeli woman. Authorities reportedly detained her July 12 for the forbidden act of carrying a Torah at the Western Wall.

Wendy Rhodes and Simcha Ackerman

Their demonstration highlights a difference of practice between Orthodox and progressive Jews that more often plays out behind the closed doors of a synagogue. Read article

 Rabbi Moffic's High Holy Days Sermons

Click below to view Rabbi Moffic's High Holy Days Sermons

Finding Our Purpose (Rosh Hashanah Eve)
A Letter In The Scroll (Rosh Hashanah)
Soundtrack Of Our Lives (Kol Nidre)
Israel: Land Of Promise (Yom Kippur)


Rabbi MofficA message from Rabbi Moffic…

"As Reform Jews, our definition of community is intentionally broad. It includes interfaith families and all of those who seek a spiritual home in our synagogue. In this way, we seek to continue our identity as a pathfinder congregation. As I have learned, in the late 1950s, leaders of the congregation chose the name Solel for a reason. It is a Hebrew word meaning pathfinder, or trailblazer. The congregation was meant to be a synagogue that tried new things and charted new paths in Jewish life. In 2009, I think the idea of a pathfinder congregation has an additional meaning. As a congregation, we will continue to be a place that creatively charts new paths in Jewish life. And we will be a place that honors and embraces individuals in their unique paths of Jewish life."

10 Minutes of Torah by Rabbi Evan Moffic  

Our very own Rabbi Moffic is the main commentator for the entire book of Genesis on the Union for Reform Judaism’s website. Ten Minutes of Torah is a publication sent by the Union for Reform Judaism to over 20,000 subscribers from around the world. Click below to read them and/or to sign up to recieve them via email. Note: you will be taken to our test B Solel site. As such, you may discover a few interesting items.

Ten Minutes of Torah

For information on these or other events please contact the Solel office.

10 Minutes of Torah  

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