The Jewish people have a very credible claim on tending the earth. There is no doubt that we are admonished, warned and compelled to value, guard and protect. We have a holiday to celebrate trees that predates Arbor Day by thousands of years. Rabbi Lester Bronstein beautifully articulates, “Becoming responsible for the garden is our…

Time is one of those crazy concepts (sorry Cher, you can’t turn it back, even if you can find a way).  It’s already April and we are in the middle of Passover (I assume that’s when this issue of the Pathfinder is released).  The passage of time, as a father of two, seems even more daunting since my…

The sound of music rang out from the community room at the Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living on Sunday, March 11, when Cantor Jay O’Brien and the choirs of Solel and Lakeside Congregation presented a concert for Gidwitz residents. Under the direction and magnificent accompaniment of Russell Stern, the program featured favorite selections of Shabbat…

Dear Fellow Congregants, Mitzvah Committee is happy to partner with Faith in Action. Our committee is crisis-oriented and serves congregants on a one-time basis or unexpected emergences. We continue to provide rides to doctor appointments, services, classes and errands. Faith in Action is a long-term volunteer program which provides transportation for Solel members and will  provide other…

Congregation Solel is fiercely dedicated to social justice and Tikkun Olam. I’m proud to share that we have a meaningful opportunity to help a family in need. Congregation Solel is partnering with RefugeeOne to sponsor a refugee family, and aid in resettling them for their first six months in Chicago.

Mazel Tov to Michael Schneider on completing the Certificate in Jewish Leadership program at Spertus Institute.

Solel guest artists for the month are Lee Radtke and Peter Hanig.

We are currently collecting items in the categories below for our time capsule, and we will bury it under a marker near Solel’s West entrance on May 19th.  We will dig it up 18 years from now to discover how things have changed during that time! Please bring your items into Solel at anytime between…

Partnership with Faith in Action Volunteer Drivers begins April 15  We are pleased to welcome a new transportation resource to Solel. Faith in Action Volunteers is an interfaith organization which offers escorted transportation at no charge, for members who need extra help because of age, illness or disability.  Volunteers will meet you at your door,…

I was amazed and grateful for the thoughtful, intelligent questions, that I heard being asked at the town hall meetings last month, where we discussed the possible fusion of Congregation Solel and Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism. The questions touched on a variety of issues ranging from finances, leadership, buildings and education, but the most…

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