July 15, 2009   23 Tamuz 5769

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Solel Welcomes Rabbi Moffic  


Congregation Solel is excited to welcome Rabbi Evan Moffic, whose first Solel Kabbalat Shabbat service was held on Friday July  3rd. Solelites took the opportunity to also meet and mingle just before worship and broke bread together at a festive barbecue afterward. For a bird's eye view of the event, read what the Pioneer Press had to say as well as The Chicago Jewish News.


Welcome to Congregation Solel!


Solel aspires to be a warm and inclusive Reform Jewish congregation committed to lifelong learning, sacred worship, social justice, and the Jewish people.


In a busy world with countless demands, a congregation needs to fit in to your lives. Congregation Solel becomes part of your being. Wherever you fall on the spiritual spectrum, Solel brings you to a higher place. Continue centuries-old Jewish traditions. Connect with friends who share your values. Raise your children with a sense of identity. Find personal fulfillment through contributing and belonging.


The Solel Name—A Legacy of Leaders

Solel is the Hebrew word for “trailblazer,” which embodies our founding congregants’ vision of a vibrant, pioneering, progressive institution. The trailblazing spirit continues today in a dynamic forward-thinking congregation.


For more information about Congregation Solel or the programs or events features, please call 847-433-3555.


Evan Moffic, Rabbi

Sharon Diaz, Executive Director

Geoffrey Prass, Education Director

Warren Fremling, Choir Director

Phil Orem, Accompanist

Lindsay Schoenberger, Cantorial Soloist


Dov Taylor, Rabbi Emeritus

Days of Awe  

Days of Awe 5769/2009

Erev Rosh Hashana  Elul 29/September 18 

Rosh Hashana  Tishrei 1/September 19

Kol Nidre  Tishrei 10/September 27  

Yom Kippur  Tishrei 10/September 28 

More information about services and tickets to worship services will be available on our website soon.

July 2009
07/17 -  Tot Shabbat
Featuring Q &A; with Rabbi Moffic and Religious School Director, Geoff Prass
Admission to Ravinia requires ticket purchase through their box office.
Admission to Ravinina requires ticket purchase through their office.
What's New in Reform Judaism  
Biennial News  
This Week at Solel  

Join us Friday, July 17th at 5 p.m., for an Open House for New and Prospective Members followed by a 5:30 p.m. Tot Shabbat.
At 6 p.m
, there will be an informative discussion with Rabbi Moffic, and a chance to talk with Education Director, Geoff Prass, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 p.m.

Potential members can experience our warm and inclusive worship services and get a fuller sense of the forward moving, progressive education offered at Solel. Current members can mingle and welcome Shabbat among friends, and experience yet another reason to be excited about this coming year as a Solelite!


Keep reading the Shavu'on, checking www.solel.org, or calling 847-433-3555 to stay up to date on this week's worship service and the rest of the exciting Congregation Solel Summer Shabbat Series!

Shabbat worship continues Saturday, July 18th at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome.

Weekly Torah Portion-- Matot Mas'ei, Numbers 30:2 - 36:13


Summer Shabbat Series at Solel  

Please join Congregation Solel for a summer of fun and exciting worship services! Rabbi Evan Moffic will give a sermon each Friday night and we will offer a chance to mingle over wine and cheese before Kabbalat Shabbat services. All Kabbalat Shabbat services start at 6:30 p.m.

Solel congregants and prospective members alike, mark your calendars each week from July 3rd through August 21st! For more information, contact Congregation Solel at 847-433-3555


Friday, July 17th

5 p.m.—Open House for New and Prospective Members
5:30 p.m.—Tot Shabbat
6 p.m.—Tot Oneg, plus Wine and Cheese social, featuring a Q &A with Rabbi Moffic and Religious School Director, Geoff Prass
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service

Friday, July 24th*

6 p.m.—Solel Evening at Ravinia with a Wine and Cheese social
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service
8 p.m.—CSO performance of Gershwin and Bernstein
(Entrance to Ravinia requires advance tickets, available at their box office; online at www.ravinia.org)

Friday, July 31st

6 p.m.—Wine and Cheese social
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service

Saturday, August 1st

7:30 p.m.—Solel's Chocolate Havdalah Dessert Night
8 p.m.—Lively discussion lead by Rabbi Moffic
9 p.m.—Havdalah service

Friday, August 7th

6 p.m.—Wine and Cheese social
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service/Bless the Beasts/Pet Blessing

Friday, August, 14th

6 p.m.—Wine and Cheese Social
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring a Youth Service and College Student Blessing

Saturday, August 15th*

10 a.m.—Family Shabbat service at Ravinia
11 a.m.—Tiempo Libre Kids Concert
(Entrance to Ravinia requires advance tickets, available at their box office; online at www.ravinia.org)

Friday, August 21st

6 p.m.—Wine and Cheese Social
6:30 p.m.—Kabbalat Shabbat service
Cantorial Soloist Lindsay Schoenberger will lead us in song.

* In the event of rain, services will be held at Solel.

Solel Continues a Traditon of Historic Meetings  

Congregation Solel continues its tradition of social action, including a recent town hall with Governort Quinn, held on May 17th. For details, our social justice page and the June Pathfinder describe the events in full.

Jewish World News  

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