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This Week at Ohel Shalom
Mazal Tov! BiSiman Tov!
Mazal Tov to Moshe and Ayelet Sror on the Brit of their son, Yonatan Gavriel. Mazal Tov as well to big sister, Yaeli. May he grow to Torah, Mitzvot, Chuppah and Ma’asim Tovim.
Mazal Tov to Dr. Yigal and Donna Yahav on the engagement of their son Daniel to Hindy Weissman of Passaic. Dr. and Mrs. Yahav would like to invite the Kehilla to the Vort at their home, 8630 N. Keeler Skokie, this Sunday from 4-7PM. May they merit BE”H to build a Bayit Ne’eman BiYisrael!
In order to increase security in the Beit HaKenesset, the codes on the entry doors were changed. Please refer to the hints posted on the doors for the new code.
Pesach is Approaching
Please note the Shabbat HaGadol Dinner, Friday, April 7th, deadline is THIS COMING MONDAY!! No exceptions! If you plan to attend, you must reserve and pay! In addition, please note the rabbi’s pre-pesach shiur this Sunday morning at 10 am.
Please note, there will be NO children’s groups the first days of Pesach. Groups will BE”H continue on Shabbat Chol Hamoed.
BE”H the Kollel will learn through THIS evening, Thursday, March 30th. The Kollel will go on break starting Sunday, April 2nd. Kollel will BE”H resume on Sunday, April 23rd. Remember that when the Kollel is on break, the 10pm Arvit does not meet. Please come in and learn though, even if the Kollel is not in session.
Rabbi Raccah’s Pre-Pesach Shiur
This Sunday, April 2nd at 10am, Rabbi Raccah will BE”H give his annual Pre-Pesach Shiur. This Shiur typically encompasses the Halachot of preparing your kitchen for Pesach. In addition, Rabbi Raccah will hopefully share the most updated info on rice and other products. You don’t want to miss it.
Dedicated Hours for Mechirat Chametz/Selling Your Chametz
Rabbi Raccah is once again available BE”H to aid you in the sale of your Chametz. As is years past, he has set aside some specific times when you will be able to come to sell your Chametz. This is in addition to selling your Chametz when you see him at the Beit HaKinesset after Tifilot.
The dedicated hours for now are:
Motza’ai Shabbat, April 1st, from 9:15 – 10 pm at his home, 7400 N. Albany. Please do not ring the bell then.
Sunday, April 2nd AFTER the Pre-Pesach Shiur for a 1/2 hour. We can not be precise for the beginning of this time.
Wednesday, April 5th between 8:00 and 8:30 pm, prior to the Wednesday night Shiur, in the Ateret Chaya Simcha Hall. Please note that the Shiur that night will BE”H be held upstairs in the Shaarei Ezra Main Sanctuary because the Ateret Chaya Simcha Hall will BE”H be set up for the Shabbat HaGadol Dinner.
Please do not come either early or late. Additional dedicated times may be added. Please look for more details.
The many additional Rabbinic responsibilities that Pesach requires place an increased burden on the rabbi’s schedule, so please respect Rabbi Raccah’s time and do not request time outside of these to sell you Chametz.
Sefardi Times for Hagalat Kelim
Once again Rabbi Raccah has coordinated a Hagala time for those who have items, such as plastics and/or stove grates for Hagala, which Ashkenazim do not typically perform Hagala upon. The time for Sephardim is between 5:45 – 6 pm on Monday, April 3 or Tuesday, April 4 at Telshe Yeshiva (3535 W. Foster – entrance through back parking lot). This is only for people with a small quantity of items. Please do NOT be late. Mincha is at 6 pm, and after Mincha is the time for those who made appointments. If you can’t make this window, then attend doing regular hours: 7:30 – 9pm. For those who have a large amount of vessels, please call 773-727-5241 to make an appointment.
Maot Chitim – The Geshem Fund
As we all know, Pesach is an unusually beautiful but expensive holiday. For some families struggling with ever mounting bills and little or no income, Pesach can be daunting. To help alleviate the stress of the financial constraints, the Geshem Fund provides some relief. Many families turn to the Geshem Fund year-round for help. Please help us help these families. To participate in relieving some stress and enhancing the holiday of your friends, please make out a check to the Geshem Fund today. The checks can be dropped off at the office or given to the rabbi or any other officer of the Kehilla.
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