Parashat Beshalach-Shabbat Shira 5779

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This Week at Ohel Shalom


Mazal Tov! BiSiman Tov!

The Kehillah would like to wish a Mazal Tov to Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Moalem on the engagement of their daughter, Naomi to Maier Arye Kushner of Monsey! Mazal Tov to Maier Arye’s parents Mr. Mitch Kushner and Mrs. Yocheved Kushner. We wish the entire Moalem family much happiness on this occasion!
Mazal Tov to Netanel and Rikki Siman Tov upon the birth of a daughter. May they merit to raise her to Torah, Mitzvot, Chupah and Ma’asim Tovim

Kiddush and Seudah Shilisheet Sponsorship

This week’s Kiddush is sponsored by Mr. Arvin Scott in memory of his father, Moshe Yaakov ben Raizel. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah. The Kehillah thanks Mr. Scott for his generosity.

Seudah Shilisheet is sponsored by Mrs. Alyese Faibisoff in memory of her grandfather, Yosef ben Zev. May his Neshama merit an Aliyah. The Kehillah thanks Mrs. Faibisoff for her generosity.

Tu BiShivat

Tu BiShivat, the new year for the trees, will take place this year on Sunday night, January 20th through Monday, January 21st. May we merit to a wonderful new year for the trees and fruit in both the physical and spiritual planes!

Thank You To Our Volunteers

A big thank you and Chazak U’Baruch to all the volunteers who helped clear out the office house in preparation for the upcoming construction. Thank you to Meir Pierce for organizing and overseeing the volunteers. Thank you as well to the donors of the pre-work breakfast, and of course, thank you to the volunteers! B”H it went pretty quickly as a result of the organization and the many people who showed Kehillah spirit and came to help.

Lev Avot – New Kollel Program

The Sephardic Community Kollel is pleased to announce the new Lev Avot Program by which Kollel fellows will partner with fathers to prepare them for what their children are taught (Hebrew studies) at school. The Kollel will work closely together with the schools, Rabbeim and fathers to make sure the children will have the proper learning support from their homes and make sure the parents feel comfortable with their children’s learning advancement. Please contact our dedicated Kollel Director, Rabbi Yosef Olstein for more details.

Refuah Shelemah and Name Change

We have been informed that Mr. Mordechai Bitton, father of our friend and member Mr. Tomer Bitton, has had his name changed. His name is now Mordechai Zev ben Tamar. Please join us in praying for a full and speedy recovery for him.
לרפואת מרדכי זאב בן תמר

Personalities in the Bible Shiur
THIS Motza’ai Shabbat

Rabbi Raccah’s next Personalities in the Bible lecture will BE”H be this Motza’ai Shabbat, January 19th. The title of the shiur is: “Names: Their Importance and Influence.” Please note that this Shiur will begin at 7:45 PM (please note time change). There are only three Shiurim left for this season. If you haven’t tried it yet, then now is a good time because the last three Shiurim form a single unit.

Ta’anit Dibur

Sunday, January 27th BE”H there will be a Ta’anit Dibur (Speech Fast). Shacharit will be at 6:30 am (not the usual 7:45 am) with the Ta’anit beginning at 8 am. Tehillim will be said before Mincha (4:38 pm) beginning at 4:25 pm, with extra Tachanun and opening the ark for Yehiratzon.

No Parashat HaShavua Shiur Next Week

Next Wednesday, January 23rd, Rabbi Raccah’s Wednesday evening Parashat HaShavua Shiur will NOT be meeting. The Shiur will BE”H resume Wednesday, January 30th at 8:30 pm.

Shabbat with Our Assistant Rabbi Prospect
BE”H, as the Rav mentioned recently, with his approval and the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, we will host our prospect for Assistant Rabbi, Rabbi Aharon Raccah and his wife Bracha Esther, over the first weekend in February. Rav Aharon is a multi-faceted Talmid Chacham and Chazan, who is well known to our Kehillah. B”H he has the talents, skills, learning and personality that our Kehillah needs to BE”H truly enhance and expand our future. BE”H we will soon share the very packed itinerary of their visit.

Safety Procedures
Please be sure to review the new safety procedures with your family members. An email has been sent out about it. We will only be using the front smaller door near the Beit Midrash to come in and to leave the Beit HaKinesset on Shabbat and we will have greeters at the door. Please do not use other entrances and do not open the door to anyone. We know this may be an inconvenience, but we have been advised by the police that the best way to protect our facility is to limit the amount of entrances into the building.

New Shiur Series with Rabbi Kalman Worch Continues

The Illinois Center for Jewish Studies and the Sephardic Community Kollel are happy to announce the next class in the new series of monthly classes for men with Rabbi Kalman Worch. The Shiur will take place BE”H on Tuesday February 12th (and not on February 5th as previously advertised). The topic is The Rashash (Rav Shalom Sharabi). More details to come.
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