Programs

UPCOMING EVENTS -NOT TO BE MISSED!

RELAX AND MEET PEOPLE AT OUR NOSH CAFE-- Nearly every Sunday from 9:00am to 11:30am.  On Sunday drive past Panera, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.  Visit the Nosh Cafe for delicious Latte drinks, Hot chocolate, muffins, and a few new menu items. Sit back, visit, relax and enjoy.  The Nosh Cafe is waiting for you!  There are no long lines, the services is fast and friendly and the ambience is great!

PURIM SHPIEL IS COMING!
ARE YOU AN ANGEL?
We can make you into an angel. Do your part, stop that check you wrote for your favorite comic books and redirect the money to this year's TBI Purim Shpiel:  AVENUE BET AND OTHER STRANGE PLACES on Saturday, March 11, 2017.  So go to your check book, write a check to TBI as a Purim Shpiel Angel for $100 (4 tickets with dinner) or as a Purim Shpiel Golem for $50 (2 tickets with dinner) and mail it to the Temple office.  We truly need your financial support, why else would we do this?  It's a fund raiser that makes you laugh! 

OTHER PROGRAMS & BUILDING COMMUNITY AT TBI-- Through programming at Temple we connect with each other and with the rest of the Jewish world. Our calendar is filled with opportunities for celebration and socialization. Our social events including monthly outings to theatre and family friendly events, concerts and play productions by members, dinners, auctions and holiday activities provide a context for members to get to know each other better.

Our Catering Committee and Mitzvah Corps help our members celebrate life's joys and cope with life's challenges.   All of these activities blend with our study and social justice commitments as part of our comprehensive approach to programming.

SOCIAL ACTION

SOCIAL ACTION AT TBI-- Social action projects and a commitment to social justice is a hallmark of Temple life. Members are always involved in the community and new projects or efforts sponsored by the congregation are constantly developed. In addition to several funds to support community and tzedukah needs, there are several ongoing projects in which to become involved:

HUNGER PROJECT-- The gift of food is the gift of life. This year Temple members are putting extra effort into projects and programs to combat hunger in our world, our country and our community. WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger)-- We cooperate with the Village of Skokie to support this residence for homeless women and children in our community.

HELPING OTHERS FOR THE HIGH HOLIDAYSMaot Chitimrefers to the centuries-old custom of gathering coins to buy wheat to make Matzah. Maot Chitim also refers to an organization that packs food for needy Jewish individuals and families so they can fully celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Passover.  The "Super Sunday" packing date for Rosh Hashanah is Augst 23, 2015. Temple Beth Israel's time slot is 9:30am-10:30am. Please contact Scott Eisenberg at scotteisenberg1@gmail.com if you would like to participate.  Participants must be age 12 in order to help in the warehouse.  Remember one mitzvah leads to another!  

BLOOD DRIVE-– Twice each year our members line up to give the “gift of life.”   You have an opportunity to say "Hineni" and volunteer to save 3 lives by donating blood at the TBI blood drive on Sunday November 13, 2016 from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  The drive will be "co-hosted" with Kol Sasson.  We plan these drives on Sunday mornings; the TBI Brotherhood provides refreshments.

SOUP KITCHEN-– For more than a decade, Temple members have given their time, friendship, and financial support to the soup kitchen operated by the Second Baptist Church of Evanston.   Every Tuesday volunteers serve lunch to area homeless, while others donate food and cash to support the program throughout the year.

CROP WALK CROP Hunger Walks bring the whole community together in a common mission: helping hungry people at home and around the world. CROP Hunger Walks are fundraising events designed to raise awareness and funds for people here and abroad who lack access to food, clean water, and basic necessities. CROP Walks are community, interfaith, ecumenical, hunger-relief events.

KONOTOP JEWISH COMMUNITY-– Since 1998, Temple has maintained a special connection with the Jews of Konotop, Ukraine. Our relationship began with monthly Sunday morning conference calls that continue today. Through these conversations we formed a friendship which led to a visit by five Temple members to Konotop in February, 2000. This extraordinary trip cemented our relationship and our commitment to help our Konotop “congregation”. Since then, our contact has persisted and broadened. A delegation from Konotop spent time with us in April, 2001, and delegations of Temple members traveled to Konotop in the summers of 2001 and 2003 to assist at a Jewish community summer camp program. We plan many new efforts to help our friends in Konotop continue to grow as Reform Jews. Our Konotop Community is a member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

CHEVRA & OTHER CHAVUROT

CHEVRA-- A group of active senior temple members created Chevra to serve the social, educational and cultural needs their contemporaries in the congregation. Well-attended monthly meetings often involve luncheon, speakers, and outings to places of interest. Programs include book discussions, community news, arm chair travelers, and a variety of topics on Jewish subjects. For more information on Chevra contact the Temple office.

CHAVURAH-- A chavurah is a group of 10 to 20 Temple members who form around common interests to meet monthly in each other’s homes, attend plays and other events and join in Temple activities. These groups form to make friends and build a more personal sense of community and belonging within the larger TBI community. Several chavurot are now in the process of forming. Information on how to join or start one of these groups is available through the temple office.

KOLEYNU - TBI'S ADULT CHOIR

If you are looking for the opportunity to become involved in a vibrant choir, then Koleynu is for you!  We have rehearsals Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and you do not need to read music.  But if you love music and enjoy being with others who do; then Koleynu is for you.  Koleynu participates in Shabbat worship services throughout the year as well as at community festivals such as Zemer Am and the Greater Chicago Jewish Festival.  For more information about becoming a member of Koleynu, please contact Musical Director Marla Aviva Bently at MusicDirector@TBISkokie.org.