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Mazal Tov!


Mazal Tov to Avraham and Michelle Dimarsky on the birth of a baby girl! Mazal Tov to the grandparents and the entire family!

Shabbos Information

This week`s Torah chapter is Toldos

This Friday, November 9 Mincha will be at 4:20 PM

Candle lighting will be at 4:16 PM

Kidush is sponsored by Igor and Alla Stavnitser for all the November birthdays of their girls.

Starting this week we will be serving a gourmet Shalosh Seudos with gourmet Divrey Torah. Sponsorship is available.

Mincha on Shabbos, November 10 will be at 4:05 PM

Maariv will be at 5:15 PM

Shabbos ends at 5:25 PM

Parsha in a Nutshell

Isaac and Rebecca endure twenty childless years, until their prayers are answered and Rebecca conceives. She experiences a difficult pregnancy as the “children struggle inside her”; G‑d tells her that “there are two nations in your womb,” and that the younger will prevail over the elder.

Esau emerges first; Jacob is born clutching Esau’s heel. Esau grows up to be “a cunning hunter, a man of the field”; Jacob is “a wholesome man,” a dweller in the tents of learning. Isaac favors Esau; Rebecca loves Jacob. Returning exhausted and hungry from the hunt one day, Esau sells his birthright (his rights as the firstborn) to Jacob for a pot of red lentil stew.

In Gerar, in the land of the Philistines, Isaac presents Rebecca as his sister, out of fear that he will be killed by someone coveting her beauty. He farms the land, reopens the wells dug by his father Abraham, and digs a series of his own wells: over the first two there is strife with the Philistines, but the waters of the third well are enjoyed in tranquility.

Esau marries two Hittite women. Isaac grows old and blind, and expresses his desire to bless Esau before he dies. While Esau goes off to hunt for his father’s favorite food, Rebecca dresses Jacob in Esau’s clothes, covers his arms and neck with goatskins to simulate the feel of his hairier brother, prepares a similar dish, and sends Jacob to his father. Jacob receives his father’s blessings for “the dew of the heaven and the fat of the land” and mastery over his brother. When Esau returns and the deception is revealed, all Isaac can do for his weeping son is to predict that he will live by his sword, and that when Jacob falters, the younger brother will forfeit his supremacy over the elder.

Jacob leaves home for Charan to flee Esau’s wrath and to find a wife in the family of his mother’s brother, Laban. Esau marries a third wife—Machalath, the daughter of Ishmael.


Leah Stavnitser
November 8
Shayna Goykhman
November 10
Menashe Elkin
November 12
Sarah Gorelik
November 15
Ilya and Natasha Birman
November 10
Tzvi Hirsch Gleizer
Tzvi Hirsch ben Yaakov
November 15
Lyubov Gleizer
Leyba bas David
November 14
Alexander Indman
Sholom Ber ben Shlomo Meir
November 9
Alexander Ostromogilskiy
Israel ben Binyomin
November 14
Shabbos Halacha


Three Shabbat Meals

We are required to eat three Shabbat meals, as a rabbinic (d`rabanan) enactment to enjoy Shabbat (oneg Shabbat).

The first Shabbat meal must be at night and the remaining two must be during the day (the third meal must be eaten after halachic midday).

Friday night dinner and the first meal on Saturday are preceded by kiddush.

For the first two Shabbat meals, say ha`motzi over two complete loaves of bread, each of which is at least 1.3 fl. oz. in volume.

For the third meal, the ideal is to use two complete loaves of bread, but the requirement of eating the third meal can also be fulfilled by eating any food other than salt or water.


Shul safety

To insure safety and piece of mind please follow these rules all times:

  • Backyard door leading to the alley should be always closed with the horizontal bar. Instruct children not to open even is someone knocks.
  • Front door should be always closed. If a stranger tries to come, instruct children not to open, and call an adult.
  • Be watchful for anyone who comes to shul.
  • Let`s improve our davening! Please come ontime! No one should talk during davening and Torah leyning. 
  • Please keep your children quiet!

Chicago Chesed Fund

“Kindness” is our middle name – literally.

We call ourselves the Chicago Chesed Fund because Chesed is the Hebrew word for kindness, and that’s what we are all about.

For 25 years, we’ve remained committed to helping Jewish families in crisis throughout metropolitan Chicago by providing immediate assistance.  

We opened our doors in 1987 with food distribution and financial assistance programs to 35 families. 

Today, our more than 20 programs and services provide vital assistance to over 3,000 individuals a year. Our original budget of $100,000 has since grown to over $4 million.

shoesOur 44,000-square-foot “warehouse of kindness” in Lincolnwood has served as our headquarters since 2005. We offer a wide array of programs and services, aimed at battling hunger, preventing eviction and homelessness, and providing needy families with basics such as furniture and clothing. Our flagship program is our food pantry, which has helped us become one of the largest food distribution centers in northern Cook county. 

We aren’t just another social services organization. 

Our response is immediate, coming only hours after a request for assistance is made. 

We realize the importance of maintaining our clients’ dignity, and offer assistance with sensitivity and discretion.  

We are dedicated to addressing the specific cultural needs of the Chicago Jewish community – such as the need for kosher food, a Jewish education, and access to culturally appropriate care and resources.

Today, the Chicago Chesed Fund serves Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago, primarily in the Rogers Park, Peterson Park, and Albany Park neighborhoods, and some northern suburbs. 

Over the last quarter of a century, we’ve made a real difference in the lives of hundreds of Jewish families throughout the city of Chicago. We’ve helped them put food on the table, clothe their children and pay their mortgage – and get back on the road to self-sufficiency. 

In short, we’ve helped strengthen the very fabric of our Jewish community.

Yet, in recent years, the economic climate has led to a significant increase in demand for our services.  Even as we continue to expand to meet this need, we remain true to the vision of our founders – to offer personalized, immediate assistance to those in need.

To learn more about our services or to volunteer please visit our website: www.chicagochesedfund.org

Call our main number 847-679-7799

Car donations

General donations

Food Pantry

Food Porch Family G'mach – Clothing, Books, Toys, Baby Equipment


Interest-Free Loans  


Simcha Link Matchmaking Service www.simchalink.org

For other services, please call these direct numbers:

Eviction Prevention (Arevim) 

773-242-9318 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Link  

773-866-1111 /www.joblinkchicago.org

Linen (Bed, Bath and Chesed)  


Medical Supplies (Routberg Memorial)  


Bridal Gowns & Headpieces (Ateres Chaya)  


Bridal Showers (Ginot Shoshana)  


Centerpieces (Prop-A-Party)  


Chair & Table Lend (Simcha Lend)  


Crinoline G'mach  


Gowns Rentals for Immediate Family (Jane Webster Simcha Boutique)  


Maternity Gown G'mach  


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