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Wednesday, August 5
12:30-1:30 pm - Explorations in Jewish History with Rabbi Weiss
Join the conversation as we explore the backwaters and byways of Jewish history using first-hand accounts. We will examine some of Judaism’s forgotten histories and legends.
2-3pm - Tu B'Av: Celebrate the Transforming Power of Love (see Zoom link below)
The 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av, also known as Tu B’Av, is the Jewish holiday of love. This program will including singing, meditation, and teachings from Jewish music superstar Neshama Carlebach and her husband, Rabbi Menachm Creditor--also a prominent Jewish musician.  Performers and teachers also include Neila Carlebach, Rabbi Yoel Glick, and Rabbi Adir Glick. This program is offered by West Suburban Temple and can be accessed online here.
7-8pm - Five Ways to Preserve the Harvest with Emily Paster (see registration info below)
Local food blogger and cookbook author Emily Paster (OPT member!) will cover five ways to preserve your garden harvest - from canning to freezing to drying and root-cellaring.  Emily will offer in-depth descriptions of fermentation and water-bath canning, versatile and accessible methods of home food preservation suitable for many common home-grown fruits and vegetables. Presented by friends of OPT: the Park District of Oak Park and the Oak Park Conservatory. Register online for free.

Thursday, August 6
10-10:15 am - Morning Meditation with Lisa Lombard
1-3 pm - STAR: For retirees and older people to learn and connect.
This week: Dr. Mark Friedberger leads a discussion about Oak Parkers and military service from 1945-1975.  Mark is a retired professor of history and a STAR regular.
7-8:30 pm - The Fall of Hong Kong with Jeffrey Wasserstrom
This talk will focus on patterns of protest and the tightening of political controls in Hong Kong, focusing especially on 2014’s Umbrella Movement and the dramatic events of 2019. The speaker will introduce ideas he explores in Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink, while also placing disturbing developments that have taken place since that short book's February publication into perspective. Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Professor of History at UC Irvine, where he also holds courtesy appointments in Law and Literary Journalism and has spoken at leading cultural and academic institutions, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern, and the Chicago Public Library.

Friday, August 7
9-10 am - Torah Study: Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Weiss
Read this week’s Torah portion here: Eikev.
8-9 pm - Shabbat services

Saturday, August 8

8:30-9:30 am - Talmud Study with Rabbi WeissNote the new link here.
10-11 am - Shabbat services
This week, we celebrate Rachel Kason, who is called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah. The clergy team and the bat mitzvah family will broadcast live from the temple while family, friends, and community members join on Zoom.  All community members will be able to participate in this service, including saying names for Mi Shebeirach and Kaddish.
10-10:40 am - Young Family Shabbat with Shira Klein and Ellen Allard (Register here:

Sunday, August 9
9-9:45 am – Minyan
10-11:30 am - Torah Study: Judges

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Shabbat Shalom and stay healthy.

Please know that should you need anything, even to talk, you can reach out to us by email; Rabbi WeissRabbi Kirzane, or Cantor Green.

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