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Thursday, June 27, 2024 21 Sivan 5784 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, June 20, 2024 14 Sivan 5784 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday, June 6, 2024 29 Iyar 5784 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

in person or on Zoom
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Suburban Thursday Afternoon Retirees, better known as STAR, meets every Thursday from 1-3 pm, except on Jewish and national holidays.  This vibrant group includes attendees from West Suburban Temple and Oak Park Temple, as well as the broader community. We are planning for May meetings to be available both in person at West Suburban Temple Har Zion and via zoom, except where noted. Please join us in person if you can!

STAR, a joint endeavor of both Temples, offers a place for candid discussions on a variety of topics as well as an opportunity to socialize and to support each other.  Recent presenters have included Cantor Agnes Valdman of Oak Park Temple, the Illinois Holocaust Museum on the history of the Jewish deli, and Fair Vote Illinois on rank choice voting.  STAR has longterm partnerships with Rush Oak Park Hospital, Dominican and Concordia Universities, Brookdale, Oak Park and River Forest Townships, Arbor West Neighbors, Jewish Child and Family Services and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

In June, STAR will meet as follows:
June 6th - STAR member Alan Hoffstadter will present "The One Thousand Children: Rescue and Resettlement," In the course of the Holocaust, 1.5 Million Jewish children perished. The United States rescued little more than 1000 of those at risk. This is the story of that effort, and of one of those survivors, Alan's mother.
June 13th - a chance to schmooze and perhaps a special guest or a movie
June 20th -  a chance to schmooze and perhaps a special guest or a movie
June 27th -  Oak Park Temple member Roy Plotnick will present on his work as a paleontologist.  His interests include invertebrate paleobiology, ecological change, and science education and outreach. 

Watch your temple's weekly bulletins for updates on STAR programming.

If you'd like more information about STAR, contact your Temple office.  We at STAR feel like a small community learning and growing together.  Please join us!

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