Sunday, May 8, 2011

New Jewish reach out for Chicago's south side

We are delighted to announce a brand new program to serve the needs of Jews and those who want to explore Judaism on Chicago's South Side. The program, to be called Gevurot, is being organized by Amram Abraham, a Rabbinical student at the Rabbinical Seminary of the Deaf in Skokie, and is assisted by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg, Director of Esynagogue.
Initially there will be two components of Gevurot. There will be a monthly Shabbat service to be held at Rodfei Zedek Congregation in Hyde Park. -5200 S Hyde Park Blvd, (The service will be 10-11:30 Am, and will include the morning service, Torah reading and Haftorah (prophets), sermons and treachings. This will be followed by a pot luck milchik and parve lunch. Following the lunch, for those who wish to explore Judaism for the purposes of possible conversion, there will be a class conducted by Ginsburg and Abraham.

The target Congregation are African Americans, but all are welcomed, even if you do not live on the South side!! The first two services are May 21 and June 11.
For more information contact Amram at 773-485-0357 or or Rabbi Ginsburg 847-331-3584 or

Rsvps are necessary so we can assign contributions for the pot luck (need challah, drinks, grape juice, entrees, side dishes, dessert, paper goods) and plan accordingly.
Gevurot is a facet of Amram Abraham’s



Inter-Faith Classes
To explore diversity within religious groups and races and to explore cultural differences in the following areas:

A) Bible
B) Hebrew/Law
C) History

Inter-Racial Trip to Israel

To develop understanding of diversity between religious groups, races and cultures

To show traditional Judaism in the Black community

To develop visibility and participation of Black Jews in the world arena

To develop relationships between Black and European Jews and the Black Christian community

Develop Cultural Judaism in the
Black Community

To develop relationships with the Jewish community through participation in community activities

To open Religious services to include diverse groups

To integrate a significant African American participation in traditional Judaic services

To create a visible representation of Black Jews in World Jewish affairs

To develop a cadre of Black Jewish speakers

A) Increase involvement in Jewish services
B) Start Sunday School program
C) Create a Hebrew Language School
D) Establish a Day School Program

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